Rajinikanth

Born: Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, 12 December 1949, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Occupation: Film actor
Years active: 1975–present
Spouse: Latha Rangachari

Rajinikanth is an Indian film actor. He received India’s third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan, for his contribution to Indian cinema. Other than acting, Rajinikanth worked as a screenwriter, film producer, and also a playback singer. Apart from his film career, he is a philanthropist and also serves as an influence in the politics of Tamil Nadu.

Rajinikanth debuted as an actor in 1975 under the direction of K. Balachander in supporting roles. He was later favored in portraying antagonistic characters and gradually rose to acting in lead roles. He also appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including American cinema. He was reportedly paid Rs. 26 crore (about $5.3 million USD as of January 2009) for Sivaji: The Boss, making him the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.

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Early life
Rajinikanth was born as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad in a Marathi family in Bangalore, India. He was the fourth child of his parents, Jijabai and Ramojirao Gaekwad, a police constable. He lost his mother at the age of five. He attended elementary school at the Acharya Paathshala in Basavanagudi, Bangalore and then at the Vivekananda Balaka Sangha. Rajinikanth struggled a lot during his early age because of his family’s low income. Although his mother-tongue is Marathi, he has not yet acted in any Marathi films.

He worked with various jobs in Bangalore and also attended a theatre for stage plays. Before starting his career in the film industry, he used to practice stunts at the Rama Hanuman Temple at a hill near his house. He then primarily worked as a bus conductor for the Bangalore Transport Service in Bangalore. His charisma and style were noted by the passengers who travelled with him and gave him suggestions in becoming an actor. It was during this time that he nurtured his acting interests by performing in various stage plays.

Acting career
Rajinikanth joined the Madras Film Institute in 1973 along with a fellow bus driver and completed a basic course in acting. In the film institute he was helped by his Vice Principal, A. Prabhakaran. After he graduated from the film institute another popular hero Chiranjeevi fondly called as megastar also joined the same institute. They both became close friends later.

Rajinikanth has acted in over 200 films, which includes Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, English and Bengali films. Rajinikanth made a foray into Bollywood with Andha Kanoon but did not make as much of an impact as he had in the south. He still appeared in several Hindi films, such as Chaalbaaz, Uttar Dakshan, Geraftaar and Hum. He made his debut in an American film, in a supporting role, with the movie Bloodstone in 1988 with much fanfare in India at the time of its release. However, the movie was unsuccessful in the United States. He also made brief stints in German- and Japanese film industries. His film Muthu was dubbed into Japanese and later turned out to become a major hit in the country, ultimately creating a huge Japanese fan-following for him. In 2005, his film Chandramukhi was dubbed in German and released in all German-speaking nations.

Supporting roles: 1975-1979
Rajinikanth’s first film was in Tamil cinema, where he was initially casted in supporting roles, debuting as a cancer patient in Apoorva Raagangal in 1975. The film was directed by K. Balachander, who is constantly referred to by Rajinikanth as his own “guru” or mentor. The following year, Rajinikanth acted in his first Kannada film, Katha Sangama, directed by Puttanna Kanagal. Though Rajinikanth refers to director K. Balachander as his mentor, it was director S. P. Muthuraman who actually revamped Rajinikanth’s image entirely. Muthuraman first experimented with him in a positive role in Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977), as a villain in the first half of the film and a protagonist in the second. Around this time Mullum Malarum (1978), directed by J. Mahendran, established Rajinikanth in the Tamil film arena as a film hero. The success of Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri prompted Muthuraman to make a mushy melodrama with Rajinikanth as a hero sacrificing everything for his siblings in Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai (1979). These films were the turning points in Rajinikanth’s career; he changed from an actor who merely enthralled the audiences to one who could also evoke emotions. The acceptance of Rajinikanth sans his stylized mannerisms proved he had at last become a “star” from a “common actor.” His film roles were mainly as a villain during the period 1975 to 1977, co-starring frequently with Kamal Haasan as the protagonist, in movies like 16 Vayadhinilae, Moondru Mudichu and Avargal. In 1978, Rajinikanth acted in the film Bairavi, in which he was referred as Superstar. He was given such an unique title by the producer Kalaipuli S.Thanu.

