Happy Birthday, Rajinikanth

Mon, December 12, 2011 11:48am UTC by 42 Comments
Happy Birthday, Rajinikanth

Tamil Nadu has reported two major phenomena to the world: ‘Raman Effect’ and ‘Rajni Effect’. One is proven. The other is beyond proving. Rajnikanth, as is the case with most Indian Gods, means many things to many people. For some, he is an ageless man machine and for some, it is his larger-than-life screen presence that matters. But no one has so far been able to comprehend the Rajni phenomenon for what it truly is. We wish the actor a happy 62nd birthday today…

Rajni has now gone truly global. If ‘Muthu’ gave him a legion of fans in Japan – they know him as ‘the Dancing Maharaja’ – Sivaji and Enthiran spread his fan base across continents. So what next? The much-awaited Rana has reportedly been kept on hold and Kochadaiyan is now the ‘next thing’ for Rajni. To be produced and directed by Rajni’s daughter Soundarya, Kochadaiyan would be shot with 3D motion capture technology and hence would not require the effort that Rana would demand from the superstar, who is convalescing after a kidney scare.If health permits him, Rajni can perform the most amazing of stunts, silly for some, superb for many. There might be a smirk or two from an elite section of audience, but that would be buried in a roar of excitement that comes from the uninhibited millions that stream to the theatres to see him. Only him!

Rajni is a Maharashtrian by birth, Kanandiga by mother tongue and Tamil icon by destiny. Destiny really comes into play for Rajni too often. How else would a freak Bangalore bus conductor, who was the passengers’ delight, steer his way to iconic status in the Dravidian heartland? Little did the passengers know then that the staccato gibberish, wobbly mannerisms and punchy whistles they just laughed at were to assume a Herculean aura much later! A brief rendezvous with Kannada plays may not have done the trick. For all we know, it could have been his pal Raj Bahadur, who prodded the man from nowhere to take a trip to Madras Film Institute. A friend indeed! Raj Bahadur can only prod. It takes a K Balachander to spot fire in a raw talent. The veteran director, it seems, confided in his close friend and associate Ananthu, “Watch out! There is a fire in the young man’s eyes. One day he will take Tamil Nadu by storm.”

That storm has now assumed iconic proportions. Balachander also wanted Rajni to learn Tamil. A small role in Apoorva Raagangal came Rajni’s way – he became the abusive husband of a character played by Sri Vidya. That may not have been a notable performance for pundits, but for Balachander, therein started the era of what is now known as ‘Rajni Style’. No wonder how the lead role in Moondru Mudichu followed. Initially, it was negative characters that mostly came his way. Rajni did not shy away. It took S P Muthuraman, with whom Rajni went on to work for 24 more movies, to give Rajni the ‘credibility of a positive character’.

In 1978, M Bhaskar gave Rajni his first full-length positive lead role in Bhairavi and a tag that he still carries with style – Superstar. That followed a deluge of action roles in the late 70s, befitting the new tag, but his villain days were definitely not over. Then came the typical Rajni twist. No one knows exactly why, but Rajni suddenly decided to quit films and go back to Bangalore. Was it the fallout of a tiff the emerging superstar had with MGR? Answers aren’t that forthcoming. We can only assume then that well-wishers including Balachander and Kamal Haasan played Good Samaritans to coax Rajni backed to where he belonged. Some of South India’s biggest blockbusters, including BillaKaali, Murattu KaalaiRanga and Moondhru Mugham, were just waiting to happen and hence it was only appropriate that Rajni returned.

The popularity charts began to soar and Bollywood came calling, with a role in Andha Kanoon, alongside Rajni’s own idol Amitabh Bachchan. Andha Kanoon became a smash hit. With it began Rajni’s friendship with the Big B, whose firm influence is evident in many of the characters Rajni unleashed on screen.

In 1991, Rajni movies began to roll on screen with a graphic prefix, which seemed to tell the world that he indeed was the only superstar. Before the titles, the filmmakers were destined to announce that it was a superstar movie above everything else. When ‘S-U-P-E-R-S-T- A-R R-a-j-ni’ appeared on screen, accompanied by a theme strain, theatres across Tamil Nadu trembled in the ensuing applause! Only Mani Ratnam would then have the guts to dismantle this cult precedence. Thalapathy rewrote box office numbers, but even Mani Ratnam was forced to alter the course of the climax so that instead of Rajni, the axe fell on Malayalam star Mammootty. The leaked script had triggered widespread agitations – Rajni’s fans did not want their God, even as a character, to die. Mani Ratnam obliged, we are to believe.

