Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography

Naman Ramachandran, Viking, 2012, xviii, 290 p, ISBN : 9780670086207, $40.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography

Rajinikanth is quite simply the biggest superstar cinema-crazy India has ever seen. His stylized dialogues and screen mannerisms are legion, and his guy next door-cum-superhero image has found a hysterically appreciative following among millions of moviegoers.

Naman Ramachandran’s marvellous biography recounts Rajini’s career in meticulous detail, tracing his incredible cinematic journey from his very first film Apoorva Ragangal in 1975 to memorable forays into Bollywood like Andhaa Kanoon and Hum, from landmark films like Billa, Thalapathi and Annamalai to the mega successes of Baasha, Muthu, Padayappa, Chandramukhi, Sivaji and Enthiran. Along the way, the book provides rare insights into the Thalaivar’s personal life, from his childhood days to his times of struggle-when he was still Sivaji Rao Gaekwad-and then his eventual stardom: revealing how a legend was born.

Rajinikanth has not written his memoirs this book is the closest we are likely to get to the definitive Rajini story.

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