Rajinikanth Marriage: A Chance Interview & Love At First Sight!

Rajinikanth Marriage: A Chance Interview & Love At First Sight! There are few human beings on this planet who enjoy the ‘larger than life’ status. If there is a person in our country who can undeniably be referred as the epitome of ‘larger than life’ then it has to be the venerable superstar of Indian cinema, Rajinikanth. Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, better known by his stage name Rajinikanth, is an icon loved by the masses for his on-screen idiosyncrasies, and his admirable off-screen persona. He has been a role model for many in the Indian film industry and is a dignified figure. Did you know that superstar fell for a girl who had just visited him for a college magazine interview? Want to know the details of the super-cute Rajinikanth marriage? Here we go…

Rajinikanth Marriage - Bairavi

The Interview Of A Lifetime

Rajinikanth Marriage - Rajni And Latha

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It was the year 1980, and Rajinikanth was busy working in his mentor K. Balachander’s Tamil film Thillu Mullu, which was the remake of the 1979 Bollywood comedy film Golmaal. The movie was Rajinikanth’s first full length comedy film. It was during the filming of the movie that he received a request for an interview for a college magazine. Rajinikanth obliged and within moments he was face-to-face to one of the prettiest faces he had ever seen. It was a lady named Latha Rangachari. Little did the then 30-something Rajinikanth know that by the end of the interview he would be proposing to the 23-something Latha Rangachari, who was a student at the Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai or in a few years the Latha Rangachari Rajinikanth Marriage would be a hit success. Latha and Rajinikanth shared a common Bangalore connect since Rajinikanth was earlier employed in Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor and Latha’s family owned a house there. This provided a common platform for the two to kick-off the interview, and soon Latha realised how comfortable she was talking to him despite his superstar status.

Rajinikanth Marriage - The Kamal Haasan Factor

As the interview progressed, Rajinikanth realised that there was something about this lady that made him feel attracted towards her. He had never felt anything like this before. In a moment or two, it dawned on him that he had finally found a soulmate in the form of Latha Rangachari. The thought lingered at the back of his mind all throughout the interview, and when the interview reached its fag end he felt that he should not let this opportunity pass by. He casually put forward his proposal, and asked Latha if she would marry him. Obviously the question of a Rajinikanth marriage, much less to herself must have surprised her. But to his amazement, Latha smiled and replied shyly that he will have to speak to her parents first. That moment sealed the bond of this to-be life partners. The two knew that they were meant for each, and although Rajinikanth did not immediately visit Latha’s parents, he requested her to stay in touch to which she readily agreed.

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Subsequent Meetings And The Path To Marriage

Rajinikanth Marriage - Rajni And Latha In The 80s

The interview changed the perception of the superstar which Latha Rangachari had harboured in her mind. She realised that in spite of being at the heights of success of popularity, Rajinikanth maintained an undeniably modest real life character. Her attraction towards Rajinikanth fuelled her curiosity about his past, and as she learnt more of his humble origins, she grew fonder of this Tamil cinema icon.

Rajinikanth from his end had shared the news of his new-found love with his close friends and colleagues from the Tamil film industry. To his delight, he discovered that his close friend and co-actor, the popular Tamil cinema comedian Y.G. Mahendran, happened to be the husband of Latha’s sister, Sudha. He sought the help of certain seniors from the Tamil industry who helped Rajinikanth out by visiting Latha’s parents and seeking their permission for the Latha Rajinikanth Marriage. All throughout the process, Rajinikanth stayed nervous since he was not sure if Latha’s parents would agree. But they were meant for each other, and it came as a sense of immense relief and joy when he learnt that Latha’s parents had given their permission for the wedding.

Rajinikanth Marriage - K. Balachander The Mentor

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Superstar Ties The Knot: The Famed Rajinikanth Marriage Happens!

Rajinikanth Marriage - Rajnikanth And Latha's Official Wedding Portrait

Once both Rajinikanth and Latha got a nod from their respective family members, they were all set to enter into wedlock. It was one of the happiest moments of their lives as they had waited for this day since quite some time. The Latha Rajinikanth marriage was set for 26th February 1981. Rajinikanth and Latha chose to have a traditional South Indian wedding at the famous Lord Balaji temple in Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. Since the wedding was a traditional Tamil one, Latha wore a red bridal saree, while Rajinikanth was decked up in white silk dhoti and kurta. It was mostly a private affair, with the invitees being only close friends from industry and family members from both sides.

The Successful Journey

Rajinikanth Marriage - Rajni And Latha With Daughters Aishwarya And Saundarya

As we now know, the Latha Rajinikanth marriage was rock solid. The couple were blessed with their first daughter Aishwarya in the year 1982, and had a second daughter Soundarya in the year 1984. Latha Rangachari (now Latha Rajinikanth) made a foray into Tamil playback singing mainly at the behest of Rajinikanth. In 1991, she founded a philanthropic school in Chennai, which provides education to underprivileged children. She also continues to work on production of movies along with her younger daughter Soundarya, who made India’s first motion capture film Kochadaiiyaan that had her father Rajinikanth play the lead. Rajinikanth and Latha’s elder daughter married the Tamil actor Dhanush. She is a talented director, having produced the critically acclaimed movie, ‘3’ as her debut.

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Rajinikanth Marriage - 1978

Kabali Craze And 2.0

Rajinikanth Marriage - Kabali Craze

Since the Rajinikanth marriage, the superstar has worked in more than 100 films in his career, and his upcoming film Kabali marks his 159th release on the big screen. In this film, we see Rajinikanth play a crime boss. It will be after 22 years that audiences will see him play such a character since his last portrayal of a crime lord was in the 1994 film Baasha. Rajinikanth’s craze has not faded yet, and in anticipation of the high demand for the tickets, cinema theatres permitted advanced booking four days prior to the release of the film.

Rajinikanth Marriage - Robot 2.0 The Official Line Up

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The demand was so steep that it is said that the box office went housefull within hours. But that is not going to be the end of Rajini Mania. It will surely extend to 2.0, the sequel of his successful 2010 film Robot (known as Enthiran in Tamil), which is slated to release in early 2017. We hope these movies meet the grand success that Rajinikanth’s previous movies have achieved, and we wish Thalaiva all the best.

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