New Delhi, Jan. 25 : The Thalaiva of Indian cinema Rajnikanth will be honoured with the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, this year for his immense contribution to the Indian Cinema.
The 65-year-old actor has not only worked in Tamil films, but also acted in Bollywood, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hollywood and Bengali films.
He began acting in plays, while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor and has turned to a cultural icon now.
His mannerisms and stylised delivery of dialogue in films contribute to his mass popularity and appeal.
"Proud daughter !!!!! Appa is now Padma vibhushan shri Rajinikanth," tweets his daughter Soundarya Rajnikath.
"PADMA VIBHUSHAN RAJINIKANTH super proud daughter !!!!," tweeted Aishwarya R. Dhanush.
Other Padma Vibhushan awardees this year include- Yamini Krishnamurthi, Girija Devi, Ramoji Rao, Shri Shri Ravi Shankar and Dr. Viswanathan Shanta.