The iconic Rajinikanth is beyond any doubt one of the biggest and most celebrated names in Tamil cinema today. Fondly called 'Thalaiva', the star enjoys a strong fan following thanks to his charismatic personality, gripping screen presence and humble nature. Over the years, he has starred in some of Tamil cinema's biggest films and this has established him as an integral part of the industry. Today (August 18, 2018), as the Superstar completes 43 years in the film world, we take a look at 5 films that make him the undisputed demi-god of the masses.
Released earlier this year, Kaala was a crime-drama and featured Rajinikanth in the role of a gangster. Directed by Pa Ranjith, it did full justice to Thalaiva's mass-hero image while highlighting his acting abilities to the fullest. Kaala also featured Huma Qureshi and Nana Patekar in the lead.
Directed by the maverick film-maker Shankar, Enthiran was a sci-fi thriller and featured Rajinikanth in the role of the much-loved Chitti. Released in 2010, it emerged as a blockbuster and impressed the critics courtesy its awesome CGI. Enthiran also featured Aishwarya Rai in the lead.
A remake of the Malayalam classic Manichitrathazhu, Chandramukhi was Rajinikanth's comeback film and helped him bounce back from the debacle of Baba. In the psychological-thriller, he essayed the role played by Mohanlal in the original version and took the character to new heights. His on-screen antics and the iconic ‘laka laka laka' dialogue/chant made Chandramukhi a hit with all and sundry.
Released in 1999, Padayappa is perhaps best remembered for Rajini's fiery dialogues and his intense chemistry with Ramya Krishnan. Directed by KS Ravikumar, it emerged as a huge hit upon its release and soon became an evergreen classic. Padayappa also featured Sivaji Ganesan and Nassar in the key roles.
Directed by Suresh Krisshna, Baashha is regarded as one of the finest Tamil films of all time and went a long way in cementing Rajini's mass-hero image. In it, the actor played the role of an auto-rickshaw driver who has a secret identity and a dark past. As expected, it did full justice to his career and left the fans asking for more.