Dadasaheb Phalke award for Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth is widely regarded as one of the popular actors in the history of Indian cinema. His popularity has been attributed to his uniquely styled dialogues and idiosyncrasies in films, as well as his political statements and philanthropy. The actor has been part of the showbiz business for more than 4 decades and enjoys immense popularity among the masses. This South Indian megastar will be conferred with the prestigious 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award in Indian cinema.  The prestigious award is named after the father of Indian cinema, Dhundiraj Govind Phalke, and was instituted in 1969. The award is conferred by the government for outstanding contribution to the growth and development of Indian Cinema. The award is comprised of a Golden Lotus and a cash prize of ?10 lakh. Dadasaheb Phalke Awards are managed by Directorate of Film Festivals, an organisation set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. The original name of Rajinikanth is Shivajirao Gaikwad, but he professionally famous as Rajinikanth.
Born on 12 December 1950, Rajinikanth works primarily in Tamil cinema. In addition to acting, he has also worked as a producer and screenwriter. He has won many awards, including four Tamil Nadu State Film Best Actor Awards and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan (2000) and the  Padma Vibhushan (2016). He received the Chevalier Shivaji GaneshanChevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award for Excellence in Indian Cinema at the 4th Vijay Awards. At the 45th International Film Festival of India (2014), he was conferred with the "Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year". At the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India (2019), he was honoured with the Icon of Global Jubilee award. He is the second-highest grossing actor in Tamil cinema history, behind veteran MG Ramchandran.
Following his debut in K Balachandaer’ss 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagagangal, Rajinikanth's acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films. The Suresh Krishna-directed Baashha (1995) in which Rajinikanth played a crime boss was a major commercial success in his career and earned him a 'god-like' status in Tamil Nadu.  Sivaji (2007) was the third Indian film to enter the 100 Crores Club. Rajnikanth last appeared in the 2020 Tamil action-thriller film Darbar.
 

- Prabhakar Purandare

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