On Twitter, birthday wishes were posted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajinikanth's Hum co-star and old friend Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and cricketer Virender Sehwag:
Happy birthday @superstarrajini! Wishing you a long life filled with good health.? Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 12, 2016
T 2469 - It is Rajnikant's birthday on Dec 12th and we wish him greater glory happiness and good helath .. pic.twitter.com/hRQRyYZ7Q6? Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 11, 2016
2 the coolest & greatest of em all. Wishing u health happiness & years of entertainment for us.Happy B'Day Thalaivaa pic.twitter.com/xLwRSBbuJe? Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 12, 2016
Rajinikanth has responded to many of the messages, thanking his friends and well-wishers.
Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya also tweeted:
Rajinikanth, real name Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, was born on December 12, 1950. He famously worked as a bus conductor before joining the Madras Film Institute. In 1975, he was cast in director K Balachander's film Apoorva Raagangal with Kamal Haasan. Over the next few decades, Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan often co-starred in films, usually with the former taking the villain's role. One such movie was 1976's Moondru Mudichu, in which the female lead was played by a young Sridevi.
Soon, Rajinikanth was being cast as the hero and appeared in blockbuster films like Billa (1980). He also made films in Hindi like Hum and Chaalbaaz, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and even English, starring in the obscure 1988 movie Bloodstone.
Rajinikanth's last film, this year's Kabali, broke several records upon release. He will next be seen in 2.0, the sequel to his 2010 blockbuster Enthiran. 2.0, in which Rajinikanth plays a double role, co-stars Akshay Kumar as the villain and is expected in October 2017.