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Gaining popularity: 1980-1989
Rajni as portrayed in his first commercial success Billa (1980).

During this phase of his career, when he was reaching dazzling heights, Rajinikanth abruptly chose to quit acting, but was coaxed back. He continued acting with the blockbuster Tamil film Billa, which was a remake of the blockbuster bollywood movie Don. With its phenomenal success he was accepted as a full-fledged hero. Billa was followed by a row of hits, namely Murattu Kaalai, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla, Pudukavithai and Moondru Mugam. K. Balachander’s first home production, Netrikan proved to be yet another milestone in Rajni’s career. He acted in his first cameo role alongside Meena Durairaj, who was a child actor then, in the movie Anbulla Rajinikanth (1984). More box-office hits dominated the 80’s with Padikkathavan, Thee, Velaikaran, Dharmathin Thalaivan, Mr. Bharath, and Maaveeran. In his 100th movie, Sri Raghavendra, he played the Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami.

The superstar decade: 1989-1999
Padayappa (1999), Rajni’s 150th film, was a blockbuster hit, rewriting all previous box-office records.

The vast majority of his movies released during the nineties were extremely successful, notably Thalapathy, Mannan, Annamalai, Uzhaippali, Veera, Baasha, Muthu, Arunachalam and Padayappa. Rajinikanth wrote his first screenplay and acted as a special appearance in the film Valli (1993) which however failed to make an impact at the box office. With continuous successful hits he became the first actor to enjoy 98% success rate. Films like Thalapathi, mannan, annamalai veera basha muthu etc created huge box office records which turned kollywood into a double multi core business industry. This made him as the highest paid actor in the entire film circuit where he was paid more than his contemparies namely Amitabh, Chiranjeevi and Kamal. His cult classic Baasha, released in 1995, went on to become a massive blockbuster and is routinely touted by his fans and critics alike as the movie which elevated him from being just another very popular actor with loads of charisma to an almost demigod status in the eyes of the masses. His film Muthu was the first Tamil film to be dubbed into Japanese as Muthu: The Dancing Maharajah and became very popular in Japan. Throughout this decade, Rajinikanth established himself as a box office phenomenon; all of the films mentioned in this era were all formulaic mass entertainers which routinely succeed in box office. It can be argued that it was also during this time that Rajinikanth started to converge with politics, whether that confluence was voluntary or not is debatable, but the objective fact cannot be disputed that as his films began to take on a whole new dimension in terms of expectations, hype and revenue, his political clout also steadily rose with the cinematic tide as well. This trend began with the release of Annamalai in 1992 and arguably climaxed during the time of Padayappa’s release in 1999. Being his 150th film, Padayappa, directed by K. S. Ravikumar, undoubtedly turned out to be the largest blockbuster in his career.

Indulging in politics: 2002

The new millennium began very well for Rajinikanth; Padayappa had rewritten previous box office records. Finally, after more than a three year sabbatical from cinema, at 52 years of age, he starred in his home production, Baba which released on August 15, 2002 amidst much fanfare and extreme hype. The film was a poor grosser box-office as it had failed miserably to meet the expectations due to a very weak screenplay, which Rajinikanth himself had written, his second stint at screenplay writing after Valli. The thin screenplay revolved around the story about a gangster who later engages in spirituality and when compared to his previous film, Padayappa, it was a colossal disappointment. Although the film grossed enough to cover its budget, it was viewed as a tremendous loss when compared to his previous box office successes throughout his career. It fell short of market expectations and the high bids reportedly translated to heavy losses for the distributors. Rajinikanth himself repaid the losses incurred by the distributors. Rajinikanth thereafter reported that he was to quit acting, hence taking part in social and political activities.

