Shiva Rajkumar

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Shiva Rajkumar
Native name ಶಿವ ರಾಜ್‌ಕುಮಾರ
Born Putta Swamy
(1961-07-12) 12 July 1961 (age 59)
Madras, Madras State, India
Other names Shivanna, Shivu, Puttu
Alma mater University of Madras
M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Geetha (m. 1986)
Children 2
Parent(s) Rajkumar
Parvathamma Rajkumar
Relatives Vinay Rajkumar (nephew)
Family Raghavendra Rajkumar (brother)
Puneeth Rajkumar (brother)

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.[1] He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning more than three decades, Kumar has worked in over 100 films.[1]

After graduating in Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Kumar made his debut screen appearance in films with Singeetham Srinivas Rao's Anand (1986). His first three films, namely Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986) and Mana Mechchida Hudugi (1987) were all successful, which earned him the title Hattrick Hero.[2]

He has completed 28 years in film industry and has given several blockbuster movies. His films like Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986), Om (1995), Janumada Jodi, Nammoora Mandara Hoove, A.K. 47, Jogi, Bhajarangi, Killing Veerappan proved successful at the box office. He was conferred honorary doctorate by Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University in 2014.[3][4]

Family and early life

Shiva Rajkumar was born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, to actor Rajkumar and film producer Parvathamma. He has two sisters and two brothers; his younger brother, Raghavendra Rajkumar is a film producer and a former actor, and his youngest brother, Puneeth Rajkumar also an actor in Kannada cinema.[5] Shiva Rajkumar did his schooling in T Nagar, Chennai and then studied at the New College, Chennai.[6]

On the insistence of film director K. Balachander, Kumar joined an acting school in Chennai after completing his graduation from Madras University in 1983. After training in Kuchipudi dance at Vempetti Chinni Sathyam in Chennai during his college days, he made an entry into the Kannada film industry with Anand.[2]

Shivarajkumar married Geeta, the daughter of late former chief minister of Karnataka, S. Bangarappa. The couple have two daughters: Niveditha and Nirupama.[7]

He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University,[8]

Acting career

Shiva Rajkumar started his acting career with the film Anand in 1986.[2] In his career spanning over 25 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.[2] 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.[9]

His film Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu was shot at the 7 wonders of the world.[10] His 100th movie, Jogayya, is the sequel to his blockbuster Jogi.[11]

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 Rajkumar opposed the proposal of voice dubbed movies releasing in Kannada film industry. He openly criticized the need for voice dubbed movies in Kannada film industry.[12][13][14]

Awards and honours

Shiva Rajkumar has won four Filmfare and four state awards in the best actor category. He has also won numerous Cine-Express, Sirigannada, ETV awards.

Honorary Awards

  • SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility (2012)

Karnataka State Awards

South Indian International Movie Awards




  1. 1.0 1.1 25 years of Shivaraj Kumar!. (3 February 2011). Retrieved on 29 March 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Shiva Rajkumar – The Versatile Actor
  3. "VSKU to honour Hazare, U.R. Rao with doctorates".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Anna Hazare, U R Rao to be conferred honorary doctorate".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Puneet Rajkumar – Filmography, Movies, Photos, Biography, Wallpapers, Videos, Fan Club at. Retrieved on 29 March 2013.
  6. Galatta Tamil. "Shiva Rajkumar at Kalyan Jewellers Inauguration in Chennai | Galatta Tamil". Youtube. Retrieved 20 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Shivarajkumar, CineCurry.
  8. [1], Shivarajkumar receives an honorary doctorate - The Times of India
  9. ಪ್ರೇಕ್ಷಕರ ಒತ್ತಾಯದ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಓಂ!, One India, 1 September 2010
  10. "Shivrajkumar in seven wonders". Retrieved 5 August 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Shivanna reduces weight for Mylari, One India, 6 April 2010
  12. Shivarajkumar comes out against dubbing. (25 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  13. Dubbing issue has Sudeep and Shivarajkumar in a war of words. (29 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.
  14. Kannada Film Industry in Crisis over Dubbing Issue. (27 January 2014). Retrieved on 30 July 2014.

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