Rajinikanth Quietly Celebrates His Birthday, Fans Go Gaga

rajnikantdec4Chennai: (IANS) Superstar Rajinikanth, known for his unassuming attitude and charming aura, celebrated his 62nd birthday Wednesday with close friends and family at his residence here. “Though early in the morning he stepped out on to his balcony to wave to his fans outside his house, he spent the rest of the day with his family and select friends from the industry,” a source from the industry told IANS.

Nevertheless, Rajinikanth fans had every reason to celebrate to the fullest. Members of a Rajinikanth fans association cut cakes and unfolded banners in different parts of the city to mark this special day. “`12.12.12` is a very special day and our superstar`s birthday falling on the same day makes it much more auspicious. This day comes only once in 100 years and, therefore, we wanted to make the best of it,” Sarathy, a member of Rajinikanth fans association, told reporters.

“We also performed puja in the temple, wishing our superstar health, happiness and prosperity,” he added. Meanwhile, some members of the Tamil film industry also celebrated the actor`s birthday in style. At the audio launch of a Tamil film titled ‘Payapulla’, a 63-kg cake was cut by Rajinikanth`s mentor, K Balachander.

On the other hand, two books – ‘My Days with Baasha – The Rajinikanth Phenomenon’ and ‘Rajinikanth – 12.12.12, A Birthday Special’ were launched. The former is authored by veteran southern filmmaker Suresh Krissna, and the latter is published by The Hindu.

Rajinikanth`s ‘Sivaji 3D’ also hit screens Wednesday. All the fifteen screens showing the 3D film across Chennai had sold-out shows. The film was released in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka.

Rajinikanth Signed For 15 Crore For An Item Number In ‘Talaash’ !

India’s one and only Megastar Rajinikanth has given his contest to do an ‘item number’ for Aamir Khan’s ‘Talaash’. A source close to ‘Talaash’ unit disclosed that Rajini would charge a whopping Rs 15 crores for this performance.

The buzz created by this item song has grown strong and numbers like Rs 50 crore for a movie song are flying in air. This song featuring Rajini will be shot at nearly 200 locations spreading over 50 countries.

Yenna Rasacala! Rs 50 crore for an item song! It happens only in India.

Rajinikanth Sports Eight Packs For ‘Kochadaiyaan’

The Biggest Superstar in Asia after Jackie Chan and Mega Star in Indian film industry  Rajinikanth  has returned to what he does the best. He started shooting for his next  film’ Kochadaiyaan ‘ yesterday  and released the first look of  the movie which showcases Rajini sporting eight packs.  This movie will be shot in 3D and with the first look itself this movie has generated huge interest among cinegoers  not only in South India but also in the northern part where Rajinikanth was not popular in the last century.

‘Kochadaiyaan’ is an costume drama  directed by Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya and the script is penned by KS Ravi Kumar. AR Rahman is composing music for this film. Katrina Kaif is expected to play Rajini’s love interest in the movie.  Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff has already been signed for the movie.

Filmi Files will keep its readers posted about the movie.

Rajini Ready To Romance Katrina On Silver Screen!

Queen bee of Bollywood, Katrina Kaif is all set to star opposite southern superstar Rajinikanth in ‘Kochadaiyaan’ which is being directed by Rajini’s daughter Soundarya.

A source close to the film revealed the news to a daily and said, “It`s true. We were very keen on Katrina. Two superstars together from the South and the North would create magic. We`ve been negotiating with her for some time. She is shooting for Yash Chopra, and has assured us of her dates in the next few months.”

When director Soundarya was asked, she confirmed the news and said, “Yes, we are indeed in talks with Katrina and we will let you know soon.”

Most of the shooting has been completed and only Katrina’s portions are left. Katrina, who is busy shooting for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ with Salman Khan, and an untitled film with Shah Rukh Khan, will squeeze out time to shoot for the film. Once her portions are shot, the film will be complete.

“In ‘Kochadaiyaan’, Rajinikanth plays a king, a devotee of Lord Shiva. His love story with Katrina, their songs, will be shot on an epic scale,” another source said.

