Rajinikanth – Biography, Facts & Life Story

Nickname Rajinikanth, Thalaiva, Superstar
Gender Male
Age 72 years old (in 2023)
Date of Birth December 12, 1950
Full Name Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Profession Actor, Producer, Screenplay Writer, Philanthropist
Nationality Indian
Birthplace Bengaluru, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
Religion Hinduism
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius

Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Height 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 m)
Weight 73 kg (161 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Averages
Shoe Size 8 (US)


Rajinikanth Education

Qualification: Course in Acting

School: Government Model Primary School, Gavipuram, Bengaluru

College: M.G.R Film and Television Institute of Tamil Nadu

Rajinikanth Career

Profession: Actor, Producer, Screenplay Writer, Philanthropist


  • Apoorva Raagangal (1975, Tamil)
  • Katha Sangama (1976, Kannada)
  • Anthuleni Katha (1976, Telugu)
  • Andha Kanoon (1983, Bollywood)

Salary: 40-45 crore/film (INR)

Net Worth: $55 million

Family & Relatives

Father: Ramoji Rao Gaekwad (Worked as a police constable)

Mother: Jijabai (Homemaker)

Brother: Satyanarayana Rao (Elder), Nageshwara Rao (Elder)

Sister: Aswath Balubhai (Elder)

Marital Status: Married

Wife: Latha (Producer, Singer, m.1981-present)

No. of Children: 2

Son: 26 February 1981

Daughter: Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush (born in 1982), Soundarya Rajinikanth (born in 1984)

Past Relationships:

  • Silk Smitha (Actress)
  • Latha (Producer, Singer)

Rajinikanth Favorites

Hobbies: Travelling, reading, gardening

Favorite Destination: Himalayas

Favorite Food: Masala Dosa

Favorite Color: Black

Favorite Sport: Cricket

Facts You Never Knew About Rajinikanth

  • The real name of Rajinikanth is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. He was brought up speaking Marathi and Kannada.
  • Before entering the film industry, Rajinikanth used to work as a coolie, carpenter and a bus conductor.
  •  Rajinikanth pursued diploma in acting from Madras Film Institute and also learnt Tamil during his course.
  • Latha Rangachari, Rajinikanth’s wife is 8 years younger than him. The two met when Latha came to interview him for her college magazine.
  •  Rajinikanth has starred in eleven Tamil remakes of Amitabh Bachchan films like Deewar, Amar Akbar Anthony, Laawaris and Don among others.
  •  For his blockbuster movie Shivaji, Rajinikanth received an acting fee of Rs. 26 crore in 2007. This made him the second highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.

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