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The first-ever comprehensive biography of Rajinikanth, one of the Indian cinema's greatest superstars, was launched in Mumbai recently.
Naman Ramachandran's marvellous biography recounts the illustrious career of the famous actor in meticulous detail tracing his incredible cinematic journey from his very first film Apoorva Raganga in 1975 to memorable forays into Bollywood like Andhaa Ka noon and Hum from box office hits like Billa, Thalapathi and Annamalai to the mega successes of Baasha, Muthu, Padayappa, Chandramukhi, Sivaji and Enthiran.
The book while revealing how a legend was born also provides rare insights into the Thalaivar's personal life, from his childhood days to his times of struggle when he was still Sivaji Rao Gaekwad and then his eventual stardom.
"It is tremendously exciting for me to have my launch in the presence of Anurag Kashyap," Ramachandran was quoted as saying.
"He was a part of my first book Lights, Camera, Masala and his insightful comments on Rajinikanth are an integral part of Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography," the author added.
Although the Bollywood has produced quite a few superstars over the years, Rajinikanth’s is believed to be the most popular in this elite list. He is arguably the biggest superstar cinema-crazy India has ever seen.
His stylized dialogues and screen mannerisms are legion, and his guy next door-cum-superhero image has found a hysterically appreciative following among millions of moviegoers.
Rajnikanth has not penned down his memoirs yet but this biography seemed to be the closest to have seen the light of the day. Naman Ramachandran undertook the task of writing the definitive biography of Rajinikanth.
A film critic with Sight & Sound, a film journalist covering South Asia for Variety and the UK and Ireland for Cineuropa, and the author of the book Light, Camera, Masala: Making Movies in Mumbai, besides a few film scripts, he has managed to put his acts together while doing this special book.