As far as fans of South cinema are concerned, Rajinikanth is not entirely just a beloved matinee fetish but an absolute phenomenon in the purest sense of the word. Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, ‘Thalaiva’ has over the decades established himself as a synonym for greatness courtesy his stylish onscreen mannerisms, rich baritone, and of course charismatic personality.
Today, as Rajinikanth turns a year older, we tell you why the thaliva is a lasting source of inspiration for fans and casual observers alike.
He is a self-made man: Rajinikanth was not born with a proverbial silver spoon in his mouth. On the contrary, he had to face a lot of hardships during his formative years. The son of a Bangalore based Marathi constable; he was soon forced to work as a coolie in order to earn his daily bread. Thereafter, he tried to earn some extra money by taking up the job of a bus conductor.
However, financial solidity still remained a distant dream for the man who would one day earn in crores. Luckily, Rajinikanth never lets these challenges break his spirit and continued his search for a better future. As such, it would be safe to say that the veteran star is the very personification of fortitude.
Rajinikanth keeps on remaining humble: Rajinikanth is somebody who has obviously not given fame or notoriety a chance to incur the significant injury on his quietude. While throughout the year’s various stars—appropriate from Anushka Shetty to Alia Bhatt—have been amazed by his warm and grounded ways, the most distinct evidence of his practical nature was seen amid the sound dispatch of ‘Robot’. At the occasion, he split jokes to his detriment and expressed gratitude toward Aishwarya Rai for consenting to work with him. Also, on another event, Rajinikanth commented that he was an only a “little ruler” contrasted with the Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan. Curiously, the two whizzes have cooperated in Hum, Andhaa Kanoon, and Grafter.
A total family man: It was in 1980 that Rajinikanth got married to playback vocalist Latha, starting another stage in life. From that point forward, the ‘Thalaiva’ has kept up a position of safety on the individual front. The father of noted producers Aishwarya and Soundarya, the performer once in a while discusses his family life at open occasions. In that capacity, he has constantly attempted to shield his family from the steady open investigation. Besides, late improvements recommend that the genius is to a great degree near his grandkids, truth be told, some time back he solicited the creators from Lingaa to name the film after his grandson.
Rajinikanth is the textbook definition of selflessness: Last year Chennai was hit by a devastating flood which brought life to a standstill. Pained by the death and destruction caused by this calamity, he asked his fans to refrain from celebrating his birthday and instead help the flood victims return to normal life.
These actions are strong proof of Rajinikanth’s unselfish nature. These were also illustrated in 2002 when he offered financial help to the makers of his ‘Baba’ when the film underperformed at the ticket box office.
Now, the superstar is expected to take the plunge into politics leaving his fans ecstatic and his competitors worried. Will he make the big move or not, is up to him, but as an entertainer, Rajini is an undoubtedly the king.
Here’s wishing the Thalaivaa of Indian Cinema, a very happy birthday.
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