Return to success: 2005-2007
Rajni’s first breakthrough role since Padayappa was in Sivaji: The Boss (2007)

After the Baba debacle, Rajinikanth mulled over numerous scripts with many directors, including K. S. Ravikumar, and finally chose to act in director P. Vasu’s Tamil remake of Manichithrathazhu, Chandramukhi. Many people within the industry had written Rajinikanth off after the Baba fiasco, essentially saying “the bloom was off the rose” and that “the gold does not glitter anymore”. In essence, many viewed Chandramukhi as Rajinikanth’s comeback film, his make or break movie and in the end, when it was released on April 14, 2005, it went on to create new box office records and smashed his own previous records and once and for all removed any doubt within the industry with regards to Rajinikanth’s box office clout and incomparable appeal to the masses. Chandramukhi broke the record of being the longest running Tamil film, as of 2007. Just after Chandramukhi’s release, it was reported that AVM Productions were to produce a film directed by S. Shankar starring Rajinikanth, the largest collaboration yet for a Tamil film. The film was titled Sivaji: The Boss and released on June 15, 2007 after two years of filming and meticulous production. With massive international anticipation, it subsequently went on to become a major blockbuster, being ranked among other major Bollywood and Hollywood releases of the year. Sivaji became the first Tamil movie to be charted as one of the top-ten best films of United Kingdom and South Africa box-offices upon release.

Kuselan controversy: 2008
Following Sivaji, Rajinikanth worked with P. Vasu again for Kuselan, a remake of the Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol, in which Rajinikanth was given only a cameo role. He acted as himself, a superstar in the Indian film industry, and as a best friend to the main character, played by Pasupathy. Kuselan’s release was large like all other films of his, including sales of promotional items such as M&M’s Kuselan chocolates in the United States and Kuselan trading cards provided in Sunfeast Biscuit packages in India. Despite the mass hype prior to release, the film opened to below average reviews. P. Vasu was also condemned for mentioning Rajinikanth as the hero of the film when he was seen in only a few scenes of the film as a cameo. Critics claimed that Kuselan was a film that taught everyone a lesson of filmmaking. Some distributors incurred major losses due to the film, creating Kuselan’s box office results similar to Baba, for which Rajinikanth voluntarily settled with his own budget.

Future projects

During the course of the production for Sivaji, Ocher Studios, the animation company of Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth, in association with Adlabs announced their intention of producing a CGI animation film starring an animated version of Rajinikanth. He will be lending his voice to the lead character (based on his likeness) and the project is titled Sultan: The Warrior; it will be directed by his daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth with music provided by A. R. Rahman. The movie is scheduled for a release in 2009. Rajinikanth has also been signed to work with the Sivaji team of S. Shankar and A. R. Rahman once again for another movie, an supposed science fiction thriller tentatively entitled Endhiran. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will play opposite Rajinikanth as heroine for the first time. The film is touted to be the biggest and costliest film venture yet in India. It is being produced and distributed by Sun Pictures and slated for theatrical release in early 2010.

A. R. Murugadoss had previously shown interest in directing Rajinikanth in his next feature film after Ghajini. It is also said that Rajinikanth had voluntarily wanted to be cast in Pyramid Saimira’s next production, in order to compensate for the colossal flop of Kuselan.

Awards and honours

Rajinikanth was named as one of the influential persons in South Asia by Asiaweek. He has won a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award for Nallavanuku Nallavan in 1984 and Muthu in 1994 respectively. Rajinikanth, despite these awards, has not yet received a National Film Award.

Between 1977 and 2005, Rajinikanth received several awards from Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards, Cinema Express and Filmfans Association for his on-screen performances and off-screen contributions in writing and producing. He has received awards in the Best Actor category for his performance in the films Sivaji, Chandramukhi, Padayappa, Peddarayudu, Baasha, Muthu, Annamalai, Thalapathy, Velaikaran, Sri Raghavendra, Nallavanuku Nallavan, Moondru Mugam, Enkeyo Ketta Kural, Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai, Mullum Malarum and 16 Vayathinile. He received an award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri. He has also received awards in Best Story Writer and Best Producer categories for Valli.

He has also received other honours such as the Raj Kapoor Award in 2007 from the Government of Maharashtra. He was named and honoured with the Padma Bhushan award, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2000 from the Government of India. In September 2005, Rajinikanth won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Chandramukhi. Recently, he was selected as the Indian Entertainer of the Year for 2007 by NDTV, competing against the likes of Shah Rukh Khan.

