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Rajinikanth's rare pictures from his 70s movies

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Updated: Monday, November 5, 2012, 11:27 [IST]

Rajinikanth's rags-to-riches story has inspired many. His journey from an ordinary bus conductor in Bangalore to the superstar of South India is an example of how a man can achieve big if he has a deep desire to succeed in life.

The actor, who dreamt of becoming an actor, was asked to leave the profession of bus conductor and to take up acting by his close friend Rao Bahadur. His friend initially helped and sent him to Chennai to pursue an acting course.

Legendary director K Balachander is his guru, who spotted Rajinikanth and predicted that he would become a star one day. However, Rajini did supporting roles in his early days before turning a hero.

A Still From Rajini's Debut Film Apoorva Raagangal

K Balachander himself introduced him to Tamil cinema in the movie Apoorva Raagangal, which also starred Kamal Hassan. Rajini played a negative role in this movie.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

His first Kannada film is said to be Katha Sangama directed by legendary filmmaker Puttanna Kanagal. It has to be noted that Bharathiraja was the assistant director to Kanagal in the film.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Telugu movie Anthuleni Katha was the first-ever film where Rajinikanth played a major role. Until then, his roles were small but this movie got him good publicity. It was the remake of Tamil super hit film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Rajinikanth played the role of a womaniser in his fourth film Moondru Mudichu. His villainous role earned him a good name.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

His fifth film was Baalu Jeenu in Kannada and it was directed by Balan & Kunigal Nagabushan. It was the remake of Mayangukiral Oru Maadhu.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Avargal was directed by K Balachander and it starred Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan and Sujata in the important roles.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Kavikkuyil starred Sivakumar, Sridevi and Rajinikanth. The seventh film of superstar was directed by Devaraj Mohan.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Raghupathi Raghavan Rajaram featured Vijayakumar, Rajinikanth, Sumithra, Ramkumar, Jayachandran, Saharanaamam, Sobhana, Prema, Burma Chandra and others. It was directed by Durai.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Chilakamma Cheppindi directed by Eranki Sharma marked the debut of Rajinikanth as a hero. The movie won lots of accolades and it was remade in Tamil by K Balachander with Kamal Hassan as Nizhal Nijamagiradhu.

Rajini's Picture From His 70s Movies

Rajinikanth played the positive role in Bhuvana Oru Kelvi Kuri and Sivakumar played negative role. The audience liked the role of Rajini which helped him to get more number of good roles.

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Story first published:  Monday, November 5, 2012, 11:01 [IST]
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