Enthusiastic fans celebrate Rajnikanth’s 60th birthday in Chennai

By ANI
Saturday, December 12, 2009

CHENNAI - Enthusiastic fans of Tamil superstar Rajnikanth lined up a slew of activities to celebrate the 60th birthday of the actor in Chennai on Saturday.

Fans offered special prayers in temples for Rajnikanth’s long life and some even visited his residence and offered prasadam.

However, Rajnikanth, who has acted in some 200 movies in nine languages till date, was reportedly busy shooting for his upcoming film ‘Enthiran’, opposite Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

“He (Rajnikanth) is the greatest citizen of India and the golden son of Tamil Nadu. We are celebrating our superstar’s 60th birthday. We wish him long life on behalf of people of Tamil Nadu,” said Veldurai, a fan.

The 60-year-old actor stepped into the film world in 1975 with a debut in Kannada film Katha Sangama directed by Puttanna Kanagal.

Since then it has been a long journey for Rajnikanth having acted in 173 movies so far, including Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali films. He had his own share of big hits that include ‘Murattukaalai’, ‘Pokkiri Raja’, ‘Thanikattu Raja’, ‘Naan Mahaan Alla’ and ‘Moondru Mugam’ to name a few.

Rajinikanth also made a foray into Bollywood with Andha Kanoon, but couldn’t make that much impact as he had in the south. Yet he continued to act in Hindi films. ‘Chaalbaaz’ with Sridevi, ‘Uttar Dakshin’, ‘Girafthar’ and ‘Hum’ are some of his popular Hindi movies. He also had a brief stint in Hollywood with the ‘Bloodstone’ in 1988.

The Tamil roaring success ‘Sivaji the Boss’ in 2007 epitomised his film career. In fact it had become the first Tamil movie to make it to the UK and South Africa’s Top 10 film list.

Thanks to his rakish looks and jeering dialogue delivery, the actor was christened ‘Style King” by his over one million fans nearly 30 years ago. (ANI)

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