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Puneeth Rajkumar

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Puneeth Rajkumar Appu born 17 March 1975 is an Indian film actor, playback singer and television presenter who works primarily in Kannada cinema Appu has been a lead actor in 25 films; as a child he appeared in films featuring his father Rajkumar His performances in Vasantha Geetha 1980, Bhagyavantha 1981, Chalisuva Modagalu 1982, Eradu Nakshatragalu 1983 and Bettada Hoovu 1985 were praised He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role of Appu in Bettada Hoovu Puneeth's first lead role was in 2002's Appu 2002 film

He has appeared as a lead actor in commercially successful films, including Appu 2002, Abhi 2003, Veera Kannadiga 2004, Mourya 2004, Aakash 2005, Arasu 2007, Milana 2007, Vamshi 2008, Raam 2009, Jackie 2010, Hudugaru 2011 and Raajakumara 2017, and is one of the most popular celebrities and highest paid actors in Kannada cinema In 2012, he debuted as a television presenter on the popular the game show Kannadada Kotyadhipati, a Kannada version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire


  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 1976–89: As child actor
    • 22 2002–07: Debut as lead and breakthrough
    • 23 2008–11: Career challenges
    • 24 2011–15: Hudugaru and other films
    • 25 2016–present
    • 26 Singing career
  • 3 Television
  • 4 Other work
    • 41 Endorsements
  • 5 Filmography
    • 51 Awards and nominations
    • 52 National Film Awards
    • 53 Karnataka State Film Awards
    • 54 South Indian International Movie Awards
    • 55 Filmfare Awards South
    • 56 Suvarna Film Awards
    • 57 South Scope Award
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Personal life

Puneeth was born at Kalyani Hospital in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar He is their fifth, and youngest child When Puneeth was six years old, his family moved to Mysore His father brought him and his sister, Poornima, to his film sets until he was ten years old His elder brother, Shiva Rajkumar, is a popular actor

Puneeth married Ashwini Revanth from Chikmagalure on 1 December 1999 They met through a common friend, and have two daughters: Drithi and Vanditha


1976–89: As child actor

Director V Somashekar first brought Puneeth then known as Lohith onscreen when he was six months old in his thriller film Premada Kanike 1976, starring Rajkumar and Aarathi This was followed by Vijay's Sanaadi Appanna 1977, based on Krishnamoorthy Puranik's novel of the same name, when Puneeth was one year old Thayige Thakka Maga 1978 was again directed by V Somashekar and starred his father Two years later, directors Dorai-Bhagavan cast him as Shyam in Vasantha Geetha 1980 This was followed by K S L Swamy's mythological drama Bhoomige Banda Bhagavantha 1981, appearing as Lord Krishna and B S Ranga's Bhagyavantha 1982, in which he recorded his first popular song: "Baana Daariyalli Soorya", composed by T G Lingappa That year, he appeared in two hit films Chalisuva Modagalu and Hosa Belaku with his father For the former, Puneeth received his first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor Male In 1983, he appeared in two mythological films: Bhakta Prahlada as the protagonist, Prahlada, and Eradu Nakshatragalu, for which he received his second Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Actor

In 1984, Puneeth starred with Rajkumar in the thriller Yarivanu and sang "Kannige Kaanuva", written by Rajan-Nagendra His biggest break as a child actor came in the 1985 drama Bettada Hoovu, directed by N Lakshminarayan and based on Shirley L Arora's novel What Then, Raman For his portrayal of the innocent Ramu, Puneeth received the award for Best Child Artist at the 33rd National Film Awards In his early teens, he appeared in Shiva Mecchida Kannappa 1988 as the young Kannappa with his elder brother, Shiva Puneeth's final child role was in Parashuram 1989, with his father

