The Tamil superstar Rajinikanth needs no introduction, for his name has created a brand in itself. Hailing from a middle-class family in Bangalore, Rajinikanth is a well-renowned face in the South Indian movie industry and has tasted success in Bollywood as well. His reputation is unbeatable, for as some say, he has achieved a superhuman status through his movie and political career, which seems to be a movie in itself.
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As he turned 68 today, his choice of movies or his acting talent doesn’t even hold importance anymore. People flock to the theatres not to watch his movies, but to watch the superstar Rajinikanth himself – which explains the godly status that Rajinikanth has created for himself through his movie and political career. After all, the movie “Chandramukhi” (2005) remained the longest running movie in Kollywood till 2007. His next movie “Sivaji” was acclaimed as one of the top-ten best movies in South Africa and United Kingdom box office – cementing him as an icon even overseas.
He has experimented with his characters in his movies, such as starring as a robot in “Enthiran” (2010) where Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starred as his love interest and which is said to be the most expensive movie made in India, the motion capture movie “Kochadaiiyan” – he was recently seen opposite Akshay Kumar in “2.0”, a sequel of “Enthiran”.
Rajinikanth is known for his unique movie roles such as the unbeatable superhero who does gravity-defying stunts and charms everyone with his expression – yet Rajini as a human being maintains a humble existence in real life. He is one of the few actors who spreads a social message through his iconic dialogues and pure entertainment value.
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Just like his movies, Rajini has become a household name in politics as well. For example, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam-Tamil Maanila Congress (DMK-TMC) had used an image of Rajinikanth on a bicycle (procured from the movie “Annamalai”) to promote their party. Of course, even a godly figure has his own critics who go on to say that Rajinikanth has made a name for himself in politics simply because of his immense popularity and fan base.
However, hasn’t Rajinikanth earned his name and fame on his hard work, perseverance and determination alone? In spite of everything, his humility remains his unique selling point. He does not attempt to hide his real self, repays his distributors for losses incurred from his movies and does not break his word. In a movie of perfection, Rajinikanth is a superhero in more ways than one.