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Puneeth Rajkumar
Born Lohith
(1975-03-17) 17 March 1975 (age 39)[1]
Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, India
Residence Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other names Appu
Occupation Actor, playback singer, Producer
Years active 1976–1989 (child artist)
2002–present
Height 5 ft 8 in
Spouse(s) Ashwini Revanath (m. 1999)
Children 2
Parents Rajkumar (father)
Parvathamma Rajkumar (mother)
Relatives Vinay Rajkumar (nephew)
Family Shivarajkumar (brother)
Raghavendra Rajkumar (brother)
In this Indian name, the name Rajkumar is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given name, Puneeth.

Puneeth Rajkumar (Kannada: ಪುನೀತ್ ರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್; born 17 March 1975) is an Indian film actor, playback singer and also a TV show host who appears in Kannada films. His skills such as dance, stunts (realistic fights done without a "Dupe"), empathetic acting & elegant mannerisms are enormously appreciated in the Kannada film fraternity. He has gradually turned out to be a good Singer of late, with producers and directors of various other films using his voice to add a "Commercial aspect" to their films. He is the highest paid actor in the Kannada film industry.

As a child artist, he has appeared in 14 films. His performances as a young kid in Bettada Hoovu, Bhagyavantha, Vasantha Geetha, Chalisuva Modagalu, Yeradu Nakshatragaluwere much appreciated.[2] He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the film Bettada Hoovu in 1986.[3]

After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s,Puneeth Rajkumar made his debut in a leading role in the film Appu in 2002. The film was a huge hit which was remade into Telugu as Idiot, in Tamil as Dum and in in Bengali as Priya Amar Priya in 2008.[4] He has been noted for his performances in films like Appu, Abhi (2003), Aakash (2005), Arasu (2007), Milana, Raaj-The Showman (2009), Prithvi (2010), Jackie, Hudugaru (2011), Paramathma (2011), Power which are his biggest commercial successes so far.

Puneeth is the only actor so far who has managed to have ten consecutive movies declared as blockbusters soon after its release.[2] In total, so far he has acted in 21 Films with Power being his latest, where he has the record of 14 films running for 100+ days and 6 films completing 50+ days at Theaters making him the only actor in India to achieve this feat.

Early life[edit]

Puneeth Rajkumar was born as Lohith at Kalyani Hospital, Madras (now Chennai), to Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar as their fifth and youngest child. He grew up till six years of age there, before the family shifted their base to Bangalore. A superstar at the time, his father took him to his shooting sets along with his sister Poornima till he was ten years old.[5] His older brothers Shivarajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar were popular actors in the 1990s, with the former still acting in films.

Puneeth started his film career when he was six months old in his father's film Premada Kanike[6] and Sanadi Appanna[7] when he was one year old. He appeared as a son for his real father in many movies such as Yarivanu, Vasantha Geetha, Chalisuva Modagalu. He left school at a very early age and began to act in movies. He studied with a private teacher at his home and later received a Diploma in Computer Science. He then started a career in a mining business before entering the film industry in leading roles. He was trained in dancing and fighting for three years before his first film as a hero. Puneeth has had training in Kalarippayattu, one of the oldest Indian martial arts.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Early career (1976–89)[edit]

His acting career started with the movie Vasantha Geetha, in which he acted when he was 5 years old.

Lead roles (2002–present)[edit]

"Appu" is the first film which he acted as Hero, which Became Block Buster, Then "Abhi", Follwed By "Veera Kannadiga", "Maurya" ,"Nam Basava" , "Aakash", "Arasu" and "Bindass" all crossed 100 days and made him Top Hero in Kannada Film Industry.In 2007, He starred in Milana which has ran for a year in PVR Multiplex Bangalore. He received the Karnataka State Best Actor Award for his role in the film.[2][8] In 2010, he starred in the movie Jackie paired with Bhavana Menon. This movie got wide critical acclaim [9] and was adjudged the Best Film of 2010 at the South Filmfare Awards.[10] The Telugu version was released on 6 May 2011. He acted in two movies in the year 2011, including Hudugaru.[11] Puneeth earned his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada[12] and also SIIMA awards for Best Actor for this movie. The other was Paramathma[13] under the direction of director Yograj Bhat, followed by Anna Bond in 2012 directed by Soori,[14] the director who had directed him in Jackie. His movie Yaare Koogadali[15] released in December 2012 got rave reviews from critics and was followed by Ninnindale (2014). Power which has hit the theaters recently is going strong at the box office. Puneet Starrer Makes Record Collection of ₹22 Crore in 6 Days [16]

