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Puneeth Rajkumar
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Puneeth Rajkumar
Residence Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other names Power Star,Appu
Occupation Actor, Singer, Producer
Years active 2001–present
Spouse(s) Ashwini Revanath
Children Drithi
Parents Rajkumar (father)
Parvathamma Rajkumar (mother)
Relatives Shivaraj Kumar (brother)
Raghavendra Rajkumar (brother)

Puneeth Rajkumar (Appu) is an Indian film actor and playback singer, who appears in Kannada films. As a child artist, he appeared in 12 films. He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the film Bettada Hoovu in 1986.[1]

After having appeared in films as child actor in the 1980s, Puneeth Rajkumar made his debut in a leading role in the film Appu in 2002. He has been noted for his performances in films like Abhi (2003), Aakash (2005), Arasu (2007), Milana (2007),Raaj_-_The_Showman (2009), Jackie (2010), Hudugaru (2011), Paramathma (2011), Yaare Koogadali (2012).He has the highest fan following in karnataka than any other actors..

TV Shows[edit]

He hosts 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.[2] Show had a very good TRP points[citation needed].


Puneeth Rajkumar was born as Lohith to Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar. He is their fifth and youngest child. He is the younger brother of Shivarajkumar and producer, actor Raghavendra Rajkumar.

He started his film career when he was six months old in his father's films like Premada Kanike[3] and Sanadi Appanna[4] 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.

Debut as an actor[edit]

His acting career started with the movie Vasantha Geetha, in which he acted when he was 5 years old.[citation needed] Following this movie, he worked in a few more movies between 1980 to 1984. In 1985 he worked on Bettada Hoovu for which he was honored with a National Film Award for Best Child Artist.[5]

Child artist[edit]

His initial name was Lohith Later the name was changed to Punith Rajkumar. A lot of people[who?] in Karnataka still know him by "Appu" [6] As a child artist he appeared in 12 movies: Premada Kanike (6 month-old child), Sanadi Appanna (1 year-old child), Vasantha Geetha, Bhagyavantha, Hosa Belaku, Chalisuva modagalu, Bhaktha prahlaada, Eradu nakshatragalu, Bettada hoovu, Yaarivanu, Shiva Mechchida Kannappa and Parashuram. He costarred his father in 10 out of 12 movies.

Lead roles[edit]

After his performances in movies as a child artist, he re-entered the film industry in 2002 as the protagonist of the movie Appu which was remade in Telugu as Idiot and in Tamil as Dum in subsequent years under the direction of Puri Jaganath who directed his brother Shivaraj kumar in the movie Yuvaraja. He received awards for the films Arasu and Milana.

In 2009, he starred in Raaj-The Showman which got mixed reviews from critics.[7] In 2010,[8] prithvi, IAS officer role, the movie got critical appreciation for its bold portrayal of ongoing politics in Karnataka.[9][10] He won accolades from both critics and audiences for his role in the 2010 movie Jackie where he played a character that's rustic and local, yet charming and suave.[11][12]

He acted in 2 movies in the year 2011, including Hudugaru.[13] The other 2 included Paramathma[14] under the direction of director Yograj Bhat, followed by Anna Bond directed by Soori.[15] the director who had directed him in Jackie. Anna Bond was released on 1 May 2012 in Karnataka, India. His new movie Yaare Koogadali[16] released in December 2012.[dated info]

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 using his voice mostly for solo songs. 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 Ale and Tony.

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.[19]

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.[20]

Brand endorsement[edit]

Puneeth is the brand ambassador for f Square, Malabar Gold,[21] Manappuram [22] and for a dance show called "DHEE". Also his decision to be brand ambassador for state-owned Karnataka Milk Federation without any remuneration for its product "Nandini", has been praised by media and fans.[23][24] Decades ago his father Dr Rajkumar also became the brand ambassador for "Nandini" milk products without taking remuneration, which had helped KMF products to increase sales in the Karnataka State and outside too.[25]

He is also the brand ambassador of Royal Challengers Bangalore, an IPL team.[26] He has replaced Upendra, who was the brand ambassador of the team in 2008 and 2009. He also worked as an ambassador to Election Commission to increasing the polling rates in Karnataka during Karnataka Assembly election May 2013.


