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'When I will come, or how, nobody knows, but I will arrive when I ought to' MUTHU (1995) Rajinikanth is, quite simply, 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. Naman Ramachandran's ma 'When I will come, or how, nobody knows, but I will arrive when I ought to' MUTHU (1995) Rajinikanth is, quite simply, 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. Naman Ramachandran's marvellous biography recounts Rajini's career in meticulous detail, tracing his incredible cinematic journey from his very first film, Apoorva Raagangal, in 1975 to memorable forays into Bollywood like Andha Kanoon and Hum, from landmark films like Billa, Thalapathi and Annamalai to the mega successes of Baashha, Muthu, Padayappa, Chandramukhi, Sivaji and Enthiran. Along the way, the book provides rare insights into the Thalaivar's personal life, from his childhood days to his times of struggle-when he was still Shivaji Rao Gaekwad-and then his eventual stardom: revealing how a legend was born. Rajinikanth has not written his memoirs; this book is the closest we are likely to get to the definitive Rajini story.


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'When I will come, or how, nobody knows, but I will arrive when I ought to' MUTHU (1995) Rajinikanth is, quite simply, 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. Naman Ramachandran's ma 'When I will come, or how, nobody knows, but I will arrive when I ought to' MUTHU (1995) Rajinikanth is, quite simply, 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. Naman Ramachandran's marvellous biography recounts Rajini's career in meticulous detail, tracing his incredible cinematic journey from his very first film, Apoorva Raagangal, in 1975 to memorable forays into Bollywood like Andha Kanoon and Hum, from landmark films like Billa, Thalapathi and Annamalai to the mega successes of Baashha, Muthu, Padayappa, Chandramukhi, Sivaji and Enthiran. Along the way, the book provides rare insights into the Thalaivar's personal life, from his childhood days to his times of struggle-when he was still Shivaji Rao Gaekwad-and then his eventual stardom: revealing how a legend was born. Rajinikanth has not written his memoirs; this book is the closest we are likely to get to the definitive Rajini story.

30 review for Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Aruna Kumar Gadepalli

    Biographies sometimes need time and patience to read. This one on Rajinikanth the popular South Indian star is quick and easy read. The author whose research on the Star looks promising and the way he portrayed makes one enjoy reading the book. Writing on such Star as well is also not easy keeping in view various aspects into consideration. The author to me succeeded in doing his job well. The biography includes various phases of Star's life and his film as well his personal life. The author inc Biographies sometimes need time and patience to read. This one on Rajinikanth the popular South Indian star is quick and easy read. The author whose research on the Star looks promising and the way he portrayed makes one enjoy reading the book. Writing on such Star as well is also not easy keeping in view various aspects into consideration. The author to me succeeded in doing his job well. The biography includes various phases of Star's life and his film as well his personal life. The author includes in the end of the book the filmography of star from "Apoorva Raagangal" 1975 to the latest "Kochadaiyaan" 2012, with the details of year of the film, director and the co-stars. He includes various awards both film and general which the Star won.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ranjit

    A vague look into the man who has become a national phenomenon. I was expecting more from this book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Vidya

    "Helped me become a fan of the phenomenon" Till I read this book, Rajini was just a trend - one I viewed with some bemusement. The book helped to contextualize the man, his body of work and the reasons for his mass appeal - not just in South India (or all the countries where South Indians are present) but also in markets such as Japan. The book is extremely well researched - and does not suffer for the lack of personal reminiscences from the Superstar. It provides an interesting insight into the "Helped me become a fan of the phenomenon" Till I read this book, Rajini was just a trend - one I viewed with some bemusement. The book helped to contextualize the man, his body of work and the reasons for his mass appeal - not just in South India (or all the countries where South Indians are present) but also in markets such as Japan. The book is extremely well researched - and does not suffer for the lack of personal reminiscences from the Superstar. It provides an interesting insight into the man as well as the cult phenomenon that he has become. The book has helped me become a fan - I am now curious to see his entire body of work - especially the earlier movies which have excellent, hard hitting stories. Most of those were directed by K Balanchander - so maybe its time for a book on him as well! All in all - a great read and well worth the cover price - since its brought me a new lease of life for Tamil Films as a genre and Rajini as a specific segment within that genre. Looking forward to his next release!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Umesh Kesavan

    Expected a lot from the book.Turns out to be a hotchpotch of Wikipedia styled movie plots,quotes from oft-quoted popular speeches and eulogies from directors and actresses who have worked with him. This cannot qualify as Definitive biography at all. Maybe,the author thought that anything with Rajinikanth in it will work big time.Sadly,such magic is restricted to the silver screen. We are still waiting for the definitive biography of Rajinikanth.Maybe,Baradwaj Rangan can do justice.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amala Kumar

    This one's a Racy Read - an incredibly well written book - comprehensive and original analysis that provides a wealth of information at a rapid pace without ever getting boring. A page turner which I was unable to put down from the get go. I loved it so much that I ended up buying additional copies to gift my friends. Must have for your bookshelf.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Shiva

    Not so much of a Biography. Rarely reveals anything the hardcore fans haven't heard about. But give a lot of insight into how movie 'stories' have been historically 're adapted' into Tamil from various cultures/countries/languages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rohit Ghai

    Expected more from the book. Turned out that it measures his story from the chronological list of his movies. More of a filmography with personal attributes thrown in. Nevertheless, a good description of the lesser known facts about the superstar and the Tamil film industry...

