Monday, July 30, 2007

rajini's life history

Rajini, the real mantra of Tamil Nadu. There are fan associations across Tamil Nadu dedicated to him. Many more than for any other Tamil star, past or present. Rajinikanth, the carpenter-turned-coolie-turned-conductor-turned Super Star says: “I couldn’t have asked God for more.”

A bit of a recluse, Rajni may be. But everyone who’s had the privelege of a darshan with the thalaivar has come away with a spring in his step and a warm glow in the heart. Warm, friendly and affable, he’s the sort who deserves all the superstardom he’s earned. Such men, indeed, are rare...

It’s been 25 years, believe it or not, since the Periya Thalaivar (big boss) made his debut with an inconsequential role in a Tamil film. From villain and antihero to blockbuster supernova, the gifted actor has made the most of every outing. And he’s deserved every bit of the success. SCREEN analyses why...

It's a wide angle shot. A man is seen opening a gate, dressed in rags and smoking a beedi. A terminally ill disease writ large on his face. Precisely on that frame appears the Sanskrit term shruthi bedham, coupled with an off screen voice, an undoubtedly inauspicious start to any debutante’s first screen appearance, especially in the maiden frame.

The film was Apoorva Raagangal (1975). The film itself was thick in controversy, and nobody took notice of the young newcomer, who was on screen barely for fifteen minutes, muttered a few apologetic words to the wronged woman and ultimately died an unsung, unheroic death.

No one in the audience, even in his wildest imagination, would have thought this nondescript man, who had won the least attention in the film would ever win over millions of hearts in Tamil Nadu. Or ride the state like a colossus. Or even that his sway over the masses would be so intense that he could rewrite the fate of Tamil Nadu politics, exactly two decades after the release of his first film.

K Balachander, the director who has an uncanny knack of creating stars, first met Rajnikant at the film institute, where he was a student. Balachander glanced at the dark young man and crisply asked him to meet him in his office the next day. When Rajnikant walked into his office gingerly, Balachander informed him he was going to act in his next film. Overwhelmed by the sudden offer from a ‘big’ director, Rajnikant just could not believe his ears. It’s a feeling Rajni still recounts whenever in the mood of reminiscence.

Later, Balachander confided in his close friend and associate Ananthu, “Watch out! There is a fire in the young man’s eyes. One day he will take Tamil Nadu by storm.” How true the prediction turned out!

Producers went all out to capitalise on this new “wonder” called Rajnikant, and a string of films projecting him as an anti-hero, with all his stylish mannerisms in full swing, were released in quick succession. Gayathri had him shooting blue films of his wife without her knowledge, Bhairavi, Shankar Salim Simon and the like. Rajni had, by now, become an indisputable star in his own right, a force to reckon with.

Though Rajnikant persistently refers to K Balachander as his “guru”, it was director SP Muthuraman who actually revamped Rajni’s image entirely. Muthuraman first experimented with him in a positive role in Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri, as a villain in the first half and a refined man in the second, accepting a woman with a child ditched by her lover. The success of Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri prompted SPM to make a mushy melodrama with Rajni as a hero sacrificing everything for his siblings, a role ideally tailormade for Sivaji Ganesan! That film was Arulirunthu Arupathu Varai, in which Rajni’s mannerisms were totally missing and he even appeared as an old man in the last few frames. Even while the film was in the making, Rajni had misgivings about whether the audience would accept him in tear jerkers of this kind. But the film got made and its box-office success made Rajni popular among women audiences, too. These two films were a turning point in Rajni’s career — he changed from an actor who merely enthralled the audiences, to one who also made them weep. The acceptance of Rajni sans his mannerisms proved he’d at last become an actor from a star. Around this time came Mullum Malarum, directed by J Mahendran, which established Rajni as a hero with a slight tinge of the negative.

Rajnikant’s entry may have been humble, in an insignificant role but the success he achieved in a very short span was unimaginable. A popular Tamil magazine brought out a special supplement at a time when his still on the make, and, he presto, the magazine’s sales doubled with that issue alone.

