first journey to Chennai
Rajinikanth joined in college as per his father’s
wish. But, later he arrived to Chennai to lead an
independent life. He started to watch films even
without regular food. This part explains that in
Joining in College
When, Rajinikanth finished his S.S.L.C (school
final) he was 16. Thinking about his future
life, his father wanted Rajini to continue his
college studies. Rajini had no way due to his
father’s pressure. He totally disliked studies, just
in few months. He took college fees Rs.200 and came
to Chennai through train. In this period, Rajini
used to see a lot of films, but he had no idea of
acting in a film. He was in Chennai just to get any
job to drive his life in his own way.
After, spending lot of days in search of a job, he
just got a small job with a carpenter. In the mean
time, all his money spent away. He didn’t get
sufficient income in that carpenter job too. So, he
decided to return to Bangalore.
Again in Chennai
In Bangalore, he worked in a provision store. As he
didn’t like the job, once again he traveled to
Chennai. He was in a deep search for a job. One day,
he went to “Midland” theatre, to see “Edhirneechchal”,
a film directed by K.Balachandar, starring Nagesh.
In few days, he got a mason job, through a building
contractor. He started to watch lot of films, with
the use of his salary. He was attracted by MGR’s
heroic actions & Sivaji Ganesan’s emotional
characters. Cinema attracted him totally. He used to
spend money for watching cinemas, rather than taking
One day, when he was sleeping in platform near LIC,
after night show, he was caught by Police patrol for
doubt. Next morning, he was released. Again, he
decided to return to Bangalore. He had no money even
for his food. So, he traveled without ticket in
train & headed back to his home.
His family members were angry with him for his
behaviors & no one was ready to speak with him.
Then, he joined in another work, to save his
self-respect in his home.
He kept changing his workplaces. From a mechanical
shop, he joined in a rice godown, for loading &
unloading. For, loading 60 rice sacks the pay was
Rs.2/-. Usually, rajini would load up to 180 & earn
His sister-in-law used to take care of Rajini like
his mother. Everyday, she would wait for Rajini
without sleeping to serve him dinner.