Muhammad Kutty Paniparambil Ismail, better known by his stage name Mammootty is an Indian film actor and producer who works in Malayalam cinema. In a career spanning four decades, he has appeared in over 400 films, predominantly in Malayalam language and in Tamil, Kannada and English. Mammootty was a lawyer by profession. After establishing himself as a lead actor in the 1980s, his major breakthrough came with the commercial success of the 1987 film New Delhi, he has won three National Film Awards for Best Actor, seven Kerala State Film Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South. In 1998, the Government of India awarded him the Padma Shri for his contributions to the arts, he has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Kerala in January 2010 and from the University of Calicut in December 2010. Mammootty is the chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs the Malayalam television channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV, he is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project, the first district-wide e-literacy project in India.
He is the patron of the Pain and Palliative Care Society, a charitable organisation in Kerala formed with the aim of improving the quality of life among patients with advanced cancer. He has been working with the Pain and Palliative Care Centre in Kozhikode, India. Mammootty was born Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparambil on 7 September 1951 in Chandiroor in Alappuzha district, raised in the village of Chempu near Vaikom in Kottayam district in the present-day state of Kerala, India in a middle-class, Muslim family, his father, was a farmer and his mother, Fatima, a housewife. He was their eldest son, he has two younger brothers and Zakariah and three younger sisters, Ameena and Shafina. Mammootty went to Government High School, Kulasekharamangalam, Kottayam for his primary education. In the 1960s, his father moved the family to Ernakulam, where he attended Government School Ernakulam, he did his pre-university course at Thevara. He attended Ernakulam for his degree, he graduated with a LL. B. from Government Law College, Ernakulam.
Mammootty practiced law for two years in Manjeri. Mammootty married Sulfath in 1979, has a daughter Surumi, a son Dulquer Salmaan. Mammootty's younger brother Ibrahimkutty is an actor in Malayalam TV serials. Ibrahimkutty's son Maqbool Salmaan is a film actor. Mammootty's debut was in the 1971 film Anubhavangal Paalichakal, directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan, his second film was a 1973 Malayalam film directed by K. Narayanan, he acted in the theatre drama Sabarmathi in 1975. In 1979, he played his first lead role in Devalokam, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. However, this film was never completed, his first credited role was in the 1980 film Vilkkanundu Swapnangal, directed by Azad and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Mammootty's first starring role in a released film was the 1980 film Mela and directed by K. G. George. Mammootty's films in the 1980s include: Sphodanam, in which his name appeared in the credits as "Sajin". In 1981, he got his first state award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Ahimsa.
His performances included Aalkkoottathil Adiyozhukkukal. He played the role of a police officer in the investigative thriller Yavanika, directed by K. G. George, both a commercial and critical success. Other major releases in 1982 were Padayottam and Ee Nadu, a commercial success and became the highest grossing south Indian film at that time. Padayottam was the first 70 mm film Indian film to be processed in India, it was the first Malayalam film with a budget over ₹1 crore. In a period of five years, from 1982 to 1987, Mammootty acted in the lead role in more than 150 films. In 1986 alone, he acted in about 35 films, including a brief appearance in Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu. In the mid-1980s, he collaborated in; these films had Mammootty as the protagonist, a husband and a father, with a 3 or 4-year-old daughter, employed in a top ranking post in a company. Mammootty made a comeback with New Delhi and Thaniyavarthanam, both released in 1987. In New Delhi, he played a victimised journalist, who systematically took revenge on politicians who flattered him.
He received the Kerala Film Critics Awards for Best Actor for his role as Balan Mash in Thaniyavarthanam, written by Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil. In 1988, Mammootty starred in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu as a CBI officer. Following Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, three more murder mystery sequels were produced with the same cast of characters: Jagratha, Sethurama Iyer CBI and Nerariyan CBI, all directed by K. Madhu, penned by S. N. Swamy with Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer, an intelligent but unassuming CBI officer. Mammootty appeared in two of M. T. Vasudevan Nair's films with autobiographical elements—Aksharangal, directed by I. V. Sasi and Sukrutham, directed by Harikumar. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha was directed by T. Hariharan and penned by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Mammootty's depiction of a Chekavar of distinguished valor, but vilified by circumstances, won him the National Film Award for Best Actor, his role as a hunter, Varunni in Mrigaya, directed by I. V. Sasi and another film Mahayanam, were scanned for the State Award.
