Which director cast Rajnikanth in his first big positive role?
but rajinis first movie was Apoorva Raagangal a 1975 Tamil film directed by K. Balachander. This film was controversial upon release as it examines relationships between people with wide age gaps, which challenged Indian social mores. The film won three National Film Awards (India) and three Filmfare Awards South. After the huge success the film was remade in to Hindi as Ek Nai Paheli with Kamal Haasan and Hema Malini in the main lead. This film marked the debut of Rajinikanth.