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Superstar Rajinikanth, the carpenter-turned-coolie-turned-conductor-turned Super Star’s real name was Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. Rajinikanth literally rules over the millions of hearts of his fans who not only love him but also worship him. Although, his mother tongue is Marathi but still he has not done any movie in it.
The famous Tamil film director, Aishwarya R. Dhanush is Rajinikanth’s daughter and been married to film actor Dhanush. Aishwarya has a younger sister, Soundarya, who works in the Tamil film industry as well.
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Rajnikanth was always a shy and reserved kind of person. Anyone, who had the privilege of a meeting the ‘Thalaivar’ has come away with a spring in his step and a warm glow in the heart. He is praised as a warm, friendly and affable human being. The popular Rajinikanth’s movies include Kabali, Enthiran, Lingaa, Baasha and much more to count.
Rajnikanth’s Early Life
Rajnikanth was born on December 12, 1950, in a Marathi family. Rajinikanth was the fourth child of his parents Ramabai and Ramoji Rao Gaekwad. His father was a police constable in police and mother as a housewife. He has two brothers and a sister. At the age of five, he lost his mother. One of his brothers got admitted him to the Acharya Pathasala for primary schooling, where he started his schooling before moving to Vivekananda Balaka Sangha, a branch of the Ramakrishna Mission. Many people connect his humble nature and religious frame of mind to his education at the Ramakrishna Mission.
From the very childhood, Superstar Rajnikanth was an avid movie watcher and gradually, he got involved in dramas and plays. After the retirement of his father, the financial condition of the family deteriorated. Hence, he took various odd jobs- worked as a carpenter and then as a coolie to fund his further education. Soon, he became notable among the passengers due to his unique style of issuing tickets, returning change and whistling. After completing his job hours, Rajnikanth used to nurture his acting skills by participating in local stage plays.
He had to take up all sorts of odd jobs, before starting his career in the film industry. To make his ends meet, he took up a bus conductor job in Karnataka state transport corporation, Bangalore. During this time, he got into acting and nurtured his acting interests by performing in various stage plays. He started his journey with minor roles and gradually rose to the status of hero and then the ultimate superhero of the film industry.
Rajnikanth’s Career Phase
The legend of the Tamil movie industry was launched in the movie ‘Aboorva Raagangal’ by the renowned director, K.Balachandar. It’s been 45 years that the Super Star made his debut with an inconsequential role in a Tamil film. From the role of villain to a blockbuster hero, the gifted actor has made the most of every outing. And he truly deserves every bit of it. His life is no less than a fairy tale. He came from a lower middle-class family without any links in the film industry.
In 1973, after going through an advertisement in a local newspaper about admissions in the Madras Film Institute, he got himself enrolled in it. For this, he took the financial help from one of his colleague and also resigned from the conductor job. Although, he family was against his decision of quitting the conductor’s job due to the poor financial condition but Rajnikanth didn’t budge on his stand.
At that time, K. Balachander was a well-known movie maker and was famed for launching new talents in the Tamil film industry. Fortunately, superstar Rajnikanth got K. Balachander’s attention and got a role offered on the condition that he would achieve good proficiency in the Tamil language.
The movie, Apoorva Raagangal was launched in 1975 with Kamal Hassan in the lead role. In the whole movie, Rajnikanth had the appearance of hardly 15 minutes. In spite of his roles, Rajnikanth showed his screen presence and was signed by producers to portray anti-hero roles in the next handful of movies. He got his role makeover form the movie Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri in 1977, which was box office success. After this hit, he got the lead role of an elder brother who sacrifices everything for his siblings made him very popular among women audience and considered as a turning point in his career. This role got him accolades from the film industry and as well as the audience.
Rajinikanth’s Signature Moves
- Cigarette flip- Nobody can come close to the sophistication by which Rajinikanth flips the cigarette to his lips.
- The elegant walk- The flare and grace illustrated in Rajini’s walk are simply incredible.
- Rolling the goggles- It’s not just about the cigarette, the way Rajini flips the goggles a few times before finally wearing them, it drives his fans crazy about his talent.
- Greeting- We all remember the way Rajini greets people with his trademark “Namaskar” style. It would be always on the right or left side of the chin, never at the centre.
