Aishwarya Rajinikanth is a name that evokes curiosity and admiration among the fans of Tamil cinema. She is not only the daughter of one of the most popular and influential actors in India, Rajinikanth, but also a talented filmmaker and singer who has carved her own niche in the industry. In this blog post, we will explore the life and career of Aishwarya Rajinikanth, her achievements, challenges and controversies.
Early Life and Family
Aishwarya Rajinikanth was born on 1 January 1982 in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India. She is the elder daughter of actor Rajinikanth and Latha Rajinikanth, who is a film producer and singer. She has a younger sister, Soundarya, who is also a film director and producer. Aishwarya grew up in a film-loving family and was exposed to cinema from a young age. She completed her schooling from The Ashram Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Chennai and graduated from Ethiraj College for Women with a degree in commerce.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth married actor Dhanush, who is the son of filmmaker Kasthuri Raja, on 18 November 2004. The couple has two sons, Yatra (born 2006) and Linga (born 2010). Aishwarya and Dhanush were one of the most loved couples in Tamil cinema, until they announced their separation in January 2022. The couple issued a joint statement to the media explaining their decision to end their 18 years of marriage. They said that they have decided to part ways as a couple and take time to understand themselves as individuals for the better. They also requested everyone to respect their decision and give them privacy.
Career as a Director
Aishwarya Rajinikanth made her debut as a film director with 3 (2012), which starred her husband Dhanush and Shruti Haasan in the lead roles. The film was highly anticipated prior to its release, after the song “Why This Kolaveri Di” from its soundtrack went viral and became an internet phenomenon. The song was composed by her cousin Anirudh Ravichander, who also made his debut as a music director with this film. Aishwarya appeared alongside the lead cast and composer in the making of the video.
The film 3 was a romantic drama that explored three stages of love – attraction, attachment and separation – through the lives of Ram (Dhanush) and Janani (Shruti Haasan). The film received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, who praised the performances of the actors, but criticised the screenplay and direction for being inconsistent and confusing. The film was also dubbed in Hindi as 3: The Final Chapter.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s second directorial venture was Vai Raja Vai (2015), which featured Gautham Karthik, Priya Anand, Vivek, Taapsee Pannu and Daniel Balaji in pivotal roles. The film was a thriller that revolved around Karthik (Gautham Karthik), who has a special ability to predict events using his intuition. He gets involved in a gambling racket run by Panda (Daniel Balaji) and faces various challenges and dangers along the way. The film also had a cameo appearance by Dhanush as Kokki Kumar, his character from his debut film Pudhupettai (2006).
The film Vai Raja Vai received positive reviews from critics and audiences, who appreciated the engaging plot, stylish presentation and thrilling twists. The film was also praised for its music by Yuvan Shankar Raja, who collaborated with Aishwarya for the first time. The film was a commercial success at the box office.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth’s third directorial project is Cinema Veeran (2017), which is a documentary film that pays tribute to the stuntmen of Tamil cinema. The film features interviews with various actors, directors, stunt choreographers and stuntmen who share their experiences and challenges in performing stunts for films. The film also has voice-overs by Rajinikanth and Aishwarya, who narrate the history and evolution of stunt cinema in Tamil Nadu. The film was produced by Dhanush under his banner Wunderbar Films and was released on YouTube.
Career as a Singer
Aishwarya Rajinikanth began her career as a playback singer in the unreleased film Ramanaa, directed by Parthy Bhaskar. The song was composed by Deva in November 2000. Her first song to be released was “Natpe Natpe” from D. Imman’s soundtrack for Whistle (2003), which she sang alongside the composer and actor Silambarasan.
She later sang “Un Mela Aasadhan” in the film Aayirathil Oruvan (2010), for which she also worked as an assistant director to Selvaraghavan. The song was composed by G. V. Prakash Kumar and was a duet with Dhanush. The song was well received by the listeners for its catchy tune and quirky lyrics.
She also sang “Kolaveri Di” in the film 3 (2012), along with Dhanush, Anirudh Ravichander and Shruti Haasan. The song was a huge hit and became a global sensation, garnering millions of views and downloads on various platforms. The song also won several awards and accolades, including the CNN-IBN Song of the Year, the Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer and the YouTube Gold Award.
She also lent her voice for “O Baby Come With Me” in the film Vai Raja Vai (2015), along with Yuvan Shankar Raja, Tanvi Shah and Vasudev Krishna. The song was a peppy number that added to the fun quotient of the film.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth is also involved in other ventures apart from filmmaking and singing. She is the founder of Ten Entertainment, a YouTube channel that promotes original content and short films by aspiring filmmakers. She launched the channel in July 2015 with the aim of providing a platform for young and talented artists to showcase their work.
She is also a judge on STAR Vijay’s dance competition Jodi Number One in its third season alongside actors Sangeetha and Jeeva. She joined the show in 2008 and has been judging the performances of various celebrity couples who compete for the title of the best dancing pair.
She is also a goodwill ambassador for UN Women, an organisation that works for gender equality and women’s empowerment. She was appointed as the ambassador in August 2016 and has been involved in various campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness and support for women’s rights and issues.
She is also an author of a memoir titled Standing on An Apple Box: The Story of A Girl Among the Stars, which was released in December 2016. The book chronicles her journey as a star daughter, a filmmaker, a singer, a wife, a mother and an individual. The book also reveals some personal anecdotes and insights into her family, her relationship with Dhanush, her struggles and achievements.
Criticism and Controversies
Aishwarya Rajinikanth has faced criticism and controversies for some of her actions and decisions. In March 2017, she performed Bharatanatyam at the UN headquarters on International Women’s Day. However, her performance was criticised on social media by professional Bharatanatyam dancers, who accused her of being unskilled, disrespectful and inappropriate. Popular Indian dancer Anita Ratnam wrote on Aishwarya’s Facebook page, “This is what Bharatanatyam becomes… A caricature and a farce!”.
She also faced backlash for her decision to separate from Dhanush, as many fans were disappointed and heartbroken by their split. Some media reports also speculated about the reasons behind their divorce, such as Dhanush’s alleged affairs with other actresses, Aishwarya’s alleged interference in his career, their differences in lifestyle and opinions, etc. However, neither Aishwarya nor Dhanush have confirmed or denied any of these rumours.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth is a multifaceted personality who has achieved success in various fields of cinema. She is a filmmaker who has directed three films so far, a singer who has sung several popular songs, a judge who has evaluated many dance performances, an ambassador who has advocated for women’s rights, an author who has penned her memoirs and a star daughter who has lived up to her legacy. She is also a mother of two sons, who are her pride and joy.
Aishwarya Rajinikanth is an inspiration for many women who aspire to pursue their dreams and passions without compromising on their identity and values. She is also a role model for many young filmmakers who want to make their mark in the industry with their creativity and vision. She is a woman of substance who has overcome many challenges and controversies with grace