Rajinikanth, born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad is a renowned Indian actor, mostly appearing in Tamil movies. He has successfully conquered the heart of millions of fans around the globe through his highly skilled and stylish acting skills delivered in his movies for which he has been honored with many prestigious awards.

His recent movie 2.0 is bound to be released soon which is one of the most talked movies in India. 2.0 is the sequel to the movie “Enthiran” also known as Robot in Hindi. The movie has many stars one including the famous Akshay Kumar.


Early life

Rajinikanth was born to a Marathi family on 12 December 1950. His father Ramoji Rao Gaekwad is a police constable and mother Ramabai is a housewife. He has 3 siblings; Satyanarayan, Nageshwara, and Aswath. He completed his schooling from Acharya Pathasala Public School in Bangalore.Rajinikanth was married to Latha Rangachari in 1981 in Tirupati, Bangladesh. The couple has two daughters; Aishwarya and Soundarya.

He struggled immensely during his early life, he performed various jobs like that of a coolie and carpenter and finally, he was recruited as a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service.


Rajinikanth ‘s Career

Rajinikanth performed various stage plays offered by play writers in his early life. His performance in those shows was highly appreciated by the viewers, through which he got many chances to appear on the big screen. He started his acting career from the Tamil movie, “Apoorva Raagangal” in 1975 for which received positive reviews. However, his next release “Moondru Mudichu” (1976) helped him get a strong foot in the industry.

Some of his successful movies are “Vayathinile”, “Bairavi”, “Mullum Malarum”, “Thillu Mullu” and, “Chandramukhi”; these movies helped him establish himself in the movie industry, winning him many awards and nominations along the way. His skill of cigarette flipping in the movies became quite popular among his fans. His other blockbuster movies are “Sivaji”, “Enthiran”, “Lingaa” and “Kabali”. The movie “Enthiran” is also Hindi-dubbed as “Robot” which became the highest-grossing movie of all time in India.

He established himself as a versatile and prominent actor in the industry for his movies. He received his first Filmfare Award South for the movie “Nallavanuku Nallavan” and received many awards and nominations including Tamil Nadu State Film awards, Vijay Awards, Cinema Express Awards and much more. He was also honored with the prestigious Padma Bhushan Award in 2000 and Padma Vibhushan Award in 2016 by the Government of India.

His sequel of Enthiran, “Enthiran 2.0” is all set to be released in the box-office which also stars Akshay Kumar in the negative lead.

Apart from acting, he has also involved himself in many Philanthropic works. He also worked in support campaigns of corneal transplantation and anti-corruption movements. He donates most of his income to charities and frequently arranges blood donation programs and food distribution on several occasions.

Net worth

Rajinikanth is a popular actor in Indian cinema who is one of the highest paid actors around the globe. His estimated net worth is $50 Million, which he makes from movies and personal investments, however, he refuses to appear in TV commercials. He owns cars of brands like Range Rover, Bently, and Toyota Innova. Even though being extremely rich he lives a simple life and is involved in social works as well.