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Rajinikanth born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad is an Indian Film Actor who is popularly known by the name “Superstar”. Now he is one of the top leading and highest-paid actors in the Indian film industry, particularly in Kollywood. He is a versatile personality and apart from acting he is also a Film Producer, Philanthropist, Spiritualist & Screenwriter who is best known for his work in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, English, and Bengali films. Rajinikanth started his career as a bus conductor in the Bangalore City Transport Service and his passion for acting made him act in plays meanwhile. His recent work to reach the audience is Annaatthe. Now he is featured in the Thalaivar 169 directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. He joined Kamal Haasan and other top actors for the Vikram movie audio launch. The title of his forthcoming film Thalaivar169 has been revealed: Jailer.


Real NameShivaji Rao Gaekwad
NicknameRajini, Thalaiva, Superstar
ProfessionFilm actor, producer, Politician, screenplay, writer, philanthropist
Date of Birth12 December 1950
Age72 (as in 2022)
Zodiac signSagittarius
FamilyFather: Ramoji Rao Gaekwad
Mother: Jijabai
Marital StatusMarried
WifeLatha Rajinikanth
ChildrenDaughters: Aishwarya R Dhanush, Soundarya Rajinikanth
Educational QualificationGraduate
SchoolGovernment Kannada Model Primary School, Gavipuram, Bengaluru
CollegeM.G.R Film and Television Institute of TamilNadu
HobbiesReading and Travelling
Birth PlaceBangalore, Karnataka, India
HometownBangalore, Karnataka, India
Current CityChennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Awards, Nominations, and Honours

  • 2000 – Padma Bhushan (Government of India)
  • 2016 – Padma Vibhushan (Government of India)
  • 1984 – Kalaimamani (Contribution to the Tamil film industry)
  • 2011 – M.G.R-Sivaji Award (Tamil Nadu State Government Award)
  • 2012 – Rajiv Gandhi Award (Maharashtra State Film Award)
  • 2014 – Centenary Award For Indian Film Personality of the Year (International Film Festival of India)
  • 2016 – NTR National Award (Nandi Awards)
  • 2021 – Dadasaheb Phalke Award (Directorate of Film Festivals)
  • 2007 – Indian Entertainer of the Year (NDTV Awards)
  • 2011 – Entertainer of the Decade (NDTV Awards)
  • 2011 – Most Stylish Actor (NDTV Awards)
  • 2013 – The 25 Greatest Global Living Legends (NDTV Awards)
  • 1984 – Best Actor (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1985 – Best Actor (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1988 – Best Achiever (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1991 – Best Actor (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1992 – Best Actor (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1993 – Best Stroy Writer (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1995 – Best Actor (Cinema Express Awards)
  • 1979 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1982 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1984 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1985 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1991 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1992 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1993 – Best Story Writer (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1995 – Best Actor (Filmfans Association Awards)
  • 1977 – Best Actor – Telugu (Filmfare Award South)
  • 1984 – Best Actor – Tamil (Filmfare Award South)
  • 2016 – Best Actor – Tamil (Filmfare Award South)
  • 1995 – Best Actor (South Screen Awards)
  • 1978 – Special Award (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 1982 – Special Award (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 1989 – Honorary Award – M.G.R. Award (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 1995 – Best Actor (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 1999 – Best Actor (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 2005 – Best Actor (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 2007 – Best Actor (Tamil Nadu State Film Awards)
  • 2008 – Favourite Comedian (Vijay Awards)
  • 2011 – Musppathi Best Actor (Vijay Awards)
  • 2012 – Best Robo (Vijay Awards)
  • 2015 – Favourite Dhora (Vijay Awards)

In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. The legendary director K. Balachander noted his acting skills and gave Rajinikanth a chance to act in his film ‘Apoorva Raagangal‘ which became his debut film. He has acquired Tamil Nadu State Film Awards six times. He was awarded by the Government of India the prestigious awards Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016. In 2007 Rajinikanth became the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan, for the movie “Shivaji” for which he was paid ₹26 crores.


