Naved wrote on Dec 12 2008 2:15PM
Rajnikant was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1949 in Bangalore, his father Ramojirao Gaekwad was a Police constable. He lost his mother Jijabai at the age of eight, He was employed as a bus conductor before he joined the Madras Film institute in 1973 with the help of his friend Raj Bahadur, a fellow bus driver and completed a basic course in acting. In the film institute he was helped by his Vice Principal A. Prabhakaran.
Rajnikant is one of the most influential and bankable movie stars in Indian cinema. Rajinikant's mass popularity and appeal is largely drawn from his mannerisms and stylized delivery of dialogue. He received India's third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema.
He was reportedly paid Rs.26 crores for his latest blockbuster Sivaji: The Boss, making him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.
Rajinikanth has acted in Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, English and Bengali films.