- Signature salute-In the movie Padayappa, he quickly revolve his hands in circular motion to wave off his trademark salute
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Take a look at some of the splendid aspects of the multi-talented megastar of the Indian film industry:
- Rajinikanth spent his childhood in a very constraint environment. After the death of his mother, the whole family had to struggle to keep themselves going.
- It was Rajinikanth friend, Raj Bahadur, who asked him to enrol his name in the Madras Film Institute. We do owe a lot of gratitude to this man.
- Rajinikanth kick-started his acting career with the role of Duryodhan in a Kannada play at the Film Institute. During one of his performances in those plays, he was spotted by director K. Balachander. After that, there was no looking back!
- For his triple role for the very first time in any Tamil film, Tamil Nadu government bestowed him with the Best Actor award for the movie, Moondru Moogam.
- Rajinikanth completed the milestone of hundred films in mere 10 years since he made his debut. The movie had him as the on-screen avatar of Raghavendra Swami in the film Sri Raghavendra. Rajinikanth being spiritual in nature, helped him to slip into the character to the perfection.
- The movie ‘Baasha’ earned Rajinikanth the title of the superstar in the year 1995. The film broke several box office records and established him as one of the best actors in the Indian film industry.
- Rajinikanth movie ‘Muthu’ was the first Tamil film to be showcased on the international stage and was the very first film to be released in Japan.
- According to Newsweek magazine in 1999, Rajinikanth was stated to be the trendiest heartthrob of Japan.
- Rajinikanth is the only megastar to visit the Himalayan caves
- After every film, Rajinikanth visits the Himalayan caves, which according to him detoxifies his soul and he attains peace.
- The movie ‘Sivaji’ was the first Tamil movie to move to the top of the box office charts in the UK and South Africa.
- Rajinikanth’s Enthiran was the costliest Tamil movie till date and was released in 2010. It held the record for being the costliest Indian movie of that time.
- According to Forbes India, Rajinikanth was named as the most influential Indian in 2010.
- Rajinikanth has been honoured by the NDTV as the ‘Entertainer of the decade’ award in 2011.
- Rajinikanth is the first ever Indian actor to have acted in black-and-white, colour, 3-D as well as motion capture films.
- Rajinikanth’s Raja Chinna Roja was the first Tamil film to have included animation in it.
- Rajinikanth has his featured story in the CBSE syllabus for the 6th standard.
- A case study in an elective course of post-graduation has been included in IIM-Ahmedabad. It is named as Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective.
- Rajinikanth got his first Filmfare Award from the film ‘Nallavanuku Nallavan’ in 1984.
- Rajinikanth has been awarded ‘Padma Vibhushan’ on April 12, 2016. And in 2000, as a token for his contributions to Indian cinema, he was felicitated with the ‘Padma Bhushan’.
So basically, Rajnikanth started his career with a very slow pace in 1975 but with his sheer talent and hard work, he stepped up the stairs of success very quickly and by the end of 1980 and went on to become a well-established star of the Tamil film industry. Rajinikanth’s movie got a lot of recognition not only in India but worldwide also.
Other than Tamil movies, he also acted in other language films including Hindi, Telugu and Kannada. But mainly, he displayed his skills in Tamil movies only. It was after 1995 that his work started getting appreciation and his movies started running all over India by dubbing in various languages. This led to his massive popularity beyond South India.
Final preparations are in full swing at Six Senses Fort Barwara which will host the much talked about wedding of celebrity couple Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif.
According to sources, the event company working for this wedding has procured crystal balls and chandeliers from abroad to give a royal look to the wedding. These will be installed in the hotel soon.
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Six Senses Hotel has also parked indicator vehicles on the road at frequent intervals for the guests to reach the hotel easily. A glass 'mandap' has been prepared and decorated in Rajwada style for the couple to take 'pheres' (rounds around the fire) as per Hindu rituals. Moreover, the glass carvings on the mandap is such that it creates an optical illusion.
This wedding ceremony will be held amidst tight security arrangements. Secret codes have been given to each of the guests, so that it is impossible to know which guest is staying in which room.
Mobile phones have been banned inside the venue. International photographers have been hired to shoot the entire wedding. The ceremonies will be held from December 7 to December 9, with bouncers and police personnel looking after the security arrangements. As many as 100 bouncers have arrived from Jaipur to look after security arrangements at the wedding.
