- Puneeth Rajkumar started his profession as a baby artist
- He made his mark early in life with Bhakta Prahalada
- He received a National Award for Bettada Hoovu
He was matinee icon Rajkumar’s son, after all, however Puneeth Rajkumar was additionally the “Power Star” who moved out of his father’s lengthy shadows to sparkle within the arclights as Kannada cinema’s most bankable, extremely paid actor. Puneeth Rajkumar was solely 46 when he died after an enormous coronary heart assault following a two-hour exercise within the gymnasium, gorgeous his legions of followers, colleagues and political leaders left questioning simply how a younger man so seemingly match and wholesome might have gone so quickly, so instantly.
The gifted, affable actor, who leaves behind his spouse and two daughters, was popularly often known as Powerstar for his robust efficiency in plenty of commercially-successful Kannada movies. He was not only a star of movies comparable to Appu but in addition a star tv host and the occasional singer too. The actor grew up beneath the tutelage of the late Dr Rajkumar, the legendary Kannada character icon, starting his profession as a baby artist.
Puneeth, the fifth and the youngest youngster of the celebrity, made his mark early in life with a rare efficiency in Bhakta Prahalada the place he labored along with his father. He was additionally praised for his efficiency in Vasantha Geeta and Bhagyavantha.
But it was Bettada Hoovu, the place he performed the function of a younger boy Ramu who assists a researcher to discover a uncommon flower, that received Puneeth a nationwide award as one of the best youngster actor. A health fanatic, Puneeth was a superb badminton participant and was a daily on the gymnasium.
On Friday additionally, he went to the gymnasium, in line with docs. After finishing two hours of work-out, he developed extreme chest ache.
He was rushed to the hospital following the cardiac arrest however he couldn’t be saved. As a number one man, Puneeth made his entry into Kannada movie business with the 2002 function Appu, the film that introduced him huge success and fan following, a lot in order that his followers began calling him Appu.
His notable movies included Abhi, Veera Kannadiga, Mourya, Chakravyuha, Doddmane Hudga, Akash, Arasu, Milana, Jackie, Raajakumara and Anjani Putra.
Puneeth hit a dry spell through the interval 2006 -2009 however returned with a bang with back-to-back hits like Prithvi, actioner Jackie, Hudugaru and Yaare Koogadali.
He discovered additional fame with the 2012 motion film Anna Bond and Jayanth C. Paranjee’s romance Ninnindale.
The greatest hit of profession got here in 2017 when Puneeth headlined Raajakumara. The blockbuster movie turned the highest-grossing Kannada-language movie of all time. But the report was subsequent yr damaged by KGF: Chapter 1.
It additionally earned him a Filmfare Award for greatest actor – Kannada. After having no releases in 2018, Puneeth returned with 2019’s supernatural motion movie Natasaarvabhowma and had a cameo look in Padde Huli.
The actor final featured in filmmaker Santhosh Ananddram’s Yuvarathnaa and had lately wrapped taking pictures for Chethan Kumar’s James.
He was set to begin working with director Pawan Kumar for his subsequent film Dvitva from November 1.
Like his father, Puneeth was also called a playback singer, beginning with Appu. He sang the favored duet Jothe Jotheyali for Vamshi.
Again following in on the footsteps of his well-known father, Puneeth had pledged to donate his eyes and his want was honoured after his loss of life.
Puneeth’s elder brothers Shiva Rajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar are additionally stars within the Kannada movie business.
On the small display screen, Puneeth hosted the primary two seasons of Kannadada Kotyadhipati, the Kannada model of Amitabh Bachchan’s Kaun Banega Crorepati. After sitting out for the third season, he returned to host it for the fourth season.
He additionally emceed Colors Kannada’s actuality present Family Power. His sudden loss of life has shaken the entire nation to the core with personalities from completely different walks of life paying a tribute to him.
Mourning Puneeth’s sudden passing away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to as the younger actor’s loss of life a “cruel twist of fate”.
“A cruel twist of fate has snatched away from us a prolific and talented actor, Puneeth Rajkumar. This was no age to go. The coming generations will remember him fondly for his works and wonderful personality. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”
A merciless coincidence has snatched away from us a prolific and gifted actor, Puneeth Rajkumar. This was no age to go. The coming generations will bear in mind him fondly for his works and fantastic character. Condolences to his household and admirers. Om Shanti. pic.twitter.com/ofcNpnMmW3
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 29, 2021
Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai stated Puneeth’s loss of life was tough to come back to phrases with. “A huge personal loss and one that’s difficult to come to terms with. Praying the almighty gives the Rajkumar family and fans the strength to bear this loss.” he tweeted.
— Basavaraj S Bommai (@BSBommai) October 29, 2021
Mr Bommai stated the actor was supposed to satisfy him on Friday to plan Kannada Rajyotsava on November 1.
“But the destiny had something else in store. Instead of meeting me, he went somewhere else. This is extremely shocking,” the CM informed reporters.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin additionally expressed shock at Puneeth’s sudden loss of life and remembered him as a “humble human being despite his stardom.” South star Mohanlal despatched his condolences to his household. “The loss of Puneeth Rajkumar has come as a terrible shock. I still find the news hard to believe. It feels as though I have lost a younger brother. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family with whom I share a close bond. I wish them strength & comfort to cope with this loss,” he wrote.
Actor Mahesh Babu stated Puneeth’s sudden demise has left him “shocked and deeply saddened.” “Shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic news of Puneeth Rajkumar’s demise. One of the most humble people I’ve met and interacted with…,” he tweeted.
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