Rajinikanth is an Indian actor, producer and screenwriter. He was born as 'Shivaji Rao Gaikwad' on December 12, 1950 in Bangalore, India. He was five years old, when his mother died. He is the most popular film actor and the only actor whose journey of becoming actor is placed in CBSE syllabus under chapter, 'From Bus Conductor to Superstar'. He did his primary education from the Government school of Bangalore, in Kannada language. Before starting his career in the field of acting, he did many odd jobs like job as coolie and as a Bus conductor. Kannada director, 'Topi Muniappa' gave him a first break to act in a moral play. His notable acting in the plays, bagged him a role in films. In 1975, Rajinikanth made his debut in Tamil cinema with movie, 'Apoorva Raagangal'. His role in the film is small but the film become superhit and won 'National Film award for Best Feature Film'. After that he followed his career with many other films like 'Katha Sangama', 'Anthuleni Katha', 'Avargal' and 'Moondru Mudichu' etc. As an lead actor, his first movie was 'Bairavi' in 1978. After giving successful films in Tamil language, he took a turn to Bollywood in 1983. His first film in Bollywood industry was 'Andha kanoon', which became the highest grossing film. In addition to acting in Tamil and Bollywood, Rajinikanth also worked in the regional film industries. Apart from acting, he is also a well known screenwriter and producer. For his contribution to acting, he won many awards in his career, 'Tamil Nadu State Film Awards', 'Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award', 'Four Special Awards for Best Actor' and 'Padma Bhushan' are some of his achievements. Rajinikanth's wife name is 'Latha Rangachari'. 'Aishwarya' and 'Soundarya' are their daughters. He is the father-in-law of actor, 'Dhanush' who is married to his daughter, 'Aishwarya'.