Rajinikanth filmography

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Rajinikanth at the audio release of Enthiran (2010)

Rajinikanth is an Indian actor who has appeared in over 150 films, predominantly in Tamil cinema.[1] He began his film career by playing antagonistic and supporting roles before graduating to a lead actor.[2] After starring in numerous commercially successful films throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he has continued to hold a matinée idol status in the popular culture of Tamil Nadu.[3] Writing for Slate, Grady Hendrix called him the "biggest movie star you've probably never heard of."[4] Rajinikanth has also worked in other Indian film industries such as Bollywood, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali.[5]

He made his cinematic debut with K. Balachander's 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal, in which he played a minor role of an abusive husband.[6][7] He had his first major role in Balachander's Telugu drama film Anthuleni Katha (1976), and got his breakthrough in Tamil with Moondru Mudichu (1976)—also directed by Balachander. His style and mannerisms in the latter earned recognition from the audience.[8] In 1977, he acted in 15 films, playing negative characters in most of them, including Avargal, 16 Vayathinile, Aadu Puli Attam and Gaayathri.[2][6] He had positive roles in Kavikkuyil, the Kannada film Sahodarara Savaal,[9] and the Telugu film Chilakamma Cheppindi, in which he played the protagonist for the first time in his career.[10] His role as a failed lover in S. P. Muthuraman's Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977) won him critical acclaim.[11] In 1978, he was cast as the main lead in the Tamil film Bairavi.[2] The same year, he received critical acclaim for his roles in Mullum Malarum and Aval Appadithan; the former earned him a Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize for Best Actor.[6] He made his Malayalam cinema debut with I. V. Sasi's fantasy drama Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum (1979), an adaptation of a story from One Thousand and One Nights.[12][13] By the end of the decade, he had worked in all South Indian languages and established a career in Tamil cinema.[6][14]

He played dual roles in the action thriller Billa (1980), which was a remake of the Bollywood film Don (1978). It was his biggest commercial success to that point and gave him the "action-hero" image.[15][16] Balachander's Thillu Mullu (1981), the Tamil remake of the Bollywood film Gol Maal (1979), was Rajinikanth's first full-length comedy film.[17] He played triple roles in the 1982 Tamil film Moondru Mugam, which earned him a special prize at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards ceremony. The following year, he made his Bollywood debut with Rama Rao Tatineni's Andha Kanoon; it was among the top-grossing Bollywood films in 1983.[18] Muthuraman's Nallavanuku Nallavan (1984) won him that year's Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actor.[5] In 1985, he portrayed the Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami in his 100th film Sri Raghavendrar,[19] a box-office failure.[20] In the latter half of the 1980s, he starred in several films in Tamil and Hindi, including Padikkadavan (1985), Mr. Bharath (1986), Bhagwaan Dada (1986), Velaikaran (1987), Guru Sishyan (1988) and Dharmathin Thalaivan (1988).[21] During this time, he made his debut in American cinema with a supporting role in the mystery adventure film Bloodstone (1988), a box-office failure.[22]

Rajinikanth continued to act in Bollywood, often playing supporting roles in films such as Hum, Khoon Ka Karz, and Phool Bane Angaray (all in 1991). Mani Ratnam's Tamil film Thalapathi (1991), based on the Indian epic Mahabharata, earned him critical acclaim.[22] Suresh Krissna's Annamalai (1992), P. Vasu's Mannan (1992) and Uzhaippali (1993) are among his box-office successes in Tamil.[23] He made his debut as a screenwriter with Valli (1993), a commercial failure.[a][13] The Suresh Krissna-directed Baashha, in which he played a crime boss, was a major commercial success in his career and earned him a "demigod" status in Tamil Nadu.[23] Later that year he acted in K. S. Ravikumar's Muthu, which was dubbed into Japanese.[b] In Japan, the film grossed a record US$1.6 million in 1998 and was largely instrumental in creating a fan-base for Rajinikanth in the country.[25] Padayappa (1999), his second collaboration with Ravikumar, went on to become the highest-grossing Tamil film to that point.[26] In 2002 Rajinikanth produced, wrote and starred in the fantasy thriller Baba,[27] which fell short of market expectations and incurred heavy losses for its distributors.[28] After a three-year sabbatical, he returned to acting with the comedy horror film Chandramukhi (2005); it went on to become the highest-grossing Tamil film to that point,[26] and its theatrical run lasted 126 weeks at a theatre in Chennai.[c] Rajinikanth was paid 260 million for his role in S. Shankar's Sivaji (2007), which made him the second-highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan.[30] He played dual roles, as a scientist and an andro-humanoid robot, in the science fiction film Enthiran (2010). It was India's most expensive production at the time of its release,[31] and is among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.[d][33] He played triple roles in the 2014 animated film Kochadaiiyaan, the first in India to be shot with motion capture technology;[34] it was a commercial failure.[35] Two years later, Rajinikanth played a Malaysian Tamil crime boss in Pa. Ranjith's Kabali,[36] which had the biggest weekend opening for an Indian film.[37][38]

Films

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
List of films acted by Rajinikanth
Film Year Role(s) Language(s) Director(s) Notes Ref.
