Rajinikanth, fondly called by Tamil film lovers as Thalaivar, has completed 44 years in the film industry on Monday. Fans across the world celebrated this special occasion on Twitter.
A Twitter account called Rajinirecords tweeted: “The Only Top Hero From Tamil Cinema Acted in 7 Language Films Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Hindi, Bengali, English and also the only hero acted in 23 Straight Bollywood Films.”
Although primarily a Tamil actor, Thalaivar (as he is lovingly called by his fans) has also appeared in Telugu, Hindi and Kannada films. Though he was born a Maharashtrian called Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950, Rajinikanth is now so synonymous with Tamil cinema.
The Superstar made his film debut at the age of 25 in a Tamil film called Apoorva Raagangal in which he acted along with Kamal Haasan. The success of the film enabled him to build a solid acting career in Tamil.
Many fans came up with mashup videos to celebrate the occasion.
His first Hindi film was Andha Kanoon, which released in 1982.
Presented with many awards, Rajinikanth’s highest honour was Padma Vibhushan which was bestowed upon him in 2016.
The release of a Ranjikanth movie is a kind of global festival as he enjoys fans across the world. Millions of his fans worldwide await the release of his films with bated breath. Often, the distributors have to increase the number of shows to accommodate the huge number of moviegoers
Rajinikant was last seen in Petta. His next project is titled Darbar.
The longevity and consistency of Rajinikanth's career are only surpassed by its versatility. The superstar has proven adept at any genre the filmmakers have cast him in, and this includes science-fiction as well. His Enthiran, released in 2010, was then the most expensive film in India. Its 'spiritual successor' called 2.0, released in 2018.