Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, also known as Thalivaa who has delivered nothing but hits in a career spanning more than three decades, celebrates his 63rd birthday today. On his special day, we bring to you some of his best loved leading ladies.
Rajinikanth got his first break in 1975. K. Balachander gave Rajinikanth a supporting role in his movie 'Apoorva Raagangal', which popularised him as a villain. But it was SP Muthuraman who gave Rajinikanth his first break as a hero. Though Rajinikanth was more like a symbol of the angry young man of the 70s and 80s down south, than a romantic hero, the actor never shied away from onscreen romance. Here's a look at some of the actresses Rajinikanth has worked with.
The newest actress to join Rajinikanth's list of top actresses is Bollywood's current reigning queen Deepika Padukone. Deepika will be seen in Rajinikanth starrer 'Kochadiiyaan', which is helmed by his younger daughter Soundarya and is set to release next year. Deepika Padukone was also cast for a role opposite Rajinikanth in 'Rana' however the film has been postponed for now.
Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai Bachchan couldn't refrain herself from working with superstar Rajinikanth in 'Enthiran' (Robot). The film, which was made at a budget of Rs 100 cr, was a blockbuster that year.
Bollywood actress Sridevi has worked with Rajinikanth in 'Moondru Mudichu', 'Kavikkuyil', '16 Vayathinile' and 'Chaalbaaz'. Their onscreen chemistry in 'Chaalbaaz' was one to look out for.
Veteran actress Rekha has been paired thrice with Rajinikanth in Bollywood films 'Bulandi', 'Phool Banay Angarey' and 'Bhrashtachar'.
Actress Manisha Koirala, who has recently emerged victorious after having battled cancer, has also worked with the actor in Tamil film 'Baba'.
Shirya Saran, who is 32-years younger to Rajinikanth, worked with him in hit film 'Sivaji: The Boss'.
Veteran actress turned politician Jaya Prada shared screen space with Rajinikanth in three South films – 'Anthuleni Katha', 'Iddaru Asadhyule' and 'Ninaithale Inikkum'. They have worked together in Bollywood films like 'Insaff Kaun Karega', 'Farishtay', 'Tyagi' and 'Insaniyat Ke Devta.'
Southern actress Nayantara was romantically paired opposite Rajinikanth in 'Kuselan' and 'Chandramukhi'.
With Meena, Rajinikanth appeared in 'Enkeyo Ketta Kural', 'Yejaman', 'Veera', 'Mutthu' and 'Kuselan'.
Rajinikanth and Geetha have shared screen space in films like 'Bairavi', 'Iddaru Asadhyule', 'Ninaithale Inikkum', 'Andamaina Anubhavam', 'Garjanai' and 'Garjanam, Garjana'.