Katrina and Vicky's wedding is to be solemnized on December 9.Unsplash
Vicky Kaushal and Katrina Kaif's outfits have been designed in Mumbai which they will wear during different wedding ceremonies.
As per information, Katrina Kaif and Vicky Kaushal are scheduled to reach Hotel Six Senses Fort Barwara located at Chauth Ka Barwara, by 9 p.m. on Monday, via car from Jaipur where both are expected to receive a grand welcome by the hotel management.
Along with Vicky and Katrina, their family members too will reach the hotel on Monday. However, some close family members and other guests will reach the venue separately. Katrina's sister Natasha and friends reached Jaipur airport on Monday afternoon from where they left for the wedding venue by car.
Katrina and Vicky's wedding is to be solemnized on December 9. (IANS/SP)
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Meta-owned WhatsApp on Monday announced an incubator programme in India that will select 10 organisations and help them build digital solutions to tackle critical health issues.
Called the WhatsApp Incubator Programme (WIP), the initiative aims to facilitate positive and measurable health outcomes at scale by leveraging the WhatsApp Business Platform.
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"During the pandemic we have seen several innovative use cases of the WhatsApp Business Platform by government organisations, civic actors, city administrations and many more NGOs, both large and small, across sectors and locations," said Abhijit Bose, Head of WhatsApp India.
The selected organisations will also be provided with technical support in order to design, prototype and pilot their health use cases.Unsplash
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"We hope the WhatsApp Incubator Programme brings forth more such innovative and unique solutions that will help solve India's healthcare needs," he said in a statement.
The selected organizations will also be provided with technical support in order to design, prototype and pilot their health use cases.
The company said that participating organizations get the opportunity to be mentored by industry experts, access on-ground ecosystems, receive support with impact measurement guidance, and a chance to network with funders to scale their use cases.
The programme, for which applications are open till December 24, is being administered by Quicksand Design Studio, WhatsApp said. (IANS/SP)
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By D.C. Pathak
Advent of Biden Presidency with its resonating calls of 'America is back', 'we will repair our alliances' and 'will engage with the world once again' on one hand and the rise of President Xi Jinping with a stronger hold on China after the Plenary session of the 19th Central Committee of CPC, on the other, have got strategic analysts to examine if a new Cold War was already on the horizon.
India has to define its stand and negotiate its international policy keeping in view the nation's best interests of the long run. Sino- Pak military alliance that chiefly worked against India, natural friendship between the two largest democracies of the world and the need for a rapid advancement of our Defence capabilities, are the major paradigms that should determine India's approach to both development and security.
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Xi Jinping is implementing a two- fold strategy of seeking the economic route to becoming the second superpower and pursuing 'Sinicisation of Marxism' to define the future of Communist China. In a huge give and take between the Godless dictatorship of China and the fundamentalist regime of Pakistan, the former has invested on CPEC located on the territory of PoK ceded by Pakistan to China in the face of the Indian protests and got an opening into the Muslim world where sympathy for Islamic radicals has been on the rise.
Pakistan is close to the pro- US group led by Saudi Arabia and yet has a good equation with Islamic radical organizations represented by Taliban. With one leg in the camp of 'revivalists' -- Pakistan -- it mediated between the US and the Taliban on Afghanistan -- would be in a position to assure the Chinese that the Cold War game of the West using Pak-Afghan region to 'radicalise' Muslims of Xinjiang and other parts of China, would not be allowed. The axis of the two principal adversaries of India has become very active after the Indian Parliament scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution in August 2019 and converted J&K and Ladakh into union territories. India had successfully evolved a strategy of dealing with both China and Pakistan together.
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It needs to be recalled that China drew the best lessons from the demise of the USSR -- it could clearly see that the Soviet regime had become an oligarchy that ignored the internal economic decline because of which it was not able to sustain the war in Afghanistan. This led Deng Xiaoping to adopt the policy of opening the Chinese market to the world in a controlled fashion and thus initiate a process of faster economic growth on which China has not looked back. China has become the second biggest global economy by investing in markets abroad and accessing technological knowledge wherever it was available -- including the research work of the US universities where it established 'Chairs' to reach out to the same.