And then, in 1995, Baasha happened. Manik Baasha  the character caught the fans’ imagination like nothing else. That is the Rajni, whom diehard fans want even now. Sivaji and Enthiran may have been smash hits, but the real superstar that fans crave for, is epitomised by Baasha. For the die-hard Rajni fan, Baasha is the Bible, nothing more, nothing less. For reasons known only to Rajni, Baasha also prompted another shift. He decided to be selective. As in, he decided to make a screen appearance only once in two or three years. That only added to the box-office aura – Muthu, Arunachalam and Padayappa were all super hits.

Rajni then dabbled with screenplay for Baba. The spiritual trajectory of Baba, so unbecoming of Rajni’s on-screen persona, was rejected outright. It bombed, but Rajni managed to pay off distributors, ensuring that he remained a ‘bankable’ star. Three years later, he returned with P Vasu’s Chandramukhi, a remake of 1993 Malayalam film Manichitrathazhu. Then came Shankar’s Sivaji in 2007, one of the costliest Indian movies till date. Rajni failed to work his charm with an uncharacteristic role in Kuselan, in 2008. Two years later, he teamed up once again with Shankar for Enthiran, another costly affair for the filmmakers, which was well reciprocated by the masses.

What next? Is it really Kochadaiyan? Will he rekindle his political ambitions? Will he make Baasha 2? Or will he just stretch his back and go into retirement mode? You cannot get these answers from Google. Not even from God! Only the omnipotent Rajnikanth has an answer to this. A famous Rajni punch-line is “Naan eppo varuven eppadi varuven, yarukkum theriyathu… Aana, varavendiya nerathile correct-a varuven!” (No one knows when I will land, how I will land… But the time is ripe, I will land in time.) Fans are only too happy to wait. For they know that the wait is worth it.

So we take the opportunity to wish the actor a happy birthday and hope he will continue to entertain us till the end of time. Wish Rajinikanth on his birthday here!

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  • gk

    i wish a happy birthday sir…… i pray to god give all wat u expect…..

    • prakash.s

      wish u a happy birthday u2 u sir … i ill thank u god in life sir ………….

  • Harini

    Many Many Happy Returns My Dear Rajni Sir!!!

  • nakib

    hello rajnikana wish you happy birthday

  • Muzafer

    I wish my great mr rajini a good and health happy birthday is my life Dubai courts. Dubai

  • RAJUKHAN SR RAJESH

    MANY MORE RETURNS OF THE DAY . . . OUR RAMOJIRAO RANOJIRAO “SIVAJI RAO GAIKEWAT” ARJUN TANGE sir.,

  • Uma prakash

    Hi,

    I am rally very happy to wish you on your b’day. I have seen you once in my cousin marriage. My whole family members know that i am your fan. they were expected me that i will talk to you , but i was sitting simply by watching you walking style. That was powerful. I want to meet you once in my life , i am not seeing you as a god, i am not seeing you as an actor , i am not seeing you as a celebrity. But i am seeing you as a human. I want to meet this human once in my life. I dont want you to enter in politics. There is lot of people is there for the politics. you please take care of your health and come back to the screen for us again. I used to call you that he is my darling. Actually you are the hero of everybody who wants to live as a human.

    I love your humanity.

    Really i wish you a many more happy b’day to you Rajini sir.

    Thanks,

    Uma prakash

  • Muzafer and family

    I wish to my great rajini a good and health happy birthday, his my life. We pray to his health and long life

    Dubai courts. Dubai
     

  • mani mk

    hi

  • tina

    Happy B’day Rajni sir
    may god bless you

  • Sachin

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY…………………

  • zammath

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY……………….

  • Vivek Sriram Lakhote.

    Happy Birthday dear,THALAIVAR.May you live a long life.May your all wish come true.
    From Daughter:I Love You,RAjini Sir.May my life also get to you.Many happy returns of the day,THALAIVAR.

