Shivaji Rao Gaikwad aka Rajinikanth is a megastar in South Indian film industry and a living God to his fans. Rajinikanth debuted with the National Award-winning Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander. The veteran actor before making his foray into films worked as a bus conductor for Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation. Simultaneously he began acting in plays. His journey with Indian cinema started when he came to Chennai in 1973 to pursue a diploma in acting and as they say the rest is history. Rajinikanth became the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan after being paid Rs 25 crore for his role in Sivaji in 2007. The actor who has 46 awards to his credit has also worked as a producer and screenwriter.