2002–07: Debut as lead and breakthrough

In April 2002, Puneeth made his film debut as a leading man in the masala film Appu, with Rakshita, also making her film debut The musical, directed by Puri Jagannadh and produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar, in which he played a college boy, was a box office success and his dancing skills were praised by critics Puneeth sang "Taliban Alla Alla", with lyrics by Upendra and music by Gurukiran The film's success spawned remakes in Telugu Idiot 2003 and Tamil Dum 2003

Puneeth next appeared in Dinesh Babu's Abhi 2003 as a plucky college boy who is devoted to his mother In the film, based on a true story and produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar, he starred with debutante Ramya

Meher Ramesh's Veera Kannadiga was Puneeth's first 2004 release The film, written by Puri Jagannadh, was simultaneously made in Telugu as Andhrawala with N T Rama Rao Jr in the lead role Paired with debutante Anitha, it showcased his dancing and stunt skills Although the film was criticised for its violence and poor plot, it was successful at the box office Puneeth next starred in S Narayan's family drama Maurya, a remake of the Telugu Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi, starring Ravi Teja and written by Puri Jagannadh The remake enhanced Puneeth's reputation as an actor in his own right

He released two films in 2005 Mahesh Babu's Aakash reunited Puneeth with Ramya from Abhi and he appeared in Veera Shankar's action film Namma Basava, with Gowri Munjal He recorded songs in both films Puneeth's only 2006 release was Ajay, directed by Meher Ramesh and produced by Rockline Venkatesh In the film, a remake of the 2003 Telugu Okkadu, he played a professional kabaddi player who protects a girl endangered by her uncle played by Prakash Raj As a result of these films, Puneeth was called the "Powerstar of Sandalwood"

Puneeth's first release in 2007 was his production Arasu, directed by Mahesh Babu, in which he played an expatriate businessman who renounces his wealth for the woman he loves For his performance, he received his first Filmfare Best Actor award Puneeth's other release that year was Prakash's reaffirmation of traditional family values Milana, in which he played the radio jockey Akash For the film, he received his first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor

2008–11: Career challenges

The actor released two films in 2008: D Rajendra Babu's Bindaas and Prakash's Vamshi Puneeth's first 2009 release was Raaj - The Showman Although the film directed by Prem was criticised, his performance was praised His other film Raam, with Priyamani, was a remake of the Telugu hit Ready

Puneeth returned to the limelight in 2010 with back-to-back hits The first was Jacob Varghese's political thriller Prithvi, in which he played a bureaucrat in Ballari district who fights corruption His next release was the action film Jackie, directed by Duniya Soori, which was a commercial success Puneeth Rajkumar is praised by both the critics and fans His dare-devil stunts in movies are still a record in South Indian cinema He also danced well in the movie

2011–15: Hudugaru and other films

In 2011, Puneeth co-starred in K Madesh's Hudugaru, a remake of the Tamil film Nadodigal in which he reprised M Sasikumar's role in the original For his performance, he received his second Filmfare and first SIIMA Best Actor awards In Yogaraj Bhat's travelogue Paramathma, Puneeth's next release, his character searches for love

He worked with Soori again in 2012 on the action film Anna Bond, produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar For his performance, he received the Suvarna Best Actor award and was nominated for an IIFA award Puneeth starred in another Tamil remake Poraali, filmed in Kannada as Yaare Koogadali, by Samuthirakani He played Kumar, who escapes with his friend from a mental asylum and finds refuge in a man's house

In 2014, Puneeth starred in Jayanth C Paranjee's romance Ninnindale, with Erica Fernandes Although his performance as a New York-based adventure enthusiast based in New York was praised by critics, the film was unsuccessful at the box office Puneeth's next release was K Madesh's Power , a remake of the Telugu film Dookudu Appearing with Trisha for the first time, he played a tough police officer The film earned a record ₹22 crore ₹220 million in six days In 2015, he played himself in B M Giriraj's Kannada-Malayalam bilingual film Mythri, which also starred Mohanlal and Bhavana Puneeth's other release that year was Pawan Wadeyar's Rana Vikrama, an action film with Adah Sharma and Anjali