Singing career[edit]

Apart from acting, Puneeth also had a singing career. He has sung since his childhood in all his movies as a child artist. Kanadante Mayavadanu from Chalisuva Modagalu is one of his songs as a child artist. He sang with S. P. Balasubrahmanyam in his movie Bettada Hoovu. When he entered as a male lead he also began singing at least one song in all his films.

It is usual for music directors of his movies to record a song in his voice. From his first movie Appu, he was mostly singing solo. With the song Jothe Jotheyali from the movie Vamshi he sang duets too.[17] In 2010 he sang another fast-number in his movie Jackie after which he rendered voice to his brother Shivrajkumar's film titled "Lava Kusha" and Mylari.[18] Puneeth has also given voice for Ganesh movie Shyloo and also for Yogesh's Sidlingu. He is also given voice in films like Ale,Tirupathi Express,Sharan's Adyaksha and Tony.

Most of his songs have turned out to be hits that include songs which are dominantly rhythmic and peppy such as "Bandanoora Bhandarella", "Hosa gaana bajaana", "Taliban alla alla", "Hotappa hotu", "Adhyaksha", "Naaire naaire" among others. And a few of his songs like "Jothe jotheyali", "Guruvaara sanje" have a melodious tune too.

TV Shows[edit]

In 2013 Puneeth hosted the quiz show Kannadada Kotyadhipati which is modeled on the Hindi show Kaun Banega Crorepati hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, which was in turn modeled on British show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? hosted by Chris Tarrant.[19] Show had a very High TRP ratings all over the season.[citation needed]. After the phenomenal success of season-1[20] second season followed in 2013.[21]

Other interests[edit]

Before entering the film industry he was actively involved in a Home Banner Vajreshwari Combines film distribution job in Karnataka, which still continues. He produced some of the movies made for their brothers Shivaraj Kumar as well as Raghavendra Rajkumar. Two TV serials were also produced by him. In the same serial he has made guest appearance. In the movie Akasmika he designed the costumes of Rajkumar.

Puneeth has a knowledge of Steadicam which is used in films to shoot scenes like stunts and car chases. Learning about new brand cameras and high definition lenses to movies is his favorite hobby.[citation needed]

As per the wishes of his father Rajkumar, he along with his brothers and family have built a hotel in Gandhi Nagar, Bengaluru called Dr. Raj International.[22]

Puneeth has also involved himself in philanthropic works with his mother Parvathamma Rajkumar and carries this out in an Ashram called Shakti Dhama in Mysore.[23]

Brand endorsement[edit]

Puneeth's popularity has made him the brand ambassador for a number of brands such as 7 Up (PepsiCo), F-Square, Dixcy Scott, Karnataka Milk Federation's Nandini Milk products, Malabar Gold,[24] Manappuram [25] among others. He was also a brand ambassador of the Indian Premier League cricket team, Royal Challengers Bangalore.[26]

Personal life[edit]

Puneeth met Ashwini Revanath, who would be his future wife, through a common friend. Their friendship blossomed into love and they wedded on December 1, 1999.[5] They have two daughters together; Drithi and Vanditha.

In an interview with The Times of India, Puneeth revealed about his passion about Spanish and Hollywood films, and the Italian designer wear. Michael Jackson, he said, is his favorite singer.[5]

Popularity[edit]

From the past 12 years he has been in ace position in box office and with "Power Star" movie he showed he is still king of box office. He has a huge fan following across Karnataka and outside karnataka. His films normally open at 2 AM and 3 AM shows in places like Bellary and Hospet etc. He has more family audience in Karnataka than any other actor. He enjoys fan following both in class and mass audiences. But what make Him Different From Other Actors is He is also Loved by Children's Because of his Dancing and also Because Of Game Show "Kannadada kotyadhipati" He hosted.

