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Dr. Rajkumar 1930 - 2006 [Apr. 12th, 2006|08:07 pm]
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Words are not enough to express the loss every Kannadiga feels today.
He was the epitome of "Decency" in a world where the power and popularity made people forget their humility and sense of balance. He was the "hiriyaNNa" (elder brother), to whom generations of Kannadigas looked up to to gain a sense of what is right. With his passing, kannadigas have lost a moral compass. I pray that in this moment of sadness, Kannadigas take a moment to reflect on his life and what he taught us by the way of his actions - both on-screen and off it.

Writers better than me have very poignantly expressed the loss we feel today.

http://www.landoflime.com/archives/writing-films/sad-day/
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Perhaps the biggest cultural icon for Kannadigas, he represented the best of Kannada culture through his personal conduct and art. Karnataka chief minister Kumara Swamy said it best a few months ago. In an interview just before he assumed office, Kumara Swamy said Bangarada Manushya (possibly Raj Kumar’s best film) taught him how to be a good human being. That’s what each of his 205 films did: offer a moral compass to his audience, his abhimani devarugalu (fans who are like gods).

An unlikely superstar, Dr. Raj Kumar wore his fame and popularity with ease and humility. In his personal conduct and films, he embodied civility and decency. What he didn’t do with his iconic status is equally significant; unlike his contemporaries, he didn’t seek to parlay his popularity into political power nor was he ever known to enter into shady deals for personal benefit.

As we mourn the passing away of a good man, here is what I want to remember. He asked us to be good, decent human beings. And he often showed the way.

http://churumuri.wordpress.com/2006/04/12/dr-rajkumar-1930-2006/\
It is unlikely if a non-Kannadiga will ever understand the Dr Raj Kumar phenomenon, but it wouldn’t hurt to try.

Unlike Amitabh Bachchan, he was not the star of the millennium, ubiquitous in movies, songs, ads, commercials, stage events, voice-overs, documentaries, etc.

Unlike NTR and MGR, he never tried to extract his box office appeal at the ballot box, although he could well have and many political parties did try.

Unlike Prem Nazir, he did not act in hundreds of films, just a couple of hundred of them in a long career spanning nearly five decades.

Unlike Kamal Hassan, Rajnikant and Chiranjeevi, he never tried his hand at other south Indian languages.

Unlike his own colleague and compatriot, Vishnuvardhan, he never ventured into Bollywood.

Unlike Naseeruddin Shah and Shah Rukh Khan, he was never very comfortable in English and rarely ever tried to explain the secret of his craft.

But….

But, to see star after star of Kannada filmdom sob and cry and to launch into adjectives, and to see them sob and cry again as they fall short of words to explain, to understand the passing of a legend is a small lesson in what an abstract thing genuine superstardom is.

Stardom that transcends the ordinary and nearly touches the divine.
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But all of these fade in front of the big ‘D’ that Dr Rajkumar brought to the screen and more importantly, off it.

D for decency.

Decency in his choice of films and topics.

Decency in his public and private conduct.

Decency in the manner in which he accepted victory and defeat.

Decency virtually in the manner in which he went about things.

This decency, in a profession that has very little of it; this decency, in an industry that could do with a lot of it; this decency that is inherent in the average Kannadiga is what tied annavru subliminally to his countless fans.

It is this subliminal connect that is behind the tears.

It is this subliminal connect that makes it difficult to believe.

(Also check out pebblesthrow.blogspot.com)

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May his soul rest in peace.
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From: sunildhummi
2006-04-12 03:11 pm (UTC)

A Phenomenon

I can only empathize with the feelings of all those who love Dr. Rajkumar. Its a great loss to Kannada movie industry and to all those fans of Dr. Rajkumar to see an era get over, today.

Its also sad that some section of people choose to demonstrate their feelings by resorting to violence and bandhs. I really don't understand the motivation behind this. How does property damage like burning buses prove anything?

Hope to see a more sombre, peaceful mourning of Dr. Rajkumar in the coming days.

May Dr. Rajkumar's soul rest in Peace!

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From: pradeepg
2006-04-12 04:17 pm (UTC)

Re: A Phenomenon

When people as emotionally charged, they react differently.
While many like me and my family, mourn the passing of our Anna, tearfully, in the confines of our homes, some others react to it by acting violently. I do not condone the violence, for it accomplishes nothing. Especially when mourning a great soul such as Rajkumar.

Having said that, I would like to see people to stop linking Rajkumar, the ever peace loving man and his "fans". At least now. All kannadigas are not mislead and most definitely not fanatical.

