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Shiva Rajkumar
Shiva Rajkumar (center)
Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy

(1961-07-12) 12 July 1961 (age 58)[1]
Other namesShivanna
Alma materThe New College, University of Madras
M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
OccupationActor, film producer
Years active1974; 1986–present
Geetha (m. 1986)
Parent(s)Rajkumar (father)
Parvathamma (mother)
RelativesSee 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.[2] He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning over three decades, Shiva has worked in over 125 films.[2]

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.[3][4]

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.[5][6] In the year 2010, he made his television debut with the talk show Naaniruvude Nimagagi, aired on Zee Kannada.[7] Shiva is also working as a co-producer for a web series named Hate You Romeo which is currently being shot in Vietnam.[8]

Personal life[edit]

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.[9]

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.[4]

Shiva married Geeta, the daughter of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, S. Bangarappa. The couple have two daughters: Niveditha and Nirupama.[10]

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University.[11]

He is the Brand Ambassador of Royal Challengers Bangalore for their 11th Season of Indian Premier League . He was the second Kannada actor to buy Maruti 800.[12]

Acting career[edit]

Shiva started his acting career with the film Anand in 1986.[4] 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.[4] 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.[13]

His film Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu was shot at the 7 wonders of the world.[14] His 100th movie, Jogayya, is the sequel to his blockbuster Jogi.[15]

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[edit]

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.[16][17][18] 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.[19]

Awards and honours[edit]

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.[20]

Honorary awards[edit]

  • SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility (2012)

Karnataka State Awards[edit]

Filmfare Awards South
Year Award type Film Notes
1995 Best Actor Om Won
1996 Nammoora Mandara Hoove Won
1999 A. K. 47 (film) Won
2010 Thamassu Won
2013 Bhajarangi Nominated
2015 Vajrakaya Nominated
2016 Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Nominated
2017 Mufti Nominated

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]

  • 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)

International honours[edit]

  • Kohinoor of South India – Presented by the British South India Council of Commerce & Visionnaire Entertainment – London (2016)




  1. ^ "Shivarajkumar celebrates his birthday family and stars". The Times of India. 12 July 2014. Archived from the original on 12 July 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b 25 years of Shivaraj Kumar! Archived 8 March 2011 at (3 February 2011). Retrieved on 29 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Shivaraj Kumar aiming for a third award". The Hindu. 7 June 2005.
  4. ^ a b c d Shiva Rajkumar – The Versatile Actor
  5. ^ "VSKU to honour Hazare, U.R. Rao with doctorates".
  6. ^ "Anna Hazare, U R Rao to be conferred honorary doctorate".
  7. ^ "Shivrajkumar to make TV debut". 13 August 2010.
  8. ^ "Shivarajkumar's first web series to be shot in foreign locale", New Indian Express, 2 June 2018
  9. ^ Galatta Tamil. "Shiva Rajkumar at Kalyan Jewellers Inauguration in Chennai | Galatta Tamil". Youtube. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  10. ^ Shivarajkumar Archived 23 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine, CineCurry.
  11. ^ [1]. Shivarajkumar receives an honorary doctorate – The Times of India
  12. ^
  13. ^ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಒತ್ತಾಯದ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಓಂ!, One India, 1 September 2010
  14. ^ "Shivrajkumar in seven wonders". Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  15. ^ Shivanna reduces weight for Mylari, One India, 6 April 2010
  16. ^ Shivarajkumar comes out against dubbing. (25 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  17. ^ Dubbing issue has Sudeep and Shivarajkumar in a war of words. (29 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  18. ^ Kannada Film Industry in Crisis over Dubbing Issue. (27 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  19. ^
  20. ^ Charity for Shiva Rajkumar

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