Xi Jinping combines the persona of Deng and Mao Zedong and while consolidating Chinese economy further, he has reverted to the concept of supremacy of the Communist Party of China as the symbol of Marxism. This has helped him, among other things, to keep his leadership going on the strength of ideology and project it as something that was free of any personal vested interest. The recent conference of the Central Committee of CPC credited Xi Jinping with achievement of the first Centennial goal of making China a 'moderately prosperous society' by 2021 -- the hundredth year of the party's existence and acknowledged his pledge to make China a 'great modern Socialist country' by 2049 -- the second centennial mission marking the completion of hundred years since Mao Zedong declared the establishment of the People's Republic of China. By highlighting the importance of 'ideology' and 'line', Xi Jinping has identified himself with the Party so completely that his leadership can not be easily challenged by any dissenters.
Under Xi Jinping, China is progressing economically and also politically extending its influence in the world taking care to buy time for its mission and somewhere following the doctrine of winning a war without a battle. It is joining multilateral platforms to create a non- combatant image, inducing economic dependence of other smaller nations on it through its Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) and forging bilateral alliances and pacts to further its geo- political advancement.
Pakistan is close to the pro- US group led by Saudi Arabia and yet has a good equation with Islamic radical organizations represented by Taliban.Unsplash
Sino- Pak strategic alliance -- an illustration of this multi-prong objective of China -- is a cause for great concern for India. China knows it can not change the Western systems and is not in a hurry to challenge the global economic order -- it is exploring alternate approaches of invading others economically and doing it successfully. As far as territorial expansion was concerned Xi's China adheres to its known 'two steps forward one step backward' strategy -- which is salami slicing of sorts -- that was in evidence on LAC as also in the Indo-Pacific. India has suitably responded to these moves on land as well as on sea by undertaking a matching military build up and actively joining in Quad, respectively.
Some analysts have perceptively noted that President Xi Jinping has embarked on a larger than life mission of surpassing Mao Zedong in building China as the dominant power of the world -- matching the place it once occupied in its civilizational history. His new strategy of bringing all 'under one heaven' compels a recall of the description the Chinese Emperor once enjoyed as the 'son of heaven'. It is remarkable that a Communist dictatorship carrying the stamp of Marxism today is deriving strength from the country's civilisational roots. This reflects the desire for world domination -- the Emperor of China expected 'tribute' from other countries as protection money.
Xi's China is also working on fail -- safe alliances -- using its economic hold as in the case of Pakistan. The defence expenditure of China has been on the rise -- in comparison to India it rose from a near parity in the Nineties to more than three times of India's defence budget, as at present. China's move forward is neither transactional nor transformational but a strategy of continuum -- steady in pace and direction --attempted on a good understanding of the global 'space' on land ,sea and air. Geo- politically China is now in the frame so far as the emerging scene of the world getting divided between two superpowers, was concerned.
The defence expenditure of China has been on the rise -- in comparison to India.Unsplash
India has set in motion a well- considered strategy of handling the economic and security challenges emanating from this situation. There was never any doubt that the US and India must together anchor the collective effort of the democratic world to counter the threat from the Communist dictatorships on one hand and that from Islamic extremists on the other.
The policy of the Modi government to have bilateral relations on the basis of mutuality of interests in the economic and security spheres has been very successful. India is enlarging the ambit of friendships with European democracies, Australia, Japan and Israel -- including association with Quad -- to promote collective security against these dangers. As a nation with a voice in the global matters pertaining to war and peace, India is working for self-reliance in the area of defence and building military strength to take on any aggressive move of the PLA on the LAC and punish Pakistan for any provocation from across the LOC.
India has maintained close friendship with Russia which has -- apart from defence deals with India -- been on the same page on the vital issues of Afghanistan and radicalization. It is the policy of mutuality of security interests in Afghanistan that has made India work in collaboration with Iran, notwithstanding the conflicts that this country had with the US and Israel. Indian diplomacy has worked hard to keep the Western powers convinced of the legitimacy of India's policy towards all these other countries.
Finally, there is an added challenge on the internal security front because of the intent of the China-Pak combine to instigate acts of terror, insurgency and sectarian discord in India in an attempt to destabilize this country. A new dimension of the domestic scene of India is the rise of civil society forums which in collusion with anti-India lobbies abroad and elements hostile to the Modi government at home, play politics by proxy on issues ranging from Kashmir to Northeast and from safety of Dalits and minorities to poverty alleviation. Fortunately, we are getting adequate Intelligence to draw a line between genuine protests and sponsored agitations.
(The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau; the views expressed are personal)
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