No one could ever accuse the Tamil superstar of not experimenting with the roles he's chosen to play throughout his career. On the occasion of his birthday, we revisit some of his most famous characters:
In the 1978 Tamil flick 'Thai Meedhu Sathyam', Rajinikanth gave audiences a first glimpse at what an Indian cowboy would look like. This avatar would later be aped by several actors, including Shah Rukh Khan in 'Om Shanti Om' and even inspired the movie
Rajinikanth played the revenge-hungry hero in 'Andha Kanoon', and the movie also starred Hema Malini as his sister who is a cop trying to stop him. The movie also featured the original 'angry young man' of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, in a special guest
Rajini played the role of Jaggu in 'Chaalbaaz', a beer guzzling taxi driver, who loses his heart to Sridevi (who played a double role). This was one of the actor's most successful Bollywood roles and we'd choose him over Sunny Deol any
In the Malayalam movie 'Kuselan', Rajinikanth appears in an extended cameo as himself - the larger-than-life superstar who is best friend to the lead actor, who plays a lowly barber. The movie was remade in Hindi as 'Billu' with Shah Rukh Khan reprising
Rajini played the role of robot Chitti in 'Enthiran' who falls in love with Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan's character and plots to steal her away from his creator and scientist Dr. Vaseegaran (also played by Rajinikanth)
The blockbuster 'Sivaji' saw Rajinikanth play the role of a rich NRI who returns to India and attempts to reform the system. His lone crusader act was reprised by Anil Kapoor in the Hindi remake 'Nayak'
As Dr. Saravanan in the comedy horror caper 'Chandramukhi', Rajini puts on a fine performance as a psychiatrist trying to solve Jyothika's split personality disorder. The movie ran for a record 800 days in cinemas, and was even remade in Hindi as 'Bhool
In '16 Vayathinile', two industry greats, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth, came face-to-face over the object of their affections, Sridevi. The movie saw Rajini play a negative role as the village lout.
Very little is know about Rajinikanth's upcoming role in 'Rana' though the posters give us the idea that he plays a historical figure who will prove to be a saviour to the masses. Whatever the role, we're bound to be entertained, and we're crossing our