Parvathamma Rajkumar

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Dr. Parvathamma Rajkumar

(1939-12-06)6 December 1939
Died31 May 2017(2017-05-31) (aged 77)[1]
(m. 1953; died 2006)
Children5 (including Shiva, Raghavendra, Puneeth)
RelativesSee Rajkumar family

Dr.Parvathamma Rajkumar (6 December 1939 – 31 May 2017) was an Indian film producer and distributor. She was the wife of veteran Kannada actor Dr. Rajkumar. She produced successful films featuring Rajkumar and their sons Shiva Rajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar under the production house named "Poornima Enterprises". Actresses who found fame in her productions include Malashri, Prema, Rakshita, Sudha Rani and Ramya.[2][3][4] She was awarded a doctorate from Bangalore University.[5]

Amongst the awards she has received are the Phalke Academy award, Kannada Rajyotsava and a lifetime achievement award from the Government of Karnataka.[2][6] By 2012, she had produced 80 films. She has spoken in defence of Kannadigas, regarding Karnataka's position in interstate water disputes and against infringement of the Kannada film industry's works.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15]

Early life and family[edit]

Parvathamma was born in Saligrama of Mysore district of the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore on 6 December 1939 to Appaji Gowda and Lakshmamma, as the second of eight children. Singanallur Puttaswamaiah, her future father-in-law, reportedly placed a silver coin in her cradle and vowed to make her his daughter-in-law. Aged 14, she married his son future matinée idol Rajkumar on 25 June 1953.[2][4][16] They have five children together: sons Shiva, Raghavendra and Puneeth, and daughters Lakshmi and Poornima. Rajkumar died on 12 April 2006 of cardiac arrest. Her son Puneeth died on 29 October 2021 of cardiac arrest.

Parvathamma was taken to MS Ramaiah Memorial Hospital on 14 May 2017 to treat her for weakness. On 17 May, she was shifted to the intensive care unit after she had difficulty in breathing and was on assisted ventilation, following which a tracheotomy was performed on her to ease breathing.[17] Also, she had developed metastasis despite having been treated for a malignancy a few years previously.[18] She had a cardiac arrest at 4:30 a.m. (IST) on 31 May 2017. Efforts to revive her failed and she was pronounced dead at 4:40 a.m. (IST).[19] It was reported that "malignancy had spread to the lungs and liver".[1]

Film career[edit]

She established a family firm for film production called Sri Vajreshwari Combines or Poornima enterprises. The first movie she produced was Trimurthi with her husband in a lead role; Trimurthi was a great success.[4] Her brothers S.A. Chinne Gowda, S.A. Govindaraj, and S.A. Srinivas are also film producers.[16][20]

She has produced over 80 films and launched her three sons as film stars. Her most successful films with her husband in a lead role include Trimurthy, Haalu Jenu, Kaviratna Kalidasa and Jeevana Chaitra. She produced Anand, Om, Janumada Jodi and several other movies with her oldest son Shiv Rajkumar in lead role. Her son Raghavendra Rajkumar played the lead in Chiranjeevi Sudhakar, Nanjundi Kalyana, Swasthik and Tuvvi Tuvvi Tuvvi. Her youngest son Puneeth starred in Appu, Abhi and Hudugaru.[2][21][22]


Rajkumar in lead role[edit]

Shiva Rajkumar in lead role[edit]

Raghavendra Rajkumar in lead role[edit]

  1. Chiranjeevi Sudhakar
  2. Nanjundi Kalyana
  3. Gajapathi Garvabhanga
  4. Geluvina Saradara
  5. Soothradara
  6. Anukoolakkobba Ganda
  7. Aralidha Hoogalu
  8. Kalyana Mantapa
  9. Barjari Gandu
  10. Anuragada Alegalu
  11. Navibbaru Namagibbaru
  12. Swasthik
  13. Tuvvi Tuvvi Tuvvi

Puneeth Rajkumar in lead role[edit]

Vinay Rajkumar in lead role[edit]


Karnataka State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Yasmeen, Afshan (31 May 2017). "Kannada film producer Parvathamma Rajkumar passes away". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Dr.Paravathamma-Rajkumar-Shakthi-Devathe-of-Kannada-Cin-Exclusives-Details "Smt Dr.Paravathamma Rajkumar – Shakthi Devathe of Kannada Cin". 6 December 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2012. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  3. ^ "Rajkumar's legacy". 17 April 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  4. ^ a b c Ganesh, Deepa (24 December 2010). "Love is life". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Doctorate". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Award in Vishnu's name". Retrieved 24 March 2012. Parvathamma Rajkumar was honoured with Lifetime Achievement award.
  7. ^ "Parvathamma Rajkumar joins protests in Mysore". The Hindu. 6 March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 March 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Smt Parvathamma Rajkumar Condemn Nikitha Ban". 15 September 2011. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Parvathamma Rajkumar against stopping film production". 3 October 2006. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  10. ^ "Our family will never enter politics: Parvathamma Rajkumar". The Times of India. 7 October 2003. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  11. ^ "Launched amidst much fanfare – The music launch of 'Jackie' was attended by many popular Sandalwood actors". 24 August 2010. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  12. ^ "Relish home cuisine – The Karnataka Festival will showcase the culture, art, heritage and food of the State". 6 June 2009. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  13. ^ "Parvathamma Rajkumar leads Padayatra". 5 March 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
  14. ^ Ganesh, Deepa (2 June 2017). "She grew from strength to strength". The Hindu.
  15. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (3 June 2017). "Parvathamma: The pillar behind the iconic star". The Hindu.
  16. ^ a b "Senior most in Raj family no more!". 20 October 2010. Archived from the original on 22 October 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 97 years old Smt Lakshmamma, mother of Smt Parvathamma Rajkumar
  17. ^ "Parvathamma Rajkumar, wife of late Kannada actor Rajkumar, dies". The Times of India. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Parvathamma Rajkumar put on assisted ventilation". The Hindu. 18 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Parvathamma Rajkumar dead, wife of late actor Rajkumar was 77". The Indian Express. 31 May 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  20. ^ "TRIMURTHY CREW". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  21. ^ "Producer – Parvathamma Rajkumar – Filmography". Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  22. ^ "The 'Real and Reel' Force Behind Annavaru, Parvathamma Rajkumar No More". 31 May 2017.
  23. ^ "Saroja Devi Presented the Prestigious Award to Parvathamma Rajkumar NETTV4U".
  24. ^ "Governor of Karnataka Rameshwar Thakur giving the prestigious Rajyotsava Award to Parvathamma Rajkumar for her contribution to Kannad films, at Ravindra Kalakshetra in Bangalore on November 3, 2007". Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  25. ^ "Suvarna Awards: Winners announced". Retrieved 26 March 2012. Special Awards – Contribution to Kannada Cinema: Smt. Parvathamma Rajkumar
  26. ^ "'Gulabi Talkies' is first best film". The Hindu. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2017.

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