One of the biggest stars of the Indian film industry Rajinikanth celebrates his birthday on December 12. Born in the year 1950 as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad, he was the youngest among his four siblings. His father was a police constable.
Rajinikanth's personal life is like a film story. The actor struggled a lot during his formative years. From being a coolie to working as a bus conductor, Rajinikanth had to do several jobs to make both the ends meet.
An important moment came in his life when he fetched the attention of noted filmmaker K Balachander. Balachander recognised Rajinikanth's talent and featured him with Srividya and Kamal Haasan in 'Apoorva Raagangal' (1975).
SP Muthuraman featured Rajinikanth in a positive role in 'Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri' (1977). This was the start of a new era in the Southern film industry.
Rajinikanth kept his rustic charm intact even in positive roles and went on to give acclaimed films such as 'Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai' (1979), 'Ninaithale Inikkum' (1979) and 'Amma Evarikkaina Amma' (1979).
Slowly and steadily he gained the supreme position in the South cinema fraternity. His unique style and mannerism had become popular in Bollywood as well.
Growing age didn't spare him either and Rajinikanth started to appear in limited roles. Rajini's status made everything associated with his name a hit.
Unlike many actors, he never shed away from showing his real side to the world. He accepts his flaws with grace as well.
Rajinikanth has received numerous awards for many of his films mostly in Tamil. He received his first Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor in 1984 for Nallavanuku Nallavan. Later he received Filmfare Award nominations for his performances in Sivaji (2007) and Enthiran (2010). As of 2014, Rajinikanth has received six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for his performances in various films.
His two daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya have turned directors now. Who other than Rajinikanth can be their mentor!