Rajinikanth's rags-to-riches story has inspired many. His journey from an ordinary bus conductor in Bangalore to the superstar of South India is an example of how a man can achieve big if he has a deep desire to succeed in life.
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. His friend initially helped and sent him to Chennai to pursue an acting course.
Legendary director K Balachander is his guru, who spotted Rajinikanth and predicted that he would become a star one day. However, Rajini did supporting roles in his early days before turning a hero.