Rajinikanth, whose real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, began his career as a bus conductor in Bangalore. It was during this time that he developed an interest in acting and joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue his passion.
Rajinikanth’s first film was the Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal, directed by K. Balachander, in which he played a small but noticeable role. He then went on to play supporting roles in several Tamil films, including Moondru Mudichu, Avargal, and 16 Vayathinile.
Rajinikanth’s breakthrough role came in the 1978 Tamil film Bairavi, in which he played the lead role. The film was a huge success, and Rajinikanth’s performance was widely appreciated. This led to more lead roles in Tamil films, and he went on to become one of the biggest stars in South Indian cinema.