Why is Rajinikanth so popular? 3 Secrets Behind his Enigma Revealed!

As one enters a theatre screening the latest Rajinikanth starrer movie, Robot a.k.a ‘Endhiran’, everything from outside the filmy world is quickly forgotten. You are swept through to the other side. A world where Rajinikanth is god. Where fans are devout soldiers, humbly kneeling in the deepest respect and admiration before this South Indian superstar.

Every dialogue, stunt and dance number that the towering figure called Rajinikanth performs is welcomed with whistling so loud, cheering so boisterous and hooting so joyful, it is surreal. All tensions gone, all worries vanished, it’s a matter of minutes before you, the civilised, well educated Indian, loosen up and join the chorus all around you, laughing and crying with the same zest as any other Rajini fan.

rajnikanth the superstar
Rajnikanth and Aishwarya Rai in 'Robot'

Soon the hue and cry surrounding Endhiran settles, and the most obvious question pops up in your head – Why is Rajinikanth so popular? What does this balding superstar have in him that makes him what he is? Why is it that when he throws a cigarette in the air, lights it with a revolver and catches it between his lips, the crowds go absolutely crazy and it doesn’t seem stupid?

Rajinikanth the Superstar

Why is Rajinikanth so popular?

Three qualities which ebb and flow from Rajinikanth, and perhaps don’t from his contemporaries are:

Unmistakable Style – Most of Rajinikanth’s popularity has arisen out of his unique mannerisms, stunts and style of dialogue delivery. Rajini is perhaps the only superstar in cinema who can get away with gravity defying stunts such as running horizontally on the sides of a rain or killing a gunda miles away by throwing a pistol in the air, then firing with another pistol on the trigger of said pistol, over a huge wall. Such stunts have been trademarked as ‘Rajinikanth waale stunt’ by the general public. With Endhiran, Rajini stunts have taken on a whole new level, that of science fiction. There are not one, but literally hundreds of robots of Rajini performing fantastic stunts in Endhiran.

Down- to-earth Sympathy – Rajinikanth, born Sivaji Rao Gaekwad, had worked as a bus conductor. Maybe that’s another reason why his fans can connect with him. He was one of them, and still is, in spite of all the fame and money. A person so humble and down-to-earth elicits such mass appeal? Quite believable actually.

Philanthropy – Unlike a lot of other superstars in India, Rajinikanth has quite a ‘bada dil’. He is known to have donated crores of rupees for the welfare of people in Tamil Nadu. He converted his personal banquet hall into a charitable trust for the needy. The guy keeps his uniform and belongings from his bus conductor days, he knows what it’s like to fight for your daily bread.


It’s only in India, where the daily lives and stories of its people defy logic and rationality day after day that a superstar like Rajinikanth can be born. He’s fame, his demigod like status in South India, and the box office success cannot be explained by anyone in the film industry.

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  1. aiyo says

    Rajni kanth man!! I am a tamilian and I know how fans go crazy over rajni kanth!!! hes definitely one superstar that india has produced. Excellent article btw!

  2. jairam shetty says

    hey guys take ur mind off studies for sometime and have fun 🙂

    no offense to rajnikanth fans.

    1. Rajinikanth killed the Dead Sea.

    2. When Rajinikanth does push-ups, he isn't lifting himself up. He is pushing the earth down.

    3. There is no such thing as evolution, it's just a list of creatures that Rajinikanth allowed to live.

    4. Rajinikanth gave Mona Lisa that smile.

    5 .Rajnikanth can divide by zero.

    6. Rajinikanth can judge a book by it's cover.

    7. Rajinikanth can drown a fish.

    8. Rajinikanth can delete the Recycle Bin.

    9. Rajinikanth once got into a fight with a VCR player. Now it plays DVDs.

    10. Rajinikanth can slam a revolving door.

      • Jaskunwar says

        Yo Prateek man Jsk here. The one who saved our asses, temporarily at least, in the Ganga House tennis Inter House LOL.
        Good work on the site. Impressive man, impressive! I'll surely write some good stuff…

  3. manish says

    hahaha..that was nice! here are some more rajni jokes

    Rajinikanth once kicked a horse in the chin. Its descendants are today called giraffes.

