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262/365 – Rajinikanth

Name: Shivaji Rao Gaikwad

Born:12 December 1950, Bangalore, Mysore State, India

Residence: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Occupation: Film actor, producer, screenwriter

Years active: 1975–present

Spouse: Latha Rangachari

Children: Aishwarya R. Dhanush and Soundarya R. Ashwin

Awards: Padma Bhushan

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 motion picture 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 of his career, he was claimed to be the superstar of Tamil cinema and has since continued 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.

While working in other regional film industries of India, he also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including in that of the United States.

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 is one of the most influential actors in the film industry due to his overwhelming back-driven influence on politics in Tamil Nadu.

Rajinikanth has worked in over 150 films across various film industries of India. He has won a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award and six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor.

He was bestowed the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in the year 2000 for his contribution to Indian cinema. Other than acting, Rajinikanth has also worked as a producer and screenwriter.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajinikanth

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