Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The Kannada Film Industry (KFI) boasts a plethora of talented actors, and among them stands the charismatic Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar, whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the industry. KFI's Youth Icon Appu has set off on a voyage from where he will never get back. Though the ever-charming star is not among us, he still remains alive in the hearts of his fans, colleagues, and the entire fraternity. 

October 29, 2021, will keep haunting cine lovers and the Kannada film fraternity. Puneeth aka Appu won everyone's heart and earned the respect of all for his simplicity and philanthropic activities. The untimely demise of Power Star of Sandalwood left everyone in grief and fans are yet to get over the tragedy.

While many are familiar with his illustrious career, there exist lesser-known facets of Puneeth Rajkumar's life that contribute to his enigmatic persona. On his 49th birth anniversary, let's delve into some intriguing insights about this beloved actor.

Musical Maestro: Puneeth Rajkumar's talents extend beyond acting; he is also an accomplished singer. He lent his mellifluous voice to numerous Kannada film songs, winning the hearts of audiences across Karnataka. His rendition of "Appu Dance" from the movie "Aakash" remains a favourite among fans.

Philanthropic Endeavours: Despite his busy schedule, Appu was actively engaged in philanthropic activities. He was involved with several charitable organisations and contributed significantly to social causes, including healthcare, education, and environmental conservation. His altruistic efforts earned him immense respect and admiration from both fans and the community at large.

Family Legacy: Puneeth hailed from a legendary family deeply rooted in the Kannada film industry. Appu was born to esteemed actor Rajkumar, fondly referred to as Annavaru, and his mother, Parvathamma Rajkumar, was a renowned film producer. Puneeth gracefully carried forward his family's legacy while carving out his own niche in the industry.

Multi-faceted Talent: The Power Star was not just an actor but also a proficient dancer and television presenter. His dynamic performances on-screen, coupled with his magnetic stage presence, captivated the audience for decades. Additionally, his hosting skills on television programmes garnered widespread acclaim, further solidifying his status as a versatile entertainer.

Avid Sports Enthusiast: Beyond the glitz and glamour of the film industry, Puneeth was a fervent sports enthusiast. He actively participated in various sporting events and encouraged youth involvement in physical activities. His passion for sports reflected his commitment to leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Global Recognition: While the Youth Icon primarily operated in the KFI, his influence transcended geographical boundaries. He garnered recognition and accolades not only within India but also internationally, showcasing the universal appeal of his work and talent.

Humility and Modesty: Despite his superstar status, Puneeth remained grounded and humble. Known for his down-to-earth demeanour and approachability, he maintained a strong connection with his fans and supporters. His humility endeared him to audiences and reinforced his status as a beloved icon.

A Glimpse into Appu's Personal & Professional Life

Puneeth Rajkumar was born as the youngest son of actor and matinee idol Dr. Rajkumar and Parvathamma Rajkumar on 17th March 1975 in Bengaluru, Karnataka. He began his acting career as a child artist in 1980 Vasantha Geetha. Further, he went on to work in several other movies. 
For his praiseworthy performance as a child, he won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role in Bettada Hoovu. He also won the Karnataka State Award for Best Child Artist for Chalisuva Modagalu and Eradu Nakshatragalu. Later in 2002, he made his debut in the lead with Appu. In his illustrious career spanning over three decades, he worked in around 32 films. He has been decorated with several other prestigious awards along with the highest civilian award, Karnataka Ratna, conferred posthumously.

Appu's journey in KFI is replete with remarkable achievements and hidden gems. From his musical prowess to his philanthropic endeavours and multifaceted talents, he continues to inspire and captivate audiences with his charisma and dedication. As the Power Star of KFI, Puneeth Rajkumar's legacy shines brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of millions.

On 29 October 2021, Puneeth complained of uneasiness to his wife Ashwini. He was rushed to a hospital in Bengaluru. However, he died on his way to the hospital. The reason for his death was declared to be heart attack. He passed away at the age of 46.