Rajinikanth (born 12 December 1950 as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad) is an Indian film actor, media personality, and cultural icon. He is also consideres as the demi God of Indian Cinemas.
Rajinikanth began his career in cinema through the Tamil movie Apoorva Raagangal starring Kamal Haasan, the film was directed by K. Balachander.The film went on to win the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil. His second film, a Kannada film, Katha Sangama, was directed by Puttanna Kanagal and released in 1976.In 1977, he accepted his first-ever lead role in the Telugu film Chilakamma Cheppindi.
The 1978 film Bairavi was the first Tamil film to cast Rajinikanth as a main hero.He also got the “superstar” title through the film. He made his Malayalam film-debut through Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum. By the end of the 1980s, he became a popular actor in the South Indian cinema. In 1983, he starred in his first Bollywood film, Andha Kanoon, alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The film went on to become one of the highest grossing films of that time.
Rajinikanth married Latha Rangachari on 26 February 1981, at the age of 31 in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. The couple have two daughters named Aishwarya Rajinikanth and Soundarya Rajinikanth.