After making his debut in 1975 with “Apoorva Raagangal” directed by K Balachander, the journey of Superstar Rajni led him to the Thalaivar of Tamil cinema. From “Apoorva Ragangal” to the recent “Kabali”, Rajni Sir has set a huge benchmark for himself. When three Khans release their movies on holidays, Superstar Rajni releases the film and that day becomes official holiday. This is the power of Thalaiva. So, let’s start with Rajnikanth’s biggest film ever made, “Kabali”.
The name itself speaks everything. Its 1-minute teaser recorded 1 million views within an hour of its release on YouTube. The film is released on over 5000 screens worldwide. It is the 159th film of Rajni sir. The film was partly shot in Chennai, Bangkok, Malaysia, and Hong Kong for around 100 days. It has created huge fame across the world. Even theatres in the US and England were houseful where it released. Within just 6 days, the film crossed Rs. 320 Cr. Mark. The budget of the film was Rs. 110 Cr.
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Directed and co-written by S. Shankar, Enthiran was a science fiction drama which stars Rajnikanth in double roles, as a scientist and a robot. The film is based on a story of a scientist and his humanoid which falls in love with scientist’s girlfriend and things get complicated. The movie collected around $580 million in first weekend and earned over $1.865 billion in India and $12 million worldwide.
Directed by P. Vasu, the horror flick stars Rajnikanth, Nayanthara and Jyothika. It was the official remake of “Manichitratazhu”, Malayalam movie released on 1992. The budget of the film was $190 million and grossed over $8.4 million within 11 days in Chennai.
Directed by S. Shankar, Sivaji was an action film in 2007 starring Shriya Saran and Rajnikanth. The film is based on an NRI software engineer who returns India to develop hospitals and education institutions for the needy and poor. But the corrupt politicians and system hamper his dreams. The budget of the film was around $600 to $780 million and earned $1.28 billion.
It was a 1995 gangster film which is based on an auto driver (Rajnikanth) who tries to keep his promise and escapes his shady past related to underworld. The film received huge critic and audience response and grossed around $10 million in 2013 in box office.
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This 1997 drama film was directed by Sundar C. It features Rambha and Rajnikanth in lead roles. He plays the son of a VIP in a village. He finds out the destiny and facts about his past. The film was a great success and collected huge from the box office.
It was a superhit movie from Rajnikanth directed by KS Ravikumar. The film is based on the Padayappa’s life. The death of his father ruins the family but he managed to live a prosperous life against all odds. His nemesis ruins his happy life when an opportunity arrives. It is among the best Tamil movies, which has collected around $440 million across the world.
This crime drama film was directed and written by Mani Ratnam. The film also stars Malayalam superstar Mammotty. It is based on the story of bonding between Duryodhana and Karna from the epic Mahabharata.
This Tamil romantic comedy is about the son of a wealthy man who goes on Himalayan pilgrimage. It has some soulful songs by AR Rahman.
This Tamil comedy was directed by K. Balachander, the legendary filmmaker. The film features Madhavi and Rajnikanth in lead roles. The film got huge critical acclaim because of Thalaivan’s performance.