Shivaji Rao Gaekwad known by his stage name Rajinikanth was born on 12th december 1950. He began his career acting in plays while he was still working as a bus conductor in Bangalore Transport Service. It was only in 1973 that he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting.
Rajinikanth made a debut in K.Balachander's Tamil Drama Apporva Raagangal in 1975. Initially he prtrayed antagonistic characters in Tamil films.
Way back in 2007 having earned ₹26 crore for his role in Sivaji ( the maount being equal to ₹55 crore or US$8.2 million in 2016.He was the Highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie at that time.
Rajinikanth ahs also acted in regional films of Indian Cinema as well American film Bloodstone in 1988.
He has also been a producer and screenwriter. he is also a he is also a philanthropist, spiritualist, and serves as an influence in Dravidian politics.
Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
In 2000 The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts. At the 45th International Film Festival of India in 2014, he was conferred with the "Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year".