Such mass adulation, the thunderous rain of applause when Rajni delivered his lines, all put together, made him a phenomenon. It was at this point that Rajni realised the onus had been thrust on him. The fate of producers hinged on him alone. This sudden exposure to the glare of the media and the popularity and money he never imagined would be his, created a lot of stress in his mind. At that crucial time in his career when his market price had just begun to zoom, he decided to opt out of films completely, sending shock waves to his fans. Balachander, Kamalhaasan and his other well-wishers somehow, coaxed him into staying on.

The second phase of his life started with K Balaji’s Billa, a superhit disproving the canard spread by detractors that Rajnikant was “finished”. He was accepted as a full-fledged hero. Billa was followed by a row of hits like Pokkiri Raja, Thanikkattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla and the all-important Moondru Mugham, in which Rajni essayed a triple role. Even two decades after its release, the last continues to be a box-office draw and Rajni’s fans can never tire of the thalaivar’s verbal clash with villain Senthamarai. K Balachander’s first home production, Nettrikkam proved to be yet another milestone in Rajni’s career.

An analysis of Rajni’s career graph shows a remarkable absence of fits and starts. It has been a slow and steady rise to the very top. As Rajni sings in a hit song from Badshah, a man’s life may be divided into eight divisions. Rajni’s own career may be divided into three segments. The first as a villain, the second as a hero with negative traits, and the third and present phase, as the reigning czar of Tamil filmdom. With Rajni’s films fetching crores and his market price skyrocketing, the costs of production of his films became unmanageable. And Rajni has since had to stick to a one film per year formula, sometimes, he could do a film once in two years.

The new trend where his films’ collections exceed normal regional film expectations started off with Badshah, followed by Annamalai, Arunachalam, Ejaman, Muthu and Padayappa. It’s now an accepted fact that only a Rajnikant film can break records set by his own films.

As an actor, Rajnikant’s greatest asset, apart from his style is his sense of humour and comic timing. Like Amitabh Bachchan is popular for his drunken soliloquies, Rajnikant is famous for his comic encounters with snakes, repeated umpteen times.

In the early 80s, Rajnikant made a foray into Bollywood with Andhaa Kanoon, a superhit. But Rajnikant could not concentrate on Hindi films because he was already safely ensconced down South. He still made a few films in Hindi, to mention specially Chaalbaaz which had Sridevi in a dual role. Rajni also enjoys a special kind of popularity in Telugu films and his Peddarayudu (remake of Tamil hit Nattammai) seems to have broken all previous records. The Telugu version of Padayappa has been a money-spinner, too. Rajnikant became a trendsetter recently with his Muthu and its songs becoming a rage in Japan and now, Padayappa running to packed houses in the UK and USA.

Basically a religious person, Rajnikant has always owned up his faith. “I was brought up by the Ramakrishna Mission and it’s from there that I have inherited this religious frame of mind,” he keeps saying. Even his films have him openly sharing his faith. In Arunachalam he mouths that famous line, “God decides and Arunachalam executes it.” His public meetings are always spiced with humour and embellished with anecdotes from mythology.

Married to Lata, an English literature graduate, hailing from an elite Iyengar family in 1980, Rajni has two daughters who are carefully kept away from the limelight. Lata herself a versatile singer, now runs a school called The Ashram. The couple indulges in a lot of charity, the latest being converting his Raghavendra Kalyana Mandapam into a charitable trust to help the poor and needy.

Ego and starry airs are unknown to Rajnikant. During breaks he hardly ever rushes to his air-conditioned makeup room. Instead, he prefers to sleep on the sets, even without a pillow, merely covering his eyes with a wet cloth. He never comes to functions with a retinue behind him and even prefers to drive his own car.

