Happy Birthday Rajinikanth: Here’s How The Thalaiva Became Synonymous With Swag

On the eve of his 69th Birthday, we look back at the career of the icon who created his own style backed by substance and achieved god-like status.

1. Humble origins

Rajinikanth Early Days
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Not many artists go beyond being just actors or celebrities, to become legends. Rajinikanth is one of the biggest icons from Indian cinema. Everything Rajinikanth does becomes iconic and you know it because the phrase ‘Rajinikanth Style’ is commonly used. As fans gear up to celebrate his 69th birthday on 12th December, here’s why Rajinikanth deserves every bit of adulation that he gets.

Rajinikanth’s origin story is well-known and has inspired a lot of people to follow their dreams. He started out as a bus conductor before he became an on-screen star. What impresses people to this day is he has a managed to stay equally humble despite of all the stardom.

2. Early work

Rajinikanth and Amitabh in Andha kanoon
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When he started as an actor, Rajinikanth was inspired by Amitabh Bachchan and ended up acting in quite a few Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bacchan movies like Amar Akbar Anthony. Rajinikanth then went on to star opposite Amitabh Bachchan in the hit movie Andha Kanoon. His other early work in bollywood includes movies like Phool Bane Angarey and Dosti Dushmani.

3. Rajinikanth style

Rajinikanth In Robot
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Rajinikath has a inimitable swagger about him which audiences flock to theaters to see. From the way he wears his sunglasses to the way he shoots people with multiple guns in just two hands. His character in movies like Shivaay, Lingaa, Robot and more recently 2.o, cemented his status as one of the most stylish actors to grace the screen.

4. Meme king

Rajinikanth meme trend
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Memes are the bane of celebrities’ existence. Most memes are made to poke fun a celebrities, However, Rajinikanth is probably the only celebrity whose jokes are also a way of giving him respect. On his birthday our favourite is from a channel that started out specialising in Rajinikanth jokes, ‘Don’t be surprised if you feel strong winds in your city today, Rajinikanth will be blowing his birthday candles’

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5. Social justice warrior

Rajinikanth social justic warrior
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Rajinikanth has been contributing to social causes and disaster relief too for which he doesn’t look for media attention of public appreciation. He not only contributes himself, he even brings out the best side in his fans. Rajinikanth’s fan associations regularly organise blood donation and eye donation camps and distribute food during his birthday.

Watch this exclusive interview with Rajinikanth, which gives you a deeper look at his ideology, mindset and legacy, only on ZEE5.