Tamil super star Rajinikanth turns sixty today. He was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950 and is known by his screen name Rajinikanth. He received India’s third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema. He is best known for his mass popularity and appeal, largely drawn from his mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue in films.
Rajinikanth made his debut as an actor in 1975 under the direction of K. Balachander in supporting roles. He later played negative roles and gradually rose to acting in lead roles. After the release of his film “Bhairavi” in 1978, he became a super star, a title given to him by film producer S. Thanu. He was paid Rs 26 crores for the film “Sivaji: The Boss”, making him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.
Rajinikanth is presently shooting for Shankar’s “Robo” and paired with Aishwarya Rai.