Rajnikant’s phenomenal success and his sway over the masses make people speculate whether he will follow the footsteps of the late MGR and enter politics. Though there has been a lot of pressure on him to enter politics by the likes of actor turned journalist, Cho Ramaswamy (“Rajnikant is the best choice for chief ministership because he has a basic integrity and simplicity, a quality which is very rare these days”) Rajnikant has persistently maintained a diplomatic silence, except for the fact that he openly supported the ruling DMK in the last assembly elections and discreetly in the recent Lok Sabha elections. When pressed, Rajnikant answers in his own inimitable style, “Yesterday I was a conductor, today I’m a star, tomorrow what I’ll be only He knows!”

A bit of a recluse, he may be at heart, but everyone who’s had the privilege of a darshan with the thalaivar has come away with a spring in his step, and a warm glow in his heart. Warm, friendly and affable, he’s the sort who deserves all the superstardom he’s earned. Such men, indeed, are rare.

A-Z abt rajini

Name
Rajinikanth

Real Name
Shivaji Rao Gaikwad

Date of Birth
12.12.1950

Time of Birth
11:54 P.M.

Place of Birth
Bangalore

Star/Rasi
Sirvana/Magaram

Color
Black

Height
5 feet 9 inch

Weight
70 Kg

Name of Spouse
Mrs. Latha Rajinikanth, Principal,

The Ashram

Date of Marriage
26.02.1981 4:30 A.M

Place of Marriage
Thirupathi

Date of Reception
14.03.1981 6:00 A.M

Place of Reception
Taj Coromandal, Chennai

Names of Children
Aishwarya & Sowandarya

Address
18, Raghava Veera Avenue,

Poes Garden, Chennai-86

Contact Phone
24991291,24990278

Fax
24838890 (Raghavendra Mandapam)

Father's Name
Ramoji Rao

Mother's Name
Rambhai

Brother's Name
Sathya Narayana Rao & Nageshwara Rao

Guru
K.Balachandar

Spiritual Guru
Satchithananda Swamiji

Favourite God
Shri Raghavendra

Favourite Books
Books written by Shri Ramana Maharishi

Favourite City
Chennai

Favourite Colour
Black

Favourite Drinks
Juice & Curd

Favourite Foods
Chicken & Mutton items

Happiest Moments
To be alone

Worst Moments
Left the job of Conductor

Worst Period
1978 - 1981

Favourite Dress
White Kurtha

Favourite Place
Himalaya

Favourite Place in House
Pooja Room

Favourite Proverb
Beware of Everything -that is un true; stick to the Truth shall succeed slowly but steadily

Favourite work
Self-driving

Unforgettable Man
K.Balachandar

Unforgettable Function
Bassha Silver Jubilee Function

Unforgettable Friend
Sri Priya

First Film
Aboorva Ragangal

50th Film
Tiger (Telugu)

100th Film
Shri Raghavendrar

125th Film
Rajathi Raja

150th Film
Padyappa

Favourite Hollywood Actor
Sylvester Stallone

Favourite Indian Actor
Kamalhaasan

Favourite Actress
Rekha (Hindi)

Favourite Role
Romantic Roles

Most Valuable Item
Appreciation Letter from K.Balachander for the film "Mullum Malarum"

Favourite Language
English

Favourite Films
Hollywood Films

Favourite Novel
Kalki's Ponniyin Selvan & T. Janakiraman's Amma Vanthal

Favourite Cinema Scene
Duet Scene

Favourite Writer
Jayagandhan

Favourite Poet
Kannadasan

Favourite Musician
Illayaraja

Favourite Speaker
Vattal Nagaraj

Favourite Songs
Songs sung by Chandrababu

Favourite Film
Veera Kesari (Kannada)

Favourite Politician
Singapore President Lee Quan-u

Unforgettable Leader
Mahatma Gandhiji

About Mahatma Gandhiji
Form of Truth; Great Yogi

About Bharathiar
Real Rebel Poet

About Kamarajar
Real "Padikatha Methai"