Apoorva Raagangal 1975 Pandiyan Tamil K. Balachander [39]
Katha Sangama 1976 Kondaji Kannada Puttanna Kanagal [39]
Anthuleni Katha 1976 Murthy Telugu K. Balachander [8]
Moondru Mudichu 1976 Prasad Tamil K. Balachander [8]
Baalu Jenu 1976 Vasu Kannada Balan,
Kunigal Nagabushan
[8]
Avargal 1977 Ramanathan Tamil K. Balachander [9]
Kavikkuyil 1977 Murugan Tamil Devaraj Mohan [9]
Raghupathi Raghavan Rajaram 1977 Veeraiyan Tamil Durai [40]
[41]
Chilakamma Cheppindi 1977 Ravi Telugu Eranki Sharma [9]
Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri 1977 Sampath Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [9]
Ondu Premada Kathe 1977 Local school chairman Kannada S. M. Joe Simon [40]
16 Vayathinile 1977 Parattai Tamil P. Bharathiraja [9]
Sahodarara Savaal 1977 Shekhar Kannada K. S. R. Das [9]
Aadu Puli Attam 1977 Rajini Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [9]
Gaayathri 1977 Rajarathinam Tamil R. Pattabhiraman [9]
Kumkuma Rakshe 1977 Unknown Kannada S. K. A. Chari [9]
Aarupushpangal 1977 Ravi Tamil K. M. Balakrishnan [9]
Tholireyi Gadichindi 1977 Unknown Telugu K. S. Rami Reddy [40]
Aame Katha 1977 Unknown Telugu K. Raghavendra Rao [40]
Galate Samsara 1977 Sundar Kannada C. V. Rajendran [9]
Shankar Salim Simon 1978 Simon Tamil P. Madhavan [12]
Kiladi Kittu 1978 Srikanth Kannada K. S. R. Das [12]
Annadammula Savaal 1978 Rangababu Telugu K. S. R. Das [40]
[42]
Aayiram Jenmangal 1978 Ramesh Tamil Durai [12]
Maathu Tappada Maga 1978 Unknown Kannada Peketi Sivaram [40]
Mangudi Minor 1978 Kumar Tamil V. C. Guhanathan [40]
[43]
Bairavi 1978 Mookaiah Tamil M. Bhaskar [12]
Ilamai Oonjaladukirathu 1978 Murali Tamil C. V. Sridhar [12]
Sadhurangam 1978 Kumaresan Tamil Durai [40]
[44]
Vanakkatukuriya Kathaliye 1978 Joe Tamil A. C. Tirulokchandar [12]
Vayasu Pilichindi 1978 Murali Telugu C. V. Sridhar [40]
Mullum Malarum 1978 Kaali Tamil J. Mahendran Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize [12]
Iraivan Kodutha Varam 1978 Rajinikanth Tamil A. Bhimsingh [40]
[45]
Thappida Thala 1978 Devu Kannada K. Balachander [12]
Thappu Thalangal 1978 Deva Tamil K. Balachander [12]
Aval Appadithan 1978 Thyagu Tamil C. Rudhraiya [12]
Thai Meethu Sathiyam 1978 Babu Tamil R. Thyagarajan [12]
En Kelvikku Enna Bathil 1978 Solomon Tamil P. Madhavan [40]
Paavathin Sambalam 1978 Himself Tamil Durai Guest appearance [40]
Justice Gopinath 1978 Ravi Tamil Dasari Yoganand [12]
Priya 1978 Ganesh Tamil S. P. Muthuraman Tamil–Kannada bilingual film [12]
Priya 1979 Ganesh Kannada S. P. Muthuraman Tamil–Kannada bilingual film [12]
Kuppathu Raja 1979 Raja Tamil T. R. Ramanna [12]
Iddaru Asadhyule 1979 Bhaskar Telugu K. S. R. Das [40]
Allauddinum Albhutha Vilakkum 1979 Kamruddin Malayalam I. V. Sasi Malayalam–Tamil bilingual film [12]
Ninaithale Inikkum 1979 Deepak Tamil K. Balachander Tamil–Telugu bilingual film [12]
[40]
Andamaina Anubhavam 1979 Dileep Telugu K. Balachander Tamil–Telugu bilingual film [40]
Thaayillamal Naan Illai 1979 Bichwa Bakri Tamil R. Thyagarajan Guest appearance [12]
Allaudinaum Arputha Vilakkum 1979 Kamruddin Tamil I. V. Sasi Malayalam–Tamil bilingual film [12]
Dharma Yuddam 1979 Raja Tamil R. C. Sakthi [12]
Naan Vazhavaippen 1979 Michael D'Souza Tamil Dasari Yoganand [12]
Tiger 1979 Rashid Telugu N. Ramesh [40]
[46]
