Superstar Rajinikanth to be awarded Dada Saheb Phalke Award

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South Indian superstar Rajinikanth will be conferred with Dada Saheb Phalke Award 2019. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar announced this on Thursday. On a question of linking it with Tamil Nadu elections, he said that Rajinikanth is being given this honor for his contribution to the film industry. It has nothing to do with the election. Actually, Tamil Nadu has to vote for the assembly elections on 6 April. Rajinikanth will be given the 51st Dadasaheb Phalke Award on 3 May.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Rajinikanth by sharing the post on social media.  

He wrote, “Popular across generations, a body of work few can boast of, diverse roles and an endearing personality … that’s Shri @rajinikanth Ji for you.  It is a matter of immense joy that Thalaiva has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.  Congratulations to him.”

Rajinikanth’s dream of joining politics remained unfulfilled.  Rajni, 70, has decided not to enter electoral politics due to ill health.  On 3 December, Rajinikanth had said that he would form a new party and will also contest the 2021 assembly elections. A new party was announced on 31 December, but this could not happen and within 26 days, he left politics.  

Born on 12 December 1950 in a Marathi family in Bangalore, Rajni’s real name is Shivaji Rao Gaikwad. Shivaji was the youngest of the four children of Jijabai and Ramoji Rao. He did her schooling in Bangalore. Rajinikanth was four years old when his mother passed away. The financial condition of the house was not very good.  So Rajinikanth worked from coolie to bus conductor. Due to his unique style of cutting tickets in the bus, he became popular and friends advised him to act in films.

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