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Prachi Malhotra


FEB 04, 2023

'rags to riches' journey

Superstar Rajinikanth has been ruling the hearts of movie buffs for decades now. The actor enjoys a loyal fanbase in the South as well as in Bollywood

Ruling the silver screen

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Who amongst us is not familiar of his inspiring tale ? From being a bus conductor to becoming a legendary actor, his journey is truly fabulous

A 'rags to riches' tale

Coming from a humble middle-class family, he worked as a coolie, a carpenter, among other odd jobs to support himself

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Odd jobs

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Later, he gave an exam with the Bangalore Transport Service and started working as a bus conductor

A bus conductor

As he was always fond of acting, Thalaiva started doing theater to satisfy his acting bug

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The acting bug

It was then, that the yesteryear legend Sivaji Ganesan discovered his raw talent

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A Sivaji Ganesan prodigy

The superstar got himself enrolled at the Madras Film Institute with some financial help from a friend and was noticed by the Tamil film director K. Balachander

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Madras Film Institute

He made his acting debut in 1975 with the romantic entertainer, Apoorva Raagangal, in which he did a small role

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Acting debut

Following this, he bagged his first film as the lead in 1981, Thillu Mullu. The drama was a remake of the Hindi film GolMaal

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During the early days, it was a horse race between Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. While Thalaiva played the angry young man, Kamal Haasan was seen as a romantic hero

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The two-horse race

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