The year 2019 started with good news for Rajnikanth as his younger daughter Soundarya tied the knot with her beau Vishagan Vanangamudi, on February 11, 2019. Soon after, the wedding photos found their way to the Internet with some giving his fans an inside view of the father-daughter bond.
Entry into politics
This year also proved to be the start of a new phase as Rajinikanth announced that he will soon enter into politics.
In an earlier announcement, he revealed that he will make the news formal before 2021 assembly elections. There was also news that Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth might join hands in the political space as the former backed the latter's proposal to come together when the need arises for their state and people of Tamil Nadu.
Huge fan base
Rajnikanth enjoys a huge fan base and this is not news for anyone but what happened because of that this year will give you an understanding of the crazy following. Netizens trended #boycottcomali after the film's trailer released as they thought that it mocked the political entry of the superstar.
'Comali' trailer featured a scene where actor Jayam Ravi took a supposed dig at Rajinikanth’s political announcement video, which later became the point of contention on social media. The director had to cut out the controversial scene from the movie eventually.
Icon of Golden Jubilee Award
The legend that he is, was acknowledged at this year's International Film Festival of India in Goa. He was honoured with the Icon of Golden Jubilee Award. The superstar received the award for his contribution to Indian cinema for more than four decades, not just in South cinema but in Bollywood too.
At the end of the year 2019 when everyone is waiting for his political entry and next release 'Darbar,' the actor surprised his fans with the announcement of his next outing 'Thalaivar 168'. The movie is a star-studded project that also stars Keerthy Suresh, Meena, Kushboo and Prakash Raj in important roles.