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Five Movies That Celebrate The Actor Rajinikanth

The man of mass and style celebrates his 69th birthday today and we are looking forward to seeing how his fans celebrate the day. The Thalaivar, the superstar has managed to impress a multitude of audiences with his terrific performances and undying swagger. Here are five films we are watching on the star’s birthday, that celebrate and showcase Rajinikanth the actor.


Moondru Mudichu, 1976

It’s a typical Balachander ‘shock and awe’ show. One of Rajinikanth‘s most memorable outings from the golden era. He channels that inner bad guy vibe with such ease. And who can forget the menacing look in ‘Vasantha Kala Nadigalile’ from the film? The film also stars Sridevi and Kamal Haasan.

Aval Appadithan, 1978

The actor plays a flawed man with perfection in this brilliant C Rudhraiya directorial. Everything about the movie screams classic. A remarkable film that remains unsurpassed in its cinematic originality, language and grammar. The film also stars Kamal Haasan and Sripriya.

Mullum Malarum, 1978

Another classic that is an entire generation of movie watcher’s absolute favourite. It gave us a benchmark for Rajini films and a peek at who the actor is. Directed by J Mahendran, the film also stars Sarath Babu, Fatafat Jayalaxmi and Shoba.

Thillu Mullu, 1981

It is the most fun we have seen Rajini have on-screen and he’s someone who can do comedy even in his most serious films really well. He and Sowcar Janaki play irreverence like they were born to do it. ‘Aiyampettai Arivudainambi Kaliyaperumal Chandran/Indran’ are two names that have been etched in our memories forever. The film also stars Thengai Srinivasan and Madhavi.

Thalapathi, 1991

Thalapathi is Rajinikanth and Rajinikanth is Thalapathi. One cannot even imagine the movie with anyone else now. How he owned that dialogue where he says, his mother threw him away because he’s dark… Despite several songs on friendship, ‘Kaattukkuyilu Manasukkulla’ remains that forever go-to. Directed by Mani Ratnam, the film also stars Shobana, Mammootty and Aravind Swami.

What’s your go to Rajinikanth movie?