I request all to take a moment and reflect on what his life stood for, instead of taking the same old route of pontificating.
Thanks.
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From: sunildhummi
2006-04-12 04:38 pm (UTC)

Re: A Phenomenon

I've been doing some reading on Dr. Rajkumar. He indeed seems to have some remarkable achievements. Even heard his singing skills on some television channel. A truely multi-talented individual :)

You're right about your criticisms. Ignorance and prejudices do get involved when analyzing such situations. Violence by some people just does not link with mourning for such a great person.
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From: mitzonline
2006-04-12 04:42 pm (UTC)
..taught him how to be a good human being. That’s what each of his 205 films did

did he write each of his 205 films?


He was the epitome of "Decency" in a world where the power and popularity made people forget their humility..

launching a drive against non-kannada films and proposing a 2 week moratorium for other language movies, instead of working for improving the quality of films made here(like a merchant forcibly taking people inside his shop when they want to go to the next shop which sells better suff), is that called decency?



Unlike Prem Nazir, he did not act in hundreds of films, just a couple of hundred of them in a long career spanning nearly five decades.

so..? what's the point?





with due respect to a man admired by millions.



and, why all the violence?
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From: pradeepg
2006-04-12 04:52 pm (UTC)

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"did he write each of his 205 films?"
Have you watched any of his movies? Looks like not. An actor has many of conveying what a book cannot. in a country where more than half of the citizens cannot read, movies are a great educational instrument. And Rajkumar was one of the very few people who tried to inculcate the social and moral values by choosing the kind of movies he acted in and of course by giving life to the roles he played.

"launching a drive against non-kannada films and proposing a 2 week moratorium for other language movies, instead of working for improving the quality of films made here"
Why are you trying to bring in Politics in a place where there is place for none. I could go ahead and talk about this point. But, this is not the place and time. By the way, we make very good movies, if you have noticed. Thank you very much.


" and, why all the violence? he was'nt murdered right?"

Why are you trying to tie up his name with what some mobs do?
Have you ever known Rajkumar to have given hatred inciting speeches either in private or public? Get a clue.
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[User Picture]From: lonerespite
2006-04-12 10:08 pm (UTC)
funny thing is most of the violence in which his name is associated with, can be traced to his sons, seriously they screw big time.
they are big hooligans themselves, that guy never wanted any of this, sad the way his death is ending up, a guy cant even die in peace.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-13 06:24 am (UTC)
and, why all the violence?
Because on this earth, we still have some brainless wonders like you.

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From: mitzonline
2006-04-12 05:11 pm (UTC)
Have you watched any of his movies?

umm.., i've tried to, on TV. The acting skills made me either change the channel or switch off the TV.


Why are you trying to tie up his name with what some mobs do?
Have you ever known Rajkumar to have given hatred inciting speeches either in private or public?


I clearly remember the news visuals of the demonstration that was held at the Vidhan Soudha for the implementation of the 2 week moratorium for non-kannada films when the mob started throwing chappals at the officials and pelting stones at TN registered vehicles after the speech by Rajkumar.
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From: pradeepg
2006-04-12 05:40 pm (UTC)
your sense of aesthetics and objectivity both need a serious make over.
Take a break.
Hiding behind anonymity and namecalling is easy. But, it reflects poorly on you and the culture that spewed you forth.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-13 06:10 am (UTC)
Which film have you tried to watch?

I pity you!

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[User Picture]From: deponti
2006-04-12 05:50 pm (UTC)

thanks for a good post

The vandalism tends to make one turn away from the talented, multi-faceted individual that Dr Raj Kumar was. Thanks for reminding us of what we have lost. I too have heard him singing Carnatic music. And I somehow always got the sense of him as a good human being.

But I don't agree with your value judgment, that not acting in other language films (actually, Sun TV channel showed a clip of what they said was the sole Tamizh movie he had acted in-- not dubbed-- were they wrong?) or not acting in x number of films is somehow "better"...different actors have different ouvres. Opinions may differ on this.
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From: pradeepg
2006-04-12 06:04 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks for a good post

Yes, he was a very good human being.

I'm not aware a any such movie. even if there is a movie, that would not tarnish him anyway. The stand of NOT acting in non-kannada movies was a personal choice, which none the less made us kannadigas feel that he is ours and ours only.
Just the fact that he refused to act in other language movies does not make him parochial. If you knew him, AS A KANNADIGA would know him, he stood for everything Kannada and Karnataka. He was a man with clear understanding of his strenghts(acting) and his shortcomings ( for a man who spoke chaste kannada everywhere, he had just 3 years of schooling).