About Periyar
Real Spiritualist

About Annadurai
Great Leader

About Kalaigar
The only leader for Tamil Community

About M.G.R
Guardian to Tamil Cinema

About Shjivaji Ganeshan
Dictionary of Tamil Cinema

About Jayshankar
Sportiveness

About Shivakumar
Punctuality

About Kamalahaasan
Sincerity

Message to Fan
Live & Let Live
About Rajinikanth I live for myself ; I don't care anybody but I respect everybody

rajini's milestones

Rajini's First Language Movies

Tamil - Aboorva Raagangal (18.08.1975)

Kannadam - Katha Sangama (23.01.1976)

Telugu - Anthuleni Katha (27.02.1976)

Malayalam - Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum (14.04.1979)

Hindi - Andhaa Kaanoon (07.04.1983)

English - Bloodstone (07.10.1988)

Bengali - Baghya Devatha

1st to 150th Film

1st Movie - Aboorva Raagangal

25th Movie - Maathu Tappadamaga (Kannadam)

50th Film - Tiger (Telugu)

75th Fim - Ranga

100th Film - Sri Ragavendra

125th Film - Rajathi Raja

150th Film - Padayappa

Rajini's First

Positive Role Movie - Kavikuyil (1977)

Colour Film : 16 Vayathinelle (1977)

Silver Jubilee Film – Anthu Leni Katha (Telugu) (1976)

Tamil Silver Jubilee Film – 16 Vayathinile (1977)

Solo Hero Movie & also "Superstar Title" - Bairavi (1978)

Film shot in overseas - Priya (1978)

Film with Sivaji Ganesan - Justice Gopinath (1978)

Double Role - Billa (1980)

Cinemascope - Pollathavan (1980)

Film without moustache - Thillu Mullu (1981)

Triple Role - Moondru Mugam (1982)

Own Production : Maveeran (1986)

Song sung by Rajini : Adikuthu Kuliru (Mannan) (1992)

Own Screenplay and Story : Valli (1993)

The Most who Rajini worked with:

Director : S.P. Muthuraman (25 films)

Producer : Devar Films / Kavithalaya

Actors : Kamal Hassan (17 Films)

Actress : Sri Priya

Comedy Actor : Y.G. Mahendran

Dialogue Writer : Panchu Arunachalam

Music Director : Illayaraja

Dance Master : Puliyoor Saroja

Stunt Master : Judo Ratinam

Playback Singer : S.P.Balasupramaniam

Lyric Writer : Vairamuthu

Tamil Movie Achievements

First Tamil Stereo Songs - Priya (1978)

First 70mm Tamil Movie - Maveeran (1986)

First South Indian Actor acted in Hollywood film with his own voice - Bloodstone (1988)

First Platinum disc of Tamil Movie - Rajathi Raja (1989) - (Platinum disc was released for 1,22,000 audio cassettes has been sold which created a record)

First Indian film with Animation characters - Raja China Roja (1989)

First Tamil movie dubbed in Japanase language - Muthu (1995)- (Created box office collections in Japan theaters)

Miscellaneous

Films based on Novels - Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri, Vanakathukuriya Kathaleye, Mullum Malarum, Gayathiri and Priya

Rajini is the first Hindi hero to give a super hit movie with triple role (John Jani Janardhan). Previously Amitab's Mahan and Dilipkumar's Bairaag flopped badly in boxoffice.

Mullum Malarum was screened in Indian Panorama in the year 1978

After Sivaji's Pilot Premnath, Indo-Srilanka Collaboration Production was Rajini's Thee (1981)

The year which highest number of Rajini films released : 1978

Darmathin Thalaivan is the first Tamil Film dispatched to Tamilnadu Theaters through Aeroplane.

