Shiva Rajkumar (center)
Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy
12 July 1961
|Alma mater||The New College, University of Madras|
M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
|Occupation||Actor, film producer|
|Years active||1974; 1986–present|
Geetha (m. 1986)
|Relatives||See Rajkumar family|
Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy (born 12 July 1961), known by his screen name Shiva Rajkumar, is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer and television presenter, best known for his work in Kannada cinema. He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning over three decades, Shiva has worked in over 125 films.
After graduating with Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Shiva made his debut screen appearance in films with Singeetham Srinivas Rao's Anand (1986), which fetched him the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor. His first three films, namely Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986) and Mana Mechchida Hudugi (1987) were all highly successful, earning him the title Hat-trick Hero coined by the media and his fan followers.
Shiva has worked in the film industry for over 30 years, featuring in films such as Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986), Om (1995), Janumada Jodi, Nammoora Mandara Hoove, A.K. 47, Jogi, Bhajarangi, Killing Veerappan,Shivalinga and Tagaru which became milestones in the Kannada film industry and made records at the box office. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014. In the year 2010, he made his television debut with the talk show Naaniruvude Nimagagi, aired on Zee Kannada. Shiva is also working as a co-producer for a web series named Hate You Romeo which is currently being shot in Vietnam.
Shiva Rajkumar was born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, to actor Rajkumar and film producer Parvathamma as the first of five children. His two brothers are Raghavendra Rajkumar, a film producer and former Kannada actor and Puneeth Rajkumar, an actor in Kannada cinema. Shiva did his schooling in T. Nagar, Chennai and then studied at the New College, Chennai.
On the insistence of film director K. Balachander, Shiva joined an acting school in Chennai after completing his graduation from Madras University in 1983. After getting trained in Kuchipudi dance from Vempetti Chinni Sathyam in Chennai during his college days, he made an entry into the Kannada film industry with Anand.
Shiva started his acting career with the film Anand in 1986. In his career spanning over 30 years, he acted in a variety of roles. The most notable movies of his career are Janumada Jodi, Jogi, Anand, Ratha Sapthami, Nammoora Mandara Hoove, Om Simhada Mari, AK-47 and Chigurida Kanasu. He acted in Sugreeva, which was shot in 18 hours. His Om, directed by Upendra, set a trend of gangster movies in Kannada and other film industries in India. It continues to be shown even to this day.
Bhajarangi (2013) was a box-office success, and went on to run for more than 100 days. The film was released in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It was released in 212 theatres in the state of Karnataka alone. He played a coach in the sports drama Aryan, his first release of 2014.
Statement against dubbing
Shiva opposed the proposal of voice dubbed movies releasing in the Kannada film industry. He openly criticized the need for voice dubbed movies in the Indian film industry. However, once Supreme Court gave its final verdict against ban on dubbed movies, he announced that he would no more oppose dubbing. He further went on to say that if that is what the audience wants,he is no one to oppose it.
Awards and honours
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Shiva has won four Filmfare and four state awards in the best actor category. He has also won numerous Cine-Express, Sirigannada and ETV awards. He has also lent his name for creating awareness for social causes and charity. On his birthday, "Shivarajkumar Suvarana Mahotsava Abhinandana Samithi" was formed for charity.
- SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility (2012)
Karnataka State Awards
|1996||Nammoora Mandara Hoove||Won|
|1999||A. K. 47 (film)||Won|
|2016||Santheyalli Nintha Kabira||Nominated|
South Indian International Movie Awards
- SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility 2012
- SIIMA Best Actor- Kannada for shiva 2014
- SIIMA Best Actor- Kannada for Bajarangi 2013
- SIIMA Best Actor- Kannada for Shivalinga, 2017
- SIIMA Best Actor - Kannada for Mufti , 2018 (Nominated)
- SIIMA Best Actor- Kannada for Tagaru , 2019 ( Nominated)
- Kohinoor of South India – Presented by the British South India Council of Commerce & Visionnaire Entertainment – London (2016)
- Ujjwala Express Award: Aanand (1986), Bhoomitaayiya Chochala Maga (1998)
- Chitra Rasikara Sangha Prashasti: Midida Shruthi (1992), Janumada Jodi (1996), A.K.47 (1999)
- Hero-Honda Express Award: OM (1995), Janumada Jodi (1996), A.K.47 (1999)
- AaryabhaTa Prashasti: Janumada Jodi (1996)
- Screen Award: Nammoora Mandara Hoove (1996)
- SICA Special Jury Award: Thavarige Baa Thangi (2002), Chigurida Kanasu
- Hello Gandhinagara Award: Chigurida Kanasu (2004)
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- ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಒತ್ತಾಯದ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಓಂ!, One India, 1 September 2010
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- Shivanna reduces weight for Mylari, One India, 6 April 2010
- Shivarajkumar comes out against dubbing. thehindu.com (25 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
- Dubbing issue has Sudeep and Shivarajkumar in a war of words. timesofindia.com (29 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
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- Charity for Shiva Rajkumar