Shiva Rajkumar

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Shiva Rajkumar
Shivaraj kumar in 2011
Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy

(1961-07-12) 12 July 1961 (age 58) [1]
Residence Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Other namesShivanna
Alma mater The New College, University of Madras
M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Years active1966–present
Geetha(m. 1986)
Parent(s) Rajkumar (father)
Parvathamma (mother)
RelativesSee Rajkumar family

Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy (born 12 July 1961), known by his screen name Shiva Rajkumar, is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer and television presenter, best known for his work in Kannada cinema. [2] He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning over three decades, Shiva has worked in over 125 films. [2]

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After graduating with Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Shiva made his debut screen appearance in films with Singeetham Srinivas Rao's Anand (1986), which fetched him the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor. His first three films, namely Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986) and Mana Mechchida Hudugi (1987) were all highly successful, earning him the title Hat-trick Hero coined by the media and his fan followers. [3] [4]

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<i>Anand</i> (1986 film) 1986 film by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao

Anand is a 1986 Indian Kannada film directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao. It stars Shivrajkumar and Sudha Rani in lead roles with both making their debuts. The film went on to be a huge success running for 38 weeks.

Cinema Express Awards are presented annually by Indian Express Group on behalf of Cinema Express film magazine to honour artistic excellence of professionals in the south Indian film industry which comprises Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam film industries. The awards were introduced in 1981. From 1987 the awards were extended to many categories.

Shiva has worked in the film industry for over 30 years, featuring in films such as Anand , Ratha Sapthami (1986), Om (1995), Janumada Jodi , Nammoora Mandara Hoove , A.K. 47 , Jogi , Bhajarangi , Killing Veerappan and Shivalinga which became milestones in the Kannada film industry and made records at the box office. He was conferred an honorary doctorate by Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014. [5] [6] In the year 2010, he made his television debut with the talk show Naaniruvude Nimagagi, aired on Zee Kannada. [7] . Shiva is also working as a co-producer for a web series named Hate You Romeo which is currently being shot in Vietnam. [8]

<i>Ratha Sapthami</i> 1986 film by M.S. Rajashekar

Ratha Sapthami (ರಥಸಪ್ತಮಿ) is a 1986 Indian-Kannada romantic musical film directed by M. S. Rajashekar and produced by S. A. Govindaraj. It stars Shivarajkumar in his second venture after Anand. Debutant actress Asha Rani and playwright Parvathavani star in the lead roles. The musical score was composed by Upendra Kumar, while the lyrics, screenplay and dialogues were written by Chi. Udaya Shankar. P. Vasu was co-writer of this movie. The story is based on a Kannada novel of the same name by Vidyullatha Sasanoor.

<i>Janumada Jodi</i> 1996 Indian Kannada film directed by T. S. Nagabharana

Janumada Jodi is a 1996 Indian Kannada film directed by T. S. Nagabharana, based on the Gujarati novel Malela Jeev by Pannalal Patel, starring Shivarajkumar and Shilpa in the lead roles. The story deals with the caste system.

<i>Nammoora Mandara Hoove</i> 1997 film by Sunil Kumar Desai

Nammoora Mandara Hoove is a 1997 Indian Kannada language film directed by Sunil Kumar Desai starring Shivrajkumar, Ramesh, Prema in the lead roles. It's considered as one of the all time blockbuster romantic movie in KFC. The film received two awards at the 1996-97 Karnataka State Film AwardsBest Child Actor - Male and Best Female Playback Singer.

Personal life

Shiva Rajkumar was born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, to actor Rajkumar and film producer Parvathamma as the first of five children. His two brothers are Raghavendra Rajkumar, a film producer and former Kannada actor and Puneeth Rajkumar, an actor in Kannada cinema. Shiva did his schooling in T. Nagar, Chennai and then studied at the New College, Chennai. [9]

Chennai Megacity in Tamil Nadu, India

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Tamil Nadu State in Southern India

Tamil Nadu, formerly Madras State, is one of the 29 states of India. Its capital and largest city is Chennai. Tamil Nadu lies in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent and is bordered by the union territory of Puducherry and the South Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh. It is bounded by the Eastern Ghats on the north, by the Nilgiri Mountains, the Meghamalai Hills, and Kerala on the west, by the Bay of Bengal in the east, by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait on the southeast, and by the Indian Ocean on the south. The state shares a maritime border with the nation of Sri Lanka.

