Updated: Tue, 20 May 2014 12:45:00 GMT | By Priya Bala, India Syndicate
Rajnikanth: The Ultimate Superstar Forever

Humble beginnings



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Before he took on the screen name Rajnikanth, he was Shivajirao Gaekwad, child of a lower middle class family, who lost his mother when he was just 9. The young Shivajirao attended the Gavipuram government school in Bangalore and life, for most part, was a struggle. He worked as a coolie for a while and then joined the Bangalore Transport Service as a conductor. Perhaps it was these beginnings that made him take so well to roles in which he played working class hero – such as ‘Baasha’ and ‘Annamalai’.

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