Happy birthday Rajinikanth! Indian cinema superstar Rajinikanth turns 73 today

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Some interesting facts about Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, popularly known as Rajinikanth, was born on December 12, 1950, in a Marathi Hindu family in Bengaluru. Rajinikanth’s father was a police constable. Rajinikanth completed his schooling at Gavipuram Government Kannada Model Primary School. Then he started doing small jobs. Rajinikanth Initially, he worked as a porter and then got a job as a bus conductor.

While working as a bus conductor, Rajinikanth started participating in Kannada mythological plays. He took an acting course at the newly formed Madras Film Institute during this period. Film producer Balachander caught his eye and advised him to learn Tamil and also suggested the name Rajnikanth. His first Tamil film was Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K. Balachander.


Then in a few years, he did blockbuster like Mullum Malarum, Aval Appadithan, Billa, Moondru Mugam, Andha Kanoon, Nallavanukku Nallavan, Geeraftaar, Padikkadavan, Chaalbaaz, Hum, and Phool Bane Angaare. For his contribution to cinema, Rajinikanth was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2000, the Padma Vibhushan in 2016, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2019.

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