Rajinikanth, 70, popularly known as ‘Talaiva’, will not be seen on the political stage. Millions of his fans around the world hoped that he would do well in politics as well. People in the South Indian film industry consider him a god. This is why no film director allows Rajinikanth to die in the story. Fans anoint Rajinikanth’s posters with milk. VM, Manager, All India Rajinikanth Fans Association Sudhakar writes in his book ‘Rajinikanth- The Definitive Biography’ that by 2001, Rajinikanth had 50,000 registered fan clubs, millions of fans on social media. However, Rajinikanth is equally concerned about his fans. Throughout his career he has avoided advertising and brand promotion. He announced a palm cola drink only once in his entire career.
Rajinikanth first spoke in public on an issue in 1995 after 25 years of speculation, ending in 26 days . He spoke about bomb culture in Tamil Nadu in a program. Then in 1996, Jayalalithaa’s party spoke of corruption in the AIADMK. In 1996, he publicly supported the alliance between the Tamil Manila Congress and the DMK. The coalition won the election. He then declared support to the DMK in the 1998 Lok Sabha elections, but the DMK lost. The Kaveri water dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in 2002 led to a one-day hunger strike in protest of the Karnataka government. In 2017, he formed an organization called Rajni Makkalam Mandram (RMM). He wrote a letter on December 3, 2020 asking to form a political party and after 26 days apologized to the fans citing health reasons.
Supporter of Bhai Acting, staged plays at Ramakrishna Math
Bengaluru-born Rajinikanth (Shivaji Rao) has been a favorite of elder brother Satyanarayana. Satyanarayana sent the clever Shivaji to Ramakrishna Math for study. It was from here that Rajinikanth got a taste for acting. In the play based on Eklavya, he played the role of Eklavya’s friend. Then Kurukshetra did the play. After 12th standard, he told his family members that he was not interested in studying. The father protested, but the brother knew Shivaji’s talent. After working in the Bengaluru machinery, Rajinikanth became a conductor in the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BTS) in 1970. Raja Badhar, Rajinikanth’s fellow driver in BTS, became his most special friend. They work 6 to 2 in the morning, theater in the evening. In his job as a conductor, Rajinikanth acted in 25 BTS plays.
Learned Tamil in 21 days, director named Rajankant
Famous producer K. Balachandran came to give a lecture at Madras Film Institute. Balachandra offered a role in the film ‘Apoorva Rangangal’ to Rajinikanth, a Kannada batch student of the institute. Bet that he must learn Tamil. Marathi and Kannada-speaking Rajinikanth learned Tamil in just 21 days. Rajinikanth first faced the camera on March 27, 1975. The director did not want the name of the famous actor of South Indian films Shivaji Ganesan to be used, so he gave a new name to Shivaji Rao – Rajinikanth. Entered Hindi cinema in 1983 with the film ‘Andha Kanoon’. In his 45-year career, Rajinikanth has acted in a total of 209 films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. He has also been the writer and producer of two films.