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Who Is Rajinikanth Friend Raj Bahadur: Rajinikanth dedicates his dadasaheb phalke award to best friend and bus driver raj bahadur know all about him and their friendship- the story of the bus driver who ‘sacrificed’ himself for Rajinikanth Set an example

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Who Is Rajinikanth Friend Raj Bahadur: Rajinikanth dedicates his dadasaheb phalke award to best friend and bus driver raj bahadur know all about him and their friendship- the story of the bus driver who ‘sacrificed’ himself for Rajinikanth Set an example

Southern superstar and ‘Thalaiva’ Rajinikanth was awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award at the recent 67th National Film Awards. Rajinikanth dedicated this award to his best friend and companion of happiness and sorrow, Raj Bahadur. Meanwhile, Rajinikanth, remembering his friend, said such touching things that the whole atmosphere erupted with applause.

Rajinikanth said that Raj Bahadur was the first to recognize his acting talent and encouraged him to go into films. This is what happened then, Rajinikanth did not even appear in films. At that time Rajinikanth was working as a bus conductor.

The bus conductor was Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth’s friend Raj Bahadur is a bus driver in Karnataka. When Rajinikanth was a bus conductor, he did not even think of becoming an actor from afar. But the connoisseur eye of friend Raj Bahadur was amazing that he encouraged Rajinikanth to go to the movies. Rajinikanth came into films because of his friend and became a big star.

Became a star but did not forget friendship

But even after becoming such a big star, Rajinikanth has not forgotten his bus driver friend. Their friendship is about 50 years old. It is Raj Bahadur who made Shivaji Rao Gaikwad ‘Rajnikanth’ and taught him to speak in Tamil.

Rajinikanth with friend Raj Bahadur, Photo: Twitter @aksrfrajini

Rajinikanth with friend Raj Bahadur, Photo: Twitter @aksrfrajini


50 year old Rajinikanth-Raj Bahadur friendship

In an interview given to ‘News 18’, Raj Bahadur narrated a unique story of his friendship with Rajinikanth. He said, ‘Our friendship is 50 years old. I met Rajinikanth in 1970. At that time he had just joined duty as a conductor and I was a driver. Rajinikanth was the best actor in our entire transport staff. Whenever there was a cultural program in the department, Rajni used to perform on stage.

Rajinikanth was awarded the Dada Saheb Phalke Award
Sent Rajini to acting school, taught him to speak Tamil
Raj Bahadur further said, ‘Then I forced Rajni to go to Chennai and join an acting school. After a 2-year acting course, the institute held a function in which Rajinikanth performed. Famous filmmaker Balachander was then the chief guest there. Seeing Rajini’s performance, he approached him and said, ‘Boys, learn Tamil.’ Then Rajni came to me and told me the whole thing. K Balachander had not said anything else to Rajinikanth at that time. Just said about learning Tamil. That day I told Rajini not to worry. I said that from now on, talk to me in Tamil every day. Everyone knows what happened after that. ‘


Raj Bahadur used to send half of his salary to Rajinikanth

Very few people may know that when Raj Bahadur sent Rajinikanth to Chennai to enroll in an acting school, he also paid half of his salary i.e. Rs. 200. At that time Raj Bahadur’s monthly salary was just Rs. Raj Bahadur used to send 200 rupees to Rajinikanth every month so that he could run his expenses. Rajinikanth had also mentioned this on several occasions. Raj Bahadur and Rajinikanth’s friendship is such that he takes the time to meet his friend whenever he wants. Raj Bahadur has also specially reserved a room for Rajinikanth in his house.
Rajinikanth to receive Dada Saheb Phalke Award, a day before receiving the award

Rajinikanth’s debut in 1975

Rajinikanth started his acting career in 1975. Her first film was a Tamil film called Apoorva Raagangal. After this Rajinikanth made many films in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and other languages. Rajinikanth was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016.

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