Shivaji Rao Gaekwad (born 12 December 1950), known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor who works primarily in Tamil cinema. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander’s Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal (1975), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films.

After earning ?26 crore (equivalent to ?55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016) for his role in Sivaji (2007), he was the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time. While working in other regional film industries of India, Rajinikanth has also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including the the American film Bloodstone (1988). As of 2014, Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. In addition to acting, he has also worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career, he is also a philanthropist, spiritualist, and serves as an influence in Dravidian politics.

The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts. At the 45th International Film Festival of India (2014), he was conferred with the “Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year”. Rajinikanth’s next film was director Pa. Ranjith’s crime drama Kabali, produced by S. Thanu. The film was released in July 2016. Rajinikanth is filming for 2.0, a spiritual successor to Enthiran, that is scheduled for release in 2017.


Rajinikanth Real Name Shivaji Rao Gaikwad
Rajinikanth Nickname Superstar, Thaliwa
Rajinikanth Profession Actor, Producer, Screenwriter
Physical Stats & More
Rajinikanth Height in cm 175 cm
Rajinikanth Height in meters 1.75 m
Rajinikanth Height in Feet Inches 5 feet 9 inches (5? 9?)
Rajinikanth Real Height 5? 8.5?
Rajinikanth Weight in Kgs 70 Kgs
Rajinikanth Weight in Pounds 160 lbs
Rajinikanth Measurements – Chest: 40 inches – Waist: 30 inches – Biceps: 13 inches

– Neck: 13 inches

Rajinikanth Eye Colour Black
Rajinikanth Hair Colour Black
Personal Life
Rajinikanth Date of Birth 12 December, 1950
Rajinikanth Age (as in 2013) 63 Years
Rajinikanth Birth Place Bangalore, Mysore state, India
Rajinikanth Zodiac Sign/Sun Sign Saggitarius
Rajinikanth Nationality Indian
Rajinikanth Hometown Chennai
Rajinikanth School Government Model Primary School, Bangalore
Rajinikanth College M.G.R Film and Television Institute of Tamil Naidu
Rajinikanth Debut Movie Aboorva Ragangal (Tamil) in 1975
Rajinikanth Father Ramoji Rao Gaikwad (a Police constable)
Rajinikanth Mother Jijabai
Rajinikanth Brothers Sathyanarayana Rao Gaikwad, Nageshwara Rao Gaikwad
Rajinikanth Sister NA
Rajinikanth Religion Hindu
Rajinikanth Likes Traveling
Rajinikanth Dislikes NA
Favourite Things
Rajinikanth Favourite Actor Kamal Haasan
Rajinikanth Favourite Actress Rekha
Rajinikanth Favourite Sports Cricket
Girls, Family & More
Rajinikanth Marital Status Married
Rajinikanth Affairs/Girlfriends Silk Smitha, Latha
Rajinikanth Wife/Spouse Latha Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth Marriage Date February 26,1981
Rajinikanth Children 2 (1 son & 1 daughter)
Rajinikanth Son N/A
Rajinikanth Daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth & Aishwarya R. Dhanush (Actor Dhanush’s wife)
Style Quotient
Rajinikanth Cars Collection Chevrolet Tavera. Premier Padmini Fiat, Toyota Innova, Ambassador and Honda Civic
Rajinikanth Bikes Collection Suzuki Hayabusa, Suzuki Intruder M1800 RZ limited edition motorbike
Money Factor
Rajinikanth Price per Movie 30-40 Crores
Rajinikanth Net Worth $60 Million

Rajinikanth Unknown Facts List:

  • Does Rajinikanth Smoke?: He was a chain smoker but last year he quit smoking after he was admitted to hospital due to illness
  • Does Rajinikanth Drink Alcohol?: Occasionally
  • His much famous style of tossing cigarette came from a incidence when he wanted to join gang in school, they were his seniors so they refused so he thought he would impress the guys by this trick. He used to practice this trick in bushes of the school.
  • He was very naughty and spoiled brat in his childhood.
  • Even though, his parents died in his early childhood, Rajinikanth always had a strong love for his mom and used to bother his elder brother to let him know about their past days along with vivid explanation of his mother.
  • When he was doing job as a conductor his pay was around Rs.750 and one of his friend named Raj Bhadhur gave him funds to learn in the film institution in Chennai.
  • He used to show his acting skills in the bus while he was a bus conductor.
  • His elder brother helped him a lot in his childhood. They were so poor that there was not enough food for them to fill their stomach, sometimes his brother used to sacrifice food for his younger brother Rajini.
  • He met his wife Latha when a group of college girls came to him for his interview, Latha was leading the group. Rajinikanth got so attracted to girl that he proposed Latha on the same day.
  • He likes to spend time in his garden are instead of sitting at home.
  • He is very humble and down to earth. In his marriage ceremony, he treated the media persons like his guests.

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