Mammootty won the Filmfare award for Amaram directed by Bharathan, in which he played the role of an uneducated fisherman who dreams of making his only daughter a doctor. During this period, Mammootty appeared in many of the
Mohanlal Viswanathan, known mononymously as Mohanlal, is an Indian actor and playback singer who predominantly works in Malayalam cinema. He has had a prolific career spanning four decades, during which he has acted in more than 300 films. In addition to Malayalam, he has appeared in other regional Indian films. Mohanlal made his acting debut as a teenager in the Malayalam film Thiranottam in 1978, but the film was delayed in its release for 25 years due to censorship issues, his screen debut was in the 1980 romance film Manjil Virinja Pookkal, in which he played the villain. In the following years, he played antagonistic characters in several films and rose to supporting roles. Towards the mid-1980s, he established himself as a leading actor and gained stardom after starring in a series of commercially successful films in 1986. Mohanlal prefers to work in Malayalam films, but he has appeared in some Hindi, Tamil and Kannada films; some of his best known non-Malayalam films include the Tamil political drama Iruvar, the Hindi crime drama Company and the Telugu action film Janatha Garage.
Mohanlal has received five National Film Awards—two Best Actor, a Special Jury Mention and a Special Jury Award for acting, an award for Best Feature Film nine Kerala State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards South and numerous other accolades. The Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2001 and Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in 2019, for his contributions to Indian cinema. In 2009, he became the first and only actor to be awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant colonel in the Territorial Army of India, he received honorary doctorate from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit in 2010 and from the University of Calicut in 2018. Mohanlal Viswanathan was born in the village of Elanthoor in the Pathanamthitta district, Kerala on 21 May 1960, he is the youngest child of Viswanathan Nair, a former bureaucrat and law secretary with the Kerala Government, Santhakumari. He had an elder brother named Pyarelal. Mohanlal grew up in Mudavanmugal at his paternal home in Thiruvananthapuram.
He studied at Government Model Boys Higher Secondary School, Thiruvananthapuram and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram. Mohanlal's first role was as a sixth grader for a stage play called Computer Boy, in which he played a ninety-year-old man. During 1977 and 1978 he was the Kerala state wrestling champion. Mohanlal made his acting debut in 1978 with the film Thiranottam, produced and made by Mohanlal and his friends—Maniyan Pilla Raju, Suresh Kumar, Priyadarshan, Ravi Kumar and a few others. Mohanlal played a mentally disabled servant. Due to some issues with censorship, the film was not released on time, it took 25 years to release the film. In 1980, Mohanlal was cast in the lead antagonist role in Manjil Virinja Pookkal – the directorial debut of Fazil; the film became a major success. Mohanlal's friends had sent his application in response to an advertisement released by Navodaya Studio, he auditioned for the role in front of a panel.
Displeased with his appearance, two of them gave him poor marks, but Fazil and Jijo Appachan gave him 90 and 95 marks out of 100. In an interview with Reader's Digest in 2004, Mohanlal said that his looks as a young man might have fit the villain's image. By 1983, Mohanlal was credited in more than 25 feature films, most of them had him playing negative roles. Films such as Ente Mohangal Poovaninju, Visa, Kaliyil Alpam Karyam, Ente Mamattukkuttiyammakku, Engane Nee Marakkum and Sreekrishna Parunthu changed his image. Through Sasikumar's Ivide Thudangunnu, he became a successful hero with a "good heart". Mohanlal played his first comic lead role in an ensemble cast in the 1984 comedy Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, directed by Priyadarshan, as a young man in love with a girl whom he mistakenly believes to be rich, it marked the beginning of the Mohanlal-Priyadarshan duo, who as of 2016, have worked together in 44 films. In 1985, he recorded a song for the film Onnanam Kunnil Oradi Kunnil. Uyarangalil, Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu, Boeing Boeing and Aram + Aram = Kinnaram were some of his films in this period.
