Dr. Rajkumar-April 24, 1929—April 12, 2006(Kannada:ಡಾ. ರಾಜ್ಕುಮಾರ್, Real Name: Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju Kannada:ಸಿಂಗನಲ್ಲೂರು ಪುಟ್ಟಸ್ವಾಮಯ್ಯ ಮುತ್ತುರಾಜ) was born at Gajanur, a village on the border of Tamilnadu and Karnataka, in Tamilnadu state.His father, Singanalluru Puttaswamayya who was a famous theater artist and his mother Lakshmamma named their son Mutturaju after Lord Muthathi rai.
He was the eldest son in the family.He is Legend in Indian Cinema Industry. A very popular Actor from Kannada Cinema Industry. He was an icon in Karnataka and seen as a role model to millions of Kannadigas.people of Karnataka adore him. They call him with love “Annavaru” meaning beloved elder brother”Dr. Raj” or “Natasarvabhouma” He acted in more than 200 movies over 50 years in Kannada. Most of his movies have become great epic films in Kannada film industry. He was also a well-known singer, as a playback singer as well as of devotional songs. Rajkumar is the only Indian actor who has received national awards for both acting and singing
Rajkumar’s movies have always carried a social message. The mother was given the highest place in practically every movie. So were good values, ethics, Kannada culture and patriotism. He had enjoyed a larger-than-life image among the people of Karnataka as he always played the role of an ordinary good man
Awards of rajkumar
Dr.Rajkumar has received an honorary doctorate from Mysore University.
Dr.Rajkumar has won 10 Filmfare awards for the best actor category which happens to be the second highest in the history of Indian films.
Dr.Rajkumar has won 9 state awards in the best actor category.
Dr.Rajkumar has also won a National award in best singer category.
Dr.Rajkumar received the Padma Bhushan award from the Government of India and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995, in recognition of his contributions to the Kannada film industry.
Dr.Rajkumar fans have conferred him the title “Nata Saarvabhowma” (The Emperor of Acting).
Films of rajkumar
The entries are in chronological order of their release in Bangalore.
1954 Bedara Kannappa
1956 Bhakta vijaya, Haribhakta, Ohileshwara
1957 Raayara Sose, Sati Nalaayini
1958 Bhu Kailaasa, Krishnagaarudi, Anna Tang
i959 Jagajyoti Basaveshwara, Dharmavijaya, Mahishaasura Mardini, Abbaa Aa Hudugi
1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava, Raani Honnamma, Aashaa Sundari, Dashaavataara, Bhakta Kanakadaasa
1961 Shreeshaila Mahaatme, Kittooru Chennamma, Kannu Teredu Nodu, Kaivaara Mahatme, Bhakta Cheta, Naagaarjuna
1962 Gaali Gopura, Bhuudaana, Svarnagowri, Deva Sundari, Karuneye Kutumbada Kannu, Mahatma Kabir, Vidhi Vilaasa, Tejaswini
1964 Navakoti Naaraayana, Chandavalliya Tota, Shivaraatri Mahaatme, Annapurna, Tumbida Koda, Shivagange Mahatme, Muriyada Mane, Pratigne, Naandi
1966 Mantralaya Mahatme, Kataari Veera, Balanagamma, Toogudeepa, Premamayi, Kilaadi Ranga, Madhumalati, Emme Tamanna, Mohini Bhasmaasura, Shri Kannikaa Parmeshwari Kathe, Sandhyaraga
1967 Parvati Kalyana, Sati Sukanya, Gange Gowri, Rajashekhara, Lagnapatrike, Rajadurgada Rahasya, Devara Gedda Maanava, Beedi Basavanna, Manasiddare Marga, Bangaarada Hoovu, Chakrateertha, Immadi Pulikeshi
1968 Jedara Bale, Gandhinagara, Mahasati Arundhati, Manasakshi, Sarvamangala, Bhagyadevate (Kaadu Siddammana Kathe), Bangalore Mail, Hannele Chiguridaaga, Bhaagyada Baagilu, Natasarvabhauma, Rowdy Ranganna, Dhoomaketu, Amma, Simhaswapna, Goadalli CID 999, Mannina Maga.
1969 Maargadarshi, Gandondu Hennaaru, Mallammana Pavada, Choori Chikkanna, Punarjanma, Bhale Raja, Uyyaale, Chikkamma, Mayor Muttanna, Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999.
1970 Shri Krishnadevaraya, Karulina Kare, Nadina Bhagya, Hasiru Torana, Bhupati ranga, Mr. Rajkumar, Bhale Jodi, CID Rajanna, Nanna Tamma, Baalu Belagitu, Devara Makkalu, Paropakaari.
