Rajinikanth Age, Height, Wife, Family, Caste, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Real NameShivaji Rao Gaekwad Nickname(s)Rajinikanth, Thalaiva, Superstar Profession(s)Actor, Producer, Screenplay Writer, Philanthropist Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm in meters- 1.73 m in feet inches- 5’ 8” Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg in pounds- 165 lbs Body Measurements- Chest: 40 Inches - Waist: 33 Inches - Biceps: 12 Inches Eye ColourDark Brown Hair ColourWhite (Semi-bald) Personal Life Date of Birth12 December 1950 Age (as in 2017)67 Years Birth PlaceBengaluru, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India Zodiac sign/Sun signSagittarius Signature
Some Lesser Known Facts About Rajinikanth
Does Rajinikanth smoke?: No (Quit)
Does Rajinikanth drink alcohol?: Yes
Rajnikanth is a Maharashtrian by birth and not a Tamilian, though his ancestors hailed from both Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
He lost his mother at a young age after which he was raised by his father and his elder brothers.
Rajinikanth childhood photo
He was a very naughty kid in his childhood.
Before becoming an actor he did odd jobs in Chennai and Bengaluru such as a carpenter, a coolie, and a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service (BTS). As a bus conductor, he used to get ₹750/month.
His friend, Raj Bahadur, used to give him funds to learn acting in a film institution in Chennai.
Rajinikanth in younger days
As he was keen on acting, he joined the Madras Film Institute, and during one of his stage performances, he met the director, K Balachander, who offered him a role in his Tamil film. Until that time, he was not good at speaking Tamil, but he quickly learned it and master the language.
Rajinikanth with K Balachander
He made his acting debut alongside Kamal Haasan in Tamil film ‘Apoorva Raagangal‘ (1975).
Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan in Apoorva Raagangal
For the initial two years of his acting career, he got recognised for his negative roles, until he got the lead role in the Telugu film ‘Chilakamma Cheppindi‘ (1977).
His first commercial success was ‘Billa’ (1980), a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Don’ (1978).
Rajinikanth’s Billa is a remake of Don
He met his wife Latha, when a group of college girls came to take his interview, where Latha was leading the group. Rajinikanth got so much attracted to Latha that he proposed her on the same day.
In his 100th film, he played the role of a Hindu saint ‘Raghavendra Swami’ in the film ‘Sri Raghavendra‘ (1985).
Rajinikanth played the role of Raghavendra Swami
In 1988, Rajinikanth did his first and only English film ‘Bloodstone,’ an Indian-American action-adventure film.
Rajinikanth acted in Bloodstone
His film ‘Raaja Chinna Roja‘ (1989), was the first Tamil film to use animation.
Rajinikanth starred in Raaja Chinna Roja
His only film that was released with a U/A certificate was ‘Thalapathi‘ (1991).
In 2002, he did a day-long fast to protest the Karnataka Government’s decision not to release water from the river Kaveri into Tamil Nadu. Also in 2008, he participated in a day-long fast with other Tamil film personalities, demanding that the Sri Lankan government must end the civil war and give Sri Lankan Tamils their rights.
Rajinikanth fast in 2002
In 2007, he became the highest paid Asian actor after Jackie Chan, when he was paid ₹26 crore for the film ‘Sivaji.’
His science fiction film ‘Enthiran‘ (English – Robot) was supposed to be done by Kamal Haasan.
Rajinikanth was named as the Most Influential Indian of 2010, by Forbes India.
He made a special appearance in Shah Rukh Khan‘s Sci-Fi film, ‘Ra.One‘ (2011).
In 2011, he supported social activist Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement and offered him to use of his marriage hall, Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam in Chennai.
Since 1995, he goes to the Himalayas after every film.
Rajinikanth in the Himalayas
He doesn’t meet people after 9 pm.
Rajinikanth is very punctual and reaches all his shootings before time.
He is known for his humble nature, simplicity, and down to earth personality.
Rajinikanth lives a very simple life
He has a God-like stature in South India.
Rajinikanth is worshipped by his fans
Meena is the only actress who has worked with him as a child actor and as his heroine.
Rajinikanth with Meena
His fans celebrate his birthday (12 December) as ‘World Style Day‘ or ‘International Style Day.’
His spiritual guru was, Swami Satchidananda, the founder of Integral Yoga.
Rajinikanth with Swami Satchidananda
He has acted alongside Sripriya in more than 27 movies, the most with any actress.
Rajinikanth and Sripriya
He paid the losses of his distributors when his films ‘Baba’ (2002), and ‘Kuselan’ (2008), failed at the box office.
He is the owner of Raghavendra Mandapam marriage hall in Chennai.
Rajinikanth owns Raghavendra Mandapam marriage hall in Chennai
His much famous style of tossing cigarette came from an incidence when he wanted to join a gang in his school days, as they were his seniors so they refused, after which he thought he would impress the guys with this trick. He used to practice this trick in the bushes of the school.
He is the first Indian actor to have featured in black & white, coloured, animated, and 3D film.
Rajinikanth in 4 different forms of filming
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