New Delhi: Rajinikanth aka ‘Thalaivaa’, who turned 72 on Monday, is a name that has enthralled audiences with various characters and films during his career spanning several decades. From kids to old people, this veteran actor has fans across all age groups. His larger-than-life portrayal of characters and off-screen simplicity is what sets him apart from his peers. So, as the legendary star who started off as a bus conductor turns another year older today, let’s delve deeper into some lesser known facts about the superstar:
1. His real name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad
Born in Bangalore to a Marathi family, Rajinikanth’s real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad and he grew up learning Marathi and Kannada. The future superstar was named after the great Maratha warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji.
2. He has worked as a coolie and a carpenter
Once he completed his schooling, Rajinikanth worked various jobs including coolie and carpenter, before entering the film industry. He was also recruited as a bus conductor by the Bangalore Transport Service.
3. Started as a villain in films
Do you know that initially he started off as a villain? During the first few years, Rajinikanth played anti-hero roles like an abusive husband, adulterer etc. In 1977, he was seen playing a positive character on the silver screen in the film `Bhuvan Oru Kelvikuri`.
4. Acted in 11 Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan
Rajinikanth has starred in eleven Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan such as `Deewaar`, `Amar Akbar Anthony`, `Laawaris` and `Don`, the latter of which became superhits.
5. Featured in CBSE Syllabus
Rajinikanth is the only Indian actor to be featured in a lesson titled `From Bus Conductor to Superstar` in the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus.
We wish him a very Happy Birthday!