In March 2016, Puneeth worked for M Saravanan's Chakravyuha and Duniya Soori's Doddmane Hudga In 2017, he appeared in Santhosh Ananddram 's Raajakumara and A Harsha 's Anjani Putra

His upcoming film is again with Raajakumara 2017 director Santhosh Ananddram under Hombale Films

Singing career

Puneeth sang alone in Appu, and sang a duet on "Jothe Jotheyali" from Vamshi He sang a fast number in Jackie and sang in his brother Shiva's films Lava Kusha and Mylari


Titlecard of Kannadada Kotyadipathi

In 2013, Puneeth hosted the first season of Kannadada Kotyadhipati, modeled on the Hindi show Kaun Banega Crorepati, which in turn, is modeled on the British show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Its first season was successful, and a second season followed

Other work

Puneeth has been involved in philanthropy with his mother at the Shakti Dhama ashram in Mysore, and owns the Bengaluru Premier Futsal team


Puneeth has been a brand ambassador for Karnataka Milk Federation's Nandini Milk products, LED Bulb Project, 7 Up PepsiCo, F-Square, Dixcy Scott, Malabar Gold and Manappuram, and was a brand ambassador of the Indian Premier League cricket team Royal Challengers Bangalore Puneeth also owns a team in Premier Futsal, Bengaluru 5


Main article: Puneeth Rajkumar filmography

Awards and nominations

Puneeth Rajkumar awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
National Film Awards 1 N/A
Karnataka State Film Awards 4 1
Filmfare Awards 4 3
Others 7 4
Awards won 20
Nominations 8 N/A

National Film Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1985 Bettada Hoovu Best Child Artist Won

Karnataka State Film Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1982-83 Chalisuva Modagalu Best Child Actor Won
1983-84 Eradu Nakshatragalu Best Child Actor Won
2007-08 Milana Best Actor Won
2010-11 Jackie Best Actor Won

South Indian International Movie Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2011 Hudugaru Best Actor Won
2012 Anna Bond Best Actor Nominated
2013 Yaare Koogadali Youth Icon of South Indian Cinema male Won
2016 Rana Vikrama Best Actor Won
2017 Doddmane Hudga Best Actor Nominated

Filmfare Awards South

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1985 Bettada Hoovu Filmfare Best Child Actor Won
2006 Arasu Best Actor Won
2011 Hudugaru Best Actor Won
2012 Anna Bond Best Actor Nominated
2014 Power Best Actor Nominated
2015 Rana Vikrama Best Actor Won
2016 Doddmane Hudga Best Actor Nominated
  • 2016: Best Playback Singer- Male - Run Antony - Nominated for 'Jhanak Jhanak'
  • 2014: Best Playback Singer- Male - Power - Nominated for 'Guruvara Sange'

Suvarna Film Awards

The Suvarna Film Awards are presented by Asianet Suvarna, a Kannada television channel to honour artists in Kannada cinema The awards were established in 2008

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 Milana Best Actor Won
2010 Jackie Best Actor Won
2013 Anna Bond Favorite Hero Won

South Scope Award

The South Scope Award for Best Actor are presented by Southscope, is an Indian based, monthly, English-language film magazine which focuses on South Indian films The awards were established in 2008

Year Nominated work Category Result
2008 Vamshi Best Actor Won
2009 Raaj - The Showman Best Actor Won
IIFA Utsavam
  • 2017: Best Playback Singer- Male - Nanna Ninna Prema Kathe - Nominated for 'Maduve Munji'
  • 2017: Best Playback Singer- Male - Run Anthony - Nominated for 'Jhanak Jhanak'
Other awards
  • 2010: Udaya Film Award for Best Actor — Jackie
  • 2015: Zee Music Awards For Best Singer - "Adhyaksha"
  • 2016: Mirchi Music Awards South - Sensational Singer Of The Year, 2015


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