Rajinikanth made his debut as an actor in the National Film Award winning motion picture Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander also starring fellow South superstar Kamal Haasan.
Muthu (1995) was the first Indian film to be dubbed into Japanese as Mutu: Odoru Maharaja and grossed a record $1.6 million in 1998. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made a special note about the reach of this film among the Japanese in his speech at the National Diet of Japan on 14 December 2006.
He has starred in the Tamil remakes of both Don (1978) and Golmaal (1978) titled Billa (1980) and Thillu Mullu (1981) respectively. The latter could be considered his first foray into comedy.
Director KS Ravikumar has collaborated with Rajinikanth in several blockbuster Tamil films
"Rajinikanth facts" or "Rajinikanth jokes" are satirical factoids about Rajinikanth. They are widely circulated in text messages and over the internet.
A clip from his 1990 Tamil film Athisaya Piravi, featuring himself and fellow actor known as Thavakalai, became a hugely popular viral video titled "Little Superstar" on YouTube in 2006.
He famously reprised his 'Enthiran' role as Chitti in Shah Rukh Khan's 'RA.One'. Director K S Ravikumar originally approached Shah Rukh Khan for the lead in 'Enthiran' but he turned the role down and Rajinkanth was cast instead.
On superstar Rajinikanth's 68th birthday, here are some interesting facts about the veteran actor that you may not know
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