Every day is Rajni Day! The words like Brilliance, Awesomeness, Legendary etc. were added to the dictionary in the year 1950 on 12th of December. That was the day and year Thalaiva was born. One of the truly global stars of India, Rajni has proven time and again, that when he appears on the screen, everything else takes a back seat and he is more than enough to make people go gaga over him and his films. From things like “If Rajnikanth was born a hundred years earlier, the British would have fought to get their independence from India“ to “Rajinikanth does not need a watch, he decides what time it is” Thalaivar has ruled the hearts of people before and post the internet era.
As Rajnida turns 66 today, we bring to you 5 lesser known facts about this star, we bet you didn’t know.
1. He is a Maharashtrian
Yes! The superstar of South is a Maharastrian. He was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad to Maharashtrian parents in Bangalore. And even more surprising fact about him is, he has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and even Bengali, but Marathi his mother tongue. Adding to the list is his appearance in the Hollywood movie Bloodstone
2. Enthiran is the first Tamil film to have landed a spot in IMDb’s Top 50 list in 2010
His movie Enthiran became the first Tamil film to have bagged a spot in IMDb’s top 50 list in 2010. The movie also has been included as a case study in an IIM-A postgraduate elective course, Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective.
3. He is the Highest Paid Actor of India
The ultimate folk hero and forever young virility icon of Indian cinema, Rajnikanth is the highest-paid actor of India. After the success of Sivaji, his fee of Rs 26 crore made him the highest-paid Asian actor after Jackie Chan.
4. He is an Immortal Actor on Screen
His fans believe he can do anything on the silver screen. Due to his massive fan following and people worshipping him as a god, the film makers can’t even think about killing his character on screen. Rajinikanth has not died on-screen for many years now.
5. Thalaiva Doesn’t Celebrate his Birthday
23 years ago, when three of his fans lost their lives after celebrating his birthday, Rajnikanth stopped celebrating his birthday in Chennai. Even this year, he requested his fans to not celebrate his birthday as a mark of respect to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Celebration or no celebration, Rajnikanth’s birthday is always a special day for Thalaiva’s fans.