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Sonia Gandhi Biography
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Born into a family of modest means in an Italian village on the banks of a river 57 years ago, Sonia Maino, now Sonia Gandhi, has weaved a dramatic way to a place in history by becoming the President of India's century-old Congress party. Being the third woman of foreign origin to hold the prestigious post after Annie Beasant and Nelli Sengupta, Sonia Gandhi also became the fifth from the Nehru family to take over the Congress reins. The other four were Motilal Nehru, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

She also is the eighth person of the foreign origin to be the Congress president.

On 28th May 2005 Smt. Sonia Gandhi was elected as President of the Indian National Congress by overwhelming support from across the country from all states.

In a short span since she plunged into active politics before the February mid-term Lok Sabha elections, Sonia in fact, had wrought a political miracle by becoming the dual chief of the 113 year old Indian National Congress and its Parliamentary party.

In the process, Sonia Gandhi also emulated her husband, mother-in-law and grandfather-in-law—Rajiv, Indira and Nehru— who all held the two posts during their career.
Sonia Gandhi, nee Maino, was born in a place called Ovassanjo, 80 km away from Turin, on Dec. 9, 1946.

Married into India's best known family of Nehru-Gandhi in 1968, the 57-year-old Sonia Gandhi became a primary member of the Congress less than a year ago before the Calcutta Congress Plenary Session in August 1997.

Since Rajiv's death, Sonia had led a life of near recluse for six years but for her appearances at a few official functions. She touched many a heart when she poured out her 'vedna' (agony) at a public meeting a few years ago in Amethi about the delay in the probe of Rajiv assassination case.
Barring such vieled political statements, Sonia hid her emotions behind a thick veil of secrecy keeping observers guessing about whether she nursed political intentions at all. But fawning Congressmen, looking for a charismatic personality to lead the party to electoral success, kept sending their appeals to her to come and take over the party.

After an excruciating spell of suspense, Sonia, who long remained something of an enigma to many, finally decided to campaign for the Congress in the just-concluded Lok Sabha electors and is credited by observers with preventing a doom for the party.

Sonia Gandhi
Congress, which was forecast not to cross the double digit mark managed a tally of 141 seats, largely due to her charismatic presence during the campaign.
In fact, the top job of the Congress organisation was offered to her on a platter immediately after the death of her husband on May 21, 1991. But a grieving and reluctant Sonia declined the offer.

Travelling the length and breadth of the country in a hurricane election tour, Sonia caught the imagination of the masses, by her emotional speeches in Hindi prepared in advance.

Observers commented that Sonia successfully adopted her mother-in-law's mannerism and style in warming her way to large crowds which had turned up at her election rallies.

Sonia, whose Italian origin gave her opponents propaganda grist became a full-fledged Indian citizen in 1984 after the death of Indira Gandhi.

Sonia Gandhi

Sonia met Rajiv Gandhi in Cambridge during 1960s when the former Prime Minister was studying at the famous British University. They were married in 1968 after three years of courtship which began in a Greek restaurant in the university town. The simple ceremony was held on Vasant Panchami day in February, the same day when Indira Gandhi married Feroze decades earlier.
The wedding was a simple nondenominational ceremony in the garden of 1, Safdarjang Road. Sonia wore a pink sari made from cotton which Nehru had spun while in prison... It was the same sari which Indira had worn for her wedding, says biographer Nicholas Nugent in his book Rajiv Gandhi —son of a dynasty.

The new addition to the family became an instant favourite. Sonia and Indira became extremely fond of each other. It was relationship that time would deepen still further, according to Nugent.


Sonia Gandhi
Strange as it may sound now, Sonia had, in fact, shown aversion to politics for long. She detested politics and opposed her husband Rajiv entering it, according to Nugent. Sonia had even threatened to divorce Rajiv if he ever entered politics, according to Nugent quoting Indira Gandhi in the book.

Rajiv commented to this later saying Sonia felt she would be losing me.

Tariq Ali, author of the Nehru's and the Gandhi's, an "Indian dynasty", says at one point Sonia had told a friend that she would rather have her children beg in the streets than Rajiv going to politics.