  • Rajesh

    wise you happy birthday

    I love you Rajini Sir may my life also get to you ,
    Many Many happy returns of the day

    Rajesh

  • prabhu

    ilove u thalaiva,many more happy returns of the day,long live rajini sir.

  • Y.Sarath

    Many many more happy returns of the day my dear uncle. I love you. If you are given a chance to see you. I will be a lunky person in this world.

  • prabhu.g

    hello rajini sir,u r a living legend,u r a geneius,u have shown the world that a man u r.i love u very much,thousand of years u have to live.once again happy birthday to world super star.thank u sir

  • Sasidharan

    My dear Rajinikanth, Many Many Happy Returns of the Day, God Bless you with Good Health & long life.

  • Latha Noelline

    Rajini Sir, Many More Happy Returns of the Day.

    May you have Good Health, Happiness, Peace of mind & Success in ur future endeavours.

    May God Bless you & give u a long life with its best things & lots more.

  • munees

    hai super star wish u a happy birthdayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

  • sabeetha

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR

  • Ramesh Puttaswamy

    Happy Birthday Rajni Sir….

  • mahendra

    jhgkjhkbj

  • Praveen.giri

    happy birthday robot what about your health take care ok sleepwell

  • R.Innaiah Babu

    Sir “Wish you a happy Birth Day”

  • Subrata Dutta Banik

    Many many happy returns of the day to you sir, i am your oldest fan. Aap jiye hajaro saal yeh duya hai meri rab se.I always love your fight style.

  • murthu

    happy birthday rajani

  • Queenie.

    Haaaaiiii…. Rajnikanth…

    you are my lovable one hero pa… no one can’t beat your attitude da…

    WISH YOU MANY MORE 62th HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU….

    I Miss you dear…

  • sathusan

    Money’s tight
    Times are hard
    Here’s you friggin birthday card

  • sathusan

    Happy Birthday, you’re not getting older you’re just a little closer to death.

  • sathusan

    happy Birthday on your very special day, I hope that you don’t die before you eat your cake.

  • rhvankar

    to day is a great day for bollywood doorsteps!dear FATHER YOOSOF khans 89 years birthday,we salute to both mother and father and pray to lord long live ,clear 100 years for our happiness!

  • deepa

    Wish you Many More Happy Birthday To Rajini sir

  • rhvankar

    our every moments are productive!the great act done by all actors towards the nation,the illiteracy is our national cancer,peoples are your followers,to day all are ran after food!after all activity all alive ran for food!the energy toward the sex business and non-wage language is our glory!think and thought for our own bread!the biggest story can not feed the hunger!the real story is to grow more food,to conserve the food for happy future!

  • Saravanan

    Wish you a many more happy birhday to u

  • MEENAKSHI SENTHIL

    You are the one and only super star in the world,” happy b’day to you sir” may god bless you with all the happiness and wealth.you are the legend.always our prayers are there for you thalaiva. always energetic, style, discipline, perfection, such a very nice human being you are. we admire u, love u, like u very much. you are like a god to us. keep going sir, take care.

  • ameer

    Many happy returns.May good grant you long heallthy life.

  • vishnu

    I born in ur date & month only.so my birth day is always cellebrate like you by my friends and my parent.rally hats of you and proud of my self.wish you happy birth day

  • R.CHINNA

    i wish u rajini godbless u

  • Mokhtar

    happy birthday rajini sir.

  • Jay rajan

    You are the one and only super star in the world,” HAPPY BIRTH & BORN DAY IN THIS COUNTRY to you sir” may god bless you with all the happiness and wealth.YOU ARE THE LEGEND OF TAMIL AND INDIAN CINEMA, PLEASE TAKE CARE OF YOUR LIFE BECAUSE YOU ARE VERY YOUNGRY AND ROCKING STAR OF INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY.

    ONLY YOU HAVE TEMPLE NO BODY CAN HAVE PLEASE YOU ARE LIVE….LIVE…..& LIVE………

    THANKS

    GOOD DAY

  • Sridhar

    Hai rajini sir wish you many more happy returns of the day today my mother’s also birthday sir i wish them also sir


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