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Dr Rajkumar Birthday Special: Remembering Annavru On His 86th Birthday

Sandalwood has lost many legendry actors. Audience have not only seen them as artists, but also worshiped them as Gods. One such actor who was not only considered as God by his fans, but the entire Karnataka and all Kannadigas is Dr Rajkumar. April, 24 2014 will mark the 86th Birthday of Raj, who is also honoured as the Kannada's cultural icon. Though Dr Rajkumar is no more with us, his wonderful contribution for the Kannada film industry will always be remembered.

Dr Rajkumar was born in Gajanur village on April 24 1929. Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraj made his screen name as Rajkumar. He was awarded with many titles by his fans like Annavru (big brother), Natasarvabauma (emperor of acting), Ganagandharva (singer in the heaven) and others. As his father Puttaswamaya was a drama artist by profession, Rajkumar wished to become a great artist in his life. He started his career as a stage artist from Gubbi Veeranna Nataka Mandali (drama group) headed by Gubbi Veeranna.

Dr Rajkumar is the only Indian actor to act in more than 200 films in one single language (Kannada). In his 32 years of his long career, Dr Rajkumar has acted nearly in 216 movies (excluding cameo roles). His character depictions ranged from lover boy to double and triple roles, from action and mythological characters to portrayals of contemporary social causes in a career spanning over five decades. Click on slides to view more photos of Dr Rajkumar and continue reading the story...

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