30 Dec - In the same month that he celebrated his 71st birthday, Rajinikanth revealed that he has launched his own foundation to help students of marginalised communities.
On 26 December, the Tamil superstar released a statement to announce The Rajinikanth Foundation, which read, "The Rajinikanth Foundation was started by the Superstar of Indian Cinema Padma Vibhushan Rajinikanth to use education of the poor and the downtrodden as a tool to create a society built on Empathetic Governance, Progressive Thinking, Leadership Excellence, Scientific Temper, Democratized Education and Sustainable Economic System."
"Though we have a Global vision, we want to limit our initial initiatives to Tamil Nadu. Superstar always says it is the grace of the people of Tamil Nadu and the love of Mother Tamizh that has brought him so much name and fame, So, anything the foundation initiates will be started from Tamil Nadu. The foundation believes in the idea of small beginning, consistent effort and course correction and eventually leading to monumental change," it added.