During this period, Mohanlal played different roles in films "made by the great masters", such as G. Aravindan, Hariharan, M. T. Vasudevan Nair, Padmarajan and Lohithadas. Mohanlal, along with actor and scriptwriter Sreenivasan, who played his sidekick in several films, showcased the angst of unemployed, educated Malayali youth forced to adapt to hostile environments in many realistic social satires, some of which were written by Sreenivasan himself. In 1986, he starred in T. P. Balagopalan M. A. directed by Sathyan Anthikad, for which he received his first Kerala State Film Award for Best Actor. He portrayed an unemployed young man, his performance in Sanmanassullavarkku Samadhanam as a harassed house-owner won him the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in the same year. Mohanlal was given the status of a new Malayalam superstar by the public after the box office success of Rajavinte Makan, in which he played an underworld don, Vincent Gomez, he starred in the tragedy Thalavattom, playing Vinod, a young man who becomes mentally ill upon witnessing his girlfriend's death.
He played the role of Solomon in Padmarajan's Namukku Parkkan Munthirithoppukal. Mohanlal's association with Padmarajan was well noted, because their films told stories which were well and truly
Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, known by his screen name Ambareesh, was an Indian actor, media personality and politician from the State of Karnataka. Alongside Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan, he is counted in Kannada cinema's "triumvirate" as its most celebrated actors. With his debut in Puttanna Kanagal's National Award winning Kannada film Naagarahaavu, Ambareesh's acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic and supporting characters. After establishing himself as a lead actor portraying rebellious characters on screen in a number of commercially successful films, he earned the moniker "rebel star", he earned the nickname Mandyada Gandu and continues to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of Karnataka. After joining politics in 1994, Ambareesh became a three-time member of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Indian Parliament representing Mandya, first from Janata Dal and the latter two times from the Indian National Congress, a member of which he remained till his death.
During the third term, he served as the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, between October 2006 and February 2007, as part of the First Manmohan Singh ministry. Between 2013 and 2016, he was a member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and served as the Minister of Housing during the time as part of the Siddaramaiah cabinet. Besides winning many State Film awards and Filmfare Awards South during his acting career, Ambareesh was honoured with the honorary doctorate from the Karnatak University in 2013, he is a recipient NTR National Award, Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South and Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award, all awarded recognizing lifetime achievements and contribution to cinema. Having suffered from a breathing problem starting 2014, Ambareesh died four years later. Ambareesh was born on 29 May 1952 in Doddarasinakere village of Mandya district in the erstwhile Mysore State, he was named as Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, was the sixth of seven children to Huche Gowda and Padmamma.
His granduncle was Chowdiah. Ambareesh completed his schooling in Mandya before moving to Saraswathipuram in Mysore for higher studies. While the eminent Kannada film director Puttanna Kanagal was in search of a new face to play a brief antagonist role for his upcoming film, one of Ambareesh's close friend, Sangram Singh, suggested his name for the screen test much against his wishes. At his screen test, he was asked to walk in a certain fashion, utter a dialogue and toss a cigarette in his mouth. Impressed, Kanagal cast him in his 1972 film Naagarahaavu; the film saw the debut of Vishnuvardhan, another actor who would go on to become one of Kannada cinema's most popular actors. Ambareesh appeared in about 208 films, including other films of Kanagal such as Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Masanada Hoovu and Ranganayaki; as of 2010, Ambareesh had acted in the most films as lead in Kannada films, surpassing Rajkumar's record of 206 films as lead actor and Vishnuvardhan's record of 230 films as a lead actor.
The record has not been broken yet. He was a supporting actor many times at the beginning of their career. Ambareesh played the angry young man of the 1980s, several films were tailor-made accordingly; the earliest of them was the political satire Antha, directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and remade into Hindi and Tamil. This controversial film was the first in India to depict politicians and government officials as corrupt and villainous. Chakravyuha and New Delhi were made on the same lines, the first remade into Hindi as Inquilaab, starring Amitabh Bachchan and the second a remake of the Malayalam hit of the same name, his other notable films include Ranganayaki, Rani Maharani, Olavina Udugore, Hrudaya Haadithu, Hongkongnalli Agent Amar, Mannina Doni and Odahuttidavaru. His performance in Masanada Hoovu, Elu Suttina Kote and Sreekumaran Thampi's Malayalam film Gaanam received critical acclaim. Thampi cast Ambareesh after being impressed with his performance in Ranganayaki. Despite turning out to be a commercial failure, the film went on to win the Kerala State Film Award for Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value.
