Puneeth Rajkumar : On his birth anniversary, remember him through his award-winning roles

Puneeth Rajkumar : Puneeth Rajkumar is a prominent name in the Indian film industry. He is an entrepreneur, producer, and actor who predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. Puneet Rajkumar was born on March 17, 1975 to drama and film producer and director Rajkumar. His father, Dr. Rajkumar, is a famous actor and producer in the film industry.

Puneeth Rajkumar : Appeared on the big screen at the age of 6 months, even left school

Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

Puneet Rajkumar was born on 17 March 1975 to superstar Dr. Rajkumar and producer Parvatamma Rajkumar. He was the youngest among five siblings. At the age of just 6 months, he was seen in the film Premada Kanike.

Younger Puneet used to come to the film sets with his sister Purnima. Because of this, his mind remained focused only on films. For this reason he left school at an early age. However, later he completed his studies with the help of a home tutor. He also did a Diploma in Computer Science. He worked as a child artist in many films.

Puneeth Rajkumar: Received first National Award at the age of 10

When Puneet Rajkumar was 10 years old, he was awarded the National Award. He received this award for the film ‘Bettada Hoovu’. In this he was seen as a child artist. The film also received the National Award for Best Kannada Film, three Filmfare Awards South and two Karnataka State Film Awards.

Puneeth Rajkumar: Was also a singer and TV presenter

Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

Puneet was not only an actor but also a singer and TV presenter. He also designed the costumes in the film Aatkaal. Puneet also had knowledge of Steadicam. Steadicam, used in films to shoot stunts and car chase scenes

He also loved learning about new brands of cameras and high definition lenses for films. He also produced two TV shows.

Puneet was part of many brand endorsements

Puneeth was the brand ambassador of Fsquare, Malabar Gold, Manappuram. He was also the brand ambassador of ‘Nandini’ for his state Karnataka Milk Federation. Puneet did not charge any kind of fee for this. He was the brand ambassador of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2008 and 2009.

Puneet’s father was kidnapped by Veerappan

This is from 2000. Sandalwood smuggler Veerappan had kidnapped Puneet Rajkumar’s father Rajkumar. After this incident, a situation of tension had arisen in the entire state. The government tried its best to free the prince. After about 108 days, an agreement was reached between Veerappan and the government, after which the prince was released safely.

Rajkumar was considered an icon of Kannada cinema. He was the first Kannada actor to be awarded the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Puneet’s father Rajkumar had also decided to donate his eyes in 1994. He also died in 2006 due to a heart attack.

Sandalwood actors whose 14 films ran in theaters for 100 days

Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

Puneet was such an actor of Sandalwood, whose 14 films were not removed from the theater for almost 100 days. He was among the highest paid actors of Kannada cinema. He used to charge 2-3 crore fees for a film. He used to charge Rs 1 crore for brand endorsement.

The Karnataka government posthumously honored Puneet Rajkumar with the Karnataka Ratna, the state’s highest civilian award, on November 1, 2022.

Puneeth Rajkumar and his generosity

There were floods in North Karnataka in 2019. Puneet Rajkumar came forward to help people in this difficult time. He had donated Rs 5 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. When the country was struggling with the Corona epidemic, he donated Rs 50 lakh to the relief fund of the Karnataka government.

Puneet ran 46 free schools, 26 orphanages, 16 old age homes and 19 cow shelters. Apart from this, he also provided financial assistance to many Kannada speaking schools.

Used to run an ashram for girls along with his mother

Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

His mother also fully supported Puneet in many noble works. Along with his mother, he used to run an ashram named Shaktidham in Mysore. Where he used to bear the expenses of education of thousands of girls.

This is a charitable organization. In this organization, work has also been done to help rape victims, campaign against human trafficking and against prostitution.

School children had built a satellite in the name of Puneet Rajkumar at a cost of Rs 1.90 crore.

After the demise of Puneet Rajkumar, children of a government school in Bengaluru had adopted a unique way of paying tribute to him. The children had made a satellite in the name of Puneet. This information was given by the Minister of Karnataka Government.

According to a report in Times of India, children studying in a government school in Bengaluru had developed a KGS3 satellite at a cost of Rs 1.90 crore.

Puneet was the founder and owner of the music label PRK Audio. As of November 1, 2022, this channel had 15.1 lakh users on YouTube.