And, the point about "not acting in x number of films" is being taken out of context. The original author was trying to say that even though Rajkumar did not break any records for the number of films he acted in, he still made a HUGE number of movies over 50 years. The point was not belittle any other actor in comparison, but to give a perspective to non-kannadigas by taking known exmples.
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[User Picture]From: deponti
2006-04-12 06:37 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks for a good post

We are not Kannadigas, but we live in Bangalore, and we too feel a sense of kinship with this icon of Karnataka...but that is how it is with great people...they grow beyond their origins and so many people identify with them. Kannadigas feel he belongs to them...non-Kannadigas feel that, as an icon of Karnataka, he took his place in the country and the world; as Bangaloreans, we too feel proud of his achievements and his many talents. And five decades in cinema is an incredible landmark. The years of schooling are not relevant...he could communicate extremely well, through language as well as his acting.

I also think that a good way to learn a language is to watch its films...so I have watched many of Dr Raj Kumar's films when we moved here. Along with my ten-year old daughter, I learnt to read and write Kannada when I moved to Bangalore. I am not clear about the various dialects of Kannada but I realized that Dr Raj Kumar spoke chaste Kannada.

Is his date of birth 1929 or 1930?
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From: pradeepg
2006-04-12 07:00 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks for a good post

Thanks deponti.

The feeling of non-kannadigas liking Raj or kannada movies is nothing new to us.
He touched people not just with his acting but also through his singing.

Even though he never recieved any formal training in singing but he sang thousands of songs both of filmi variety and devotional (see http://pebblesthrow.blogspot.com/2006/04/old-man-and-prizes-he-gave-me.html for a Tamil-Kannadiga's reminiscence on that topic) and won a "Swarna kamal" awarded by the President for his singing in the movie "Jeevana chaitra".

Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rajkumar - tells me that his birth year is 1928
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-13 06:11 am (UTC)

Re: thanks for a good post

His official birth year is 1929 and the real one is 1928, I read about this in the newspapers this morning.
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-13 06:22 am (UTC)

Re: thanks for a good post

Tamizh movie he had acted in-- not dubbed-- were they wrong?
To set the record straight, he never ever did a guest appearance or a cameo in any other language's films.
The scene what you tell is of him being present in AVM studio when they were clapping and doing pooja at the beginning of a movie.

He was born in a village bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu so, Tamil was his second language, he could speak fluently in Tamil.

He had refused to act in other languages' films because he could never involve himself in those roles, even in Kannada films he used to modify a dialogue himself if he found it apt to the situation.

He was supposed to act in his chum — G. V. Iyer's sanskrit movie(I don't remember whether it was Adi Shankaracharya or others) but, was unable to do so as he was hospitalised during that time.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-07-05 02:29 pm (UTC)

Re: thanks for a good post

Dr.Rajkumar acted only in two non-kannada movies in his career,first being Kalahasti Mahatma(Telugu)in 1954,he lent his own voice in the film,the other one was DevaSundari(Tamil)somewhere in between 1954 and 1955.Rajkumar was very fluent in Tamil and Telugu.He was also popular in AndhraPradesh and some of his movies like Valmiki,Goadalli CID 999,Mayura,Baruvahana,Operation Diamond Racket were dubbed into Telugu.Santha Tukaram was a big hit in Marathi version and Mahishasura Mardhini a hit in Bengali version.Kaviratna Kalidasa ran for 25 weeks in Sholapur.Majority of his movies of late 1970's were remade in all other prominent languages e.g. Gandhada Gudi,Bhaktha Kumbara,Bangarada Manushya,Kasturi Nivasa,Premada Kanike,Bangarada Panjara,Sipayi Ramu,Shankar Guru,Nanobba Kalla,Vasantha Geetha,Ravi Chandra,Na Ninna Mareyalare,Thayige Thakka Maga etc...,such was the impact of these superhit movies he gave during 1970-80.Actors like Amitabh,Shivaji Ganesan,Rajnikanth,Dharmendra,Krishna played his roles in their langauages
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-13 06:38 am (UTC)
Unlike Naseeruddin Shah and Shah Rukh Khan, he was never very comfortable in English and rarely ever tried to explain the secret of his craft.
I have had the oppurtunity of listening to him addressing some foreign reporters completely in English.
It was an prepared speech written by a playwright(some one from C. R. Simha's group), he spoke fluently in English without an awkward pause or mispronounciation!
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-04-18 09:12 am (UTC)
Right, no fan should die when a star dies. I expect you to die the next time any Indian film star dies.
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2007-05-09 10:01 am (UTC)

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2007-05-09 10:05 am (UTC)
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