In film industry, becoming a star is difficult, earning demi god status is more difficult and retaining the demi god status is next to impossible. Only countable men have managed to keep the 'stardom' with them forever and one does not have to be too wise to know that superstar Rajinikanth, who is turning 62 today (December 12), is one among them.
Many could only have dreams but some can only make impossibles possible to reach their goal. Rajinikanth is an example for many who wants to make it big in their careers. His hard work, patience and dedication made him a great actor but his humbleness and large-hearted attitude made him superstar and found a place in millions of hearts.
The superstar, who entered films in K Balachander's Apoorva Raagangal, is celebrating his birthday on a very special date - 12.12.12. More than Rajinikanth, who appears like getting younger with age, his fans are having a great day in the name of Rajini by doing various activities. Like every year, the day is packed with functions and social welfare activities.
On this special occasion, we would like to bring our readers some of his rare and unseen pictures with celebrities. Follow the slide...
Rajinikanth With Kamal Hassan And K Balachander
Born on December 12, 1950, Rajinikanth did quite a few small jobs in Bangalore before entering films.
Rajinikanth With Telugu Superstar Chiranjeevi
His style and talent of tossing the cigarette to the lips were first spotted by legendary actor K Balachander at a stage play in Chennai.
Rajinikanth With Jnanapith Laureate Girish Karnad
Seeing his dedication and hunger to act in films, K Balachander himself introduced him to Tamil cinema in the movie Apoorva Raagangal, which also starred Kamal Hassan.
Rajini And His Wife At Ajith's Marriage
Rajinikanth played the role of a womaniser in his fourth film Moondru Mudichu. His villainous role earned him a good name.
Rajini And Aamir Khan In Aatank Hi Aatank
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Shankar, Amitabh, Aamir And Rajini
Shankar, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan with Rajinikanth at the special screening of Endhiran - The Robot in Mumbai.
Telugu Superstar Mohan Babu With Rajini
The first positive role, which gave him the desired break was SP Muthuraman's Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri.
Rajinikanth With Dr Rajkumar
However, it was Billa, which was probably his first commercial hit as a hero.
Rajinikanth With Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Rajinikanth has acted in over 150 films across various languages such as Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, English and Bengali films.
Rajinikanth With Sarath Babu
Rajinikanth got the superstar status for his close-to-life roles, which were blended with his styles and punch dialogues.
Rajinikanth With Amitabh Bachchan
More importantly, he stood different from other actors for his unique mannerisms, and the style of mouthing dialogues that eventually brought him the name - Style King.
Rajini With Telugu Superstars Mohan Babu And Nagarjuna
Rajinikanth's golden era of commercial films was between 1990-2000, where his most movies were blockbusters and brought him the 'superstar' status.
Rajinikanth With Kannada Superstar Upendra
During this time, the sexagenarian's one-liners and mannerisms won the hearts of the audience.
Rajini With Kamal
In the last two decades, most filmmakers, who have directed him, have tried to bring in a punch to the one-liners that he mouth in their movies.
Vijaykanth, Kamal, Rajini And Sathyaraj
The actor, who dreamt of becoming an actor, was asked to leave the profession of bus conductor and to take up acting by his close friend Rao Bahadur.
Rajini With Amitabh
His friend initially helped and sent him to Chennai to pursue acting course.
Rajini With Telugu Megastar Chiranjeevi
Telugu movie Anthuleni Katha was the first-ever film where Rajinikanth played a major role.
Rajini With Ajith Kumar
Until then, his roles were small but this movie got him good publicity. It was the remake of Tamil super hit film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai.
Rajini With Silk Smitha
Rajinikanth's fans have been demanding for his wax statue at Madame Tussauds.
Rajinikanth With Yash Chopra
It's been a long pending demand from his fans. A 63,000-member fanclub of Rajinikanth kicked off an online campaign in 2010.
Rajini With Mohan Babu
For this birthday, Rajinikanth's admirers and huge fans Raghava Lawrence and Vijay Anthony have come up with a new idea to add more colour to the birthday celebration of the superstar.
Rajini With Mohan Babu
Well, they have done a special song for the the actor's birthday and the track was officially released by Rajini's wife Latha recently.
Rajini With Aamir Khan And His Wife
The musicof the special song is composed by Vijay Anthony, and sung by the music director and Malaysian singer Emcee Jazz. It is a mass track and the song, which is penned by Annamalai, has been released on YouTube.
Rajini With Sivaji Ganeshan
For this birthday, apart from celebrations, his fan clubs are holding a lot of social welfare activities today (December 12).
Rajini With Kamal
A series of events have been planned by his fans association in Tamil Nadu. They will distribute books, clothes and gift articles to the socially-backward classes.
Rajini With His Wife Latha
Fan organisations have also planned for blood donation camps across the state. Rajinikanth is also providing financial assistance for many schools.
Rajini With Aamir Khan
A couple of schools of physically and mentally challenged children, orphans and underprivileged kids will also be getting donation.
Rajini With Illayaraaja
And also, two books on Rajinikanth are hitting stands on December 12.
Rajinikanth Rare Picture
Suresh Krissna, who has given hits like Annamalai (1992), Veera (1994) and Baasha (1995), has written a book named 'My Days With Baasha - The Rajinikanth Phenomenon'.
Rajini With Kamal
The second book is penned by London-based film journalist Naman Ramachandran titled 'Rajinikanth - The Definitive Biography'.
Rajini with Chiranjeevi
However, to add more joy to the special day, Rajini's blockbuster Sivaji - The Boss. The film also featured Shriya Saran, Suman, Vivek, Raghuvaran, Manivannan and others in the cast.
Rajini With MGR
Sivaji is a political-thriller directed by Shankar. It had AR Rahman's music and it was produced by MS Guhan-M Sarvanan. The film is releasing in the 3D format on December 12.
Rajini With Some Of The Biggest Names Of Indian Cinema
The movie Shivaji tells the story of an NRI, who comes to India to do something good to the society. But falls into the trap of politician's devised plan to lose out all his properties.