Puneeth Rajkumar

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Puneeth Rajkumar
Puneeth rajumara.jpg
Born
Puneeth

(1975-03-17) 17 March 1975 (age 43)
NationalityIndian
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Singer
  • Producer
  • Anchor
Years active1976–1989
2002–present
Spouse(s)
Ashwini Revanth (m. 1999)
Children2
Parent(s)Rajkumar (father)
Parvathamma (mother)
RelativesSee Rajkumar family

Puneeth Rajkumar (born 17 March 1975) is an Indian film actor, playback singer, producer and anchor who works primarily in Kannada cinema. He is famously known as Appu and P Boss. He has been a lead actor in 27 films; as a child he appeared in films featuring his father Rajkumar. His performances in Vasantha Geetha (1980), Bhagyavantha (1981), Chalisuva Modagalu (1982), Eradu Nakshatragalu (1983) and Bettada Hoovu (1985) were praised.[1] He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role of Appu in Bettada Hoovu.[2] Puneeth's first lead role was in 2002's Appu (2002 film).

He has appeared as a lead actor in commercially successful films, including Appu (2002), Abhi (2003), Veera Kannadiga (2004), Mourya (2004), Aakash (2005), Arasu (2007), Milana (2007), Vamshi (2008), Raam (2009), Jackie (2010), Hudugaru (2011), Raajakumara (2017) and Anjani Putra (2017)[3][4] and is one of the most popular celebrities and highest-paid actors in Kannada cinema.[5] In 2012, he debuted as a television presenter on the popular the game show Kannadada Kotyadhipati, a Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Puneeth was born at Kalyani Hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar. He is their fifth, and youngest child. When Puneeth was six years old, his family moved to Mysore. His father brought him and his sister, Poornima, to his film sets until he was ten years old.[7] His elder brother, Shiva Rajkumar, is a popular actor.

Puneeth married Ashwini Revanth from Chikmagaluru on 1 December 1999. They met through a common friend, and have two daughters: Drithi and Vanditha.[8]

Career[edit]

1976–89: As child actor[edit]

Director V. Somashekar first brought Puneeth (then known as Lohith) onscreen when he was six months old in his thriller film Premada Kanike (1976), starring Rajkumar and Aarathi.[9] This was followed by Vijay's Sanaadi Appanna (1977), based on Krishnamoorthy Puranik's novel of the same name,[10] when Puneeth was one year old. Thayige Thakka Maga (1978) was again directed by V. Somashekar and starred his father. Two years later, directors Dorai-Bhagavan cast him as Shyam in Vasantha Geetha (1980). This was followed by K. S. L. Swamy's mythological drama Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha (1981, appearing as Lord Krishna) and B. S. Ranga's Bhagyavantha (1982), in which he recorded his first popular song: "Baana Daariyalli Soorya", composed by T. G. Lingappa. That year, he appeared in two hit films (Chalisuva Modagalu and Hosa Belaku) with his father. For the former, Puneeth received his first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor (Male). In 1983, he appeared in two mythological films: Bhakta Prahlada as the protagonist, Prahlada, and Eradu Nakshatragalu, for which he received his second Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor.

In 1984, Puneeth starred with Rajkumar in the thriller Yarivanu and sang "Kannige Kaanuva", written by Rajan-Nagendra. His biggest break as a child actor came in the 1985 drama Bettada Hoovu, directed by N. Lakshminarayan and based on Shirley L. Arora's novel What Then, Raman? For his portrayal of the innocent Ramu, Puneeth received the award for Best Child Artist at the 33rd National Film Awards.[11] In his early teens, he appeared in Shiva Mecchida Kannappa (1988) as the young Kannappa with his elder brother, Shiva. Puneeth's final child role was in Parashuram (1989), with his father.[12]

2002–07: Debut as lead and breakthrough[edit]

In April 2002, Puneeth made his film debut as a leading man in the masala film, Appu with actress, Rakshita also making her film debut.[13] The musical by Gurukiran, directed by Puri Jagannadh and produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar, in which he played a college boy, was a box office success and his dancing skills were praised by critics. Puneeth sang "Taliban Alla Alla", with lyrics by Upendra and music by Gurukiran. The film's success spawned remakes in Telugu (Idiot (2003)) and Tamil (Dum (2003)).