MS Visuvanathan is the first playback singer for Rajini (Moodru Mudichu)

The following movie names changed before it is released

Naan Mahan Alla - Naan Gandhi Alla

Dharmadurai - Kaalam Maari Pochu

Raghupathy Raghava Rajaram - Raghupathy Raghavan Rajaram

Baba is the only film in India:

-released in several theaters (double the number) in major cities

-officially issued cinema ticket more than Rs200

-reservation of audio cassette through coupon

Well known producers started producing Tamil films after a big gap using Rajini as their first film :

Devar Films :Thaai Meethu Sathiyam (1978)

AVM : Murattu Kaalai (1980)

Sathya Movies : Raanuva Veeran (1981)

Vijaya Vahini Movies : Uzhaipaali (1993)

Co-Stars who produced Rajini films :

Thiyagarajan - Mathu Thapitha Maga (Kannada)

K. R. vijaya - Naan Vazavaipen

Balaji - Billa, Thee, Viduthalai

Sripriya - Natchathiram (Guest)

Dwarakish - Adutha Varisu, Ganguvaa (Hindi), Nan Adimai Illai

Vijaya Kumar- Kai Kodukum Kai

Ravichandran - Padikathavan, Natuku Oru Nallavan

Rakesh Roshan - Begawan Dada

Krishna - Maaveeran

Chiranjeevi - Maapillai

Prabhu - Mannan & Chandramukhi

Mohan Babu - Peddarayadu

Ilayaraja - Rajathi Raja

Co-star's First Film

Gauthami - Guru Sishyan

Chinni Jeyanth - Kai Koduku Kai

Producer's First Film

Valli Velan Movies - Bairavi

P.A. Arts Production - Aarilirundu Arubadu Varai

Vidhya Movies - Pollathavan

Kavithalayam - Netrikkan

Maya Arts - Sivapu Sooriyan

Ragavendira’s - Kai Kodukum kai

S.D. Combines - Anbulla Rajnikanth

Dwarakish Chithra - Adutha Varisu

Lakshmi Productions - Naan Sigapu Manithan

Eswari Productions - Padikathavan

Geetha Arts - Mapillai

Rasi Kala Mandir - Darmadorai

Visalam Productions - Pandiyan

Chandamama Vijaya Combines - Uzaippali

Devyank Arts - Tyaagi

Annamali Cine Combine - Arunachalam

Arunachala Cine Creations -Padayappa

Lotus International - Baba

Director's First Film

Vayathinile - Bhrathiraja

Bairavi - M. Bhaskar

Mullum Malarum - Mahendran

Aval Appadithan - Rudraya

Billa - R. Krishnamoorthy

Naan Pota Saval - Purthchidasan

Anbulla Rajnikanth - K. Natraj

Naan Admai Illai - Dwarakish (In Tamil only)

Highest Remake Film is from Amithab Bachan and they are:

Billa - Don

Ram Robert Rahim - Amar Akbar Antony

Thee - Diwar

Naan Vazavaipen - Majboor

Padikkathavan - Khuddar

Mr. Bharath - Trisool

Maaveeran - Mard

Siva - Khoon Pasina

Velaikkaran - Namak Halal

Panakkaran - Laawaris

Badsha - Outline of HUM

Dharmathin Thalivan - Kasme Vaade

awards for thala

1977
16 Vayathinile
Best Actor
Arima Sangam

1977
Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri
Best Supporting Actor
Thirai Kathir

1978
Mullum Malarum
Best Actor
Tamil Nadu Government

1978
Mullum Malarum
Best Actor
Arima Sangam

1979
Aarilirundu Arubadhu Varai
Best Actor
Filmfans Association

1979
Aarilirundu Arubadhu Varai
Best Actor
Devar Award

1982
Moondru Mugam'
Best Actor
Tamil Nadu Government

1982
Engeyo Ketta Kural
Best Actor
Tamil Nadu Film Fans Association

1984
Nallavanuku Nallavan
Best Actor
Filmfare Awards

1984
Nallavanuku Nallavan
Best Actor
Cinema Express

1984
Nallavanuku Nallavan
Best Actor
Filmfans Association

1984
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KALAIMAMANI AWARD
Tamil Nadu Government

