Who doesn’t know Late Dr. Rajkumar? He has been a legendary person in the Kannada film industry. He was born on 24th April, 1929, and his original name was Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju. His parents were Puttaswamayya and Lakshmamma, and both were theater artists at Singanallur. He started his career in a drama company led by
Gubbi Veeranna. He acted in many plays along with his father. He first entered the Kannada film industry in a movie called “Sri Srinivasa Kalyana”, but the role he played was so insignificant that before he even recognized himself on the screen, the scene was over. He got a major breakthrough through the movie, “Bedara Kannappa”, in the year 1954, paired opposite
Pandari Bai. He was also a classical singer and has sung for a large number of movies. He has even sung for the singer S.P.Balasubramaniam, which is very rare. He has won many major awards including various national awards.
Being the head of the family, he led his family into the Kannada film industry, and became a proud father of three successful sons. His first son,
Raghavendra Rajkumar, was born on 15th August, 1965, and entered the industry as a child artist through the film, “Sri Srinivasa Kalyana”, in the year 1974. He went on to become a very successful actor and producer. His second son,
Shiva Rajkumar, entered the Kannada film industry in the year 1986 through the film, “
Anand”. He still remains to be the favorite of many audiences. His third son,
Puneeth Rajkumar, was born on 17th March, 1975, and entered the Kannada film industry in the year 1976 through the movie, “Premada Kanike”. He is known for his acting and dancing skills, and still remains to be the hot favorite of the Kannada audience. He is presently, one of the highest paid and most desirable actors in the Kannada industry.
Recently, one of his grandsons entered the industry through the movie, “
Siddhartha”, and is awaiting his successful career in Sandalwood. The Raj family is such a big topic that it is never ending if discussed. They have ruled the Kannada industry in the past, and are still ruling it. We hope all the success for them.