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Why Holi is special day for Rajinikanth?

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Holi festival may be grandly celebrated only in North India but the day will also be colourful for Rajinikanth fans. Why? Well, it is on this day in 1975 the superstar was christened as Rajinikanth.

Yes, the ordinary bus driver, whose original name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad of Bangalore, at one time was named as Rajinikanth by his mentor in 1975. Legendary director K Balachander gave the name to the budding actor and the rest is in the books of history!

It is said that K Balachander asked the superstar to choose one among the three names: Chandrakanth, Srikanth and Rajinikanth. The Endhiran actor left the decision to his mentor to select the perfect name even though the last name mentioned by the director was also his favourite choice.

K Balachander without any hesitation choose Rajinikanth as the screen name and cast him in National Award winning film Apoorva Raagangal. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...

Kamal, Rajini With K Balachander

So, it has been a special day in Rajinikanth's life ever since then. On this special day, Rajinikanth meets K Balachander and remembers how the legendary filmmaker made him a star.

K Balachander

But on two occasions, Rajinikanth has missed out to meet K Balachander. It was because of his busy schedule that he could not meet the director. Hence, the fans of superstar celebrate Holi as a special day.

K Balachander

However, Rajinikanth, even after close-to-four decade association in the film industry, continues to rule the hearts of audience and Box Office.


Rajinikanth's next film is Kochadaiyaan, the debut directorial film of his daughter Soundarya Ashwin. It is a historical-fiction, which tells the story of Pandya King Kochadaiyaan Ranadheeran.


Kochadaiyaan, which also features Deepika Padukone, Jackie Shroff, Sarath Kumar, Shobana, Aadhi and others in the cast, is likely to release in July.

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