Puneeth next appeared in Dinesh Babu's Abhi (2003) as a plucky college boy who is devoted to his mother. In the film, based on a true story and produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar, he starred with debutante Ramya.[14]

Meher Ramesh's Veera Kannadiga was Puneeth's first 2004 release. The film, written by Puri Jagannadh, was simultaneously made in Telugu as Andhrawala with N. T. Rama Rao Jr. in the lead role. Paired with debutante Anitha, it showcased his dancing and stunt skills. Although the film was criticised for its violence and poor plot, it was successful at the box office.[15] Puneeth next starred in S. Narayan's family drama Maurya, a remake of the Telugu Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, starring Ravi Teja and written by Puri Jagannadh. The remake enhanced Puneeth's reputation as an actor in his own right.[16]

He released two films in 2005. Mahesh Babu's Aakash reunited Puneeth with Ramya (from Abhi) and he appeared in Veera Shankar's action film Namma Basava, with Gowri Munjal. He recorded songs in both films. Puneeth's only 2006 release was Ajay, directed by Meher Ramesh and produced by Rockline Venkatesh. In the film, a remake of the 2003 Telugu Okkadu, he played a professional kabaddi player who protects a girl endangered by her uncle (played by Prakash Raj). As a result of these films, Puneeth was called the "Powerstar of Sandalwood".[17]

Puneeth's first release in 2007 was his production Arasu, directed by Mahesh Babu, in which he played an expatriate businessman who renounces his wealth for the woman he loves. For his performance, he received his first Filmfare Best Actor award.[18] Puneeth's other release that year was Prakash's reaffirmation of traditional family values Milana. Actress Parvathy Parvathy (actress) made her debut into Kannada films with this film. Puneeth played the radio jockey Akash. For the film, he received his first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor.[19]

2008–11: Career challenges[edit]

The actor released two films in 2008: D. Rajendra Babu's Bindaas and Prakash's Vamshi. Puneeth's first 2009 release was Raaj - The Showman. Although the film (directed by Prem) was criticised, his performance was praised.[20] His other film Raam, with Priyamani, was a remake of the Telugu hit Ready.

Puneeth returned to the limelight in 2010 with back-to-back hits. The first was Jacob Varghese's political thriller Prithvi, in which he played a bureaucrat in Ballari district who fights corruption. His next release was the action film Jackie, directed by Duniya Soori,[21] which was a commercial success. Puneeth Rajkumar is praised by both the critics and fans. His dare-devil stunts in movies are still a record in South Indian cinema. He also danced well in the movie.[citation needed]

2011–15: Hudugaru and other films[edit]

In 2011, Puneeth co-starred in K. Madesh's Hudugaru, a remake of the Tamil film Nadodigal[22] in which he reprised M. Sasikumar's role in the original. For his performance, he received his second Filmfare and first SIIMA Best Actor awards.[23] In Yogaraj Bhat's travelogue Paramathma, Puneeth's next release, his character searches for love.[24]

He worked with Soori again in 2012 on the action film Anna Bond, produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar.[25] For his performance, he received the Suvarna Best Actor award and was nominated for an IIFA award. Puneeth starred in another Tamil remake Poraali, filmed in Kannada as Yaare Koogadali, by Samuthirakani.[26] He played Kumar, who escapes with his friend from a mental asylum and finds refuge in a man's house.

In 2014, Puneeth starred in Jayanth C. Paranjee's romance Ninnindale, with Erica Fernandes. Although his performance as a New York-based adventure enthusiast based in New York was praised by critics,[27] the film was unsuccessful at the box office. Puneeth's next release was K. Madesh's Power***, a remake of the Telugu film Dookudu. Appearing with Trisha for the first time, he played a tough police officer. The film earned a record ₹22 crore (220 million) in six days.[28] In 2015, he played himself in B. M. Giriraj's Kannada-Malayalam bilingual film Mythri, which also starred Mohanlal and Bhavana. Puneeth's other release that year was Pawan Wadeyar's Rana Vikrama, an action film with Adah Sharma and Anjali.

2016–present[edit]

In March 2016, Puneeth worked for M. Saravanan's Chakravyuha and Duniya Soori's Doddmane Hudga. In 2017, he appeared in Santhosh Ananddram 's Raajakumara, which broke all-records in box-office and became the most highest-grossing Kannada-language film of all time beating previous record of Mungaru Male[29][30] and A Harsha 's Anjani Putra. Puneeth Rajkumar have played the major role in the Anup Bhandari directed Rajaratha.

