Date of Birth: 12-Dec-50
Birth Place: Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Description: Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. He made his debut as an actor in the National Film Award-winning motion picture Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander, whom the actor considers his mentor. After a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films, he gradually rose to become an established film actor. Within a few years of his career, he was claimed to be the superstar of Tamil cinema and has since continued to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of India. His mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue in films contribute to his mass popularity and appeal. While working in other regional film industries of India, he also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including in that of the United States. After being paid Indian Rupee 26 crore (US$5.9 million) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. Other than acting, Rajinikanth also worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career, he is also a philanthropist, spiritualist and serves as an influence in Dravidian politics. He was bestowed the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour, in the year 2000 for his contribution to Indian cinema. He was named one of the most influential persons in South Asia by Asiaweek. He was also named by Forbes India as the most influential Indian of the year 2010. Sourced from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajnikant)
Rajinikanth IN NEWS
The buzz is that action about Kabali is literally going out of control. The producers and distributors are leaving no stone unturned to make sure that there is nobody who doesn't know about this film. Among the latest schemes to hit the public is a plan by a couple of 5 star hotels in Bangalore to show the movie inside their banquet halls on opening day. This is actually a fantastic Idea and will open up a new market for Kollywood films. The plan is to exhibit the original print in a large banquet hall so that people can sit back, watch the movie in comfort and style and even be able to have a drink and a meal while they watch the movie. It's going to be shown in big brand hotels like the JW Marriot, The Lalit Ashok, Royal Orchid, Crown Plaza and many more. Best of all is that tickets are not priced astronomically. If you compare the price of watching it in a 5 Star hotel to a theatre on opening night it is reasonable. The owner of the music company that released the music in Karnataka said the tickets will be sold for just 1300 rupees and will be available on the website BookMyShow. What is not known is the security aspects because it is a known fact that with Rajini having a huge fan following in Karnataka also there is likely to be a lot of pushing and shoving but this is great news for Kollywood films particularly Kabali.
In a sudden development we hear that a Tamil newspaper called Malai Murasu is being sued for printing a false story in their paper. False stories or rather unverified stories are common in papers but when it involves a prominent business house it is not such a simple matter. A company called Lyca Productions is reported to be planning to file a criminal and civil case against the newspaper for what is described as an inaccurate and defamatory article. The article alleges that Lyca Productions was involved in tax fraud and that some of their employees were arrested in France. It is a fact they have been involved in some aspects of film production in Kollywood but the claim about tax avoidance has something to do with a certain Sri Lankan group, which does not find favour in Tamil Nadu. Only a court will be able to separate fact from fiction. Lyca Productions had earlier worked on the pre-production of 2.0, a sequel to Shankar's earlier film Endiran. They signed on Rajnikanth and Amy Jackson to feature in key roles. Believed to be the most expensive Indian production of all time. The team also negotiated for several months with Arnold Schwarzenegger for a role in the film, but eventually did not sign him.
South sensation Rajinikanth is back with a bang and the Internet has already gone into a frenzy. The actor himself shared two posters of his upcoming crime caper with Radhika Apte titled Kabali. Thalaiva will play the role of a don in the film and his character is allegedly based on the life of a real life gangster from Chennai. The first poster shows our dapper don lounging in a chair with the city skyline spread out behind him while the second one has him whipping his enemies with a chain. We must say, it all looks pretty badass and we are definitely loving Rajinikanth’s white bearded look. Kabali will be Rajinikanth’s 159th movie and will also star actors like Kalaiarasan, Dhansikaa, Dinesh and Radhika Apte. It will be shot across locations in Chennai and Malaysia and will be directed by Pa Ranjith. What do you think of Rajinikanth’s latest gangster avatar? Do let us know in the comments section below! More Stories:
Rajinikanth has become a grand-daddy once again! Daughter Soundarya gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital on Wednesday night. Soundarya is Rajinikanth’s younger daughter and her older sister Aishwarya is married to Dhanush. Soundarya herself tied the knot with industrialist Ashwin Rajkumar in 2010 and this is their first child together. We hear that the mother and son are both doing very well. Soundarya had made her directorial debut with Rajinikanth’s movie Kochadaiyaan and we can expect to see more from this talented daughter of the super super-talented star. This is not the first time Rajinikanth has become a grand-dad however. He already has two grandchildren from daughter Aishwarya - Yatra and Linga. Related Stories: Film Review: Amitabh and Deepika's Piku is a masterfully crafted family drama Five reasons why Deepika's Piku will be the sweetest film of the year Release dates of Ranbir's Jagga Jasoos and Tamasha revealed
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Barely three days since its release, Rajinikanth’s Lingaa is heading towards the coveted hundred crore club. It has already made the fastest fifty crores at the box office and could hit the 100 Crore mark very soon. It collected a cool 33.1 Crores worldwide on the opening day itself with major collections coming in from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and countries like Malaysia and the US. It stayed consistent on day two and added another 29 Crores taking the total to 62.1 Crores. It must be noted that the film hasn’t done as well across northern India as it has in the South which is to be expected from a Rajinikanth flick. Trade pundits figure that the film could touch the 100 Crore mark within a day making this one of Rajinikanth’s biggest openers. On the other hand Ajay Devgn’s Action Jackson is still dragging its feet at the box office and has managed to nett barely 57.65 Crores within the first 10 days. This is a major disappointment considering the scale of the films as well as the expectations from it. Hopefully, Aamir’s PK which releases later this week, should finally break Bollywood’s dry spell at the box office.