Rajinikanth after completing his first movie began to appear in several movies with negative roles. He first appeared in a positive role in S.P Muthuraman’s Telugu movie ‘Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri’ in the year 1977. After the success of the movie, the duo successfully delivered 20 movies until the 90s. In 1978, he made a strong male lead character for the movie Bairavi for which he earned the title “Superstar”. After completing 50 films Superstar Rajinikanth decided to quit acting, but his film ‘Billa’ became his ever commercial hit which made him continue his acting career. Again he continued delivering super hit films continuously which made him act in a Bollywood film ‘Andha Kanoon’ alongside Amithab Bachan, which is again a huge success. This consecutive success drastically grew his fan base all over the country. Some of his well-spoken and acclaimed hits are Baasha, Muthu, Thalapathi, Annamalai, Chandramukhi, Padaiyappa, Thillu Mullu, Arunachalam, Shivaji, and Endhiran. In the film Endhiran the Robot, he was well noted for his acting. The second part of the movie Endhiran 2.0 is set to screen very soon in 2018, as the movie has very high expectations for being the most expensive film using 3D animation technology which is the first-ever in Indian Cinema. Also the movie Kaala is going to release soon as the teaser has been released recently and has increased the expectations among his fans.

Rajinikanth Philanthropy

The writer Naman Ramachandran has authored the book Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography, which speaks a lot about actor Rajinikanth and his life events. In 2011, Rajinikanth announced his support for the anti-corruption movement led by Gandhian Anna Hazare. He has a marriage hall, the Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam, in Chennai which he lends free of cost for philanthropic activities led by his fans. Rajinikanth fans regularly organize blood donation and eye donation camps and distribute food during his birthday.

Rajinikanth Politics

Rajinikanth had been into politics for a very long time. At first, Rajinikanth lends his support to the Congress party. So Congress joined and decided to hand with All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) for the assembly election in Tamil Nadu in 1996. But Rajinikanth changed his mind and supported Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) – Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) alliance. And they had a huge victory. His support continued n the parliamentary election, held the same year. Later in 2004, Rajinikanth said he would personally vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) but would not lend his support to any party during the upcoming Indian general election. Anyhow the party didn’t win any seats in Tamilnadu. His fans had continuous speculation about Rajinikanth entering into politics. Rajinikanth himself announced his entry into politics on 31 Dec 2017 and confirmed that his newly formed party will contest in the forthcoming assembly elections in 2021 from all 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu state. He also added that he and his party would resign when unable to fulfill its electoral promises within three years of coming into power.



