No six pack, no likable skin tone and definitely not the best looking. But who cares?
He is the biggest superstar the country has ever seen.
Rajinikanth, fondly called as ‘Thalaivar’ by his multitude of fans turns 66 today. The undisputed king of South Indian films trends nationwide with the hashtag #happybirthdayrajinikanth.
If you are trying to wrap your head around how this man is so friggin famous, here’s how!
1. Humble Beginnings
Rajinikanth touches the chord with audiences of all ages with his common man look and feel. The superstar of today wasn’t a born hero. He was raised up in a middle-class family and had his share of hardships in life. Rajinikanth worked as a coolie, a laborer, and a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) before striking superstardom in cinemas.
2. Kannada to Tamil
Known for his phenomenal success in the Tamil Film Industry, it is surprising to know the fact that Rajinikanth is an outsider. The actor was spotted by Tamil film director K. Balachander during a stage play at Madras Film Institute. He was advised by the director to learn to speak Tamil which Rajini quickly followed.
3. Signature Style
Rajinikanth brings a distinctive flavor to his films. There is something unique about Rajini’s style that is so addictive. His dialogue delivery, body language, and style made him a popular figure among youths in the 80s and 90s.
4. The Ultimate Warrior of Truth
Rajinikanth has portrayed himself in a number of films as the one true enforcer of truth and justice. His frequent outings as a hero who fights against injustice and oppression have given him a demigod status among movie-lovers.
5. A No-nonsense Real Life Star
Rajinikanth doesn’t need a wig, hair transplant or skin lightening to be respected by his millions of fans. He lives a simple yet straightforward life. You can see the biggest superstar of the country arriving at award functions in nothing but a simple dress and carefreely sporting the bald patch.
6. The Highest Paid Actor in India
Rajinikanth reportedly got paid Rs 26 crore for his 2007 blockbuster hit movie, Sivaji. With that earning he became the highest paid actor in India and the second highest paid actor in Asia, only after Jackie Chan.
7. A Fan Lover
The star of the masses loves his fans to the core. He truly respects the time his fans take to celebrate him and his films.
BTW, did you know that Rajinikanth has a fan base in Japan?
8. Almost Zero Flop Movies from 1990 to 2001
Superstar Rajinikanth had almost zero flop shows in over 50 films released during the 90s. This was also the time when the Rajini gave some of his most successful movies like Muthu, Annamalai, Baasha, Thalapathi, and Padaiyappa.
9. Record-Shattering Box Office Releases
Rajinikanth is credited with creating the biggest ever hypes and delivering on promises when it comes to movie releases. The superstar’s every movie, ever since the record-shattering Enthiran (2011) is being viewed as another movie that dominates Indian cinema.
10. Most Number of Hit Movies by any Indian Actor
Rajinikanth holds the distinction of having the most number of hit movies by any Indian actor. Even after a brief break from acting in the 80s, Rajini is the most successful Indian superstar of all time.
11. The Kabali Fever
The latest release of Rajinikanth, Kabali raised all bars of expectations and became the most awaited movie of 2016. The sky-high promotions made Kabali rake in Rs 200 crores in marketing and other avenues even before its release 😮
While Kabali has its records set to be broken inevitably by the S.S. Rajamouli film, Baahubali: The Conclusion, there is yet another Rajinikanth blaster awaiting its release in 2017. By the looks of it, 2.0, a sequel to the highly successful Enthiran movie will shatter all records by an Indian movie both in domestic and international box office.
Wishing the superstar forever, a very happy birthday! 😎