    Rajinikanth once ordered a plate of idli in McDonald's, and got it.

    Rajinikanth can win at Solitaire with only 18 cards.

  4. priya says

    Really man!! i still cant get why this guy is such a big superstar in india! I have seen his films but i still cant get it!!!!!!!!

  5. jj says

    more rajni jokes for you!::

    Rajinikanth doesn't breathe. Air hides in his lungs for protection.

    Rajinikanth once got into a knife-fight. The knife lost.

  6. Nikhil says

    Im a telugu from Andhra .. tamil brothers , please dont forget that even in andhra WE WORSHIP RAJINIKANTH !! ___/___

    Rajinikanth Forever ! All Hail !!

  7. Krishna Kanth says

    This 1, I just got as an sms:

    Before Tom Cruise, Rajini was approached for the film "Mission Impossible". He rejected it,a s he found the title INSULTING …..

  8. Krishna Kanth says

    1CE THERE WAS A MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE. All seismologists were working hard to find out the reason. After a lot of toiling, they fouond out that:


  9. Krishna Kanth says

    There's no such thing as Global Warming. Rajini was just feeling cold & so he brought the sun a little closer to the Earth.

  10. SHANKAR says

    hai (prateek, priya, jj, jairam satti(sorry shetty), krishnakanth…) everybody im here to taught some lessons to u guys about our indian superstar rajinikanth.

    dear shetty u had listed out some points abt my soul rajini, first of all i have to appreciate u for ur humour sense, but not laughable shetty. try better da chellam. ur age not fullfil my thalaivars experience in the industry. mind ur tongue, it seems good for u.

    nikhil n aiyo thalaiver ill rock alwayz… he ill be the one n only superstar of india forever.. u dont mind about these guys comments….

    hai prateek u have been waiting for more jokes about my thalaivar rajini ya, your name(prateek) seems to be a good joke for me man. better change u r name. im having a doubt, y u cant laugh while viewing ur photo above. for more jokes view ur photo above that would help u to laughing a while…

    hai krishna… fantastic man u r remarkable, hollywood had missd a great hero.. im telling u only krishna. the director of the film mission impossile made a mistake by chose tom cruse instead of u.. mission imposible is not posible for u now. wait for sometime could make that possible in future.

    hi manish, did u try to make anything funny ya da… if my thalaivar orders idli in mcdonalds means, that would be possible for him da. just think if u made the same thing there, even waiter ill pull u out frm the shop by scolding u in bad words. this is the truth… that is thalaivar rajini.

    jj first of all u r afraid of mentioning ur full name. u r unfit to give comment about

    my soul thalaivar rajini. k va… comedy panrarama…

    priya u better watch our thalaivars films starting from the past to till date, that would help u to be clear, y he is the one and only unbeatable superstar of india…

    nikhil n aiyo u don mind abt these guys comments, our thalaivar ill rock always.

    he ill be the unbeatable superstar of india forever.

    sorry friends if my words hurted u by anyway means forgive me… as a thalaivar fen i cant tend to insult others.. but i cant tolerate while saying bad about my soul my life thalaivar rajinikanth…

    thalaivar vaalga…

  11. SHANKAR says

    hai guys those who are waiting for insult my thalaivar rajinikanth, i want all of u to view his biography, that ill help u to learn about him. n then ur view about him could definitely be changed.

    thank u..

  12. Murukan says

    @ Shankar , Your hero sucks… i cant belive that even today people like u existe, blind fans like you give tamil nadu a bad name. Jokes are made to be enjoyed even if its related to god, rajini is and will always be a HUMAN. So, grow up and be a critical fan instead of a dumb ass

  13. Prabhu says

    Nicely said shankar. After hearing all these one guy still has to say thanks. May be he started laughing seeing himself. He must have thanked you for your advice. All these pranks posting a comment against him, I remember a saying which relates The sun and a dog. Cheers guys

  14. jayjayanth says

    Today 12.12.10 SUPER STAR BIRTHDAY, EVERYBODY PROUD TO BE INDIAN an Indian makes all ways super he his super star super man.

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