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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Karnataka's Dr. Raj ("annavaru") Dead

Karnataka's matinee idol, superstar Rajkumar, died of cardiac arrest in Bangalore a few hours back. He was 77. Born on April 24, 1929 in Gajanur, Karnataka, Rajkumar made his acting debut in 1954 in Bedara Kannappa, and went on to star in over 200 films over nearly half a century. Some of his popular films include Bangaaradha Manushya (The Golden Man), Kasturi Nivasa, Gandhadha Gudi (The Temple of Sandalwood) and Jeevana Chaitra. (CNN-IBN). Go here for more details.

Rajkumar was the only actor in Karnataka who had the kind of fan base and political clout that one sees in Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh. And while he often intervened in political matters (like the Cauvery water-sharing dispute b/w Karnataka and Tamilnadu), he did not decide to get into the electoral process and become Karnataka's NTR or MGR.

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