Rajinikanth turns 69: Rare photos of Thalaivar

It is Superstar Rajinikanth’s birthday today. Rajinikanth, who is known to his fans as Thalaivar, was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad on December 12, 1950 in Bengaluru. He famously began with plays while he was working as a bus conductor with the Bangalore Transport Service. In a career spanning over four decades, Rajinikanth has worked in multiple industries, including Bollywood and Hollywood. As he turns 69 today, let us take a look at a few of his rare photos. (Photo: Express Archive)

Rajinikanth made his debut in Kollywood with the 1975 K Balachander drama Apoorva Raagangal. (Photo: Express Archive)

During his early years in Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth was mostly seen playing antagonistic characters.

For his contribution to cinema, Rajinikanth has been awarded with six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.

Rajinikanth was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

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