Happy Birthday Rajnikanth, here are some lesser-known facts about Thalaivar


Southern Superstar Rajnikanth, popularly referred to as Thalaivar turns 71 today. Yes, it is the Birthday of the megastar who has a stupendous fan following from North to South and from East to West. With films like Shivaji: The Boss, Enthiran (Robot), Kabali, Kaala, and Lingaa, the megastar, down the south, has always entertained us donning different hats as an actor.

As Rajni turns 71, we bring you some of the lesser-known facts about Rajnikanth.

1. Unlike the general public perception, Rajnikanth is not his real name but it is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad and he was named after warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. However, he can speak both Marathi and Tamil.

2. Now a megastar with a huge net worth once started his adult life by taking up jobs of a coolie, carpenter, and bus conductor to make a living before he entered the film industry. His mother died at a very young age and he had to go through tough times.

3. The man has a huge list of accolades and honors for his kitty. He is the recipient of Padma Bhushan (third highest civilian honor of India), Padma Vibhushan (second highest civilian honor of India), Dadasaheb Phalke Awards (the highest honor in the field of Cinema). Other awards include Raj Kapoor Award, NTR National Award, and MGR-Sivaji Award.

4. Rajnikanth aka  Thalaivar is the only Indian actor who has been featured in the syllabus in CBSE (Central Board of Film Certification).  He was a part of the lesson titled ‘From Bus Conductor to Superstar.’

5. Rajnikanth, who is now the favorite Hero for crores of people, once started his career with villainous roles. Yes, our very own Thalaivar, for the very first few years of his acting career, did anti-hero roles like a womanizer, abusive husband, and even a rapist. In his 46 long careers in the film industry, he has been part of as many as 170 movies.
Now that Rajnikant turns 71, we hope that the actor keeps on entertaining us with his roles, action, and his very famous dialogue:- “Enna Rascala, Mind it” which he never said.

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By TIS Staffer
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