Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor who was born on 12 December 1950, primarily works in Tamil cinema. He began acting in plays while working as a bus conductor in the Bangalore Transport Service. He joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting in 1973. His acting career starts with a brief phase of portraying resistant characters in Tamil films with his debut in a drama ‘Apoorva Raagangal.

After his role in Sivaji (2007), Rajinikanth became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time including the American film Bloodstone (1988) Rajinikanth has also appeared in the movies of other nations. As of 2014, Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor, and a Film fare Best Tamil Actor Award.

Rajinikanth has honored with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 by ‘The Government of India’ for his contributions to the Indian cinema. He has also achieved the “Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year” at the 45th International Film Festival of India in 2014. Rajinikanth has often been referred to as the most popular film actor in South India by the masses.

Rajinikanth has received numerous awards mostly for his Tamil Films. He received his first Film fare Award for Best Tamil Actor in 1984 for ‘Nallavanuku Nallavan’.

Rajinikanth is the actor who can be found in the Central Board of Secondary Education syllabus, with a title “From Bus Conductor to Superstar”.