Superstar Rajinikanth’s films need no introduction. Each of his films not only wins the hearts of the audience, but also captivates box office records. One of those movies of Rajinikanth is Panakkaran released in 1990 and it ran for over 100 days in theaters and managed to make millions. But did you know that this movie Panakkaran by Rajinikanth is a remake of a Hindi movie? And that also the film of Amitabh Bachchan? Well, it’s true.
Panakkaran is a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Hindi film Lawaris (1981) starring Rajinikanth and Gautami in the lead roles. The film was released on January 14, 1990, Pongal Day, and ran in theaters for over 175 days. The Tamil remake was directed by P Vasu and marked the first of several collaborations with Rajinikanth.
While filming the song “Nooru Varusham”, Rajinikanth dressed in drag was well received by both the public and the critics. Panakkaran is the story of an orphan, played by Rajinikanth, who is rejected by his father before birth and struggles to establish his legitimacy in society.
Today Rajinikanth has clocked 47 glorious years in the film industry. Rajinikanth started his film career with the Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal (1975), directed by K. Balachander. After his debut in K. Balachanth’s 1975 Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal, Rajinikanth’s acting career started with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films. The Suresh Krissna-directed Baashha (1995), in which Rajinikanth played a crime boss, was a major commercial success in his career, earning him ‘divine’ status in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Rajinikanth is teaming up with director Nelson Dilipkumar for his next title Jailer. The long-awaited drama will soon hit the floor. Shooting is believed to begin on the 15th or 22nd of this month. The music is composed by Aniruddh with Vijay Kartik Kannan as the cinematographer.