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From Bus Conductor to Superstar: Celebrating Rajinikanth’s Birthday with His Top 5 Films


Rajinikanth, who made his acting debut with the Tamil film #39;Apoorva Raagangal#39; in 1975, has turned 73 years old on December 12, 2023.

Article Title: From Bus Conductor to Superstar: Celebrating Rajinikanth’s Birthday with His Top ⁣5 Films

Keywords: Rajinikanth, Superstar, Tamil cinema, ⁢Thalaivar, blockbuster movies ⁤


Rajinikanth, the legendary Tamil ⁣actor, is hailed as the ⁤”Superstar” of Indian cinema and is ⁣widely recognized as one of the greatest actors of all time. From his humble beginnings as a bus conductor to becoming a cultural icon, ‍Rajinikanth has captivated audiences with ⁣his charisma, style, and versatility. On December 12th, the whole world celebrates Rajinikanth’s birthday, on ⁢which he turns‌ 71 this‍ year. In honor of this special occasion, let’s take a trip down memory lane and celebrate the⁢ Superstar’s illustrious career by looking at his⁤ top ‍5 films.

1. ⁣Baasha (1995)

Released in 1995, “Baasha” is one of Rajinikanth’s most iconic and blockbuster movies, ⁢which cemented his place ​as the ‍ultimate “Thalaivar” (leader). The film tells ​the story of a simple auto-rickshaw driver, Manickam, who takes ⁢on the persona ⁣of ⁤a feared gangster, Baasha, to protect his family. With Rajinikanth’s iconic punch dialogues and larger-than-life performance, the film was a massive​ commercial success and is still remembered as a classic. “Baasha” also ​marked Rajinikanth’s first collaboration with director Suresh Krissna, and⁣ their partnership went⁤ on to create ​several other memorable‌ films.

2. Muthu (1995)

Released in the same year as “Baasha,” “Muthu” was‌ a‍ blockbuster hit and created a new wave in⁤ Tamil cinema with its unprecedented success in Japan. Rajinikanth played the dual role of a loyal servant, ⁢Muthu, and a ‌wealthy landlord’s son, Raja, in the film. ​With its catchy music, thrilling action sequences, and Rajinikanth’s⁤ impeccable acting, ‌”Muthu” won the hearts of audiences ​worldwide. Rajinikanth’s energetic dance moves in the famous song, “Oruvan Oruvan,” are still‍ etched in the ⁤minds of his fans.

3. Sivaji (2007)

Directed by ‌Shankar, “Sivaji” is one of the most expensive films ⁢in Indian cinema, with a budget of over Rs. 130 crores.‍ Rajinikanth portrayed the role of Sivaji, an NRI ​who⁣ returns to India to give ‌back to society by starting a free educational institution. With⁣ its⁢ grandiose⁤ sets, elaborate fight sequences, and Rajinikanth’s powerful acting, “Sivaji” smashed box‍ office records and became the highest-grossing Tamil film at that time. The film ⁤also tackled social issues such as ⁤corruption⁤ and black money, making it a socially relevant and entertaining watch.

4. ⁢Enthiran (2010)

“Enthiran,” also known as “Robot,” is a sci-fi action film⁣ that took the world by⁣ storm with its​ groundbreaking visual effects and Rajinikanth’s stellar performance. Directed by S. Shankar, the ‍film tells the story of a robot, Chitti, who is created⁤ by a scientist, played by Rajinikanth, and gains self-awareness, leading to chaos. Rajinikanth’s portrayal of the dual roles of the scientist ⁣and Chitti was praised by critics and audiences alike. The film also marked Rajinikanth’s first collaboration with Bollywood actress, ‍Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their chemistry was one⁣ of⁢ the highlights of the movie.

5. Kabali (2016)

“Kabali” was one⁢ of​ the most highly anticipated releases of 2016, and it did not ⁢disappoint. The film saw Rajinikanth in a never-seen-before role of a gangster seeking revenge for his wife’s death. Directed by Pa Ranjith, “Kabali” showcased Rajinikanth’s versatility as an actor with his nuanced performance. The film’s success at the box office proved that Rajinikanth’s star power and acting ‌prowess had ⁤not diminished with time. “Kabali” was also dubbed in several languages and became one of‌ the highest-grossing Tamil films of all time.


Rajinikanth’s journey from a humble bus conductor to becoming one of the ⁤biggest names in the world of cinema is nothing short of extraordinary. With his unique‍ style, larger-than-life persona, and​ unparalleled acting skills, Rajinikanth ⁤has ⁣earned a massive fan following not just in India but across‍ the globe. On‌ his 71st birthday, let’s celebrate the Superstar’s legacy by revisiting his top 5 films and ‌appreciating his contribution to ⁣the world of cinema. Happy ⁤birthday, Rajinikanth, ⁢and ​thank you for the timeless entertainment!

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