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Shvoong Home>Books>Biographies>The Name Is Rajnikanth Review

The Name Is Rajnikanth

Book Review   by:anil ekbote     Original Author: Gayathri Sreekanth
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This biography traces the amazing life of India’s superstar Rajnikanth that defies all logic and calculations. Rajnikanth started smoking at nine. He began drinking local stuff when 12 and succumbed to forbidden pleasures when just out of teens. On the positive side are his known and unknown philanthropic acts, religious pursuits, preferring the company of saints and pious persons and above all, simple living, high thinking and, paradoxically, few morals. He is a millionaire superstar who wears no makeup or wig in real life and sleeps on floor, avoids air-conditioners and luxury cars but has talent in abundance. He has 63,000 registered fan clubs all over the world. A dark, 5ft 9 inches actor whose films are considered flops if they do business of less than 20 crore rupees. He is even now happy with school pals and friends from his bus-conductor days. He is Asia’s second highest paid actor, next to Jackie Chan. The authorised biography tells the childhood hardships and how he rose meteorically from a miniscule role in a film directed by K.Balachander. He has never strayed away from people. He knows his audience, the labourers, the middle income group and the humble rich who come to the theatres to forget their miseries and have a good, healthy time. That is why he is careful of what he portrays on the film screen. His films provide clean entertainment and lots of subtle moral, too. Rajnikanth has developed his own ‘ishtyle’, be it flicking a cigarette or whirling a scarf before putting it around his neck, much loved and aped by his fans. The biography has about a hundred black and white and colour photographs and a whole chapter on Rajnikanthism, which gives out his punch lines that have made him and his films endearing for all times.
Published: March 24, 2008   
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