The Thalaiva and His Leading Bollywood Ladies


Rajinikanth is notably one of the biggest superstars of the country and that is stating the obvious. There was a time when he was also one of the highest paid actors in Asia. After establishing himself as a successful actor, his megastar status continues to hold a matinee idol eminence in the South Indian film industry. He is often associated with Bollywood and is seen romancing actresses half his age on-screen. Some notable actresses paired with him in the movies include divas like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sridevi. In his upcoming film Kabali, he will be seen with B-town’s latest sensation Radhika Apte. On that note, we give you a lowdown on some of the best-known faces from Bollywood who have been cast opposite Thalaiva. 

Radhika Apte

2015 has been kind to Radhika Apte. From Badlapur to Hunterrr and now Manjhi: The Mountain Man, she’s on a roll. The short film,Ahalya directed by Sujoy Ghosh featuring the sultry actress also won her praises. The actress is now all set to star opposite the boss of Tollywood in Kabali, where Rajinikanth will play a don. The film releases next year.  

Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi finally made her South debut with Lingaa last year in which she appeared with Rajinikanth. The actress played a charming rural girl in this power-packed film that had Rajinikanth play a double role. While the film failed, the lead pair was quite the talk of the town.

Deepika Padukone

While it is a known fact that Deepika began her acting career with the Kannada movie Aishwarya (2006), her Bollywood breakthrough kept her busy and she wasn’t seen in any South Indian films thereafter. In 2014, she marked her comeback to the South industry with Kochadaiiyaan opposite Rajnikanth. The animated movie turned out to be a commercial success. If rumors are to be believed, Deepika will be seen paired opposite Rajinikanth yet again in the sequel of the blockbuster that was Robot (2010).  

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Among the many other milestones in her career, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s work in the South Indian film industry is well noted. With S. Shankar’s Enthiran or Robot, a sci-fi techno thriller, she added another feather to her cap. Her chemistry with Rajinikanth was much appreciated. 


The ageless beauty Rekha and Rajini first shared screen space in the 1991 hit Phool Bane Angaray. Later, after nine years, they were paired together again when they played Anil Kapoor’s parents in Bulandi, the remake of the Tamil movie Nattamai.  


Sridevi and Rajinikanth together are notably known for ChaalBaaz. Sridevi played a double role in the film, two sisters, one a brat and the other docile. While the former romanced Sunny Deol, the docile one caught Rajini’s fancy. The film showed amazing chemistry between the two and their comic timings were much appreciated. 

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