'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 Rajkumar.
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 roles.
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 roles.
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 a historical 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 lead roles.
Sri Krishna Rukmini Satyabhama
A mythological film of Appaji. He played the role of Lord Krishna along with actresses B Sarojadevi, Aarthi and Bharathi.
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 lead roles.
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 this Bhakta Kumbara. The film also starred Balakrishna, Dwarkish, Leelavathi and Manjula in the lead roles.
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 leads.
Mayura is one of the most popular movies of Dr Rajkumar. The actor played the role of King Mayurasharma in the movie.
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 family relationships.
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 pivotal roles.
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 roles.