Rajinikanth is not just a name. Thalaivar is an emotion. The man, who entertains his fans with so much love for them and dances with ease even in his late 60s, is more than just a South Indian actor. On his 69th birthday, here are some lesser-known facts about the actor which every fan would love to read.

Rajinikanth’s favourite alcoholic beverage is arrack. In case you want a selfie with him, all you have to do is prepare some arrack and chicken to eat. Moreover, oh yes, Rajini is a non-vegetarian and a die-hard fan of chicken dishes.

Many might know that he is one of the very few actors who have featured in a CBSE textbook. However, how many of you know that he was a prankster when he was young?

His friend Raj Bahadur, with whom he still shares a close relationship, encouraged him to pursue his passion for becoming an actor. Bahadur asked Rajinikanth to enrol in the Madras Film Institute.

The actor, for the very first time, was noticed in a Kannada play at the Film Institute by director K Balachander. “Learn Tamil” was the only thing the director told Rajini before leaving.

Sometime back, Rajinikanth’s fans started a political party called Desiya Dravadar Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam in 2008 and asked him to enter politics. However, the actor refused, saying that nobody can force him to join politics.

Bhavana Sharma

Bhavana Sharma covers entertainment and cinema for Newsmeter.
Having over seven years of experience across various platforms, Bhavana has worked for publications, Telangana Today, Andhra Jyothy, channels like V6 News and online enterprises like International Business Times, Zee News, Tamada Media, IQlik Movies and so on. Her forte has been reporting on Telugu cinema, with several exclusives on developments in the Telugu film industry to her credit. Her one on one chats with several established stars, upcoming actors, directors and others in cinema have been published across print and online platforms. Alumni of Arts College, Osmania University.

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