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Superstar Rajinikanth

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Superstar Rajinikanth is the biggest movie star you've never heard of. He's been producing, directing and starring in his own action films since the 1980s and is the second highest paid actor in Asia. Plus, his films are obligated - by contract - to bill him as "SUPERSTAR Rajinikanth!" His newest release, Enthiran (The Robot) recently opened worldwide. Grady Hendrix, writer and co-founder of the New York Asian Film Festival, joins us to explain the man, the star - Rajinikanth.

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Grady Hendrix

Comments [11]

RAJU GARG from delhi

No argument about this matter who is the real and original superstar indian cinema answer is RAJESH KHANNA.

May. 22 2011 02:39 AM
Madhan from INDIA

He is the DemiGod of our INDIAN cinema . . .
Thalaivar rockz all over the world. . ..

Nov. 04 2010 01:00 AM
Eddie from Malaysia

He's the best....... earning so much but a very humble & down to earth person........

Nov. 03 2010 10:21 PM
Soorya from Bangalore

Super Star is the Best

Oct. 31 2010 07:24 AM
Sandeep Srinivasan from Bellevue, WA

It's not true that he directs his own movies. However, it is a fact, that for an actor who acts in movies watched by only few so many Indians (because of the language barrier), he has crossed boundaries to make people sit up and take notice of his overbearing mannerisms and style, snatching Chuck Norris novelties. Rajni's stardom only gets bigger with each movie. Very nice of WNYC to bring Rajni to largely a new set of ears.

For the interested, here's my review of the movie Endhiran (The Robot):

http://goo.gl/3QWn

Oct. 29 2010 07:10 PM
Harish from Bangalore

Another fact aspect of Rajni is, he became a superstar from the scratch. He was once a Bus conductor in Bangalore, Karnataka. And he is a superstar now. Just like every film fraternity is, hopping in and mesmerizing everyone was not that easy in movies here those days. There were many trying to follow him and couldn't reach this big in Tamil(especially). But his style and charisma could not be matched by anyone. People here are still crazy about movies mainly because of actors' plundering into politics after movies' image. However, Rajni is still into movies and even now none has matched his style and action.

Oct. 16 2010 08:57 PM
Sharath from Bangalore

Well ... Rajinikanth did act in a Hollywood movie long back in the late 1980s. It is called the "Bloodstone". Obviously, the movie did not make it big else many would have heard or talked about it.

Oct. 13 2010 07:20 AM
Krish from Canada

The scene played in this audio is here in video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tAFZR5C_i0&feature=fvw

Oct. 12 2010 06:58 PM
rg from princeton nj

oops...must have been a browser bug - the clip is fine now.

rajnikanth and other superheroes movies from India can be understood only in terms of a western sensibilities of having a fanbase for the TV series Heroes or readers of comics superheroes, anime, manga etc.

there is something to be said about the psychology of the Tamil fanbase that projects a collective yearning for a hero character that Rajni represents in his movies.

npr made my day for playing a Tamil clip - never imagined this would come to pass :)

Oct. 07 2010 07:52 PM
rg from princeton nj

wrong audio clip placed on this page...the segment is that of lennon nyc not rajnikanth.

Oct. 07 2010 07:41 PM
cheeka from New Jersey

Grady Hendrix has some of his facts wrong. I have watched Rajinikanth's movies since he made his entry into films in 1975. He has probably produced only 1 or 2 movies and he sang only 1 song in his entire career. He is adored by most of the people for his simplicity and his humble nature than for his acting skills. And in most of his movies he plays a blue collar worker like a bus conductor, driver, or a villager and only in 1 or 2 of his movies he has played a doctor/engineer. He plays a good guy in most of his movies, in which he helps the poor and fights the bad guys. And this is a typical trend in most southern states of India. Big heroes tend to portray larger than life image and over the top dialogues, stunts etc., And most of the heroes enter into politics in their respective states after 60 because of their image in movies.

Oct. 07 2010 03:37 PM

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