Shiva Rajkumar

Shiva Rajkumar
Shiva Rajkumar at Ramaiah Institute of Technology in 2012
Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy

(1962-07-12) 12 July 1962 (age 59)
Other namesShivanna
Alma mater
  • Actor
  • film producer
  • television presenter
Years active1986–present
(m. 1986)
RelativesSee Rajkumar family

Nagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy (born 12 July 1962), known by his screen name Shiva Rajkumar, is an Indian film actor, producer and television presenter, predominantly works in Kannada cinema.[2] He is the eldest son of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar. In a career spanning over three decades, Shiva has worked in over 120 films.[2] He has won many Karnataka State Film Awards, Filmfare Awards South, SIIMA awards and other recognitions for his performances onscreen.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Shiva made his debut screen appearance in Singeetham Srinivas Rao's Anand (1986), which fetched him the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor. His first three films, Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986) and Mana Mechchida Hudugi (1987) were all highly successful, earning him the title Hat-trick Hero coined by the media and his fans.[3][4]

Fondly known as Shivanna, he has worked in the film industry for over 34 years, featuring in films such as Anand, Ratha Sapthami (1986), Om (1995), Janumada Jodi, Nammoora Mandara Hoove, A.K. 47, Jogi, Bhajarangi, Mufti, Shivalinga and Tagaru which became milestones in the Kannada film industry and made records at the box office. In 2010, he made his television debut with the talk show Naaniruvude Nimagagi, aired on Zee Kannada.[5] Shivanna produced a TV serial - Manasa Sarovara.[6] He was also the co-producer of two web series - Hate You Romeo (which was shot in Vietnam)[7] and Honeymoon.[8]

Early life

Shiva Rajkumar was born in Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu, to actor Rajkumar and film producer Parvathamma as the first of five children. His two brothers are Raghavendra, a film producer and actor Puneeth. Shiva did his schooling in T. Nagar, Chennai and then studied at the New College, Chennai.[9]

On the insistence of film director K. Balachander, Shiva joined an acting school in Chennai after completing his graduation from Madras University in 1983. After training in Kuchipudi dance form under Vempetti Chinni Sathyam in Chennai during his college days, he made his entry into the Kannada film industry with Anand.[4]

Personal life

Shiva married Geeta, the daughter of the former Chief Minister of Karnataka, S. Bangarappa. The couple have two daughters: Niveditha and Nirupama.[10]

He was the Brand Ambassador of Royal Challengers Bangalore for their 11th Season of Indian Premier League. He was the second Kannada actor to buy Maruti 800 when it was launched in 1983 .[11]

Acting career

Shiva started his acting career with the film Anand in 1986.[4] In his career spanning over 34 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.[4] 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.[12]

In Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga (1998), Shiva played Karna, a friend of legislator Bharath Kumar (played by Ramesh Aravind), out on a mission to achieve the latter's unfulfilled goal of having a dam constructed in a village. His performance received praise; Srikanth Srinivasa of Deccan Herald called it his "best... till date".[13] Srinivasa also praised Shiva for his performance in Don (2003), where he played a lawyer-turned-serial-killer, and wrote, "Shivanna excels in his role as the don. He has put in a spirited yet collected and controlled performance."[14]

His film Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu was shot at the 7 wonders of the world.[15] His 100th movie, Jogayya, is the sequel to his blockbuster Jogi.[16]

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 was praised for his versatility.[17]

Statement about dubbing

Shiva opposed the proposal of voice dubbed movies releasing in the Kannada film industry. He openly criticized the need for voice dubbed movies in the Indian film industry.[18][19][20] However, once the Supreme Court gave its final verdict against the ban on dubbed movies, he announced that he would no longer oppose dubbing. He went on to say that if that is what the audience wants, he is not the one to oppose it.[21]

Awards and honors

Shiva has won four Film fare and four state awards in the best actor category. He has also won numerous Cine-Express, Sirigannada and ETV awards. He has lent his name for creating awareness for social causes and charity. On his birthday, "Shivarajkumar Suvarana Mahotsava Abhinandana Samithi" was formed for charity.[22]

International recognition

  • Recipient of Kohinoor of South India honor by the British South India Council of Commerce and Visionnaire Entertainment - London in 2016 [23]

National recognition

Honorary awards

Karnataka State Awards

Year Award Film Result Ref.
1995–96 Best Actor Om Won
1999–2000 Hrudaya Hrudaya Won
2003–04 Chigurida Kanasu Won [28]
2005–06 Jogi Won [29]


Year Award Film Result Ref.
1995 Best Actor Om Won [30]
1996 Nammoora Mandara Hoove Won [31]
1999 A.K.47 Won [32]
2010 Thamassu Won [33]
2005 Jogi Nominated
2013 Bhajarangi Nominated [34]
2015 Vajrakaya Nominated [35]
2016 Santheyalli Nintha Kabira Nominated [36]
2017 Mufti Nominated [37]
2018 Tagaru Nominated [38]

South Indian International Movie Awards

Year Award Film Result Ref.
2012 SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility Honorary Award [27]
2013 Best Actor Shiva Won [39]
2014 Best Actor Bhajarangi Won
2017 Best Actor Shivalinga Won [40]
2018 Best Actor Mufti Nominated [41]
2019 Best Actor Tagaru Nominated [42]



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