Renowned actor Rajinikanth made an unexpected appearance at the BMTC depot in Bengaluru, revisiting his former role as a bus conductor before his illustrious acting career.
The success of the film “Jailer,” directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, has the entire team riding high. The movie has garnered praise even from skeptics of both Rajinikanth and Nelson. Despite Rajinikanth’s status as one of the nation’s most prominent stars and his recent triumph with “Jailer,” he remains grounded. It’s widely known that before entering the film world with K Balachander’s 1975 Tamil movie “Apoorva Raagangal,” which also featured Kamal Haasan, Sundarrajan, Nagesh, Srividya, and Jayasudha, Rajinikanth was a bus conductor.
Recently, Rajinikanth made an unexpected visit to the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) depot where he once worked as a bus conductor. During his visit, he engaged with drivers, conductors, and staff, capturing selfies with BMTC employees and the excited crowd that gathered to see him. Reportedly, the visit was unannounced, and even the officials were unaware of his presence.
Rajinikanth, originally named Shivaji Rao Gaikwad and born in Karnataka, adopted the stage name Rajinikanth when he entered the film industry. He worked on route 10A in the Bangalore Transport Service, which is now known as the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation. Raj Bahadur, the bus driver and Rajinikanth’s close friend, encouraged him to pursue acting and supported him financially during his struggling days.
Before becoming an actor, Rajinikanth held various jobs, including a stint at the Mysore Machinery, and even worked in loading sacks of rice onto trucks for a nominal fee of 10 paise per bag. His journey from being a bus conductor to a legendary actor exemplifies his incredible transformation and rise to stardom.