Filmography

Year Film Role Language Co-stars Notes
1975 Apoorva Raagangal Abaswaram Tamil Kamal Haasan, Jayasudha, Srividya
1976 Katha Sangama Kannada Gangadhar
Anthuleni Katha Murthy Telugu Jayapradha
Moondru Mudichu Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sridevi
Baalu Jenu Kannada Ramgopal, Gangadhar, Arathi
1977 Avargal Ramnath Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sujatha
Kavikkuyil Tamil Sridevi
Raghupathi Raghavan Rajaram Tamil
Chilakamma Cheppindi Chandhi Kasi Telugu
Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri Tamil
Ondu Premada Kathe Kannada
16 Vayathinile Parattai Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sridevi
Sahodarara Savaal Kannada Vishnuvardhan
Aadu Puli Attam Rajini Tamil Kamal Haasan
Gaayathri Tamil
Kumkuma Rakshe Kannada
Aarupushpangal Tamil
Tholireyi Gadichindi Telugu Jayachitra, Murali Mohan
Aame Katha Telugu Murali Mohan, Jayasudha
Galate Samsara Kannada Vishnuvardhan, Balakrishna
1978 Shankar Salim Simon Tamil
Kiladi Kittu Srikanth Kannada Vishnuvardhan, Kavitha
Annadammula Savaal Telugu Jayachitra, Chandrakala
Aayiram Jenmangal Tamil Latha, Vijayakumar
Maathu Tappada Maga Chandru Kannada Anant Nag, Sharada
Mangudi Minor Tamil Sripriya, Vijayakumar
Bairavi Tamil Sripriya
Ilamai Oonjaladukirathu Murali Tamil Kamal Haasan
Sadhurangam Tamil
Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye Tamil
Vayasu Pilichindi Telugu Kamal Haasan
Mullum Malarum Kali Tamil Winner: Tamil Nadu Film Award for Best Actor
Iraivan Kodutha Varam Tamil
Thappu Thalangal Devu Tamil Kamal Haasan, Saritha Dubbed into Kannada as Thappida Thala
Aval Appadithan Advertising Boss Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sripriya
Thai Meethu Sathiyam Tamil Sripriya, Mohan Babu
En Kelvikku Enna Bathil Tamil Sripriya, Vijayakumar
Justice Gopinath Tamil Sivaji Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya
Priya Ganesh Tamil Sridevi, Ambareesh Dubbed into Kannada as Priya
1979 Kuppathu Raja Tamil Manjula Vijayakumar
Iddaru Asadhyule Telugu Krishna, Jayaprada, Geetha
Ninaithale Inikkum Tamil Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada Dubbed into Telugu as Andhamaina Anubhavam
Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum Kamruddin Tamil Kamal Haasan, Sripriya Dubbed into Malayalam as Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum
Dharma Yuddam Raja Tamil Sridevi
Naan Vazhavaippen Michael D’Souza Tamil Sivaji Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya
Tiger Telugu N. T. Rama Rao, Radha
Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai Santhanam Tamil Cho Ramaswamy
Annai Oru Alayam Tamil Sripriya
Amma Evarikkaina Amma Telugu Mohan Babu, Sripriya, Jayamalini
1980 Billa Billa, Raja Tamil Sripriya
Ram Robert Rahim Ram Telugu Krishna, Chandra Mohan, Sridevi
Anbukku Naan Adimai Gopinath Tamil Sujatha
Mayadari Krishnudu Telugu Sridhar, Sujatha
Naan Potta Saval Tamil
Johnny Johnny,

Vidyasagar

Tamil Sridevi
Kaali Tamil Vijayakumar
Ellam Un Kairasi Tamil Seema
Polladhavan Tamil Lakshmi, Sripriya
Murattu Kalai Kalaiyan Tamil Rati Agnihotri, Sumalatha
1981 Thee Raja Tamil Suman, Sripriya
Kazhugu Tamil Rati Agnihotri, Cho Ramaswamy
Thillu Mullu Indran,

Chandran

Tamil Madhavi
Garjanai Tamil Madhavi Dubbed into Malayalam as Garjana

Dubbed into Kannada as Garjane

Netrikan Santosh Tamil Saritha, Lakshmi, Urvashi
Ranuva Veeran Tamil Chiranjeevi, Sridevi
1982 Pokkiri Raja Raja,