1975Apoorva RaagangalPandiyanTamil
1976Katha SangamaKondajiKannada
1976Anthuleni KathaMurthyTelugu
1976Moondru MudichuPrasadTamil
1976Baalu JenuVasuKannada
1977Raghupathi Raghavan RajaramVeeraiyanTamil
1977Chilakamma CheppindiRaviTelugu
1977Bhuvana Oru Kelvi KuriSampathTamil
1977Ondu Premada KatheLocal school chairmanKannada
197716 VayathinileParattaiTamil
1977Sahodarara SavaalShekharKannada
1977Aadu Puli AttamRajiniTamil
1977Kumkuma RaksheMuraliKannada
1977Aaru PushpangalRaviTamil
1977Tholireyi GadichindiChitti BabuTelugu
1977Aame KathaUn­knownTeluguGuest appearance
1977Galate SamsaraSundarKannada
1978Shankar Salim SimonSimonTamil
1978Kiladi KittuSrikanthKannada
1978Annadammula SavaalRangababuTelugu
1978Aayiram JenmangalRameshTamil
1978Maathu Tappada MagaChandruKannada
1978Mangudi MinorKumarTamil
1978Ilamai Oonjal AadukirathuMuraliTamil
1978Vanakkatukuriya KathaliyeJoeTamil
1978Vayasu PilichindiMuraliTelugu
1978Mullum MalarumKaaliTamilTamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
1978Iraivan Kodutha VaramRajnikanthTamil
1978Thappida ThalaDevuKannada
1978Thappu ThalangalDevaTamil
1978Aval AppadithanThyaguTamil
1978Thai Meethu SathiyamBabuTamil
1978En Kelvikku Enna BathilSaravanaTamil
1978Paavathin SambalamHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1978Justice GopinathRaviTamil
1978PriyaGaneshTamilTamil–Kannada bilingual film
1978PriyaGaneshKannadaTamil–Kannada bilingual film
1979Kuppathu RajaRajaTamil
1979Iddaru AsadhyuleBhaskarTelugu
1979Allauddinum Albhutha VilakkumKamruddinMalayalamMalayalam–Tamil bilingual film
1979Allaudinaum Arputha VilakkumKamruddinTamilMalayalam–Tamil bilingual film
1979Ninaithale InikkumDeepakTamilTamil–Telugu bilingual film
1979Andamaina AnubhavamDilipTeluguTamil–Telugu bilingual film
1979Thaayillamal Naan IllaiBichwa BakriTamilGuest appearance
1979Dharma YuddhamVijayTamil
1979Naan VazhavaippenMichael D'SouzaTamil
1979Aarilirunthu Arubathu VaraiSanthanamTamil
1979Annai Oru AalayamVijayTamilTamil–Telugu bilingual film
1979Amma Evarikkaina AmmaVijayTeluguTamil–Telugu bilingual film
1980BillaDavid Billa, Rajappa[e]Tamil
1980NatchathiramHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1980Ram Robert RahimInspector RamTelugu
1980Anbukku Naan AdimaiGopinathTamil
1980KaaliKaaliTamilTamil–Telugu bilingual film
1980KaaliKaaliTeluguTamil–Telugu bilingual film
1980Mayadari KrishnuduKrishnuduTelugu
1980Naan Potta SavaalRamu (Shiva)Tamil
1980JohnnyJohnny, Vidyasagar[e]Tamil
1980Ellam Un KairasiRajaTamil
1980Murattu KaalaiKaalaiyanTamil
1981Thillu MulluChandran (Indiran)[f]Tamil
1981GarjanaiVijayTamilTamil–Malayalam–Kannada multilingual film
1981GarjanamVijayMalayalamTamil–Malayalam–Kannada multilingual film
1981GarjaneVijayKannadaTamil–Malayalam–Kannada multilingual film
1981NetrikkanChakravarthi, Santhosh[e]Tamil
1981Ranuva VeeranRaghuTamil
1982Pokkiri RajaRamesh, Raja[e]Tamil
1982Thanikattu RajaSuryaprakashTamil
1982Nandri, Meendum VarugaHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1982Enkeyo Ketta KuralKumaranTamil
1982Moondru MugamSP Alex Pandian, Arun, John[g]TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize
1982Agni SakshiHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1983Paayum PuliBharaniTamil
1983Uruvangal MaralamHimself (Raghavendrar)TamilGuest appearance
1983Thudikkum KarangalGopiTamil
1983Andhaa KaanoonVijay Kumar SinghHindi
1983Thai VeeduRajuTamil
1983Sivappu SooriyanVijayTamil
1983Jeet HamaariRajuHindi
1983Adutha VarisuKannanTamil
1983Thanga MaganArunTamil
1984Meri AdalatInspector AshokHindi
1984Naan Mahan AllaVishwanathTamil
1984Thambikku Entha OoruBaluTamil
1984Kai Kodukkum KaiKaalimuthuTamil
1984Idhe Naa SavaalRamu (Shiva)Telugu