Sonia Gandhi
Eventually, Rajiv resigned from Indian Airlines to join politics after Sanjay's death in 1980. It was a joint decision arrived at after long talks with Sonia, Ali quotes Rajiv as saying.
That was history. Now not only Sonia is in the thick of politics, but her children, Rahul and Priyanka, too are in great demand in the Congress circle for taking over the Youth Congress

"The Congress is unique. Our uniqueness arises from several basic features of the Congress s history, its character, its ideology and the legacy of its leadership. I am convinced that the time is ripe for a massive renaissance of our political culture so that we build that society which combines compassion with competence, equity with excellence."

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Biography of rahul gandhi
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Flapping his political fins to stay afloat in the vagaries of current Indian politics is a youth representative and icon of modern India, Rahul Gandhi - aged 43. He is fondly addressed as Rahul Baba and called the scion of the Gandhi family, a smooth operator, a much-hyped youth icon, etc.

Of late, Rahul Gandhi has been the cynosure of the eyes of the media, mainly mired in controversy on various issues. The latest one, of course, is the notice sent to him by the Election Commission on his speech delivered in October stating that the Muzaffarnagar riot victims were being approached by the ISI of Pakistan and accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party of causing communal flare-ups. He is expected to respond to this notice by today, that is November 8, 2013.

Let's know more about Rahul Gandhi, who is currently the Congress vice president and the second in command in the party since January 2013. Gandhi is expected to join in the Delhi assembly elections campaigning after his visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi - Who is he?

Rahul Gandhi joined politics in 2003-4 when he went on quickly from being a Congress worker to fighting and winning elections in his father's constituency seat of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

Rahul Gandhi comes from a family of politicians beginning with his great-great-grandfather Motilal Nehru, a seasoned politician who successfully powered his political path; to his great-grandfather, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India; to his grandmother Indira Gandhi, another prime minister who was assassinated in 1984; to his own father, Rajiv Gandhi, an ex-prime minister trying to find his way back to power when he was assassinated while addressing an election rally in 1991; and finally his mother, Sonia Gandhi, who is the current Congress Party President. He has witnessed a lot of gory politics in his life and learnt the ropes the harsh way; and is thus, a fifth-generation politician.

In his early days, after schooling in some of India's prestigious schools such as St. Columba's, Doon School, etc., he went to Rollins College, UK to study international relations and philosophy under the name of Raul Vinci and received his M Phil from Trinity College, UK in 1995. Thereafter, he worked for the Monitor Group in UK as a management consultant and later in 2002, became a director in the Mumbai-based outfit BookOps Pvt. Ltd.

He was seen as a reluctant entrant in politics who began to take his initial steps in Congress Party matters in order to assist his mother. In November, coming out of his shell, he picked up 40 members for the Indian Youth Congress thinktank and National Students' Union Organization 9(NSUI) through a series of interviews. He also managed to win and retain the Lok Sabha elections in Amethi in 2009. He was credited with Congress' rejuvenation in UP where it ultimately won 21 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats.

While in 2012, the scenario was the opposite for the UP assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi campaigned heavily, addressed more than 200 rallies and the outcome was the Congress ended 4th in the state with only 29 seats and from the Gandhi family pocket-borough of Amethi, which has 15 seats, the party was able to win only a paltry 2.

A hare-brained or an emotional politician?

The elitist background of Rahul Gandhi has not really worked in his favour as he has had a difficult time wading through the murky politics in India. Many critics have actually said that Rahul Gandhi has neither the ideas nor the energy to initiate change. There have been reports of even his fellow Congressmen getting exasperated with his lack of initiative many a times. While others ponder if he is a hare-brained politician making comments such as "Poverty is a state of mind" or "Escape velocity is needed" for Dalits to overcome social chellenges. Or is he an emotionally-driven politician wanting to make a genuine impact on villagers - sleeping with them in their huts and spending time to know each one of them? Gandhi has stated that the current Congress contenders for tickets shall not be given any, if they do not reach out to the people.

He reacts and makes impromptu decisions - as was reflected when he barged into Ajay Maken's, the Congress spokesperson's press conference and openly criticized his own government and PM's decision to go against the Supreme Court's verdict of penalizing criminal politicians. Or perhaps this was a political gambit that backfired?

