Struggling Days of Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Rajinikanth, born as Shivaji Rao Gaikwad on 12th December 1950, in a Marathi family, was the youngest of four siblings. His mother, Jijabai, died when he was very young and his family went through severe financial crisis.
Childhood of Rajanikanth – Humble Beginning
Rajinikanth’s father Ramoji Rao Gaikwad was a police constable and had a meagre income.
After the death of his mother Jijabai, Rajinikanth, the youngest of four siblings, realised that their family’s financial position was delicate and that they were suffering. Growing up, he worked as a coolie to support his family.
After completing his schooling from the Government Model Primary School at Gavipuram, Bangalore, he took up odd jobs at various places in Chennai and Bangalore.
He even worked as a carpenter and a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service (BTS) before becoming an actor.
Tamil Films – Rejections and Struggling Start
The first person to discover his inherent flair for acting was K.Balachander, an Indian director working primarily in the Tamil industry. However, Balachander wasn’t impressed with Rajinikanth’s acting prowess right away. At their first meeting, when Rajinikanth auditioned, he delivered some of Sivaji Ganesan’s dialogues and copied his mannerisms. Unfortunately, Balachander rejected him and advised him to develop a style of his own and to learn Tamil.
In 1975, when Rajini made his big-screen debut in K Balachander’s movie Apoorva Raagangal, he had a very small role to play. With Kamal Hassan playing the lead role of hero, his performance as a villain was noticed by few.
This was followed by a string of small and antagonistic roles in his upcoming movies.