Ramesh

Tamil Sridevi, Raadhika Sarathkumar
Thanikattu Raja Tamil Sridevi
Ranga Ranga Tamil Raadhika Sarathkumar, K. R. Vijaya
Puthukavithai Tamil Saritha
Enkeyo Ketta Kural Tamil Ambika, Radha, Meena
Moondru Mugam Alex Pandian,

Arun,

John

Tamil Raadhika Sarathkumar Winner: Tamil Nadu Film Award for Best Actor
1983 Paayum Puli Tamil Radha, Jaishankar
Thudikkum Karangal Tamil Radha, Sujatha, Jaishankar
Andha Kanoon Vijayakumar Singh Hindi Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Reena Roy
Thai Veedu Tamil Suhasini Ratnam, Anitha Raj
Sivappu Sooriyan Vijay Tamil Radha, Saritha
Uruvangal Maralam Tamil Y. G. Mahendran, Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan Guest appearance
Jeet Hamaari Hindi Rakesh Roshan, Anitha Raj
Adutha Varisu Tamil Sridevi
Thanga Magan Tamil Madhavi
1984 Meri Adaalat Hindi Zeenat Aman, Rupini
Naan Mahaan Alla Tamil Radha, M. N. Nambiar, Cho Ramaswamy
Thambikku Entha Ooru Balu Tamil Madhavi
Kai Kodukkum Kai Kaalimuthu Tamil Revathi
Ethe Naasaval Telugu Raj Babu, Laxmi Sri, Reena
Anbulla Rajinikanth Rajinikanth Tamil Ambika, Meena Durairaj
Gangvaa Hindi Sarika, Suresh Oberoi
Nallavanuku Nallavan Tamil Raadhika Sarathkumar, Karthik Muthuraman Winner: Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award
John Jani Janardhan Hindi Rati Agnihotri
1985 Naan Sigappu Manithan Vijay Tamil Sathyaraj, Ambika, K. Bhagyaraj
Mahaguru Hindi Rakesh Roshan, Meenakshi Seshadri
Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal Tamil Madhavi
Wafadaar Ranga Hindi Padmini Kholapure
Sri Raghavendra Raghavendra Swami Tamil Lakshmi, Vishnuvardhan
Bewafai Hindi Rajesh Khanna, Tina Munim, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Padmini Kholapure
Geraftaar Hindi Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Madhavi, Poonam Dillon
Padikkadavan Raja Tamil Sivaji Ganesan, Ambika
1986 Mr. Bharath Bharath Tamil Sathyaraj, Ambika
Naan Adimai Illai Tamil Sridevi
Jeevana Poratam Telugu Shoban Babu, Sarath Babu, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Urvashi
Viduthalai Raja Tamil Sivaji Ganesan, Vishnuvardhan, Madhavi |Remake of Hindi movie Gurbaani|
Bhagwan Dada Bhagwan Dada Hindi Rakesh Roshan, Sridevi, Hrithik Roshan
Asli Naqli Birju Ustad Hindi Anitha Raj, Raadhika Sarathkumar
Dosti Dhushman Hindi Rishi Kapoor, Jeetendra, Pran, Kadar Khan, Asrani,

Shakti Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Banupriya, Kimi Katkar, Poonam Dhillon

Maaveeran Tamil Jaishankar, Ambika
1987 Velaikaran Raghupathi Tamil Amala
Insaff Kaun Karega Hindi Dharmendra, Pran Jayaprada, Madhavi
Oorkavalan Kangeyan Tamil Radhika
Manithan Tamil Rubini
Uttar Dakshan Hindi Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, Madhuri Dixit
Manathil Uruthi Vendum Tamil Revathi Menon, Vijayakanth, Sathyaraj Item number
1988 Tamacha Hindi Jeetendra, Anupam Kher, Amirtha Singh, Bhanupriya
Guru Sishyan Guru Tamil Prabhu Ganesan, Gouthami
Dharmathin Thalaivan Prof. Balaswamy, Shankar Tamil Prabhu Ganesan, Kushboo Sundar, Suhasini Ratnam
Bloodstone Shyaam Sabu English Brett Stimely, Anna Nicholas
Kodi Parakuthu AC Sivagiri Tamil Amala
1989 Rajathi Raja Raja,