Another instance, which drew flak, was when on the 10th day of Anna Hazare's fast protesting for the JanLokpal Bill movement, Rahul Gandhi stated that the Lokpal should be a constitutional body and be answerable to the Parliament like the Election Commission of India. He strongly voiced his opinion that the Lokpal solely could not root out corruption. This led to the Parliament tabling the bill on December 29th, 2011, with the same opinion supported by all parties and the fading away of Anna Hazare's movement.

Much ado about his personal life

Of his personal life, in 2004 - he spoke of a Venezuela-based Spanish architect girlfriend; some time ago he had commented that he would be adopting celibacy in order to avoid hints at dynastic politics, and some speculate that he has a current relationship with the daughter of a Malaysian druglord.

He has however, fallen victim to negative sentiments echoing on various online media. While his probable contender, Narendra Modi has been garnering the highest percentage of online mentions, as per a Blogworks report - the negative sentiment for Rahul Gandhi has increased from 27% in June to a whopping 82% in July 2013.

How all this translate will be seen both in the forthcoming Assembly elections of 2013 as well as the Lok Sabha elections of 2014. What impact will the Rahul Gandhi factor have on the performance of the Congress Party, and what impact will the performance of the Congress Party in these forthcoming elections have on the future political career of Rahul Gandhi? Will the reluctant politician make a bigger impact or will he become less relevant - the answers may lie in the hands of the Indian voters.

Facts and Information about Rahul Gandhi
Born June 19, 1970 in Delhi
Nationality Indian
Religion Catholic
Father Rajeev Gandhi (sixth Prime Minister of India)
Mother Sonia Gandhi (current President of the Indian National Congress)
Grand Father Feroz Gandhi (politician and journalist)
Grand Mother Indira Gandhi (third Prime Minister of India)
Great Grandfather Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru (first Prime Minister of India)
Great Grandmother Kamla Nehru
Uncle Sanjay Gandhi
Aunt Meneka Gandhi (politician and animal activist)
Sister Priyanka Vadra (politician)
Cousin Brother Varun Gandhi (politician)
Brother in Law Robert Vadra (controversial Indian businessman)
Niece Miraya
Nephew Raihan
Residence New Delhi, India
Zodiac Sign Gemini
Political Party Indian National Congress
Schooling St. Columba's School, Delhi and The Doon School, Dehradun
College St. Stephen's College, Delhi and the Harvard University
M. Phil Trinity College, Cambridge (1995)
Professional Background Worked with the Monitor Group, a London-based management consulting firm

In 2002, served as director of Backops Services Private Ltd., a technology outsourcing firm based in Mumbai
Sports and Clubs Flying, rifle shooting, squash, scuba diving, swimming
Political Career Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress (2007)

Chairperson of the National Students Union of India (2007)

Rahul Gandhi was appointed General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee on 24 September 2007 in a reshuffle of the party secretariat.

Vice President of the Indian National Congress (2013)
Enter into Politics Began in March 2004, by contesting the Lok Sabha seat of Amethi, Uttar Pradesh. He won the election convincingly.
Lok Sabha Elections 2009 Won the Amethi seat again in 2009 Lok Sabha.
Jail Journey Arrested on May 11, 2011 in UP for supporting the farmers' agitation demanding higher land prices.
Assembly Elections 2012 Campaigned for the Congress in the 2012 UP election. The party saw marginal increase in seats, but didn't win.
Views on Lokpal Prefers that Lokpal be made a constitutional body remain accountable to the Parliament. Maintains that Lokpal can't eradicate corruption.
Achievements Has worked to expand the Indian Youth Congress and the National Student's Union of India (NSUI), increasing the membership to 25 lakh.

