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Rajinikanth turns 71, Narendra Modi wishes him

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Dec 2021, 03:11 pm

New Delhi: Indian PM Narendra Modi on Sunday wished southern superstar Rajinikanth as he turned 71.

"A very happy birthday to @rajinikanth Ji. May he keep inspiring people with his creativity and phenomenal acting. May Almighty bless him with a long and healthy life," Modi tweeted wishing the actor.

One of the most celebrated actors in India, Rajinikanth began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor.

In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander's 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal, his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films.

The Government of India has honored him with the Padma Bhushan (2000) and the Padma Vibhushan (2016).

At the 45th International Film Festival of India (2014), he was conferred with the "Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year".

Starting his career with the movie Apoorva Raagangal, Rajinikanth went to perform in numerous memorable movies in his career later on.