A Look At The Legendary Actor Rajinikanth's Journey In Bollywood

Published on 11th Dec 2020 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

On 12th December 1950, in the state of Karnataka, was born the superstar of Tamil cinema, Shivajirao Gaekwad aka Rajinikanth. With a career spanning for almost 45 years, Rajini Sir has appeared in over 160 films. Versatile in his craft, he is widely known as one of the greatest and most popular actors in the history of Indian cinema. He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 by the Government of India. Along with uncountable successes in Tamil cinema, he has also given various hits in languages such as Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali and Hindi as well.

On the occasion of his birthday, let’s have a look at Rajini’s filmography in Bollywood.
 

Andhaa Kanoon - 1983

Director: T. Rama Rao
Cast: Rajinikanth, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan, Reena Roy, Late Pran, Late Prem Chopra, Late Amrish Puri and Danny Dengzongpa
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Andhaa Kanoon was Rajinikanth’s first Hindi movie released in 1983. It revolves around the story of two siblings, Durga Singh [Hema Malini] and Vijay Singh [Rajinikanth], who want to avenge their parents’ death. While the sister believes in law and the justice system, the brother decides to take the law in his own hands.

Andhaa Kanoon - 1983
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Meri Adalat - 1984

Director: A.T. Raghu
Cast: Rajinikanth, Zeenat Aman, Late Kader Khan, Late Rajendra Nath, Mohnish Bahl and Late Shreeram Lagoo
Music: Bappi Lahiri
The revenge-drama Meri Adalat released in 1984 is a story about a cop Shriram [Rajinikanth] who turns his back on law and justice to take revenge from the killers of his sister [Komal Mahuvakar] and her lover [Mohnish Bahl]. This Rajinikanth’s Bollywood movie was dubbed in Tamil as Veetukku Oru Nallavan and was remade in Kannada under the title Garuda Dhwaja, and was released in 1991.

Meri Adalat - 1984
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John Jani Janardhan - 1984

Director: T. Rama Rao
Cast: Rajinikanth, Thiagarajan, Rati Agnihotri, Poonam Dhillon, Late Dulari, Late Utpal Dutt and Late Kader Khan
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Rajinikanth played a triple role in this 1984 released Bollywood movie. John Jani Janardhan is the story of a cop John A. Mendez [ Rajinikanth], who is killed by a criminal and his twin sons, Jani and Janardhan [Rajinikanth] are set against each other by the same criminal who killed John. The movie was a remake of the Tamil movie Moondru Mugam and fared well at the box office.

John Jani Janardhan - 1984
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Bewafai - 1985

Director: R. Thyagarajan
Cast: Rajinikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Tina Munim, Late Pran, Padmini Kolhapure, Late A.K. Hangal and Late Vijay Arora
Music: Bappi Lahiri
Rajinikanth’s Bollywood movie Bewafai was released in 1985 and was a box office success. It starred Rajinikanth and Rajesh Khanna together for the first time. The story revolves around Ashok [Rajesh Khanna] and his three female admirers namely Asha [Tina Muim], Vinny [ Meenakshi Sheshadari] and Renu [Padmini Kolhapure]. Asha’s father dislikes Ashok and hires a killer, Ranvir [Rajinikanth], to kill him. But chaos is unleashed when Ranvir starts to corrupt everyone’s life with his own hidden agenda.

Bewafai - 1985
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Chaalbaaz - 1989

Director: Pankaj Parashar
Cast: Late Sridevi, Rajinikanth, Sunny Deol, Anupam Kher, Aruna Irani, Annu Kapoor, Rohini Hattangadi and Shakti Kapoor
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Loosely based on the movie Seeta Aur Geeta released in the year 1973, Chaalbaaz revolves around twin sisters Anju and Manju played by Sridevi. Both are separated at birth and while Manju grows up to be streetsmart and a rebel, Anju is shy and timid, who is troubled by her aunt and uncle. The movie was loved by the audience and was the fifth-highest-grossing film of 1989.

Chaalbaaz - 1989
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Hum - 1991

Director: Mukul S. Anand
Cast, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikanth, Govinda, Kimi Katkar, Deepa Sahi, Shilpa Shirodkar, Danny Denzongpa, Anupam Kher, Late Kader Khan and Annu Kapoor
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
Rajnikanth’s Bollywood movie Hum, released in 1991 was the second highest-grossing movie of 1991 at the box office. This blockbuster was remade in Tamil titled Baashha in 1995, in Kannada titled Soma in 1996 and Kotigobba in 2001, in Bengali as Guru in 2003 and in Bangladeshi as Sultan in 2001. The movie revolves around a dockworker [Amitabh Bachchan] who along with his half brothers, Kumar [Rajinikanth] and Vijay [Govinda], runs away leaving behind the tyrannical rule of a criminal to start afresh. Fifteen years later, his past enemy resurfaces and chaos is unfolded.

Hum - 1991
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Khoon Ka Karz - 1991

Director: Mukul S. Anand
Cast, Vinod Khanna, Rajinikanth, Sanjay Dutt, Dimple Kapadia, Kimi Katkar, Sangeeta Bijlani, Sushma Seth, Late Kader Khan and Shakti Kapoor
Music: Laxmikant-Pyarelal
The movie Khoon Ka Karz narrates the story of three individuals, Karan [Vinod Khanna], Kishan [Rajinikanth] and Arjun [Sanjay Dutt], who are arrested for infringements under the Indian Penal Code. They tell the court about how two of them were adopted by a saintly woman Savitri Devi [Sushma Seth] and how they fell in love. The movie was later dubbed in Tamil under the title Arasan: The Don in the year 2009, 18 years after its release.

Khoon Ka Karz - 1991
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