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Biography of Arvind Kejriwal
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The popular socialist Arvind Kejrival was born in Hiasr which is located in the state of Haryana and on June 16, 1968. He is also good in studies and this is the reason, he received an opportunity to work with Tata Steel Company after completing his graduation from IIT Kharagpur. He worked in that organization till 1992. He resigned fro his position in that company and switched to Civil Services examination and he cracked it to join as the Joint Commissioner in Indian Revenues services. He started working in Income Tax department of New Delhi division. While, he was working in that department, in 2000, he resigned from their as well and started a NGO in Delhi itself, Parivartan. In the year of 2006, he ultimately taken resignation fro his job and started working for social causes.
The foundation of Parivartan had taken place in the Delhi itself and it was maintained by the volunteers of Kejriwal itself. It was established so that it may make the country corruption free. The basic agenda of this society was to remove corruption from the system of government. It had also solved various problems of the people who were facing problem due to corrupted system. The NGO worked a lot in the field of education and also for public distribution system. Today also, the NGO is working to improve the working inside the government offices and providing benefits of RTI to the people.
Arvind Kejrival is the personality who implemented the Central Right to Information Act and he is the only person because of which, RTI Delhi is possible today.
He was also awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2006 for Emerging Leadership and changing the trend of government working for the common people. He is a devoted person to all the social activities and participated strongly in all of them and also won various prizes for his services. He was also come into light from the second movement which was the struggle which he faced for the implementation of Lok Pal Bill. He was also accompanied by Anna Hazare who is also the popular socialist. He received much support from the people during his Hunger Strike and other movements that he carried on.
Arvind Kejriwal is the person who met various popular celebrities in his lifetime. He also met Mother Teresa and he was really impressed by her service that she delivered to others. He also served the people in Kali Ghat and followed the path of Mother Teresa while she was in West Bengal.
The main idea behind his getting socialist was he wants to see the country Corruptin-Free. In this way, he joined the hands of socialists who also think in the same manner. During his movements, people of the country were stay with him and supported him a lot. He played a strong role in the anti corruption events in which people had given him full support.
He is the youth icon and this is the reason that he got support from the youths of the country for his movements.

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Swami Ramdev Biography
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Swami Ramdev (1965 - ), also known as Baba Ramdev, is an Indian, Hindu swami. He is particularly well-known for his efforts in popularizing Yoga. His yoga camps are attended by a large number of people. People follow his yoga camps through TV channels and video. He is also one of the founders of the Divya Yoga Mandir Trust that aims to popularize Yoga.

Ramdev was born as Ramkishan Yadav in 1965, in Alipur in the Mahendragarh district of Indian state of Haryana. He attended school till the eighth grade in Shahjadpur. He then joined a gurukul in Khanpur village to study Sanskrit and Yoga. Eventually, he renounced worldly life and entered into Sanyas (monastic living) - taking his present name.
He then went to Jind district and joined the Kalva gurukul and offered free Yoga training to villagers across Haryana.

Ramdev spent many years undertaking an study of ancient Indian scriptures. At the same time, he also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation.

In 1995, Ramdev established Divya Yoga Mandir Trust with Acharya Karamveer and Acharya Balkrishna. Acharya Karmaveer is well-versed in Yoga and Veda while Acharya Balkrishna is a physician with a degree in Ayurveda.

He has also founded the Patanjali Yogpeeth Trust, an institution for treatment and research in Yoga and Ayurveda, in Haridwar. The trust provides several free services to all visitors.

Ramdev has taught several aspects of traditional Indian scriptures such as Ashtadhyayee, Mahabhashya and Upanishads along with six systems of Indian Philosophy in various Gurukuls. He has helped establish Gurukuls in Kishangarh, Ghashera, and Mahendragarh in India.

His educational show is broadcast on the religious TV channel Aastha, as well as shows on Zee network, Sahara One and India TV.

He has been regularly conducting yoga camps all over India and even abroad.

Awards and recognitions

* In January 2007, KIIT University awarded Swami Ramdev with an Honorary Doctorate degree in recognition of his efforts at popularizing the Vedic science of Yoga. The degree was presented to him in a ceremony presided over by the respected scientist and Nobel laureate Richard Ernst.

Claims of curing AIDS

In December 2006, press reports claimed that Ramdev had made claims of being able to use Yoga to cure AIDS.

A website promoting his products states that the CD4 cell count in some AIDS patients has improved after practising Yoga. This statement was translated by certain journalists as claiming a cure for AIDS.

As a consequence of these press reports he was sent a cease and desist order by the Indian Union Health Ministry and threatened legal action from medical NGOs. Ramdev responded by saying that he had been misquoted. His position was that Yoga and Ayurveda together can alleviate the suffering from AIDS, not cure it. He also added that Yogic education was preferable over s*x education in response to the AIDS crisis.

Claims of curing Cancer

Other press reports quoted him as claiming to have a cure for cancer of the breast, liver, prostate, uterus, pituitary gland, brain tumors and leukemia by practicing the seven breathing exercises. They also said that he claimed to have documented proof of his successes.