Ambareesh showed the great performance in Mamateya Madilu, Hrudaya Haadithu, Elu Sutinaa Kote and Mouna Raga. He acted with legend Rajkumar, he is well known as Mandyada Gandu, Kaliyuga Karna, Rebel Star. He was awarded the State award best actor for antha and best supporting role for masanada hoovu, NTR Award by Andhra Pradesh Government, Film Fare best actor award for Olavina Udugore and Film Fare Award, he was the first Kannada actor to inaugurate the world-famous Mysore Dasara festival organized by the government of Karnataka. He won the Karnataka Government's Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award in 2011. Ambareesh joined the Indian National Congress ahead of the assembly election in 1994, he campaigned for the party in the election after having been "too late to be given a ticket". However, he was met with lukewarm reception from the public having been "greeted with slippers and rotten vegetables at a couple of public meetings." He quit the party two years after being denied a ticket to contest the 1996 general election.
Ambareesh subsequently contested the 1998 general election from Mandya. He won the seat upon polling 431,439 votes against 250,916 for the INC candidate. In 1999, Ambareesh contested in five elections since, he served as minister of state for Information and Broadcasting in the 14th Lok Sabha, but resigned over his dissatisfaction with the Cauvery Dispute Tribunal award, though the resignation wa
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, known by his mononymous stage name Rajinikanth, is an Indian film actor and politician who works in Tamil cinema. He began acting in plays while working in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor. In 1973, he joined the Madras Film Institute to pursue a diploma in acting. Following his debut in K. Balachander's Tamil drama Apoorva Raagangal, his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic characters in Tamil films. After earning ₹26 crore for his role in Sivaji, he was the highest-paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan at the time. While working in other regional film industries of India, Rajinikanth has appeared in the cinemas of other nations, including the American film Bloodstone; as of 2018, Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards—four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor—and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. In addition to acting, he has worked as a producer and screenwriter. Apart from his film career, he is a philanthropist and serves as an influence in Dravidian politics.
The Government of India has honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2000 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2016 for his contributions to the arts. At the 45th International Film Festival of India, he was conferred with the "Centenary Award for Indian Film Personality of the Year". Rajinikanth was born on 12 December 1950, in a Maratha family in Mysore State, his mother was a housewife, his father Ramoji Rao Gaekwad, a police constable, He was named Shivaji Rao Gaekwad after Chhatrapati Shivaji, a Maratha warrior King, was brought up speaking Marathi at home and Kannada outside. Rajinikanth's ancestors hailed from Mavadi Kadepathar, Pune and Nachikuppam, Krishnagiri district, Tamil Nadu, he is the youngest of four siblings in a family consisting of a sister. After his father's retirement from work in 1956, the family moved to the suburb of Hanumantha nagar in Bangalore and built a house there; when he was nine years old, he lost his mother. At the age of six, Rajinikanth was enrolled at the "Gavipuram Government Kannada Model Primary School" where he had his primary education.
As a child, he was studious and "mischievous" with a great interest in cricket and basketball. It was during this time that his brother enrolled him at the Ramakrishna Math, a Hindu monastery set up by Ramakrishna Mission. In the math, he was taught Vedas and history, which instilled a sense of spirituality in him. In addition to spiritual lessons, he began acting in plays at the math, his aspiration towards theatre grew at the math and was once given an opportunity to enact the role of Ekalavya's friend from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. His performance in the play received praise from the audience and Kannada poet D. R. Bendre in particular. After sixth grade, Rajinikanth was enrolled at the Acharya Pathasala Public School and studied there till completion of his pre-university course. During his schooling at the Acharya Pathasala, he spent a lot of time acting in plays. In one such occasion, he performed the villainous role of Duryodhana in the play Kurukshetra. Upon completion of his school education, Rajinikanth continued to perform various jobs in the cities of Bangalore and Madras, including that of a coolie and carpenter, ended up being recruited in the Bangalore Transport Service as a bus conductor.
He began to take part in stage plays after Kannada playwright Topi Muniappa offered him a chance to act in one of his mythological plays. During the time, he came across an advertisement issued by the newly formed Madras Film Institute which offered acting courses. Though his family was not supportive of his decision to join the institute, his friend and co-worker Raj Bahadur motivated him to join the institute and financially supported him during this phase. During his stay at the institute, he was performing in a stage play and got noticed by Tamil film director K. Balachander; the director advised him to learn to speak Tamil, a recommendation that Rajinikanth followed. Rajinikanth began his film career through the Tamil film Apoorva Raagangal. Balachander gave Rajinikanth a small role as the abusive husband of Srividya; the film was controversial upon release, as it explored relationships between people with wide age differences. It received wide critical acclaim as it went on to win three National Film Awards including the award for the Best Tamil Feature at the following year ceremony.