  8. 5 out of 5

    Venkatesh

    Decent book. A hardcore thalaivar fan will know most of the facts. Was looking for some more dope about thalaivar

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ss

    Well written, well researched and objective. Good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Manish Shetty

    As correctly said by Mani Ratnamabout the phenomenon of Rajnikanth, “That’s its just magic.” Rajnikanth is an amazing actor and a humble human being. A week back I watch Rajnikanth's movie “Darbar” in theatre and still in 2020, the audience screams and whistles at the larger than life entry. I had goosebumps when he was about to appear for the first time in the screen and I didn’t stop myself from screaming and cheering either. I don’t think I have ever done this for any other actor, Rajni has t As correctly said by Mani Ratnamabout the phenomenon of Rajnikanth, “That’s its just magic.” Rajnikanth is an amazing actor and a humble human being. A week back I watch Rajnikanth's movie “Darbar” in theatre and still in 2020, the audience screams and whistles at the larger than life entry. I had goosebumps when he was about to appear for the first time in the screen and I didn’t stop myself from screaming and cheering either. I don’t think I have ever done this for any other actor, Rajni has this magic in him that makes the audience go berserk and makes his fall in love with him more. I always tell my friends that if they want to see what Rajnikanth is, they have to watch his film in the theatre, it’s an experience that one can’t miss. The atmosphere and the energy in the theatre is something else and one has to be there to feel it. My favorite film of Rajni sir is the movie “Thalapathi” and I fell in love with the actor in the movie “Geraftaar”, I believe that it had one of the stylish and epic death scene I had ever seen in Indian movies. This is book is a complete filmography of Thalaiva and his journey from a bus conductor to a demigod of India. good book. A Must Read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Karthik Krishnan

    A compilation rather than A biography Good if you know very little about superstar. Not so much, if you are a long-time fan like me. If the movie descriptions are removed, whats left is superstars speeches, now available on YouTube, and some rare interviews from people associated with him. I expected a definitive biography.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Manu

    The definitive biography of perhaps the biggest star that India has seen - THE superstar Rajinikanth - is quite a big thing to bite off. At 255 pages, I'm not too sure it does complete justice. This is not to say that the author hasn't tried, but to me, the contents just didn't seem enough. In fact, it was in the second half that I felt he was warming up to the task at hand. The first half includes the early years of Rajinikanth, his entry into movies, and the first decade and a half of his movi The definitive biography of perhaps the biggest star that India has seen - THE superstar Rajinikanth - is quite a big thing to bite off. At 255 pages, I'm not too sure it does complete justice. This is not to say that the author hasn't tried, but to me, the contents just didn't seem enough. In fact, it was in the second half that I felt he was warming up to the task at hand. The first half includes the early years of Rajinikanth, his entry into movies, and the first decade and a half of his movies. The author does try hard to remain objective and not be in awe of the object of his attention, but that's obviously not an easy task. What results is a mix of two things - a kind of retrofit applied to his formative years which tries to show that he was always meant to be the Superstar, and an almost bare factual filmography. It's probably not the author's fault because he might have found it difficult to find anecdotal material from that era, or people might have altered their memory to fit the image of the superstar who exists now. Either way, the first half swings between these two, and does not really make a great read in terms of narrative. You'll love it if you're a Rajini facts junkie and it also shows the amount of research the author has done, as he tries to explain the milieu and the context of life, culture, movies and politics of the era, mostly in Tamil Nadu, but sometimes even beyond that. (this was really done well, I thought) We do get glimpses of Rajini the person, and his life outside cinema, but never really enough. It almost seems as though the author was in a hurry to start with the contemporary era. [To be noted that this part also manages to show how big a star and talented an actor Kamal Hassan was in that era] The second half - from the 90s - is where the author really gets going, much like Rajini's own evolution from superstar to legend! Probably helped by the reduction in the number of movies he's done and availability of documented material, for example, Rajini's overt and covert political statements, in movies and real life. Beginning with Annamalai and ending with the making of "Kochadaiyaan - The Legend", the second half not only analyses the star's movies, but also traces Rajini's personal evolution very well. It has much better anecdotal perspectives from his co-stars, friends and gives us excellent insights into his personality. [To be noted that Kamal and Rajini are effusive in their praise and affection for each other, and the author manages to bring it out beautifully, and I thought Mani Ratnam was very grudging in his praise] This entire half feels much more like a biography and is a pleasure to read. In the last few pages, the author tries to get perspectives from an assortment of people - directors, co-actors, fans, Rajini's friends and mentors, journalists etc - on why the Superstar is the phenomenon he is. I specially liked Anurag Kashyap's take "..The same reason that Amitabh Bachchan became a phenomenon was the reason why Rajinikanth became a phenomenon. He's a man of the people... Amitabh Bachchan became synthetic afterwards, but Rajinikanth never became synthetic. He stayed what he was. The whole humility of Rajinikanth somehow translates not just on screen but off it too...." While no amount of analysis can answer the question completely, I think this comes close, and the book does manage to bring out Rajini's work ethic and ethics, especially the second half. What I'd really like is for Naman Ramachandran to go back and release a second edition where the first half is not a hurried job, but meanwhile, do go ahead and read this one! Signing off with http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view3/2275... ;)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Suhasini Srihari