1971 Kastoori nivaasa, Baala Bandhana, Kula Gaurava, Namma Samsara, Kaasidre Kailasa, Taayi Devaru, Pratidhwani, Saakshaatkaara, Nyayave Devaru, Shrikrishna Rukmini Satyabhama.
1972 Janma rahasya, Sipaayi Ramu, Bangarada Manushya, Hrudaya Sangama, Krantiveera, Bhale Huchcha, Nandagokula, Jaga Mechchida Maga.
1973 Devaru Kotta Tangi, Bidugade, Swayamvara, Doorada Betta, Gandhada Gudi, Muruvare Vajragalu.
1974 Bangaarada Panjara, Eradu Kanasu, Sampattige Savaal, Bhakta Kumbaara, Shri Shrinivaasa Kalyana.1975 Daari Tappida Maga, Mayuura Trimurti.
1976 Premada Kaanike, Bahadur Gandu, Raja Nanna Raja, Naa Ninna Mareyalaare, Badavara Bandhu.
1977 Babruvaahana, Bhagyavantaru, Girikanye, Sanaadi Appanna, Olavu Geluvu.
1978 Shankar Guru, Operation Diamond Racket, Taayige Takka Maga.
1979 Huliya Haalina Mevu, Naanobba Kalla.
1980 Ravichandra, Vasanta Gita.
1981 Haavina Hede, Nee Nanna Gellalare, Bhagyavanta, Keralida Simha.
1982 Hosa Belaku, Haalu Jenu, Chalisuva Modagalu.
1983 Kaviratna Kalidasa, Kamana Billu, Bhakta Prahlada, Eradu Nakshatragalu.
1984 Samayada Gombe, Shraavana Bantu, Yaarivanu, Apoorva Sangama.
1985 Ade Kannu, Jwaalamukhi, Dhruvataare.
1986 Bhagyada Lakshmi Baaramma, Anuraaga Aralitu, Guri.
1987 Ondu Muttina Kathe, Shruti Seridaaga, Shiva Mechchida Kannappa.
1988 Devataa Manushya.
1992 Jeevana Chaitra.
On July 30, 2000, at the age of 71, Rajkumar, his son-in-law Govindaraju and two others were kidnapped from the actors’ country cottage at Gajanur in Tamil Nadu by the Tamil bandit and terrorist Veerappan. Veerappan was demanding the release of Tamil activists who were being held in jail under a defunct anti-terrorism law. The event prompted a massive manhunt and threw the Karnataka government into crisis. Rajkumar was released unharmed on November 15, 2000, after 109 days of captivity. It remains still a mystery why rajakumar was kidnapped and how did he escape.
Interesting facts about Dr. Rajkumar :
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Indian Actor to get “Kentuky Colonel”, a prestigeous award given by the Kentuky state, USA [previously received by British Prime Minister & Russian Prime Minister].
Dr. Rajkumar – The only Actor to have acted in only One language (Kannada) over a period of 50 years.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Actor in the Indian Film Industry, in whose name the State Government is giving an Award when he was still alive, every year to a person who has given outstanding contribution to the Film Industry.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Actor to have around 5000 fans Association across the world.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Actor to receive National Award for both Singing & Acting.
Dr. Rajkumar – First Actor whose first film itself won the National Award for Best Movie.
Dr. Rajkumar – First Kannada Actor to win “Dada Saheb Phalke Award”, prestigeous award given by Indian Govt. for the achievement in the Film Industry.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Actor to have more than 10 Titles given by the Government & other Associations [Karnataka Rathna, Kannada Kanteerava, Kala Kausthuba, Rasikara Raja, Padmabhushana, Nata Sarvabhouma, Kentuky colonel, Annavaru, Gana Gandharva, Nithya Noothana Nata Shreshta, Doctorate, etc.]
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Kannada Actor to recieve “Padmabhushan” award for achievement in the Film Industry.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Actor in the Indian Film industry to receive 9 State Awards for acting, 10 Film Fare Awards, 2 State Awards for Singing.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Actor ever to Act in 14 Films in a single year twice, once in 1964 & other in 1968.
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Kannada Actor to Act as Hero with both Mother & Daughter in the Kannada Movies
Dr. Rajkumar – Only Kannada Actor to win the “NTR Award” given by Andhra Govt. for the person giving outstanding contribution to the Film Industry.
Dr. Rajkumar – He is the Hero of the Longest Running Kannada Movie ever – Bangarada Manushya, which ran for 2 years in four of the theatres in Bangalore & 1 year in 5 centers.
Dr. Rajkumar – The Success Rate of his Movies is 95%, highest ever than any other actor in the Indian Film Industry.