Aarilirunthu Arubathu Varai 1979 Santhanam Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [12]
Annai Oru Aalayam 1979 Vijay Tamil R. Thyagarajan Tamil–Telugu bilingual film [12]
Amma Evarikkaina Amma 1979 Vijay Telugu R. Thyagarajan Tamil–Telugu bilingual film [12]
Billa 1980 David Billa,
Rajappa
Tamil R. Krishnamurthy [47]
Natchathiram 1980 Himself Tamil Dasari Narayana Rao Guest appearance [40]
[48]
Ram Robert Rahim 1980 Ram Telugu Vijaya Nirmala [47]
Anbukku Naan Adimai 1980 Gopinath Tamil R. Thyagarajan [40]
Kaali 1980 Kali Tamil I. V. Sasi Tamil–Telugu bilingual film [40]
Mayadari Krishnudu 1980 Krishnudu Telugu R. Thyagarajan [40]
Naan Potta Saval 1980 Ram Tamil Puratchidasan [40]
Johnny 1980 Johnny,
Vidyasagar
Tamil J. Mahendran [47]
Kaali 1980 Kaali Telugu I. V. Sasi Tamil–Telugu bilingual film [40]
Ellam Un Kairasi 1980 Raja Tamil M. A. Thirumugam [40]
Polladhavan 1980 Manohar Tamil Muktha V. Srinivasan [40]
Murattu Kalai 1980 Kalaiyan Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[47]
Thee 1981 Rajashekar Tamil R. Krishnamurthy [40]
Kazhugu 1981 Raja Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Thillu Mullu 1981 Chandran (Indran) Tamil K. Balachander [40]
[49]
Garjanai 1981 Vijay Tamil C. V. Rajendran Tamil–Malayalam–Kannada multilingual film [40]
[50]
Garjanam 1981 Vijay Malayalam C. V. Rajendran Tamil–Malayalam–Kannada multilingual film [40]
[50]
Netrikkann 1981 Chakravarthi,
Santosh
Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [47]
Garjane 1981 Vijay Kannada C. V. Rajendran Tamil–Malayalam–Kannada multilingual film [40]
[50]
Ranuva Veeran 1981 Raghu Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Pokkiri Raja 1982 Raja,
Ramesh
Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Thanikattu Raja 1982 Suryaprakash Tamil V. C. Guhanathan [40]
Ranga 1982 Ranganathan Tamil R. Thyagarajan [40]
Puthukavithai 1982 Anand Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [47]
Nandri, Meendum Varuga 1982 Himself Tamil T. S. B. K. Moulee Guest appearance [40]
[48]
Enkeyo Ketta Kural 1982 Kumaran Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[51]
Moondru Mugam 1982 Alex Pandian,
Arun,
John
Tamil A. Jagannathan Tamil Nadu State Film Award Special Prize [47]
[51]
Agni Sakshi 1982 Himself Tamil K. Balachander Guest appearance [47]
[48]
Paayum Puli 1983 Bharani Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Uruvangal Maralam 1983 Himself (Raghavendrar) Tamil S. V. Ramanan Guest appearance [47]
Thudikkum Karangal 1983 Gopi Tamil C. V. Sridhar [40]
Andha Kanoon 1983 Vijay Kumar Singh Hindi Tatineni Rama Rao [40]
[52]
Thai Veedu 1983 Raju Tamil R. Thyagarajan [40]
Sivappu Sooriyan 1983 Vijay Tamil Muktha V. Srinivasan [40]
Jeet Hamaari 1983 Raju Hindi R. Thyagarajan [40]
[53]
Adutha Varisu 1983 Kannan Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Thanga Magan 1983 Arun Tamil A. Jagannathan [40]
Meri Adaalat 1984 Ashok Hindi A. T. Raghu [40]
Naan Mahan Alla 1984 Vishwanath Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Thambikku Entha Ooru 1984 Balu Tamil Rajasekhar [40]
[54]
Kai Kodukkum Kai 1984 Kaalimuthu Tamil J. Mahendran [40]
[49]
Ethe Naasaval 1984 Ram Telugu Puratchidasan [40]
Anbulla Rajinikanth 1984 Himself Tamil K. Natraj [51]
[40]
Gangvaa 1984 Gangvaa Hindi Rajasekhar [40]
Nallavanuku Nallavan 1984 Manickam Tamil S. P. Muthuraman Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [55]
