Name: Shivaji Rao Gaikwad (Rajinikanth)
D.O.B : 12th December, 1950
Country: India, Tamilnadu
Family: Father - Ramoji Rao,
Mother - Rambhai,
Wife - Latha Rajinikanth,
Daughter - Aishwarya & Sowandarya.
Rajnikanth studied at the Acharya Paathshala and Vivekananda Balaka Sangha in Bangalore. He worked as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service to earn a living. His love for acting was evident even then as he used to participate in stage plays and practice stunts at the Rama Hanuman Temple. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute with a colleague to study acting and was mentored by A.Prabhakaran, his vice principal.
He married actor Y.G.Mahendran’s sister Latha Parthasarthy in 1981 in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh. She runs a school called The Ashram. They have two daughters Aishwarya and Soundarya. While Aishwarya is married to actor Dhanush, Soundarya is a director, producer and graphic designer.
Rajnikanth was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 for his contribution to cinema.
1975 Apoorva Raagangal
1976 Moondru Mudichu
1977 16 Vayathinile
1978 Mullum Malarum
1979 Ninaithale Inikkum
1982 Moondru Mugam
1984 Nallavanuku Nallavan
1985 Sri Raghavendra
2007 Sivaji: The Boss
Rajinikanth was named as one of the influential persons in South Asia by Asiaweek.He has won a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for the film Nallavanuku Nallavan in 1984.Rajinikanth, despite these awards, has not yet received a National Film Award.
Between 1977 and 2005, Rajinikanth received several awards from Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, Cinema Express and Filmfans Association for his on-screen performances and off-screen contributions in writing and producing. He has received awards in the Best Actor category for his performance in the films Sivaji, Chandramukhi, Padayappa, Peddarayudu, Baasha, Muthu, Annamalai, Thalapathy, Velaikaran, Sri Raghavendra, Nallavanuku Nallavan, Moondru Mugam, Enkeyo Ketta Kural, Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai, Mullum Malarum and 16 Vayathinile. He received an award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri. He has also received awards in Best Story Writer and Best Producer categories for Valli.
He has also received other honours such as the Raj Kapoor Award in 2007 from the Government of Maharashtra. He was named and honoured with the Padma Bhushan award, India's third highest civilian honour, in 2000 from the Government of India.In September 2005, Rajinikanth won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Chandramukhi. Recently, he was selected as the Indian Entertainer of the Year for 2007 by NDTV, competing against the likes of Shah Rukh Khan and Shilpa Shetty.