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Puneeth Rajkumar
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Born Puneeth Rajkumar
(1975-03-17) 17 March 1975 (age 39)[1]
Residence Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other names Power Star, Appu
Occupation Actor, Singer, Producer
Years active 1976–1989 (child artist)
Height 5 ft 7 in
Spouse(s) Ashwini Revanath
Children Drithi
Parents Dr.Rajkumar (Father)
Parvathamma Rajkumar (Mother)
Relatives Shivaraj Kumar (Brother)
Raghavendra Rajkumar (Brother) Vinay Rajkumar (Nephew)

Puneeth Rajkumar (Kannada: ಪುನೀತ್ ರಾಜ್ ಕುಮಾರ್) known as Power Star is an Indian film actor and playback singer, who appears in Kannada films. As a child artist, he appeared in 12 films. His performances as a young kid in Bettada Hoovu, Bhagyavanta, Vasantha Geetha, Chalisuva Modagalu, Yeradu Nakshatragalu were 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 child actor in the 1980s, Rajkumar made his debut in a leading role in the film Appu in 2002. The film was a huge hit was remade into Telugu as Idiot, in Tamil as Dum and in in Bengali as Priya Amar Priya in 2008.[4] This was the first film with Rajkumar in a lead role as an adult. In 2007, he starred in Milana which has run for a year in PVR Multiplex Bangalore. He received the Karnataka State Best Actor Award for his role in the film.[2][5] In 2010, he starred in the movie Jackie paired with Bhavana Menon in lead roles. This movie got wide critical acclaim [6] and was adjudged the Best Film of 2010 at the South Filmfare Awards.[7] The Telugu version was released on 6 May 2011. He has been noted for his performances in films like Abhi (2003), Aakash (2005), Arasu (2007), Raaj-The Showman (2009), Prithvi (2010), Hudugaru (2011), Paramathma (2011), Yaare Koogadali (2012) which are his biggest commercial successes so far. Puneeth is the only actor so far who is managed to have ten consecutive movies successfully run for 100+ days.[2]

In addition to the films, he also endorses several brands in Karnataka. He is the brand ambassador for 7 Up(PepsiCo),[8] Dixcy Scott,[9] Malabar Gold,[10] Manappuram,[11] F square and also became the brand ambassador for "Nandini" milk products without taking remuneration, which had helped Karnataka Milk Federation products to increase sales in the Karnataka State and outside too.[12] In 2012, Puneeth hosted the first season of Kannadada Kotyadhipati, is the official Kannada language adaptation of the internationally renowned Sony Pictures Television -owned game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? and its successful Hindi adaptation Kaun Banega Crorepati.[13] After the phenomenal success of season-1[14] second season followed in 2013.[15]

Early life[edit]

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. With the blessing of his parents, Puneeth married Ashwini Revanath in 1999.[citation needed]

He started his film career when he was six months old in his father's films Premada Kanike[16] and Sanadi Appanna[17] 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]


Early career (1976–89)[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.[18]

His initial name was Lohith. Later the name was changed to Puneeth Rajkumar. A lot of people[who?] in Karnataka still know him by "Appu" [19] 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 co-starred with his father in 10 out of 12 movies.

Lead roles (2002–Present)[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 film was such a huge success that it was remade in Telugu as Idiot and in Tamil as Dum in subsequent years under the direction of Puri Jagannadh who directed his brother shivaraj Kumar in the movie Yuvaraja. He followed up with a string of films which received great reviews from critics and audience. In 2007 He won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for the movie Arasu. But it was 2007's Milana that earned him a place in the big league.[5]

In 2009, he starred in most expected movie Raaj-The Showman which got mixed reviews from critics and audience.[20] In 2010,[21] Prithvi( IAS officer role), the movie got critical appreciation for its bold portrayal of ongoing politics in Karnataka.[22][23] 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[24][25] and was adjudged the Best Film of 2010 at the South Filmfare Awards[26]

He acted in two movies in the year 2011, including Hudugaru.[27] Puneeth earned his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada[28] and also SIIMA awards for Best Actor for this movie. The other was Paramathma[29] under the direction of director Yograj Bhat, followed by Anna Bond in 2012 directed by Soori,[30] the director who had directed him in Jackie. His movie Yaare Koogadali[31] released in December 2012 got rave reviews from critics, and was followed by Ninnindale (2014).

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.[32] 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.[33] 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.

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.[34] Show had a very good Target rating points.[citation needed]. After the phenomenal success of season-1[14] second season followed in 2013.[15]

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.[35]

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.[36]

Brand endorsement[edit]

Puneeth is the brand ambassador for f Square, Malabar Gold,[10] Manappuram [11] 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.[37][38] 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.[12] Now he is the brand ambassador for 7 Up(PepsiCo),[8] Dixcy Scott[9]

He is also the brand ambassador of Royal Challengers Bangalore, an IPL team.[39] 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 increase 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 Remade in Telugu as Abhimanyu 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] Ramya,
Meera Jasmine
Shriya Saran, Darshan (actor), Guest Appearance
9 2007 Milana


Aakash Prakash Winner, Karnataka State Best Actor Award
Dubbed to Malayalam as Ishtam Enikkishtam.[40]
Parvati Menon, Pooja Gandhi
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

ರಾಜ್ - ದೀ ಶೋ ಮ್ಯಾನ್

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[29][41] Deepa Sannidhi as Deepa, Thithi Vade
Aindrita Ray as Saanvi, Paseena
18 2012 Anna Bond

ಅಣ್ಣ ಬಾಂಡ್

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

ಯಾರೇ ಕೂಗಾಡಲಿ

Kumara Samuthirakani Remake of Tamil movie Poraali Bhavana as Bharathi
20 2014 Ninnindale


Vicky Venkatesh Jayanth C. Paranjee Erica Fernandes as Pramila
21 2014 Mythri


Puneeth Rajkumar Giriraj With Mohanlal in a cameo appearance Archana
22 2014 Power Bharath Kumar K. Madesh Remake of Telugu movie Dookudu Trisha
23 2014 Dheera Rana Vikrama ರಣವಿಕ್ರಮ [42] K.Bharath Kumar Pawan wadeyar Jayanna Combines ...started on 17th march Anjali

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 Mama Mama Maja Madu
2004 Veera Kannadiga Naire Naire
2004 Maurya 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 Adyaksha Adhyaksha Adhyaksha
2014 Savaari 2 Motu Beedi
2014 Aryan (2014 film) Kannada Mannina
2014 Power Guruvara Sanje
2014 Tirupathi Express (2014 film) Naanu Righta

TV shows[edit]

No Year Show name Role Channel Notes
2 2012 Kannadada Kotyadhipati[43] Host Suvarna Aired 12 March 2012
3 2013 Kannadada Kotyadhipati Season 2[44] 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.[18]

Awards and honours[edit]

National Award[edit]

  • Best Child Artist for " Bettadha 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
  • Udaya Film Award
  • Big Kannada Awards 2011
  • Innovative Film Awards
  • Udaya Film Awards -Best Actor Jackie


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External links[edit]

Puneeth Rajkumar at the Internet Movie Database