1984Anbulla RajinikanthHimselfTamil
1984Nallavanukku NallavanManikkamTamilFilmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
1984John Jani JanardhanJohn Mendez / Janardhan Gupta / Jani[g]Hindi
1985Nyayam Meere CheppaliAathmaramTeluguGuest appearance
1985Naan Sigappu ManithanVijayTamil
1985MahaguruVijay "Mahaguru"[f]Hindi
1985Un Kannil Neer VazhindalRaviTamil
1985Sri RaghavendrarSri RaghavendrarTamil
1985GeraftaarHussainHindiGuest appearance
1985Yaar?HimselfTamilGuest appearance
1986Mr. BharathBharathTamil
1986Naan Adimai IllaiVijayTamil
1986Jeevana PoratamRaviTelugu
1986Bhagwaan DadaBhagwan DadaHindi
1986Kodai MazhaiHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1986Asli NaqliBirju UstadHindi
1986Dosti DushmaniRanjeetHindi
1986MaaveeranRaja (Maaveeran)TamilAlso co-producer
1987Daku HasinaMangal SinghHindiSpecial appearance
1987Insaaf Kaun KaregaVikram SinghHindi
1987Manathil Urudhi VendumHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1987Uttar DakshinShankarHindi
1988TamachaVikram Pratap SinghHindi
1988Guru SishyanRaja (Guru)[f]Tamil
1988Dharmathin ThalaivanBalasubramanian, Shankar[e]Tamil
1988BloodstoneShyam SabuEnglish
1988Kodi ParakkuthuDCP Erode Shivagiri (Dhadha)[f]Tamil
1989Rajadhi RajaRajashekar, Chinnarasu[e]Tamil
1989Gair KaanooniAdam Khan, Azam Khan[e]HindiSpecial appearance
1989SivaSiva (Tiger)[f]Tamil
1989Raja Chinna RojaRaja (Kumar)[f]Tamil
1989BhrashtacharAbdul SattarHindiSpecial appearance
1990Periya Idathu PillaiHimselfTamilGuest appearance
1990Athisaya PiraviKaalai, Balu[e]Tamil
1991Dharma DuraiDharma DuraiTamil
1991HumKumar MalhotraHindi
1991FarishtayRanoji Rao Shivaji Rao Gaekwad Jadichmul Arjun ThangeHindi
1991Khoon Ka KarzKishanHindi
1991Phool Bane AngarayRanjeet SinghHindi
1991Nattukku Oru NallavanInspector SubhashTamilTamil–Hindi bilingual film
1991Shanti KrantiInspector SubhashHindiTamil–Hindi bilingual film
1992MannanKrishnanTamilAlso playback singer
1992TyagiShankar G. "Dadhu" DayalHindi
1992PandianPandian IPSTamil
1993Insaniyat Ke DevtaAnwarHindi
1993YajamanKanthavelu Vaanavarayan (Yajaman)[f]Tamil
1993UzhaippaliThamizharasan (Tamilazhagan)[f]Tamil
1993ValliVeeraiyanTamilAlso producer and screenwriter
1995BaashhaManikkam (Manik Baashha)[f]Tamil
1995Aatank Hi AatankMunnaHindi
1995MuthuMuthu, Zamindar[e]TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
1995Bhagya DebataSingerBengaliSpecial appearance
1997ArunachalamArunachalam, Vedachalam[e]Tamil
1999PadayappaAarupadayappanTamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2000BulandiGhajraj ThakurHindi
2002BabaBaba, Mahavatar Babaji (voice only)[e]TamilAlso producer and screenwriter
2005ChandramukhiDr Saravanan, Vettaiyan Raja[e]TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
2007Sivaji: The BossSivaji (M. G. Ravichandran)[f]TamilTamil Nadu State Film Award for Best ActorNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
2008KuselanAshok KumarTamilExtended guest appearanceTamil–Telugu bilingual film
2008KathanayakuduAshok KumarTeluguExtended guest appearanceTamil–Telugu bilingual film
2010EnthiranVaseegaran, Chitti[e]TamilNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
2011Ra.OneChittiHindiSpecial appearance
2014KochadaiiyaanKochadaiiyaan, Rana, Sena[g]TamilAlso playback singer
2014LingaaRaja Lingeswaran, Lingaa[e]Tamil
2016KabaliKabaleeswaranTamilNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
2017Cinema VeeranHimself (voice-over)TamilDocumentary film,Narrator
2018KaalaKarikaalan (Kaala)[f]Tamil
20182.0Vaseegaran, Chitti, Kutty[g]Tamil
2019PettaPetta Velan (Kaali)[f]Tamil
2020DarbarAaditya ArunachalamTamil
Thalaivar 169Tamil


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