It was on a full-moon night, on Holi, the festival of colours, that Balachander christened Shivaji Rao as Rajinikanth.
In 1977 Avargal Tamil movie directed by K.Balachander, starring Kamalhassan, Rajnikanth, Ravikumar and Sujatha in the lead and in this film Rajnikanth role name is Ramanathan. He actoed as a sadistic husband in Avargal
In 1977 Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri tamil film made by SP.Muthuraman starring Sivakumar ,Rajinikanth and Sumithra.In Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri Rajini plays a ‘soft’ role. He lives with Sumitra as her protector in an entirely platonic relationship.. The role demanded that he underplay his star image, cut out his mannerisms and play a ‘soft’ character. Shivakumar, then a romantic hero, was cast in a ‘negative’ role in that film.
Apoorva Raagangal was RajiniKanth’s first movie. It is his first Tamil Movie. It is released in 1975.It is directed by K.BalaChander.This film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil .
In 1980 Murattu Kaalai directed by SP Muthuraman and it is an action film and in this film rajinikanth shedding the flamboyant clothes that were by then becoming his trademark, played the hero in a very folksy, village-style get-up. This was an entertainer out-and-out. The stunt sequences were a hallmark.
This was also the film where for the first time — of course, now this has become a trend in all Rajini films – a song, ‘Podhuvaga en manasu thangam, oru pottiyinu vanthuvitta singam’, was written specifically with his image in mind.
Sri Raghavendra failed to shine at the box office, but was largely popular among audiences and critics. Starring as Raghavendra Swami in the Tamil film, Rajinikanth’s performance was one that deserved a generous applauding. Directed by SP. Muthuraman, Sri Raghavendra was Rajinikanth’s 100th film.
In 1982 A.Jagannathan is directed Moondru Mugam starring Rajinikanth doing a triple role as Alex pandian, Arun and John. It was a Mega Hit blockbuster and completed a 250-days run at the box office. Alex pandian Character is entirely different by his body language and his Mass punch dialogue "Thepettiku rendu pakkam orasinadan thee pidikkum but indha ‘Alex pandianukku’ endha pakkam orasinalum thee pidikum" Terrific movie given for all Rajini fans by Rajini and Moondru Mugam proved him to be equally capable of performing in dramatic roles
In 1981 Thillu Mullu was directed by K.Balachander.Thillu Mullu is the Tamil remake of the 1979 Bollywood film Gol Maal. It was also Rajinikanth’s first full-length comedy film and he acted as Indran role without moustache
Rajnikanth as Ayyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyapperumal Chandran In Thillu Mullu Film
In 1985 Nallavanuku Nallavan was directed by SP.Muthuraman and it was a blockbuster and completed a 150 day run at the box office.Superstar rajinikanth got Filmfare Award for Best Tamil actor in 1985
In 1977 Bharathiraja’s 16 Vayadhinile, Rajnikanth was the villain the people loved to hate. Superstar “Rajinikanth” has done a negative role in this film and his character was very much appreciated by everyone. He often teases everybody and used to say “Idhu Epadi Irukuthu?” which means “How is it?”, to his group members. As a matter of fact this might also be considered as the start of using Punch Dialogue for Rajini. He later used the English version of this dialogue “Idhu Epadi Irukuthu?” as “How is it?” in of his films called “Veera”.This film began the trend of outdoor shooting in Tamil film industry
1991 Thalapathi written and directed by Mani Ratnam .It was one of the best movies for Rajinikanth. The movie resembles friendship between Mammootty and Rajini. Thalapathi’s big gamble is to cast Rajinikanth but dispense with Rajnikanthisms. There’s no flicking of the cigarette into the mouth or throwing back of the hair for the superstar in this movie. Rather, the actor, whose over-the-top acting style has made him a figure of adoration as well as a target of parody, sits it out in Thalapathi. He rediscovers the naturalistic acting rhythms that he displayed in his earlier films with K Balachander.
In 1995 Muthu Tamil film directed by K. S. Ravikumar and produced by K. Balachander. In this film Super star received the State award for Best actor for his great performance as father and son in Muthu and became the first Tamil film to be dubbed into Japanese,
In 1995 superstar rajinikanth Baasha directed by Suresh Krishna, which emerged as an industry record and is routinely touted by fans and critics alike as a major-hit, as the film elevated him from being just another very popular actor to nearly a demigod status among the masses. The film was a blockbuster and completed 368-day run at the box office.
In 2005 Indian comedy-horror film directed by P. VasuChandramukhi is notable for being the longest-running Tamil film in India, playing for a total of over 800 days.Chandramukhi broke all Indian film box office records, grossing Rs 64 crores (640 million rupees) in receipts.T
It was a pleasant surprise to watch our superstar Rajinikanth as a white man for the song ‘Oru koodai sun light…’ in Shivaji.
In 2007 Sivaji directed by Shankar. The film entered the list of top ten films of the United Kingdom upon release. Sivaji were also released in South Africa, where they eventually became high box-office grossers.Bald look of Superstar (MOTTAI BOSS!) was astonishing & tops everything in the movie, and along with the new tricks involving the coolers (flicking of coolers to the side!) and the stylish tapping of the head, it was truly a MIND-BLOWING experience for many Thalaivar Fans
Endhiran is a science fiction movie directed by Shankar in which Rajinikanth plays a dual role of a scientist and a robot.
Rajinikanth’s Different Hair Style in Kilimanjaro Mohenjodaro song from Endhiran
Kochadaiyaan is India’s first 3D film with performance capturing technology.