    "The Definitive Biography" was a real let down for me. The writer has concentrated much on giving mere facts of what is already there or rather could easily sourced from the internet. A biography is something which reveals more of the person on whom the book is written! I am pretty sure, most of the people who buy this book is primarily because they know the Superstar and would have watched (if not most) at least some of his movies. The writer has given summaries of almost all the movies in whic "The Definitive Biography" was a real let down for me. The writer has concentrated much on giving mere facts of what is already there or rather could easily sourced from the internet. A biography is something which reveals more of the person on whom the book is written! I am pretty sure, most of the people who buy this book is primarily because they know the Superstar and would have watched (if not most) at least some of his movies. The writer has given summaries of almost all the movies in which the star has acted - this was completely unnecessary. It was towards the end that the writer added in some of "thalaiva's" fans' words - this was a little delight for me after having paid so much for the book. The facts of the Star's personal life is not much written about while more on his on-screen life has been dealt with, which could easily have been avoided.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Parul

    When you are reading about THE GOD, you have too much of expectations from the book. Naman Ramchandran has written the book in too detailed manner, writing about each and every movie the Superstar has acted in. Me coming from North India have not really been too close to his movies, even though i do like him as an actor. This book is an amalgamation of his movies and his life, though once you finish reading you are left craving for more. You should go for the book just to know the kind of person When you are reading about THE GOD, you have too much of expectations from the book. Naman Ramchandran has written the book in too detailed manner, writing about each and every movie the Superstar has acted in. Me coming from North India have not really been too close to his movies, even though i do like him as an actor. This book is an amalgamation of his movies and his life, though once you finish reading you are left craving for more. You should go for the book just to know the kind of person he is, his life's anecdotes, though there was much left from his bollywood days. I will give 4 stars because i never knew about him as a person and teh book did enlighten me. But it left much to be desired for from Hindi industry side.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Bharath Jambulingam

    Not bad. But, I like "The Name is Rajinikanth" compared to this biography, which contains more of Superstar's life, this one contains little bit of personal life, but 90 % of his professional life and the major turning points included. I thank Kalaipuli S Thanu, who has given 30 years back itself the Superstar status. In Bhairavi movie posters only, Rajini for the first time depicted as Superstar. The rest is HISTORY.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sai Kumar

    This is definitely not a biography, it is just a filmography of Rajinikanth with a little bit of directors cut,audience reaction and very few anecdotes of the star thrown in. If you join all the parts which seem biographical ,the book would be about 30 pages that is all. Boring writing too. Can conveniently give this book a miss

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amala Kumar

    This one's a Racy Read - an incredibly well written book - comprehensive and original analysis that provides a wealth of information at a rapid pace without ever getting boring. A page turner which I was unable to put down from the get go. I loved it so much that I ended up buying additional copies to gift my friends. Must have for your bookshelf.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Vani

    It was very interesting to find out aspects of Superstar's personality that I did not know about on reading this book. Especially his spiritual side has been explored in some depth and I found out more about why he did not really make it in the North. Many thanks to the author for this comprehensive read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Krishna

    Super

  20. 5 out of 5

    Alekhya Boora

    A larger than life character on the page too!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dinakar

    Being a die hard fan of Rajinikanth I got this book soon after its release. A well written book with some of the inspiring stories from the life of Rajinikanth.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sreedhar

    nice

  23. 5 out of 5

    Harrison

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mohit Ajmera

  25. 4 out of 5

    Shrilatha

  26. 4 out of 5

    Savio Dsouza

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bala Sakthis

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bdreddi1gmail.Com

  29. 5 out of 5

    Archana Amaragandhi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jayanth

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