A review from The Hindu noted that: "Newcomer Rajinikanth is dignified and impressive". He followed that with Katha Sangama, an experimental film made by Puttanna Kanagal in the new wave style; the film was a portmanteau of three short stories which had Rajinikanth playing a small character in the last segment where he appears as a village ruffian who rapes a blind woman in the absence of her husband. His next release was a Telugu film directed by Balachander. In a remake of his own Tamil film Aval Oru Thodar Kathai, Balachander had Rajinikanth playing a pivotal role for the first time in his career. In subsequent films, he continued to perform a series of negative roles as a womaniser. In Moondru Mudichu — the first film to feature him in a prominent role — he plays a character that "blithely row away" when his friend drowns accidentally in the lake only to fulfill his desire to marry the former's girlfriend, his style of flipping the cigarette made him popular among the audience. His final release of 1976, Baalu Jenu, yet again saw him per
Kathal Parisu is a 1987 Tamil language film starring Kamal Haasan in the lead role of the protagonist. The film's score and soundtrack are composed by Ilaiyaraaja; the film was superhit at the box office, though the soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja was a big hit. The film was dubbed into Hindi as "Tere Pyar Ki Kasam"; the movie starts with Mohan getting released from prison after serving a sentence on a rape charge. Malini and Chitra are heirs to a wealthy business. Malini looks. Mohan meets Chitra and soon they fall in love, while Malini has sworn off all men. Janagaraj is their uncle, after their wealth; when Chitra brings Mohan home to meet her sister and Malini have a big fight which ends is Malini forbidding Chitra from seeing Mohan. Malini reveals the reason behind the fight. Years earlier and Malini were classmates, Malini had a crush on him which Mohan never reciprocated. While on a class trip, Malini gives a note to Mohan. Malini claims that, that night, Mohan entered her room and they had consensual sex, but Mohan denied it and refused to marry her.
So she sent him to prison. The truth comes out. During the class trip, Mohan never received the note which fell on kailash's brother, their classmate. Anand, lusting after Malini, uses this opportunity to enter Malini's room on the pretext of being Mohan and has sex with her. Since Anand disconnected the electricity in her room and the room was dark, Malini didn't know the difference as she was drugged by Anand by mixing a pill in her softdrink at the party. Malini shoots Anand for his act and herself as she cannot live the rest of her life with the Guilt. Mohan forgives Malini and Malini gives her daughter as her gift to Mohan and Chitra and dies in Mohan's arms. Kamal Haasan as Mohan Ambika as Malini Radha as Chitra Poornam Vishwanathan as Malini's father Rajkumar Sethupathi as Anand Jaishankar as Kailash Janagaraj as Malini's uncle Delhi Ganesh as Inspector Ravi Raghavendra as K. K. Bahadur Sivaraman Jeevan Kovai Sarala Disco Shanti Baby Sujitha The movie paired Ambika and her real-life sister Radha in roles of sisters on-screen.
Nadia was first offered the role of the younger sister. She refused it and the role went to Radha; the sisters delivered stunning performances. Ambika played the role of a hot, beautiful, single woman with aplomb. In this role she plays a dominating business tycoon with a powerful personality, she portrays a controlling and protective older sister for younger Radha, while demonstrating a glamorous and desirable personality herself. Soon, in a flashback, she displays a different personality as a pretty and carefree college girl, switching between the two roles effortlessly; the director does a beautiful job of selecting scenes that portray all the aspects of Ambika's varied persona in the movie, such as a scene that puts her in a corporate boss role, a scene that has her questioning her sister protectively, a scene that shows her caring side in a poor children's home and a scene that underscores her youth and physical beauty in the dressing room. Radha looks her best in the movie, an actress at the height of her commercial success confident and comfortable about pairing up with her more experienced sister.
