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Rajinikanth celebrates 71st birthday at home with family; see pics


In the pictures, Rajinikanth can be seen cutting a cake surrounded by his family, including his wife, daughters, grandsons and son-in-law.

Photo: Courtesy of Riaz K Ahmed on Twitter

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Actor Rajinikanth celebrated his 71st birthday yesterday with family at home. Adorable pictures from the birthday celebration have been released by the star’s publicist and gone viral on social media.

In the pictures, Rajinikanth can be seen cutting a cake while his family, including his wife, daughters, grandsons and son-in-law, surround him.

In one of the pictures, Latha Rajinikanth is seen handing over a bouquet to her husband.

In another, Rajinikanth is seen with daughter Soundarya and her husband Vishagan.

On the career front, Rajinikanth was recently seen in the hit Tamil film Annaatthe (2021). The film also starred Keerthy Suresh, Nayanthara, Khushbu Sundar, Meena and Jagapathi Babu.

Upon the release of Annaatthe, Rajinikanth, in a post on the voice-based social media platform Hoote, opened up on how he signed the film.

Annaatthe is directed by Sivakumar, who worked with Rajinikanth for the first time. It was after seeing Siva’s film Viswasam (2019), starring Ajith, that Rajinikanth expressed his wish to work with the filmmaker.

“When Siva met me, he said it was easy to make a hit film with me. It left me stunned because nobody had said that to me before. He said I should star in a story-based film and that it should be set in a village,” he said.

Rajinikanth said he asked Siva to come up with a village-based script in 15 days. “In 12 days, he came with the script," the superstar said. "He told me he needs two and a half hours of my time and three bottles of water. At the end of the narration, I started crying and hugged him.”

In Annaatthe, Rajinikanth plays a village head. The story is centred on his relationship with his younger sister, played by Keerthy Suresh. Though the film was panned by critics for its melodramatic brother-sister relationship scenes, it clicked at the box office.