1985
Sri Raagavendirar
Best Actor
Filmfans Association

1985
Sri Raagavendirar
Best Actor
Cinema Express

1985
Sri Raagavendirar
Best Actor
Filmalaya

1987
Velaikkaran
Best Actor
Sunflash Award

1988
Blood Stone
Best Achiever Award
Cinema Express

1989
-
MGR AWARD
Tamil Nadu Government

1991
Thalapathy
Best Actor
Cinema Express

1991
Thalapathy
Best Actor
Filmfans Association

1992
Annamalai
Best Actor
Cinema Express

1992
Annamalai
Best Actor
Ambika Awards

1993
Valli
Best Story Writter
Cinema Express

1993
Valli
Best Story Writter
Filmfans Association

1993
Valli
Best Film Producer
TamilNadu Murpokku Sangam

1995
-
KALAICHELVAM AWARD
Nadigar Sangam

1995
Peaddarayadu
Best Actor
Screen Awards

1995
Baadsha
Best Actor
Cinema Express

1995
Baadsha
Best Actor
Filmfans Association

1995
Muthu
Best Actor
Cinema Express

1995
Muthu
Best Actor
Kalasagar Award (Bombay)

1995
Muthu
Best Actor
Filmfans Association

1995
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OSHOBISMIT AWARD for his Spirituality
Rajinish Ashram Award

1999
Muthu
Best Actor
Tamil Nadu Government

1999
Padayappa
Best Actor
Tamil Nadu Government

2000
-
PADMABHUSHAN AWARD
Central Government of India


AWARDS FOR RAJINI FILMS
AWARD
TYPE
FILM NAME

Year : 1975

National Award
Best Regional Tamil Film
Aboorva Raagangal

Filmfare
Best Tamil Film
Aboorva Raagangal

Arima Sangam
Best Tamil Film
Aboorva Raagangal

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Aboorva Raagangal

Filimalaya
Best Tamil Film
Aboorva Raagangal

Cinema Express
Best Tamil Film
Aboorva Raagangal

Year: 1976

Filmfans
Best Telugu Film
Anthu Leni Katha

Year: 1977

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri (1 lakh Rupees Remuneration)

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Bhuvana Oru Kelvikuri

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
16 Vayathinile

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
16 Vayathinile

ThiraiKadhir
Best Tamil Film
16 Vayathinile

Arima Sangam
Best Tamil Film
16 Vayathinile

Year: 1978

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Ilamai Oonjaladugirathu

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Sadhurangam (1 lakh Rupees Remuneration)

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Mullum Malarum

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Mullum Malarum

Lions Club
Best Tamil Film
Mullum Malarum

Filmfare
Best Tamil Film
Mullum Malarum

Cinema Express
Best Tamil Film
Mullum Malarum

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Aval Appadithan

Filmfanes
Best Tamil Film
Priya

Year: 1979

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Aarilirundu Arubaduvarai

Year: 1980

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Murattukalai

Year: 1982

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Engeyo Ketta Kural

Filmfare
Best Tamil Film
Engeyo Ketta Kural

Tamil Nadu Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Engeyo Ketta Kural

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Moondru Mugam

Year: 1984

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Anbulla Rajnikanth

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal

Year: 1989

Santhome Communications
Best Tamil Film
Raja Chinna Roja

Year: 1991

Filmfans
Best Tamil Film
Thalapathy

Year: 1992

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Lyrics, Best Art, Best Editing
Pandiyan

Year: 1996

Cinema Express
Best Telugu Film
Peaddarayadu

Filmfans
Best Telugu Film
Peaddarayadu

Year: 1997

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Arunachalam

Year: 1999

Tamil Nadu Government
Best Tamil Film
Padayappa (including 5 state awards)

5 comments:

prakash said...

extra-ordinary=superstar

VEEEA said...

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gaja endhiran said...

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Moorthi T said...

saimoorthi.PT said....

only-one super*star=rajinikanth