Lead role[edit]

No Year Film Role Director Notes Co-star(s)
1 2002 Appu


Appu Puri Jagannath Remade in Telugu as Idiot, Tamil as Dum and Bengali as Priya Amar Priya Rakshita
2 2003 Abhi


Abhi Dinesh Babu Ramya
3 2004 Veera Kannadiga

ವೀರ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗ

Munna Meher Ramesh Natassha (Anita Hassanandan)
4 2004 Maurya


Manu S.Narayan Remake of Telugu movie Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi Meera Jasmine
5 2005 Aakash


Aakash Mahesh Babu Ramya
6 2005 Namma Basava

ನಮ್ಮ ಬಸವ

Basava Veera Shankar Gowri Munjal
7 2006 Ajay


Ajay Meher Ramesh Remake of Telugu movie Okkadu Anuradha Mehta as Paddu
8 2007 Arasu


Shivaraj Arasu Mahesh Babu Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actor (Kannada)[citation needed] Shriya Saran,
Meera Jasmine
9 2007 Milana Aakash Prakash Winner, Karnataka State Best Actor Award
Dubbed to Malayalam as Ishtam Enikkishtam [27]
Parvati Menon, Pooja Gandhi towords 500 days
10 2008 Bindaas Shivu D. Rajendra Babu Hansika Motwani - Preethi
11 2008 Vamshi Vamshi Prakash Winner, South Scope Award for best actor[citation needed] Nikitha
12 2009 Raaj - The Showman Mutturaja Prem Nisha Kothari as Paravathi (Paru)
13 2009 Raam Raam K. Madesh Remake of Telugu movie Ready Priyamani as Pooja
14 2010 Prithvi Prithvi Kumar Jacob Varghese Parvathi Menon as Priya
15 2010 Jackie


as Jackie
Duniya Soori Winner, Karnataka State Best Actor Award, Dubbed Telugu
Bhavana Menon as Lakshmi
16 2011 Hudugaru Prabhu and Maadu K. Madesh Remake of Tamil movie Naadodigal
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada
Winner, SIIMA awards for Best Actor[citation needed]
Radhika Pandit as Gayathri
17 2011 Paramathma Param Yogaraj Bhat[14][28] Deepa Sannidhi as Deepa, Thithi Vade
Aindrita Ray as Saanvi, Paseena
18 2012 Anna Bond Bond Ravi Duniya Soori Winner Suvarna Film Award for Favorite Hero
Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Priya mani as Meera
Nidhi Subbaiah as Divya
19 2012 Yaare Koogadali Kumara Samuthirakani Remake of Tamil movie Poraali Bhavana as Bharathi
20 2014 Ninnindale Vicky Venkatesh Jayanth C. Paranjee Running Towords 100Completed Erica Fernandes as Pramila
21 2014 Mythri Giriraj With Mohanlal in a cameo appearance Archana
22 2014 Adhipathi K. Madesh Remake of Telugu movie Dookudu Trisha
23 2014 Rana Vikrama ರಣವಿಕ್ರಮ [29] Appu Pawan wadeyar Jayanna Combines ...started on 17th march
24 2014 Dodmane Huduga Duniya Soori Ajay Pictures.. Muhurtha April 24th

Child artist[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1976 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 Winner, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor (Male)
1983 Bhakta Prahlada Prahlada
1983 Eradu Nakshatragalu Raja Winner, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor (Male)
1984 Yaarivanu Shyaam
1985 Bettada Hoovu Ramu Winner, National Film Award for Best Child Artist[citation needed]
1988 Shiva Mechchida Kannappa Child artist
1989 Parashuram Appu

As a Singer[edit]

Year Film Song
2002 Appu Talibaan alla alla
2003 Abhi Maja maadu
2004 Veera Kannadiga Naire Naire Nai Naire
2004 Maurya Machalli kocchodilla
2005 Rishi Bandarura Bandarelle
2005 Aakash Hodi dolu Hodi
2005 Namma Basava Rukku rukku rukkamma
2007 Arasu Baro Baro
2007 Lava Kusha Hot appa Hot
2008 Bindaas Benagaluru Mangaluru
2008 Vamshi Jothe jotheyali
2009 Raam Hosa ganabajana
2010 Jackie Edavataythu
2010 Mylari oorinda hodi banda
2011 Shyloo Pada pada kannad padane
2012 Sidlingu Barbhad Building
2012 Anna Bond Kaanadanthe mayavaadanu
2013 Tony Pakka Papi Nanu
2013 Ale Solu Nanagagodilla
2014 Adyaksha
2014 Savaari 2

TV shows[edit]

No Year Show name Role Channel Notes
2 2012 Kannadada Kotyadhipati[30] Host Suvarna Aired 12 March 2012
3 2013 Kannadada Kotyadhipati Season 2[31] Host Suvarna Aired 11 March 2013

Personal life[edit]

He married Ashwini Revanath at the age of 24 and they have two daughters Drithi puneethrajkumar and Vandhita puneethrajkumar.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

National Award[edit]

  • Best Child Artist for " Betadha Huvu ".

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


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External links[edit]

Puneeth Rajkumar at the Internet Movie Database