Swami Ramdev was born in 1965 as Ramkishan Yadav in Alipur, Mahendragarh district of Indian state of Haryana. He attended school through the 8th grade in Shahjadpur. Thereafter, he joined a yogic monastery (gurukul) in Khanpur village to study Sanskrit and Yoga. Eventually, he renounced worldly life and entered into Sanyas (monastic living) - taking the name Swami Ramdev.

Then he went to Jind district and joined the Kalva gurukul and later imparted free Yoga training to villagers across Haryana. It is said that he travelled the Himalayas for several years before he settled in Haridwar. He discovered several medicinal plants in the Himalayas which he uses in treating his patients. Swami Ramdev started relentless efforts to popularise Yoga in 1995 with the establishment of DYM Trust, along with Acharya Karamveer and Acharya Balkrishna.

In 1995, Baba Ramdev joined the order of swamis after being initiated into the ascetic order by Swami Shankerdevji Maharaj. While training to be a Swami, Baba Ramdev spent many years undertaking an intense and thorough study of ancient Indian scriptures. At the same time, he also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation.

He teaches that God resides in every human being and that the body is God's temple. He is a firm believer in the concept of Vasudaiv Kutambakam (the whole World is one family) and decries practices that discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or gender. His fundamental belief is that expressions of love, affection and compassion towards all living things are the true worship of the Creator.

Swami Ramdev has taught several aspects of traditional Indian scriptures such as Ashtadhyayee, Mahabhashya and Upanishads along with six systems of Indian Philosophy in various Gurukuls (traditional Indian systems of education). He has helped establish Gurukuls in Kishangarh, Ghashera, and Mahendragarh in India. He has also founded the PYP Trust which has built several institutions. In addition to helping people learn about Yoga and spirituality, these institutions also provide a comprehensive facility that promotes the practice of Ayurveda - the traditional system of holistic medicine developed in India.

He teaches Pranayama which is a series of techniques for breath control that were developed as a part of the ancient Indian system of Yoga. Heretofore, these techniques were often thought of as being esoteric and complex and portrayed as being unsuitable for lay people. Consequently, their use was often limited to advanced practitioners of Yoga and undertaken only under the strict supervision of an experienced teacher. Swamiji has worked diligently to break these barriers and help make the practice of Pranayama achievable by the ordinary layperson.

He has devised a set of six simple Pranayama breathing exercises as listed in the section below. These techniques have been readily embraced by the general public as evidenced by the following facts:

His educational show is broadcast on Indian TV channels from morning 6-8 am and evening 8-9 pm (IST) & also several times a day on different TV channels and he also has dedicated shows such as Total Tandurusti airing ona network, a show on another one at 9:00 am, Yoga Science on still another at 7:30 am & 1:30 pm. Total viewership is in millions. According to the synopsis that is available to Sky Digital viewers, Swami Ramdev "claims that he was a paralytic" prior to taking up yoga, but this claim has yet to be completely verified.

He has been conducting week long training camps in cities all over India. Total attendance in these camps exceeds tens of thousands. In 2006 Summer, the Swami spent almost a month in London teaching Pranayam & yoga.

Viewers of the TV show and attendees at the camp have reported significant improvements in their health - citing relief from many illnesses such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Arthritis, Thyroid Problems, Hypertension, Stomach ailments and different types of cancer without the use of any medicines. But it should also be noted that most of these 'patients' speak on television for the first time and are over awed by the situation. Like most human beings in such situations, which may explain the miracles he is believed to perform.

More about Swami Ramdev

Ramdev was born as 'Ramkishan Yadav' in Alipur, in the Mahendragarh district of Indian state of Haryana. He attended school through the eighth grade in Shahjadpur. Thereafter, he joined a yogic monastery (gurukul) in Khanpur village to study Sanskrit and Yoga. Eventually, he renounced worldly life and entered into Sanyas (monastic living) - taking the name Swami Ramdev.

Then he went to Jind district and joined the Kalva gurukul and offered free Yoga training to villagers across Haryana. It is said that he travelled the Himalayas for several years before he settled in Haridwar. He claims to have discovered several medicinal plants in the Himalayas which he uses in treating his patients. Ramdev started relentless efforts to popularise Yoga in 1995 with the establishment of D Y M Trust along with Acharya Karamveer.