The film’s music is being composed by A R Rahman, who has composed a beautiful love song which is to be filmed on Rajinikanth and Katrina.

A friend of the actress reveals that even though Katrina has a hectic schedule these days, she has agreed to work in ‘Kochadaiyaan’ as it has been her dream to work with Rajini for a long time.

It would be interesting to see the new jodi on screen. What say, guys?


A phenomenon called Rajinikanth

By: Gayatri Shankar

For someone who is born in Tamil Nadu, this man needs no introduction. His name alone sells better than freshly baked cakes, for he is the apple of everyone’s eye. Here’s presenting Shivaji Rao Gaikwad, who is popularly known as Rajinikanth.

In real life, Shivaji played various roles that proved to be a litmus-test of sorts for transforming him from a piece of coal to a diamond. After having lost his mother Jijabai at the tender age of 5, Shivaji had to struggle to make ends meet. He studied at Government Model Primary School and got his elementary education in Kannada. He also worked as a porter before becoming a bus conductor.

The superstar of tomorrow, Shivaji took keen interest in theatre and once played Duryodhana in Topi Muniappa’s play. Raj Bahadur, a co-worker and a friend of his, recognized the exceptional talent in him and encouraged Shivaji to join the Madras Film Institute.

And that is how the ace filmmaker K Balachander discovered him. With the director’s 1975 blockbuster `Apoorva Raagangal` winning the National Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil, Indian cinema got one of its most loved heroes- Rajinikanth.

Despite playing an antagonist in his debut film, Rajini stole people’s hearts. His villainous stint continued with `Moondru Mudichu` where he played a womanizer and a roadside Romeo in `16 Vayadhinile`.

`Bairavi` released in 1978, launched Rajini as the protagonist. A number of films followed as the newly born superstar of South Indian enthralled audiences with his uber cool unique style with élan. He redefined heroism through his performances that could make people believe in making even impossible things happen. He could fire at a note of Rs 100 and turn it into coins of an equal amount. He could even slice a bullet aimed at him by throwing a knife at it in his trademark style. And he continues to make people believe the unbelievable.

The trendsetter has inspired generations of actors and many have tried aping his style of tossing a cigarette and flipping a match stick in the air and making the lighted cigarette ready for a puff. His style is matchless and his persona incredibly attractive.

Want to know who or what Rajinikanth is? You may ask the Japanese people, for he is for Japan what Raj Kapoor was for Russia.

A sexagenarian now, Rajini has gracefully accepted aging in real life. On screen though, he convincingly romances girls half his age. However, what is unique and praiseworthy is that Rajini isn’t someone who is conscious of looking older and different in real life from his screen self. He still rules the hearts of millions and is followed by a sea of humanity even if he is sporting grey stubble and a bald head.

Surprisingly, the man has never been part of any controversy in a field where grape juice turns into wine overnight. He is certainly one of those exceptional souls who are above gossip. In a career spanning over three and a half decades, Rajini has had a pristine journey. Seldom do entertainment professionals manage to live a spotless life.

Perhaps that is something that makes Rajinikanth a demigod. He is worshipped by his diehard followers who can go about doing the craziest of things for him. Recently, when news of Rajini’s illness made headlines, many fans of his, tonsured heads at various temples to pray for his recovery.

Post recovery, Rajinikanth addressed his fans for their unconditional love and support saying, “I am talking to you after speaking to the chief minister who had assured government`s help and to Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) who has immense affection for me. Sorry for not talking to you first.”

That’s Rajinikanth for everyone- someone who is as humble as a modest commoner.

Though he primarily does South Indian films, his performances in Hindi films too have shined. He has also become a subject of a series of gags that present him as an enfant terrible that are incredibly hilarious. That goes to show what Rajinikanth is all about.

For many he is a trendsetter, for many others a demigod, but this institution of learning is class apart- he is a charmer whom God has bestowed on the film fraternity to entertain generation after generation.

Here’s wishing the living legend a very happy birthday (12th December).