Chinnarasu

Tamil Radha, Nadhiya
Siva Siva Tamil Sobhana, Raghuvaran
Raja Chinna Roja Tamil Gouthami
Mappillai Tamil Amala, Srividya
Bhrashtachar Hindi Mithun Chakraborty, Rekha
Chaalbaaz Jaggu Hindi Sridevi, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher
1990 Panakkaran Tamil Gouthami, Vijayakumar
Athisaya Piravi Tamil Kanaka
1991 Dharma Dorai Dharma Dorai Tamil Gouthami
Hum Kumar Hindi Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda, Kimi Katkar, Shilpa Shirodkar,

Deepa Sahi

Farishtay Arjun Singh Hindi Dharmendra, Sridevi, Vinod Khanna
Khoon Ka Karz Kishan,

AC Yamdoot

Hindi Vinod Khanna, Sanjay Dutt, Dimple Kapadia, Kimi Katkar Cameo role

Dubbed into Tamil as Arasan: The Don

Phool Bane Angaray Hindi Rekha, Prem Chopra
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Tamil Juhi Chawla, Kushboo Sundar
Thalapathi Surya Tamil Mammootty, Arvind Swamy, Shobana, Bhanupriya
1992 Mannan Krishna Tamil Vijayashanti, Khushboo Sundar
Tyagi Hindi Jayaprada, Prem Chopra, Shakti Kapoor
Annamalai Annamalai Tamil Kushboo Sundar, Sarath Babu
Pandiyan Pandiyan Tamil Kushboo Sundar
1993 Insaniyat Ke Devta Hindi Raaj Kumar, Vinod Khanna, Jayaprada, Manisha Koirala
Yejaman Kandhavelu Vaanavarayan Tamil Meena Durairaj
Uzhaippali Thamizharasan Tamil Roja Selvamani
Valli Tamil Suresh, Priya Raman Special Appearance

Also screenwriter

1994 Veera Muthuveerappan Tamil Meena Durairaj, Roja Selvamani
1995 Baasha Manickam

(Baasha)

Tamil Nagma
Peddarayudu Thakur Telugu Mohan Babu, Soundarya Cameo role
Aatank Hi Aatank Munna Hindi Aamir Khan, Juhi Chawla, Pooja Bedi Dubbed into Tamil as Aandavan
Muthu Muthu,

Ejamaan

Tamil Meena Durairaj, Sarath Babu Winner: Tamil Nadu Film Award for Best Actor

Dubbed into Telugu as Muthu

Dubbed into Japanese as Muthu: Odoru Maharaja

Bhagyadevta Bengali
1997 Arunachalam Arunachalam,

Vedachalam

Tamil Soundarya, Rambha
1999 Padayappa Aaru Padayappan Tamil Soundarya, Ramya Krishnan, Sivaji Ganesan, Abbas Winner: Tamil Nadu Film Award for Best Actor

Dubbed into Telugu as Narasimha

2000 Bulandi Thakur Hindi Anil Kapoor, Raveena Tandon Cameo role
2002 Baba Baba,

Mahavatar Babaji

Tamil Manisha Koirala Also screenwriter and producer
2005 Chandramukhi Dr. Saravanan,

Vettaiyan

Tamil Jyothika Saravanan, Prabhu Ganesan, Nayanthara,

Vineeth, Malavika

Winner: Tamil Nadu Film Award for Best Actor

Dubbed into Telugu as Chandramukhi

Dubbed into German as Der Geisterjäger

Dubbed into Hindi as Chandramukhi

2007 Sivaji: The Boss Sivaji Arumugam Tamil Shriya Saran Nominated: Filmfare Best Actor Award

Dubbed into Telugu as Sivaji: The Boss

2008 Kuselan Ashok Kumar Tamil Pasupathy, Meena Durairaj, Nayantara, Mamta Mohandas Cameo role

Dubbed into Telugu as Kathanayakudu

2009 Sultan The Warrior Sultan Tamil Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan Voice only

Filming

2010 Endhiran Vaseegaran Tamil Aishwarya Rai Filming

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