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Rajanikanth – A Symbol of Hope for a Common Man

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.

Rising of a Star Called Rajanikanth

Lessons to Learn from Rajanikanth’s Life Journey

1. Your success doesn’t depend upon your origins

Coming from a humble background, Rajinikanth has weathered hardships to become one of the most loved filmstars, both on and off screen.

2. In the face of failure, one must learn from one’s mistakes instead of losing hope and confidence

Rajinikanth’s career changed for the good, when he got rejected by K.Balachander the first time. Focussing on the advice lent to him, Rajinikanth developed his own style and learnt Tamil. The rest is history.

3. Perseverance and self-confidence is enough for following your passion

Even after being hospitalized in 2011 at the age of 61, he stole the hearts of millions of fans by returning to the silver screen, proving that age is no barrier for following your passion.

4. How humility and simplicity are important for success

In addition to his acting skills, Rajinikanth is loved by all for his humility and simplicity. He respects all his fans as much as they respect him. Rajinikanth has also been noted for his simplicity. Off the sets, he mostly wears a dhoti kurta.

Motivational Quotes from Rajanikanth