Rajnikanth, The Super Star, a phenomenon is turning 63 on 12 /12/12
There have been many Stars and Superstars.
Yet the craze and adulation for this humble Conductor from Karnataka is unparalleled.
He may not be good Actor ,not even good-looking with very dark complexion and small eyes.
yet the Man looms large over the others.
But what makes the Man tick?
Is it his love of acting,humility or his clever choice of subjects for his Films or his very uncommon trait of understanding his weakness?
I believe it is a combination of all these.
Yet his humility and the trait of not forgetting his roots and the path he traveled makes him connect to people.
Kamal Hassan whom I happened to know in his younger days(moot point whether he will remember people) is an actor of some substance and has mass following.
Yet it can not match Rajni.
Rajni does not bother about his image , while Kamal does.
Rajni is Humane , Kamal Clever.
Kamal pontificates, Rajni connects.
Rajni lives with us in the Real world while Kamal Hassan orbits in the tinsel world.
Rajni cloaks his Wisdom under the hood of an Ignoramus, Kamal does the opposite.
Kamal speaks what the audience what the audience wants to hear while Rajni communicates with himself in Public.
Rajinikanth (born 12 December 1950 as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad) is an Indian film actor,media personality, and cultural icon. He made his debut as an actor in the National Film Award–winning Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander, whom the actor considers his mentor.
After a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films, he gradually rose to become an established film actor. Within a few years, he was acclaimed as the superstarof Tamil cinema and continues to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of India. His mannerisms and stylised delivery of dialogue in films contribute to his mass popularity and appeal. After being paid 26 crore (US$5.9 million) for his role in Sivaji(2007), he became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. He was one of the most influential actors in the film industry due to his overwhelming back-driven influence onpolitics in Tamil Nadu.
Rajinikanth has worked in over 150 films across various film industries of India. He has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. He was bestowed the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour in 2000. Other than acting, Rajinikanth has also worked as a producer and screenwriter.