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Rajnikanth’s birthday: Thalaiva’s dazzling reel life personality vs modest real life car collection


  • Rajnikanth has registered himself a stellar success in India. Not only is he considered a super star in Southern India, he is a God to several of his fans. Ever since the beginning, Rajnikanth films have had a reputation of unreal action scenes, which are much adored by his fans the world over. However, there is a massive contrast in Rajni's on- and off-screen personality. We've seen him dressed as Daniel Craig posing next to the most famous Bond car of them all, the Aston Martin DB5, for a promotional still for 'Kabali' and then there was the sci-fi film 'Robot' in which the actor played a machine. But in the real world, Rajnikanth has rather a very modest lifestyle, something that is evident in his collection of cars.

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  • Premier Padmini: Rajnikanth's Padmini has been with him since the early 80s, back when the car used to be a toy for the elite of the society. The Padmini was a Fiat, which was assembled in India by Premier Automobiles. Powered by a 1.1-litre PAD 137N engine which is paired with a four-speed manual transmission, the Padmini can still rarely be spotted on Indian roads. We know that one is thankfully preserved well with Rajnikanth, who has kept it in a top notch condition considering it is over 30 years old. (Image: Autocar India)

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  • Hindustan Motors Ambassador: The Ambassador is perhaps one of the very few cars that Indians have a strong connect with. We've all had a seat in on of these. They've served as taxis, and have also ferried bureaucrats. It is based on the old Oxford series III model, which was manufactured by Morris Motors Limited in the UK. Now though, Peugeot has bought the brand and we might just get a new Ambassador in the coming years.

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  • Honda Civic: For long, the Civis remained the most luxurious car in the super star's collection, bugt even so it isn't a very extravagant car. This is the most recent addition in the superstar’s garage but is still nothing extravagant according to superstar's purchasing capacity. Honda Civic is out of production currently but was considered a great machine, powered by a 1.8-litre i-VTEC engine that makes 130 bhp of power. We may get a new Civic in the coming months.

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  • Toyota Innova: Toyota Innova has been incredibly successful in India, owing to its comfort and reliability in the MPV segment. The God of Kollywood uses the previous generation of Toyota Innova for commuting as it is really high on comfort as power is transferred to its rear wheels via a 2.5-litre diesel engine.

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  • BMW X5: Only about six months ago, Rajnikanth finally added a luxury car to his collection, the BMW X5. The X5 is a practical SUV and comes as a five- or seven-seater. The one Rajni has brough home of the top spec one with a sun roof. The X5 is powered by a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder engine that produces 258 bhp and 580 Nm. The price ranges from Rs 67.90 lakhs to Rs 79.90 lakhs, for the top spec MSport variant. (Image: Cartoq)

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