Superstar Rajinikanth is one of the most celebrated stars in South India. In his acting career spanning 39 years, the veteran actor has featured in 170 movies in various Indian Languages. In Telugu, he has acted in nearly 20 movies and most of his films in other languages have also been dubbed in Telugu. This shows his popularity in Andhra Pradesh, where he enjoys huge fan following that is almost equal to that of any other Telugu superstars.
Having featured in two Telugu films, Rajinikanth forayed into Tollywood through director K Balachander's 1976 film Anthuleni Katha, which was a remake of Tamil film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai (1974). He played a pivotal role in this movie. He played his first-ever lead role in the Telugu film Chilakamma Cheppindi in 1977. Following the success of this film, he has starred in several straight Telugu films.
With his unique style and dialogue diction, Rajinikanth has impressed not only Telugu film goers and critics, but also several popular Tollywood actors, actresses, directors and producers, who have become his ardent fans. A host of young Telugu celebrities, who have grown up watching Rajini Saar's films, took to their Twitter pages to wish the South Indian Superstar, who is celebrating his 63rd birthday today, 12 December. Continue to see Rajini's rare photos and also read stars' tweets in the slideshow.