John Jani Janardhan 1984 John A. Mendez,
Janardhan B. Gupta,
Jani
Hindi Tatineni Rama Rao [40]
Nyayam Meere Cheppalli 1985 Aathmaram Telugu G. Rammohan Rao Guest appearance [40]
[56]
Naan Sigappu Manithan 1985 Vijay Tamil S.A. Chandrasekhar [40]
[51]
Mahaguru 1985 Vijay
(Maha Guru)
Hindi S. S. Ravichandra [40]
[57]
Un Kannil Neer Vazhindal 1985 Ravi Tamil Balu Mahendra [40]
Wafadaar 1985 Ranga Hindi Dasari Narayana Rao [40]
[58]
Sri Raghavendra 1985 Raghavendra Swami Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Geraftaar 1985 Hussain Hindi Prayag Raj Guest appearance [40]
[59]
Yaar? 1985 Himself Tamil Sakthi–Kannan Guest appearance [40]
[48]
Bewafai 1985 Ranvir Hindi R. Thyagarajan [40]
[60]
Padikkadavan 1985 Rajendran Tamil Rajasekhar [40]
Mr. Bharath 1986 Bharath Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Naan Adimai Illai 1986 Vijay Tamil Dwarakish [40]
Jeevana Poratam 1986 Ravi Telugu Rajachandra [40]
Viduthalai 1986 Raja Tamil K. Vijayan [40]
Bhagwaan Dada 1986 Bhagwan Dada Hindi J. Om Prakash [40]
[61]
Kodai Mazhai 1986 Himself Tamil Muktha S. Sundar Guest appearance [40]
Asli Naqli 1986 Birju Ustad Hindi Sudarsan Nag [40]
[62]
Dosti Dushmani 1986 Ranjith Hindi Tatineni Rama Rao [40]
[63]
Maaveeran 1986 Raja Tamil Rajasekhar Also co-producer [40]
[47]
[64]
Daku Hasina 1987 Mangal Singh Hindi Ashok Rao Special appearance [40]
[65]
Velaikaran 1987 Raghupathi Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[66]
Insaaf Kaun Karega 1987 Vikram Singh Hindi Sudarsan Nag [40]
[49]
Oorkavalan 1987 Kangeyan Tamil Manobala [40]
[67]
Manithan 1987 Raja Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[68]
Manathil Uruthi Vendum 1987 Himself Tamil K. Balachander Guest appearance [40]
[48]
Uttar Dakshin 1987 Shankar Hindi Prabhat Khanna [40]
[69]
Tamacha 1988 Vikram Pratap Singh Hindi Ramesh Ahuja [40]
[70]
Guru Sishyan 1988 Raja (Guru) Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[71]
Dharmathin Thalaivan 1988 Balu,
Shankar
Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[72]
Bloodstone 1988 Shyam Sabu English Dwight H. Little [40]
[73]
Kodi Parakuthu 1988 Erode Shivagiri (Dada) Tamil P. Bharathiraja [40]
[49]
Rajathi Raja 1989 Raja,
Chinnarasu
Tamil R. Sundarrajan [40]
[51]
Gair Kanooni 1989 Azam Khan Hindi Prayag Raj Special appearance [40]
[49]
Siva 1989 Siva (Tiger) Tamil Ameerjan [40]
[74]
Raja Chinna Roja 1989 Raja (Kumar) Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
Mappillai 1989 Aarumugam Tamil Rajasekhar [40]
Bhrashtachar 1989 Abdul Sattar Hindi Ramesh Sippy Special appearance [40]
[75]
ChaalBaaz 1989 Jaggu Hindi Pankaj Parashar [40]
[76]
Panakkaran 1990 Muthu Tamil P. Vasu [40]
[77]
Periya Idathu Pillai 1990 Rajinikanth Tamil Senthilnathan Guest appearance [40]
Athisaya Piravi 1990 Kaalai,
Balu
Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[78]
Dharma Durai 1991 Dharma Durai Tamil Rajasekhar [40]
Hum 1991 Kumar Malhotra Hindi Mukul S. Anand [40]
Farishtay 1991 Arjun Thange[e] Hindi Anil Sharma [40]
[78]
Khoon Ka Karz 1991 Kishan Hindi Mukul S. Anand [40]
[79]
Phool Bane Angaray 1991 Ranjit Singh Hindi K. C. Bokadia [40]
[80]
Nattukku Oru Nallavan 1991 Subhash Tamil V. Ravichandran [40]
[81]
Thalapathi 1991 Surya Tamil Mani Ratnam [40]
[51]
Mannan 1992 Krishnan Tamil P. Vasu Also playback singer [40]