She refuses to be overshadowed by her elder sister and comes across as a distinct and talented actress. The movie is recorded to have been a hallmark in establishing the popularity of Ambika and Radha are referenced by various articles in the press; this is one movie where Kamal's role and performance pales in comparison to the collective power of an outstanding performance by two of the hottest actresses in South India. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Kadhal Parisu on IMDb http://www.cinesouth.com/cgi-bin/filmography/newfilmdb.cgi?name=kadhal%20parisu
Singanalluru Puttaswamy Mutturaju, known mononymously by his stage name Rajkumar was an Indian actor and singer in the Kannada cinema. 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. Rajkumar entered the film industry after his long stint as a dramatist with Gubbi Veeranna's Gubbi Drama Company, which he joined at the age of eight, before he got his first break as a lead in the 1954 film Bedara Kannappa, he went on to work in over 220 films essaying a variety of roles and excelling in portraying mythological and historical characters in films such as Bhakta Kanakadasa, Ranadheera Kanteerava, Satya Harishchandra, Immadi Pulikeshi, Sri Krishnadevaraya, Bhakta Kumbara, Mayura and Bhakta Prahlada. Trained in classical music during his theatre days, Rajkumar became an accomplished playback singer and despite imperfections in Shruti and pitch, he came to be known for his diction in the language.
He sang for his own films since 1974. The songs "Yaare Koogadali", "Huttidare Kannada", "Hey Dinakara", "Hrudaya Samudra" and "Naadamaya" became popular. For his rendition of the latter song, he was awarded the National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer. Well known for his disciplined and simple lifestyle in both personal and professional fronts, Rajkumar was an avid Yoga and Carnatic music performer. In 2000, he was kidnapped from his farmhouse at Gajanur by Veerappan and was released after 108 days, his final screen appearance came in Jogi in 2005. He died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Bangalore on 12 April 2006 at the age of 77. In his film career, Rajkumar received thirteen Karnataka State Film Awards including nine Best Actor and two Best singer awards, eight Filmfare Awards South and one National Film Award, he holds the record of receiving Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor the highest number of times. He received the NTR National Award in 2002.
He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Mysore, is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan in 1983 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995 for lifetime contribution to Indian cinema. Rajkumar was born on 24 April 1929 in Gajanur, a hamlet in Talavadi taluk in the erstwhile Madras Presidency, his father, Puttaswami Gowda and mother, Lakshmamma were impoverished theatre artists from Singanallur. Puttaswami Gowda was good at playing roles such as Kamsa and Hiranyakashipu. Rajkumar left school at eight and was discovered by film producers, who cast him in bit roles that he played till he was 25, he was named Mutturaju, after the Muthaththi Raya, a temple deity located in Muthathi, a settlement on the banks of river Kaveri in present-day Karnataka. Before acting in what would become his first film as a lead, it was an insignificant role, he remembered that the scene was over before he recognized himself in the scene. Rajkumar started his career with his father in a troupe led by Gubbi Veeranna.
In 1953, he was spotted by film director H. L. N. Simha, on the lookout for well-built, pleasant-faced Bedara Kannappa. Simha signed him for the film and christened him "Rajkumar", he acted only in Kannada apart from Sri Kalahastiswara Mahatyam in Telugu, a remake of Bedara Kannappa. He acted excluding his guest appearances, he owned. Bhaagyada Baagilu was his 100th film, Devataa Manushya was 200th film and Shabdavedhi was his last film, his character depictions ranged from love to double and triple roles, from action and mythological characters to portrayals of contemporary social causes in the span over five decades. Rajkumar along with his contemporaries Udaya Kumar and Kalyan Kumar was referred as the "Kumara Thrayaru" of Kannada cinema, he acted in 36 films in 5 films with Kalyan Kumar. The films presented a populist version of Karnataka's history, focusing on the southern kingdoms from the Vijayanagara Empire and to the intrigue and mystery of the Mysore royalty, he made historical movies such as Kaviratna Kalidasa.
He made movies from Kannada novels and made movies against perceived social evils such as "Jeevana Chaitra" on evils of drinking and Shabdavedhi on drug abuse. He acted with heroines of southern cinema such as Jayanti, Leelavathi, Kalpana, Aarathi, B. Saroja Devi, Krishna Kumari, Manjula, Lakshmi, Geetha and Jayaprada. Bollywood actress Rekha made her debut in Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999 with him, he acted for south Indian directors from B. R. Pantulu and Puttanna Kanagal to Shankar Nag and T. S. Nagabharana. Chi. Udaya Shankar has written songs for 85 of his movies. Rajkumar was the first Indian artist to enact the role of James Bond in Jedara Bale. In Operation Jackpotnalli CID 999, Goadalli CID 999 and Operation Diamond Racket he played roles chronicling the adventures of Prakash aka Agent CID 999, a James Bondesque superspy. Much of these films w