Filmography[edit]

Child artist[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1975 Premada Kanike Child artist
1977 Sanaadi Appanna Child artist
1980 Vasantha Geetha Shyaam
1981 Bhagyavantha Krishna
1981 Thayige Thakka Maga Child artist
1981 Bhoomige Banda Bhagavanta Lord Krishna
1982 Hosa Belaku Puttu
1982 Chalisuva Modagalu Ramu Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor
1983 Bhakta Prahlada Prahlada
1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu Raja Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor
1984 Yarivanu Shyaam
1985 Bettada Hoovu Ramu Won, National Film Award for Best Child Artist[citation needed]
1988 Shiva Mechchida Kannappa Child artist
1989 Parashuram Appu

Lead role[edit]

No Year Film Role Notes
1 2002 Appu Appu
2 2003 Abhi Abhi
3 2004 Veera Kannadiga Munna
4 2004 Maurya Manu
5 2005 Aakash Aakash
6 2005 Namma Basava Basava
7 2006 Ajay Ajay
8 2007 Arasu Shivaraj Arasu Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actor[citation needed]
9 2007 Milana Aakash Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
10 2008 Bindaas Shivu
11 2008 Vamshi Vamshi Won, South Scope Award for best actor[citation needed]
12 2009 Raaj - The Showman Mutturaja
13 2009 Raam Raam
14 2010 Prithvi Prithvi Kumar
15 2010 Jackie Janakirama ("Jackie") Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
16 2011 Hudugaru Prabhu and Maadu Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Won, SIIMA Award for Best Actor[citation needed]
17 2011 Paramathma Param
18 2012 Anna Bond Bond Ravi Won, Suvarna Film Award for Favorite Hero
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
19 2012 Yaare Koogadali Kumara
20 2014 Ninnindale Vicky Venkatesh
21 2014 Power Bharath Kumar
22 TBA Mythri Puneeth Rajkumar
23 TBA Rana Vikrama [27] Raghavan Filming

As a Singer[edit]

Year Film Song
2002 Appu Talibaan Alla Alla
2003 Abhi Mama Mama Maja Madu
2004 Veera Kannadiga Naire Naire
2004 Maurya Simplagi Helthini
Machalli kocchodilla
2005 Rishi Bandarura Bandarelle
2005 Aakash Hodi Hodi
2005 Namma Basava Rukku Rukku Rukkamma
2007 Arasu Baaro Baaro
2007 Lava Kusha Hotappa Hot Sakkath
2008 Bindaas Bindaas
2008 Vamshi Jothe Jotheyali
2009 Raam Hosa Gaana Bajaana
2010 Jackie Edavatt Aytu
2010 Mylari Mylapura Mylari
2011 Shyloo "Pada Pada Kannada"
2012 Sidlingu "Barbhad Building"
2012 Anna Bond "Kaanadanthe" Remix
2013 Tony "Pakka Paapi Naanu"
2013 Ale "Solu Nanagagodilla"
2014 Savaari 2 "Motu Beedi"
2014 Adyaksha "Adhyaksha Adhyaksha"
2014 Aryan "Kannada Mannina"
2014 Power "Guruvara Sanje"
2014 Tirupathi Express "Naanu Righta"

2014

"dove" 
" ello nan dove"

TV shows[edit]

No Year Show name Role Channel Notes
1 2012 Kannadada Kotyadhipati[28] Host Suvarna Aired 12 March 2012
2 2013 Kannadada Kotyadhipati Season 2[29] Host Suvarna Aired 11 March 2013
3 2014 Weekend with Ramesh[30] Guest Zee Kannada Aired 2 August 2014

Awards and honours[edit]

National Awards[edit]

State awards[edit]

SIIMA awards[edit]

Filmfare awards[edit]

South Scope awards[edit]

Other awards[edit]

  • Suvarna channel movie awards - Best actor for the movie Jackie - 2010[citation needed]
  • Suvarna Channel Most Favorite Actor for movie "Anna Bond"-2013
  • Udaya Film Award
  • Big Kannada Awards 2011
  • Innovative Film Awards
  • Udaya Film Awards -Best Actor Jackie

References[edit]

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  31. ^ "SIIMA". http://www.siima.in/. "Winners-2013"  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)

External links[edit]

Puneeth Rajkumar at the Internet Movie Database