[78]
Tyagi 1992 Shankar G. "Dadhu" Dayal Hindi K. C. Bokadia [40]
[49]
Annamalai 1992 Annamalai Tamil Suresh Krissna [40]
[82]
Pandiyan 1992 Pandiyan Tamil S. P. Muthuraman [40]
[49]
[83]
Insaniyat Ke Devta 1993 Anwar Hindi K. C. Bokadia [40]
[84]
Yejaman 1993 Vaanavarayan Tamil R. V. Udayakumar [40]
[51]
Uzhaippali 1993 Thamizharasan (Thamizhazhagan) Tamil P. Vasu [24]
[40]
Valli 1993 Veeraiyan Tamil K. Natraj Cameo appearance
Also producer and screenwriter
[24]
[40]
Veera 1994 Muthuveerappan (Veera) Tamil Suresh Krissna [24]
[40]
Baashha 1995 Manickam (Manick Baashha) Tamil Suresh Krissna [40]
[82]
Peddarayudu 1995 Paparayudu Telugu Ravi Raja Pinisetty Guest appearance [24]
[40]
Aatank Hi Aatank 1995 Munna Hindi Dilip Shankar [40]
[85]
Muthu 1995 Muthuvel,
Zamindar
Tamil K. S. Ravikumar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor [24]
[40]
[55]
Bhagya Debata 1995 Unknown Bengali Raghuram Special appearance [40]
Arunachalam 1997 Arunachalam,
Vedachalam
Tamil Sundar C. [40]
[82]
Padayappa 1999 Aarupadayappan Tamil K. S. Ravikumar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor [40]
[55]
[82]
Bulandi 2000 Ghajraj Thakur Hindi Tatineni Rama Rao Guest appearance [40]
[86]
Baba 2002 Baba,
Mahavatar Babaji (voice only)
Tamil Suresh Krissna Also producer and screenwriter [40]
[87]
Chandramukhi 2005 Saravanan,
Vettaiyan Raja
Tamil P. Vasu Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor [40]
[55]
[88]
Sivaji 2007 Sivaji Arumugam Tamil S. Shankar Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor
Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
[5]
[55]
[89]
Kuselan 2008 Ashok Kumar Tamil P. Vasu Cameo appearance
Tamil–Telugu bilingual film
[40]
[90]
Kathanayakudu 2008 Ashok Kumar Telugu P. Vasu Cameo appearance
Tamil–Telugu bilingual film
[40]
[90]
Enthiran 2010 Vaseegaran,
Chitti
Tamil S. Shankar Vijay Award for Favourite Hero
Vijay Award for Best Villain
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil
[5]
[55]
[91]
Ra.One 2011 Chitti Hindi Anubhav Sinha Special appearance [40]
[92]
Kochadaiiyaan 2014 Kochadaiiyaan,
Rana,
Sena
Tamil Soundarya Rajinikanth Also playback singer [34]
Lingaa 2014 Raja Lingeswaran,
Lingeswaran (Lingaa)
Tamil K. S. Ravikumar Vijay Award for Favourite Hero [93]
[94]
Kabali 2016 Kabaleeswaran (Kabali) Tamil Pa. Ranjith Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil [95]
[96]
[97]
Cinema Veeran 2017 Himself Tamil Aishwarya R. Dhanush Documentary film,
Narrator
[98]
[99]
2.0 Films that have not yet been released 2018 Vaseegaran,
Chitti
Tamil S. Shankar Post-production [100]
Kaala Films that have not yet been released 2018 Karikalan Tamil Pa. Ranjith Filming [101]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ He was also the producer.[24]
  2. ^ The Japanese title is Mutu: Odoru Maharaja.[3]
  3. ^ The film broke the 63-year-old record set by the 1944 Tamil film Haridas, which ran for 112 weeks at Broadway Theatre, Madras.[29]
  4. ^ The film grossed 2.89 billion (approximately US$43 million) worldwide, surpassing Sivaji's collection of 1.55 billion (approximately US$24 million). As of June 2016, it remains the highest-grossing Tamil film.[32]
  5. ^ The full name of the character is Ranoji Rao Shivaji Rao Gaekwad Jadichmul Arjun Thange.[78]

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