The Rajnikanth File
RAJNI BY THE NUMBERS
15 Number of hairstyles he exhibits in Sivaji: The Boss
57 His age (he was born Dec. 12, 1949)
154 Films he has acted in.
850 Screens across the world showing Sivaji
38,000 Fan clubs he reportedly has.
200 million What he was paid in rupees for Sivaji
RAJNI MOVIE QUOTES
(translated from Tamil)
"If you know when you will die, life will be hell." (Sivaji, 2007)
"My way, unique way." (Padayappa, 1999)
"I'll do what I say, and also what I don't say." (Annamalai, 1992)
"It'll be better to marry a girl who likes you than a girl you like most." (Valli, 1993)
"What I say once, consider it said hundred times." (Badsha, 1995)
"God orders ? Arunachalam executes." (Arunachalam, 1997)
Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in Bangalore, he was a bus conductor before joining Madras Film Institute, where he was discovered by director K. Balachander and cast in the 1975 movie Katha Sangama.
Though his mother tongue is Marathi, he achieved stardom in Tamil movies. He's reputed to be the highest paid actor in India, earning Rs. 20 crore (200 million) for Sivaji: The Boss and Rs. 15 crore (150 million) for his previous movie, Chandramukhi.
His fans know him as Superstar Rajni and worship him like a god, pouring milk and beer on huge cutouts of him.
He has been married to his wife, Latha, for 26 years. They have two daughters, Aishwarya and Soundarya.
RAJNI ON THE WEB
A fan site that features articles, pictures and more.
A site that features a detailed history of the actor's career.
An email discussion group with 13,000 members
Flipping a cigarette and catching it in his mouth was once his trademark; he now does tricks with chewing gum, coins and sunglasses.
An ad for Amul carried this funny line: "If Rajani kant, who can?"
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