- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2011

NEW DELHI (AP) - The family of Indian movie star Rajnikanth says he will go to Singapore to rest after recovering from recent illnesses.

His daughter Aishwarya Rajnikanth says the 60-year-old actor had recovered but needed rest and care to regain his health.

His wife Latha Rajnikanth said Friday that Rajnikanth has been hospitalized three times in a month with a kidney ailment and respiratory infection. She told reporters in the southern Indian city of Chennai the actor was doing well but the family was looking forward to some private time.

Rajnikanth, whose real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, has acted in more than 175 films since 1975. He is one of India’s biggest movie stars, especially in Tamil and Telugu language films in southern India.

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