Singing career[edit]

Puneeth sang alone in Appu, and sang a duet on "Jothe Jotheyali" from Vamshi.[31] He sang a fast number in Jackie and sang in his brother Shiva's films Lava Kusha and Mylari.[32] Puneeth Rajkumar have sung a song "Kanna Sanne Indhalene" for Akira movie which was composed by B. Ajaneesh Loknath.

Television[edit]

In 2012, Puneeth hosted the first season of Kannadada Kotyadhipati, modeled on the Hindi show Kaun Banega Crorepati, which in turn, is modeled on the British show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.[6] Its first season was successful,[33] and a second season followed.[34] Also he was the host of Colors Kannada's Family Power Reality show.[35]

Other works[edit]

Puneeth has been involved in philanthropy with his mother at the Shakti Dhama ashram in Mysore,[36] and owns the Bengaluru Premier Futsal team.[37]

Endorsements[edit]

Puneeth has been a brand ambassador for Karnataka Milk Federation's Nandini Milk products, LED Bulb Project,[38] 7 Up (PepsiCo), F-Square, Dixcy Scott, Malabar Gold,[39] Gold winner, Ziox Mobile,[40] Pothy silks and Manappuram,[41] and was a brand ambassador of the Indian Premier League cricket team Royal Challengers Bangalore.[42] Puneeth also owns a team in Premier Futsal, Bengaluru 5.[43]

PRK Audio[edit]

Puneeth is the founder and owner of the music label PRK Audio.[44]

Filmography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Puneeth Rajkumar awards and nominations
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Awards and nominations
Award
Wins
Nominations
National Film Awards 1 1
Karnataka State Film Awards 4 1
SIIMA 4 2
Filmfare Awards 5 3
Others 10 4
Totals
Awards won24
Nominations10
References

National Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1985 Bettada Hoovu Best Child Artist[45] Won

Karnataka State Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1982-83 Chalisuva Modagalu Best Child Actor Won
1983-84 Eradu Nakshatragalu Best Child Actor Won
2007-08 Milana Best Actor Won
2010-11 Jackie Best Actor Won

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Hudugaru Best Actor Won
2012 Anna Bond Best Actor Nominated
2013 Yaare Koogadali Youth Icon of South Indian Cinema (male)[46] Won
2016 Rana Vikrama Best Actor Won
2017 Doddmane Hudga Best Actor Nominated
2018 Raajakumara Best Actor Won

Filmfare Awards South[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1985 Bettada Hoovu Filmfare Best Child Actor[47] Won
2006 Arasu Best Actor Won
2011 Hudugaru Best Actor Won
2012 Anna Bond Best Actor Nominated
2014 Power Best Actor Nominated
2015 Rana Vikrama Best Actor Won
2016 Doddmane Hudga Best Actor Nominated
2017 Raajakumara Best Actor Won
  • 2016: Best Playback Singer- Male - Run Antony - Nominated for 'Jhanak Jhanak'
  • 2014: Best Playback Singer- Male - Power*** - Nominated for 'Guruvara Sange'

Suvarna Film Awards[edit]

The Suvarna Film Awards are presented by Asianet Suvarna, a Kannada television channel to honour artists in Kannada cinema. The awards were established in 2008.

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 Milana Best Actor Won
2010 Jackie Best Actor Won
2013 Anna Bond Favorite Hero Won

South Scope Award[edit]

The South Scope Award for Best Actor are presented by Southscope, is an Indian-based, monthly, English-language film magazine which focuses on South Indian films The awards were established in 2008.

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 Vamshi Best Actor Won
2009 Raaj - The Showman Best Actor[48] Won
IIFA Utsavam
Other awards
  • 2010: Udaya Film Award for Best Actor — Jackie
  • 2015: Zee Music Awards For Best Singer - "Adhyaksha"
  • 2016: Mirchi Music Awards South - Sensational Singer Of The Year, 2015
  • 2018: Zee Kannada Hemmeya Kannadiga Award for Best Actor Male - Raajakumara
  • 2018: Love Lavike Readers Choice Award for Best Actor Male - Raajakumara

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