'Mareyalarada Muttu' or in other words unforgettable and the most precious person of Kannada film industry is our Dr Rajkumar, popularly called as Appaji by his fans.
Appaji, the name itself speaks everything. This legendary actor
has a major role in the growth of KFI. On his birthday today,
April 24, we decided to bring you best 30 movies of 'Kannadada
Kanmani', Dr Rajkumar.
He was born as Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju to father
Singanalluru Puttaswamayyan and mother Lakshmamma. Rajjanna's
father was also a theatre artist. Inspired by his father, Appaji
also started his career through acting in theatre plays.
Dr Rajkumar dropped out his school at the age of 8 and started
acting in theatre plays performing minor roles until he was 25.
Appaji made his debut through Bedara Kanappa, written by legendary
script writer GV Iyer. The actor has acted in total 208 movies till
date and Shabdavedhi was his last.
No one till date in Kannada film industry has replaced what has
been achieved by Dr Rajkumar, not only in acting but also in
receiving the numerous awards. He is worshiped as a cultural icon
all over Karnataka.
Rajjanna has received eleven Karnataka State Film Awards, ten
South Filmfare Awards, National Award For Best Playback Singer, NTR
Award, Doctorate from the Univesity of Mysore and he is also a
recipient of Padma Bushan and Dadasaheb Phalke Award for his
lifetime contribution to Indian film industry.
Check the slides to know 30 best movies of Dr
Bedara Kanappa is the debut movie of Dr Rajkumar. The
movie was written by GV Iyer and directed by H.L.N. Simha. Bedara
Kanappa(1954) starred Dr Rajkumar and Pandari Bai in the lead
Bhookailasa was directed by K. Shankar and produced by
A. V. Meiyappan under the banner AVM Productions. Bhookailasa
starred Rajkumar, Kalyan Kumar and K. S. Ashwath in pivotal
Santa Tukaram(1964) was one of the biggest hits of Dr
Rajkumar. One unforgettable incident which happened during its
shooting was that people came running towards Appaji(who was in
Santa Tukaram get up) to take his blessings. He looked
like a real saint in the make up.
Mayor Muthanna was the directorial venture of
Siddalingaiah and first productional venture of actor Dwarkish. The
movie starred Dr Rajkumar and Bharathi in the lead roles.
Sri Krishnadevaraya is ahistorical drama. Dr Raj
played the role of emperor Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagara dynasty
who ruled Vijayanagara in 16th century. The movie starred Bharathi
and Jayanthi in the female lead roles.
Directed by duo Dorai-Bhagawan, Kasturi Nivasa
collected Rs 3.5 lakhs at the box office in those times. Dr Raj
played the role of a generous rich man who finally ends up with
nothing. The movie starred Dr Rajkumar, Aarthi and Jayanthi in the
Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama
A mythological film of Appaji. He played the role of Lord
Krishna along with actresses B Sarojadevi, Aarthi and
Sipayi Ramu is an award wining film of Dr Rajkumar. The
movie is based on the novel Barale Innu Yamune. Directed by YR
Swamy in 1972, the film starred Appaji, Leelavathi and Arathi in
One of the most popular movies of Dr Rajkumar is Bangaarada
Manushya. The movie became a massive hit and today also it is
considered as a major milestone in Appaji's career.
Jaga Mecchida Maga
Directed by Hunsur Krishnamurthy, Jaga Mecchida Maga
was written and produced by S Bhavanarayan in 1972. The movie
starredDr Raj and Bharathi as a couple.
Gandhada Gudi film remains as a milestone in both
Vishnuvardhan and Dr Rajkumar's career. Dr Raj played the lead role
and Vishnuvardhan played a villain in the movie.
Doorada Betta was directed by late Siddalingiah. The
movie starred Rajkumar and Bharathi in the lead roles.
Eradu Kanasu is romantic drama released in 1974. The
film stars Rajkumar, Kalpana and Manjula in lead roles.
Dr Rajkumar played the role of Gora Kumbhar, a potter who lived
in 14th century in thisBhakta Kumbara. The film also
starred Balakrishna, Dwarkish, Leelavathi and Manjula in the lead
The evergreen hit movie of Appaji is Sampathige Saval.
The film starred Dr Rajkumar and Manjula in the lead roles.
Sri Srinivasa Kalyana
Sri Srinivasa Kalyana is yet another mythological
cinema of 1974. Dr Rajkumar played the role of Lord Venkateshwara
and actresses B Sarojadevi and Manjula were the female
Mayura is one of the most popular movies of Dr
Rajkumar. The actor played the role of King Mayurasharma in the
Premada Kanike was a thriller movie of those days. Dr
Rajkumar was seen best at his performance. The songs of the movie
are evergreen hits.
Bahaddur Gandu means a 'brave man' in Kannada. As the
title, Dr Rajkumar played an extremely brave character in the
movie. The film starred actress Jayanthi as female lead.
Naa Ninna Mareyalare
Naa Ninna Mareyalare was a romantic entertainer which
earned good response from the audience in those days. The movie
starred Rajjanna and Lakshmi as a sweet couple.
Badavara Bandhu mainly portrayed a man who help his
society without any expectations. The film starred Dr Rajkumar and
Jayamala in the lead roles.
Babruvahana is the Indian mythological movie in which
Dr Rajkumar played dual roles of Arjuna and Babruvahana.
Bhagyavantharu is yet another romantic family
entertainer of Dr Rajkumar which portrayed a strong message about
Vasantha Geetha is a romantic drama of the 1980's which
starred Dr Rajkumar, Gayathri and Master Lohith aka Puneeth
Rajkumar in the lead roles.
Dr Rajkumar's Chalisuva Modagalu is famous for its
evergreen songs. The film starred Saritha, Ambika and KS Aswath in
Bhakta Prahlada is a Indian mythological cinema in
which Dr Rajkumar was seen playing an antagonist role as
Hiranyakashibu. Interestingly, Appu aka Puneeth Rajkumar played the
character of Prahlada in the movie.
The movie starred Dr Rajkumar and Madhavi as a couple.
Aakasmika is an evergreen blockbuster hit of Dr Rajkumar.
The movie has the best songs written by Hamsalekha.
Dr Rajkumar played the role of a Police Officer in the movie.
Shabdavedi is the last movie of Appaji. The movie starred
Dr Rajkumar, Jayapradha and Master Santhosh in the lead