Rajinikanth has decided not to celebrate his birthday on account of the torrential rains that sparked a deluge in Chennai and nearby districts. The 64-year-old actor has instead asked his fans to involve themselves in flood relief activities, sources said. He also contributed Rs 10 crore to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa towards the relief fund.
Here are some interesting facts about the man that you should know:
•Shivaji Rao Gaekwad or Rajinikanth started his career in movies in negative roles.
•He was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 2000.
•He was conferred the Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year in 2014 at the International Film Festival of India held in Goa.
•Till date Rajinikanth has won only one Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He won it for Nallavanuku Nallavan (1984). He was nominated in the same category for Sivaji (2007) and Enthiran (2010).
•Apart from starring in the movie, Rajinikanth also scripted and produced Baba (2002). When the movie bombed at the box office, the actor paid for the losses.
•Chandramukhi (2005) beat the record for the longest theatrical run set by 1944 film Haridas. Chandramukhi ran for 890 days while Haridas ran for 770 days. Chandramukhi was the first Tamil movie to be dubbed in German and Turkish.
•Muthu (1995) became the first Tamil movie to be dubbed in Japanese, as Mutu: Odoru Maharaja. The film grossed a record US$1.6 million in Japan in 1998 and was responsible for creating a large Japanese fan-base for the actor.
•Rajinikanth became the second highest paid actor in Asia (first was Jackie Chan) with his Rs 260 million pay for Sivaji.
•Kochadaiyaan was the first motion capture film to be made in India.
•It was a remake of a Hindi film that commercially launched Rajinikanth in Tamil movie industry. Amitabh Bachchan's Don was remade as Billa and became Rajinikanth's first success.
•John Jaani Janardhan was the Hindi remake of Moodru Mugam. Both films starred Rajinikanth in triple roles.
•Rajinikanth's first bollywood film was Andha Kanoon.