We bring you a list of heroines who had best onscreen chemistry with the ageless wonder Superstar Rajinikanth
Rajinikanth, the quintessential style icon of Indian cinema, has had a difficult ride up to reach super stardom. Before phenomenal fan frenzy, before his Midas touch at box office, before his antics with the cigarette, before Thalaiva and lungi dance, Shivaji Rao Gaikwad aka Rajinikanth was a bus conductor struggling to break in to films. Rajinikanth had to do a lot of antagonist and character roles before he could carve a niche himself as a demigod hero.
With the Kochdaiiyaan fever at its prime, Bollywoodlife brings you 7 best onscreen pairs of Thalaiva Rajinikanth.
Sripriya was the heroine for Rajini’s first film as main lead in Bairavi in 1978. Before that Rajinikanth debuted as a villain in his mentor K Balachander’s Aboorva Raagangal. The Rajinikanth-Sripriya pair was quite a hit in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s as the duo rolled out hits after hits with Billa and Polladhavan. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Sripriya was one of the important acquaintances that launched him as a mass hero. The 54-year old actor is now directing TV serials.
Voted as timeless beauty by Vogue India, Sridevi starred with Rajini in a handful of films. The duo first came together in Moondru Mudichu where Rajini played a baddie. The boat scene where Rajinikanth goes on singing after drowning Kamal Haasan with Sridevi onboard is considered as one of the most iconic scenes in Tamil cinema. The dynamic duo of style and beauty again featured in number of hit films like Priya,Jhonny and Pokkiri Raja. The English Vinglish diva who made her comeback after sabbatical is 50 now.
Before doing mega budget hero centered films, the Thalaivar experimented with his roles and starred in lot of female lead films. One of the most talented and versatile heroine of Rajinikanth has to be Radhika who would steal the show with her histrionics. Radhika and Rajinikanth did a lot films like Oorkavalan, Pokkiri Raja, Nallavanuku Nallavan, Naan Mahan Alla and shared a magical chemistry on screen. The 51-year old actor and wife of actor Sarathkumar is currently producing, directing and acting in small screen soaps.
Khusboo was perhaps the most loved and followed Kollywood heroine during ‘90s . The actor even has temple to her name when the fan frenzy around the cute Khusboo was at its prime. Imagine the fanfare when rising superstar Rajinikanth and reigning queen of Kollywood Khushboo shared screen together. Rajinikanth and Khusboo sizzled the cine industry as the glamourous appeared in some biggest hits like Mannan, Annamalai and Pandiyan. The 43-year old starlet is now married to director Sundar C and has ventured into politics.
Meena faced the camera for the first time as a child artiste in a Rajini movie named Anbulla Rajinikanth. Meena later got an opportunity to be the Superstar’s heroine in films like Muthu, Veera, Yejaman and so on. Her child like innocent face complemented Rajini’s stylish act as the pair became one of the post adored onscreen couple. By the time this smashing duo came together Rajinikanth had already been chosen as the sole heir to the throne of super stardom. Meena who turned 36 last September is currently playing lead roles in television serials.
Shriya Saran made her debut with Jayam Ravi’s Mazhai quickly rose to fame with her glowing angel like face and her svelte figure. Rajini romancing Shriya in Sivaji became a hot topic of discussion as the 57-year old superstar was paired opposite to a very young Shriya Saran. Despite the age difference, the Rajini-Shriya magic worked wonders at box office as Shankar’s Sivaji became blockbuster hit. The 31-year old heroine is currently an established actor in Tamil and Telugu cinema.
Rajinikanth- Aishwarya Rai
Kollywood welcomed the long awaited combination of Rajinikanth-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with open arms as the two got together for Shankar’s Enthiran. Even though Ash was getting lesser roles after her marriage, the fans down South were more than thrilled to have her back to Tamil industry after Jeans and Kandukonden Kandukonden. The Rajini-Ash jodi set the cash registers ringing as Enthiran went on to be highest grossing film of that time. The perfect match of beauty with style and charisma has immortalised this pair in minds of Rajini fans.
Over the years Rajinikanth has romanced so many heroines that it was almost impossible to ignore the roles of heroines like Srividya, Amala,Radha, Ambika and Shobhana in fueling the rocket of Rajinikanth’s super stardom. Srividya having paired opposite Thalaiva went to be Rajinikanth’s mother in the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Rajinikanth is all set to romance younger actors like Sonakshi Sinha and Anushka Shetty in Lingaa. With Rajinikanth getting no younger, we hope the Kochadaiiyaan star could continue to thrill his fans romancing heroines in his own unique style.