Hatrick Hero Shivaraj Kumar has won the fourth state award this time for his peerless performance in Jogi He had won three previous awards previously for Om directed by Upendra, Hrudaya Hrudaya directed by M.S.Rajashekhar and Chigurida Kanasu directed by Nagabharana. "I am getting emotional about this award. I really want to dedicate the fourth state award to Appaji who was there on the day the Jogi was launched at Ashwini Studios. I was dressed up as a Jogi for the muhurath shot. I went straight to him to seek his blessings with a begging bowl. He filled the bowl with rice. First the film became a block buster hit and now I have obtained this award. What more can you ask for. I have become emotional after I heard this news of this award' said Shivaraj Kumar.
Though Shivaraj Kumar has won the Best actor award for the fourth time he feels that this award is special to him. While the three films Om, Hrudaya Hrudaya and Chigurida Kanasu which won him the Best Actor award previously were his home productions, Jogi has been produced by Ashwini Ram Prasad and directed by Prem. 'I thank both of them. We all worked as a team and now my memory goes back to the days we shot those emotional and thrilling sequences of the film. I am happy that Prem has also received the Best script writer award for this film' he added.