In 1995, Ramdev joined the order of Swamis after being initiated into the ascetic order by Swami Shankerdevji Maharaj. While training to be a Swami, Ramdev spent many years undertaking an intense and thorough study of ancient Indian scriptures. At the same time, he also practiced intense self-discipline and meditation.

He teaches that God resides in every human being and that the body is God's temple. He is a firm believer in the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole World is one family) and decries practices that discriminate on the basis of caste, creed or gender. His fundamental belief is that expressions of love, affection and compassion towards all living things are the true worship of the Creator.

Work, Teaching and Honours

Swami Ramdev has taught several aspects of traditional Indian scriptures such as Ashtadhyayee, Mahabhashya and Upanishads along with six systems of Indian Philosophy in various Gurukuls (traditional Indian systems of education). He has helped establish Gurukuls in Kishangarh,Gharshera and Mahendragarh in India. He has also founded P Y P Trust, which has built several institutions. In addition to helping people learn about Yoga and spirituality, these institutions also provide a comprehensive facility that promotes the practice of Ayurveda -the traditional system of holistic medicine developed in India.

His Yoga Pranayama educational show is broadcast on numerous TV channels daily.

He has been conducting Yog science camp regularly all over the country, and sometimes abroad as well. In 2006, the Ramdev spent almost a month in London teaching Pranayam and Yoga.

KITT University, a well-respected teaching and research institute for Science and Technology, awarded Swami Ramdev with an Honorary Doctorate degree in recognition of his efforts at popularising the Vedic science of Yoga. The degree was presented to him in January 2007 during a ceremony presided over by the respected scientist and Nobel laureate Richard Ernst

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Rajinikanth Biography
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Born - 12 December 1949
Achievements - Rajinikanth is an immensely popular actor of the South Indian film industry. Recipient of the coveted Padma Shri Award in the year 2002, he has worked in a string of hit films like Murattukaalai, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla and Moondru Mugam.

Rajinikanth is a celebrated actor of the South Indian film industry i.e. Tollywood. Born on 12 December 1949, Rajnikanth's was originally named Shivaji Rao Gaekwad. The most unique feature about Rajnikanth's acting is that he can enact comedies, drama, suspense and thrillers with absolute ease. In recognition of marvelous contribution to Indian cinema, he was recently awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in the year 2002. To know more, read on this biography of Rajnikanth.

Rajinikanth hails from a Marathi family of Bangalore in the Karnataka state and was the fourth child of his parents, Jijabai and Ramoji Rao. Although his mother tongue is Marathi, yet Rajnikanth never acted in any Marathi movies till date. His childhood was spent in poverty and he worked as a bus conductor prior his film career. However, it was during this period that Rajnikanth sharpened his acting skill by participating in various theatre plays. In the year, 1973, he joined the Madras Film institute to acquire a basic course in acting.

Initially while working in Tamil cinema, Rajnikanth was given supporting roles like that of a cancer patient in the 1975 film, Apoorva Raagangal directed by K. Balachander. Balachander gave Rajnikanth the name, by which the world now acknowledges him. But it was director, SP Muthuraman who actually revamped Rajnikanth's image by casting him in varied roles. For instance, Rajnikanth was given a positive role in film, Bhuvana Oru Kelvikkuri (1977). By this time, film Mullum Malarum had Rajnikanth a firm foothold in the Tamil film arena.

The period from 1980 to1989 was the real turning point in the career of Rajnikanth as it took him to soaring really high. However, Rajinikanth abruptly decided to leave acting, but ultimately was coaxed back into it after sometime. He starred in Billa that was a remake of Amitabh Bachchan's Don and it turned out to be a blockbuster hit silencing all his critiques. This was followed by more successful films like Murattukaalai, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, Naan Mahaan Alla and Moondru Mugam.

That popularity of Rajnikanth can simply be gauged by the fact that even two decades after the release of his old hits, they continue to make profits at the box office. K. Balachander's first home production, Netrikan proved to be yet another milestone in Rajini's career. And in his 100th movie, Sri Raghavendra, he played the Hindu saint Raghavendra Swami. Another of Rajnikanth's recent hits was Shivaji released in the first half of 2007.

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