Happy Birthday, Rajkumar. Google Doodle honours Kannada actor on what would have been his 88th birth anniversary.
A known face in Indian cinema, Kannada actor and singer Rajkumar aka ராஜ்குமார் was born on April 24, 1929, as Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju. Widely acknowledged as one of India’s finest actors, Rajkumar is still fondly and popularly referred to as Nata Saarvabhouma (Emperor of Actors), Bangarada Manushya (Man of Gold), Vara Nata (Gifted Actor) and Rajanna (Brother Raj).
Google has dedicated its today’s doodle to late Kannada actor Rajkumar. Born on April 24, 1929, as Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju, the Kannada icon used the screen name Rajkumar and was fondly called Appaji, Annavru among other names.
The Google Doodle shows a young Rajkumar in a movie theatre with a silhouette of several people sitting to watch his movie.
Rajkumar was 8 when he started his career with his father in the Gubbi Drama Company. In 1953, he was spotted by film director H. L. N. Simha who signed him for Bedara Kannappa. Rajkumar has acted in over 200 films, his last one being Shabdavedhi in 2000.
In 2000, Karnataka witnessed much tension after Rajkumar was kidnapped from his farm house by notorious sandalwood and ivory smuggler Veerappan. He was released after 108 days.