Shiva Rajkumar

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Shiva Rajkumar
Shivarajkumar with Punith Shivanna at hotel Southern Star.jpg
Shivarajkumar in 2016
Born Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy
(1962-07-12) 12 July 1962 (age 55)[1]
Madras, Madras State, India
Residence Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other names Shivanna
Alma mater The New College, University of Madras
M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Geetha (m. 1986)
Children 2
Parent(s) Rajkumar (father)
Parvathamma (mother)
Relatives See Rajkumar family

Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy (born 12 July 1962), 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 100 films.[2]

After graduating in 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 Hattrick 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 and Shivalinga which created milestones in Kannada film industry and records at the box office. He was conferred honorary doctorate by Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014.[5][6] In the year 2010, he made his television debut with a talk show Naaniruvude Nimagagi aired in Zee Kannada.[7]

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 a former 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.[8]

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.[9]

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University.[10]

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, 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.[11]

His film Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu was shot at the 7 wonders of the world.[12] His 100th movie, Jogayya, is the sequel to his blockbuster Jogi.[13]

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 Kannada film industry. He openly criticized the need for voice dubbed movies in Indian film industry.[14][15][16]

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, ETV awards. He has also lent his name for creating awareness for social causes and charity. In his birthday, 'Shivarajkumar Suvarana Mahotsava Abhinandana Samithi' was formed for charity.[17]

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 Best Actor Nammoora Mandara Hoove Won
1999 Best Actor A. K. 47 (film) Won
2010 Best Actor Thamassu Won
2013 Best Actor Bhajarangi Nominated
2015 Best Actor Vajrakaya Nominated
2016 Best Actor Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Nominated

South Indian International Movie Awards[edit]

  • SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility 2012
  • SIIMA Best Actor- Kanadda for shiva 2014
  • SIIMA Best Actor- Kanadda for Bajarangi 2013
  • SIIMA Best Actor- Kanadda for Shivalinga, 2017

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!. (3 February 2011). Retrieved on 29 March 2013.[dead link]
  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. ^ Galatta Tamil. "Shiva Rajkumar at Kalyan Jewellers Inauguration in Chennai | Galatta Tamil". Youtube. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Shivarajkumar Archived 23 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine., CineCurry.
  10. ^ [1]. Shivarajkumar receives an honorary doctorate – The Times of India
  11. ^ ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಒತ್ತಾಯದ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಓಂ!, One India, 1 September 2010
  12. ^ "Shivrajkumar in seven wonders". Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Shivanna reduces weight for Mylari[permanent dead link], One India, 6 April 2010
  14. ^ Shivarajkumar comes out against dubbing. (25 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  15. ^ Dubbing issue has Sudeep and Shivarajkumar in a war of words. (29 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  16. ^ Kannada Film Industry in Crisis over Dubbing Issue. (27 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  17. ^ Charity for Shiva Rajkumar

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