Success story of superstar Rajinikanth has the power to keep you motivated for the rest of your life. Indian film industry releases its big budget movies during festivals and holidays. This is to attract more audience to the theater and to increase the probability of success at the box office. However, it’s not the same for the extraordinary personality that we are talking about today at InspirEmerge. He is not a superstar or an actor but he is the God, for millions of his fans. We are discussing the success story of Rajinikanth, the superstar of Tamil Cinema who has devotees, not fans. Therefore, Rajnikant movies never need a perfect release date. Because, any day you can release his movies, and it will be a voluntary holiday by his millions of devotees. In South India people worship Rajnikant like a God and they have built Rajnikant temples across South India.
The Background Behind The Success Story of Rajinikanth
The success of Rajinikanth that we see today is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of struggles and pain attached in the making of the Rajinikanth that we see today.
Rajinikanth was born in a middle-class family in Bangalore, India on December 12th, 1950. He was named as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad by his Marathi parents on the famous Maratha emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
His father was a police constable and mother was a housewife. Rajinikanth was born as the youngest among his four siblings. In 1956 his father retired from his job. And because of the financial constraints, the family shifted to their ancestral place in Bangalore.
At the age of six, Rajinikanth was first admitted to Gavipuram Government Primary School, where Rajinikanth did his initial schooling. He was an excellent student at the school at the same time he was very active in sports and extracurricular activities. Since at home his family used to interact in Marathi the young Rajnikanth learned Marathi at home. At the same time, he learned Kannada at school.
At the age of nine Rajinikanth was sent to Rama Krishna Mission School after his mother passed away. Apart from his regular studies, Rajinikanth learned more about Indian culture and Vedas here. He got inclined more towards art and culture during his stay at Rama Krishna Mission. He participated in the various plays at his school, where he was highly appreciated by his teachers and guests.
The Dream Which Lead To The Success Story
In one of the school plays, Rajinikanth acted as a friend of Eklavya of Mahabharata-the great Indian epic. Dr. D.R. Bendre the renowned poet was also present to see that play and he was very impressed to see the extraordinary performance of Rajinikanth. Dr. Bendre met personally Rajinikanth and applauded him for his brilliant performance. It was a great motivation for Rajinikanth and thereafter he continued to practice more passionately and was determined to make a career in acting.
Rajinikanth virtually participated in all the plays at his school and around the city. By the time he has completed his schooling he was too determined to make a career in acting. Rajinikanth was dreaming too big.
However, the financial condition of his family deteriorated and Rajinikanth had to take up odd jobs to support his family. He worked as a daily wager, coolie, and carpenter in Bangalore and Chennai to support his family. He applied for a bus conductor job in Bangalore State Bus Services and luckily got the job. This was a great relief to the family as now he had a stable monthly income to bring food to the table.
The dream of acting was still in his heart though the circumstances have lead to the change in his priority. Rajinikanth became very famous among passengers and staff at the Bangalore State Bus Services because of his style and acting.
The Burning Desire Lead To The Realization of Dream
Rajinikanth was always dreaming of being an actor. He knew that the conductor job is not something which he wants to do for the rest of his life. Because of the tasking job of conductor he couldn’t find time to participate in plays.
One fine day he came across an advertisement from Madras Film Institute. He was very eager to join acting program of the Institute. However, it was difficult for him to pay the fees for the acting program at the Institute.
However, one of his colleague Raj Bahadur was very confident in Rajinikanth’s talent in acting. Raj Bahadur encouraged Rajinikanth and supported him with money to pay fees.
Rajinikanth quit his job as a conductor and joined the acting school in the year 1973. He used to participate in various theaters after classes to earn his living.
In one of the plays at the institute K Balachandra, one of the famous director noticed Rajinikanth. K Balachandra was very impressed with the acting talent of Rajinikanth and he immediately signed Rajinikanth for one of his upcoming Tamil movie. On K Balachandra’s advice, Rajinikanth learned Tamil.
In 1975, Rajinikanth acted as a villain in K Balachandra’s Tamil film – Apoorva Raagangal. His role was very short, however; it has created an impact on the audience. Soon Rajinikanth was offered another Tamil film – Katha Sangama. It was a great hit and established the career of Rajinikanth and since then Rajinikanth never had to look back.
Bus Conductor To The God of Tamil Cinema – What a Journey
Over the period of time Rajinikanth became a very successful actor. All his films were admired by people. His fan followings increased day by day. Media started following his every single moves. His simple lifestyle and what can I do for you? Attitude made him the most popular among his fans. Soon these fans converted into his devotees but the man remained the way as he was, simple, humble and dedicated. What a Journey!