Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, popularly known as Rajnikanth among the Indian crowd, is one of the highest paid Indian film actors. He is best known for his super-human action sequences, stylish way of delivering dialogues, and his mass popularity. He has also worked as a producer, playback singer and screenwriter. He began his career in 1975 with ‘Apoorva Raagangal’, directed by K. Balachander, with a very small role of an abusive husband. The film was starring Kamal Hassan. In the due course, his career started flourishing and he came in the forefront. Here is a list of his top 9 movies:
#1 Mullum Malarum (1978)
This is one of the important movies in the career of Rajnikanth. He won a prize for the Best Actor at the Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, and with this, a huge female fan following. Rajni acted as a winch operator, Kali, who loved his sister in the film.
#2 Billa (1980)
Billa, a Tamil film, directed by R. Krishnamurthy and produced by K. Balaji, widely based on the Hindi movie Don (1978). It has few changes in the scripts to suit the Tamil audience. The movie stars Rajnikanth, Manorama, K.Balaji, Sripriya, Thengai Srinivasan, Major Sundarrajan and Reena Roy.
#3 Annamalai (1992)
Annamalai is a Tamil Movie which was taken from Krishna Raju’s ‘Prana Snehitulu’, which was a remake of Rakesh Roshan’s ‘Khudgarz’ taken from Kane and Abel, a novel by Jeffrey Archer. The movie ‘Annamalai’ stars Rajnikanth, Sarath Babu and Kushboo in the lead roles. This movie was again adapted into a Telugu movie ‘Kondapalli Raja’.
#4 Baasha (1995)
Baasha, a Tamil action thriller film, is considered to be one of the most successful commercial movies of Rajnikanth. It was directed by Suresh Krishna and music by Deva. This is one of those films which have received a high positive response from box office. The soundtracks used in the movie were highly appreciated. After its release it also created a huge impact on politics and especially the dialogues used by Rajnikanth was well received by the audience. The movie is adapted from Amitabh Bachan’s ‘Hum’.
#5 Arunachalam (1997)
It is a Tamil action comic movie released in 1997 and directed by Sundar C. Rambha. Rajinikath and Soundarya are playing the lead roles in the movie. The cinematography was handled by Senthil Kumar, and the background score and soundtrack by Deva. The movie won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, which included the Best Film Award.
#6 Padayappa (1999)
A Tamil drama film directed and written by K. S. Ravikumar features Soundarya, Rajnikanth and Ramya Krishnan in the lead roles and Lakshmi, Nassar and Sivaji Ganesan in supporting roles. The soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman. The movie was a box office hit in the 1999.
#7 Chandramukhi (2005)
The movie stars Prabhu, Jyothika and Rajnikanth as the main actors. Rajnikanth acts as a psychiatrist who comes to treat Ganga (Jyothika), who is haunted by a ghost of a dancer, Chandramukhi, who used to live in the palace 150 years ago. Chandramukhi and her lover were killed by the raja(king), and now the palace is haunted by her ghost. The storyline is very simple and something which generally tends to attract the Indian crowd. The film was later adapted in the Bollywood as ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya’.
#8 Sivaji (2007)
This is one of the costliest films made in the Indian market. The film is full of action, drama, thrill and romance. Directed by Shankar, the movie is about a man named Sivaji who wants to invest money for social welfare, but due to the corrupt practices, he is unable to do so. Though he overcomes the trouble in the end by using the Robin Hood style, the movie shows the real scenario of our country.
#9 Endhiran or Robit (2010)
Endhiran or Robot is the most expensive movie made in India till date with a budget of 150 crore. In the movie, Rajnikanth plays a double role – one of a scientist and of an Andro-humanoid robot. The robot was made for the welfare of the mankind and society but there was a sudden turn in the movie when he started developing feelings for the Dr. Vasi’s (Rajnikanth) would-be fiancée. In the end, the robot was destroyed. The film casts some scenes which show a tremendous use of technology and high tech cinematography.