Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born on 12 December 1950), professionally known by his stage name Rajinikanth (Tamil: ரஜினிகாந்த்; Kannada: ರಜನೀಕಾಂತ್; Marathi: रजनीकांत), is an Indian film actor. He received India’s third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema. He is best known for his mass popularity and appeal, largely drawn from his mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue in films. Other than acting, Rajinikanth worked as a screenwriter, film producer, and also a playback singer. Apart from his film career, he is a philanthropist and also serves as an influence in the politics of Tamil Nadu.
His debut on the big screen in Apoorva Raagangal may have been low-profile, but now, movie buffs all over India — and indeed, several parts of South East Asia and the Far East — know who Rajinikanth is. The Superstar as he is popularly known, who worked as a bus conductor in Bangalore, completed 38 years in cinema on August 18.
Rajinikanth debuted as an actor in 1975 under the direction of K. Balachander in supporting roles. He was later favoured in portraying antagonistic characters and gradually rose to acting in lead roles. After the release of his 1978 film Bhairavi, he became known as the “super star” of Tamil cinema, which was the title given to him by film Producer Director Oscar Movies M.Bhaskar  and till this date used by many people to refer to him. He also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including American cinema. He was paid Rs. 26 crores for Sivaji: The Boss, making him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.
From his debut film to the as-yet-unreleased Kochadaiyaan, Rajinikanth has played many roles — from a comedian and a hero to a villain — but his style and simplicity remain unchanged.
Rajini fans are proud of the fact that they can refer to him as a Pan India star as he is known across the country. He is a hardcore fan of Balachander and a religious man who generally shies away from the media.
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