Puneeth Rajkumar: Died of heart attack at the age of 46

Day 29 October 2021. Puneet Rajkumar was working out in the gym when he felt uneasy. He informed this to his wife Ashwini. After which the family members admitted him to the nearby hospital Vikram. As soon as they heard the news of Puneet being ill, people gathered in front of the hospital and started wishing for his speedy recovery. After some time the doctors declared him dead. The news of his demise spread sensation throughout Karnataka.

To avoid riots, sale of liquor was banned for 2 days.
Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

Many cinema halls in Bengaluru remained closed for the day and promotion of films was also banned in the city. After the news of Puneet Rajkumar’s death, many famous pubs across the city were also closed. As a precautionary measure, the sale of liquor was banned in Bengaluru for two nights. Many companies including IT companies sent their employees home early.

30 lakh people gathered with sad eyes to pay their last respects.

Puneet Rajkumar’s mortal remains were kept at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru for 2 days for public viewing. More than 30 lakh people participated in his last darshan. This was reportedly the largest funeral gathering in Indian history. Every person’s eyes were sad. Most of the people in this crowd were seen crying.

To control the fans, Section 144 was imposed across Bengaluru. Due to the crowd gathered outside the stadium, no vehicle was able to move on Vitthal Mallya Road. It was quite challenging for the police to control this crowd.

This is the crowd of fans who had reached Kanteerava Stadium for his last glimpse.

Meanwhile, the biggest news that came out was that after hearing the news of the demise of their superstar, one fan had committed suicide and two had died of heart attack. After a few days, the number of suicides and heart attacks had reached 10.

  • Rahul Gadivadara, a resident of Athani in Belgaum district of Karnataka, worshiped Puneet Rajkumar like a god. The news of his demise came as a great shock to him. He first decorated the photo of late Puneet with flowers, then committed suicide by hanging himself.
  • Parashuram Devammanvar, resident of Shindoli village of Belgami district, was a big fan of Puneet Rajkumar and was very sad after hearing the news of the actor’s heart attack on TV and was crying the whole day. When he got the news that Puneet Rajkumar was no more in this world, he immediately collapsed and died of a heart attack.
  • Muniyappa of Marur village in Chamarajanagar district of Karnataka was also deeply saddened by the news of the death of his superstar. As soon as he heard the news of his demise, he started crying loudly. His condition became so bad that he started having chest pain and died on the spot due to a heart attack.

Elderly female fan started crying hugging Puneeth Rajkumar’s poster

Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

During this time another video went viral on social media. In this video, an elderly fan was crying clinging to the poster of Puneet Rajkumar after his death. His poster was pasted on a bus, in which he was seen laughing. The woman was cleaning the dust accumulated on the poster with her hands.

She was caressing Puneet’s face as if she was actually touching him. She was not able to stop her tears after seeing Puneet’s picture. This video was posted by Viral Bhayani on his Instagram handle.

Puneet got the status of Great Son of Karnataka.

The fan had called the death suspicious, demanded investigation

The series of fans’ madness did not stop here. News also came out that a fan had lodged a complaint at the police station demanding an investigation into his death. This person named Arun had written in his complaint that Puneet was absolutely fine. When his health deteriorated, he was not immediately taken to the hospital. The police accepted this complaint and also investigated, but no important evidence was found.

Like Puneet, one lakh fans had registered their names for eye donation.

Puneet Rajkumar had decided to donate his eyes while he was still alive. The eyes were donated to the hospital when he died. In such a situation, fans also considered his last act as commendable and reached Narayana Nethralaya Hospital in Bengaluru city to donate their eyes. According to reports, about one lakh fans had registered their names.

When 1500 people went to the hospital for heart check-up

Puneeth rajkumar
Puneeth rajkumar

When people came to know that Puneet Rajkumar had a heart attack while working out in the gym, due to which he died, about 1500 people got ECG done. Most of these people were going to work out in the gym.

This is the poster of Puneet Rajkumar’s last film James. This film was released on his first birth anniversary. This film had a good collection at the box office. The total collection of the film was around 100 crores.

Puneet got respect

  • ‘Bettad Huvu’ won the Best Child Artist National Film Award.
  • Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
  • Filmfare Best Actor Award for the film ‘Arasu’
  • AKKA Best Actor Award for the film ‘Ram’
  • Best Actor Award for South Scope film ‘Raaz – The Showman’
  • The 12-km Bengaluru Outer Ring Road between Nayandahalli Junction on Mysore Road and Vega City Mall on Bannerghatta Road was named Dr. Puneeth Rajkumar Road.
  • The 23 feet tall statue of Puneeth was inaugurated during the inauguration of Bellary Utsav in Bellary.

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