Rajkumar (actor) Indian Kannada film actor

Singanalluru Puttaswamy Mutturaju, known mononymously by his stage name Rajkumar was an Indian actor and singer in the Kannada cinema. Widely acclaimed as one of the finest actors in the history of Indian cinema, he is considered a cultural icon and holds a matinée idol status in the Kannada diaspora, among whom he is popularly adulated as Nata Saarvabhouma, Bangarada Manushya, Vara Nata and Rajanna. He was honoured by Padma Bhushan Award in 1983.

On the insistence of film director K. Balachander, Shiva joined an acting school in Chennai after completing his graduation from Madras University in 1983. After getting trained in Kuchipudi dance from Vempetti Chinni Sathyam in Chennai during his college days, he made an entry into the Kannada film industry with Anand . [4]

K. Balachander Indian director

Kailasam Balachander was an Indian filmmaker and playwright who worked mainly in the Tamil film industry. He was well known for his distinct film-making style, and the Indian film industry knew him as a master of unconventional themes and hard-hitting contemporary subject matter. Balachander's films are well known for their portrayal of women as bold personalities and central characters. Popularly referred to as Iyakkunar Sigaram, his films are usually centred on unusual or complicated interpersonal relationships and social themes. He started his film career in 1964 as a screenwriter and graduated to a director with Neerkumizhi (1965).

Kuchipudi One of the classical Indian dances that originated in Andhra Pradesh

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Shiva married Geeta, the daughter of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, S. Bangarappa. The couple have two daughters: Niveditha and Nirupama. [10]

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University. [11]

He is the Brand Ambassador of Royal Challengers Bangalore for their 11th Season of Indian Premier League . He was the second Kannada actor to buy Maruti 800. [12]

Acting career

Shiva started his acting career with the film Anand in 1986. [4] In his career spanning over 30 years, he acted in a variety of roles. The most notable movies of his career are Janumada Jodi , Jogi , Anand , Ratha Sapthami , Nammoora Mandara Hoove , Om and Chigurida Kanasu . [4] He acted in Sugreeva , which was shot in 18 hours. His Om , directed by Upendra, set a trend of gangster movies in Kannada and other film industries in India. It continues to be shown even to this day. [13]

His film Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu was shot at the 7 wonders of the world. [14] His 100th movie, Jogayya , is the sequel to his blockbuster Jogi . [15]

Bhajarangi (2013) was a box-office success, and went on to run for more than 100 days. The film was released in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. It was released in 212 theatres in the state of Karnataka alone. He played a coach in the sports drama Aryan , his first release of 2014.

Statement against dubbing

Shiva opposed the proposal of voice dubbed movies releasing in the Kannada film industry. He openly criticized the need for voice dubbed movies in the Indian film industry. [16] [17] [18]

Awards and honours

Shiva has won four Filmfare and four state awards in the best actor category. He has also won numerous Cine-Express, Sirigannada and ETV awards. He has also lent his name for creating awareness for social causes and charity. On his birthday, "Shivarajkumar Suvarana Mahotsava Abhinandana Samithi" was formed for charity. [19]

Honorary awards

Karnataka State Awards

Filmfare Awards South
YearAward typeFilmNotes
1995 Best Actor Om Won
1996 Nammoora Mandara Hoove Won
1999 A. K. 47 (film) Won
2010 Thamassu Won
2013 Bhajarangi Nominated
2015 Vajrakaya Nominated
2016 Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Nominated
2017 Mufti Nominated

South Indian International Movie Awards

International honours



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