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Religion: Hinduism
Age: 63 Years
Hometown: Chennai

Shiva Rajkumar

Bio/Wiki
Birth nameNagaraju Shiva Puttaswamy
NicknameShivanna
Profession(s)• Actor
• Film Producer
• Playback Singer
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 8”
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Career
DebutFilm (Kannada) (as a child actor): Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1974) as Master Puttaswamy
A poster of the Kannada film Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1974)
Film (Kannada) (as an actor): Anand (1986) as Anand
A poster of the Kannada film Anand (1986)
Film (Kannada) (playback singing): Song "O Meghave" from the film Ranaranga (1988)
A poster of the film Ranaranga (1988)
Awards Karnataka State Awards
1995-96: Best Actor Award for the film Om (1995)
1999-2000: Best Actor Award for the film Hrudaya Hrudaya (1999)
2003-04: Best Actor Award for the film Chigurida Kanasu (2003)
2005–06: Best Actor Award for the film Jogi (2005)
Filmfare Awards
1995: Best Actor Award for the film Om (1995)
1996: Best Actor Award for the film Nammoora Mandara Hoove (1996)
1999: Best Actor Award for the film A. K.47 (1999)
2010: Best Actor Award for the film Thamassu (2010)
NTR National Awards
• For his lifetime achievements and contributions to the cimema of India in 2011
Honorary Awards
2012: SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility
Shiva Rajkumar recieved SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility
2014: Honorary doctorate from Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University of Bellary
Personal Life
Date of Birth12 July 1962
Age (as of 2023) 61 Years
BirthplaceMadras (now Chennai)
Zodiac signCancer
NationalityIndian
HometownChennai
SchoolA school in T. Nagar, Chennai
College/University• New College, Chennai
• M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, Chennai
Educational QualificationBachelor of Science in Chemistry
ReligionHinduism [1]Facebook - Shiva Rajkumar
CommunityHe belongs to the Ediga community. [2]The Times of India
Food HabitNon-vegetarian [3]YouTube - Namma KFI
Political InclinationCongress [4]The Times of India
ControversyShiva Rajkumar against dubbing and remake
In 2014, Shiva Rajkumar along with Darshan, Sudeep, Puneeth Rajkumar, Ravichandran, Duniya Vijaya and Jaggesh, condemned the proposal of introducing voice-dubbed films in the Kannada cinemas. In an interview, Rajkumar talked about the issue and requested Madras to stop dubbing films into Kannada to let the industry grow. During the same discussion, Shiva said,
I have a very positive attitude in life. It’s very important to know what we can do for society not vice versa. I was born and brought up in Chennai. We were supposed to learn Tamil in school. I still speak in Tamil with my close friends there. We were there because all the film industries depended upon Chennai for post production. There was no language bias. Kannada films were screened for the local Kannadigas. Even during the Ooty incident things were sorted out with the help of MGR and Ramakrishna Hegde. We should be friendly with everyone. But mother tongue comes first. When all language films are being released here why do you want dubbed films? That’s my grouse. I watch all language films and am the first to call and praise a director or actor. Dubbing should be avoided because we can remake anything here. The best example is Kannadadha Kotiyadhipathi . Puneeth’s version is extremely popular. My point is, if you remake instead of dub, a lot of localites will get jobs." [5]International Business Times
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsNot known

Note: In an interview in 2011, Kannada actor Darshan alleged Shiva Rajkumar of having multiple affairs. Darshan said,
Everyone in the film industry, including Shivaraj Kumar, has multiple affairs [6]Mid-Day
Marriage Date19 May 1986
Family
Wife/SpouseGeetha Shivarajkumar (politician)
Shiva Rajkumar with his family
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- 2
• Niveditha
• Nirupama

Note: Image in the spouse section
ParentsFather- Dr. Rajkumar (deceased) (actor and singer)
A photograph of Shiva Rajkumar (centre) with his parents
Mother- Parvathamma (deceased) (film distributor and producer)
Shiva Rajkumar with his mother
SiblingsBrother- 2
• Raghavendra Rajkumar
Puneeth Rajkumar (deceased)
Sister- 2
• Lakshmi
• Poornima
An old photograph of Shiva Rajkumar (left) with his parents and siblings
Favourites
FoodUpma, Pizza
Actor(s)Yash, Dulquer Salman
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)Rs 3-4 crores/film [7]The Times of India

Shiva Rajkumar

Some Lesser Known Facts About Shiva Rajkumar

  • Shiva Rajkumar is an Indian actor, film producer, and television presenter who primarily appears in Kannada films and television shows. He is known for playing the titular role in the Kannada film Vedha (2022).
  • He is the eldest son of Dr. Rajkumar, a famous actor who worked in Kannada cinemas. Dr. Rajkumar was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1983 and Dadasaheb Phalke Awards in 1995.
  • Inclined towards acting since childhood, Shiva made his acting debut in 1974 as a child artist with a Kannada-language Hindu mythological film Sri Srinivasa Kalyana, wherein he played the role of Master Puttaswamy.
  • After making his film debut as a child actor in 1974, Shiva took a sabbatical break from acting. Later, in 1986, after attending an acting school in Chennai, he made his film debut as an actor with the Kannada film Anand, produced by his mother, Dr.Parvathamma Rajkumar.

    Shiva Rajkumar as Anand in the Kannada-language film Anand (1986)

    Shiva Rajkumar as Anand in the Kannada-language film Anand (1986)

  • On 19 May 1986, Shiva Rajkumar got married to Geetha, who is the second daughter of the former chief minister of Karnataka, Sarekoppa Bangarappa.

    A wedding photograph of Shiva Rajkumar and Geetha

    A wedding photograph of Shiva Rajkumar and Geetha

  • In the late 1980s, Shiva was featured in many Kannada films like Manamecchida Hudugi (1987), Shiva Mecchida Kannappa (1988), and Ade Raaga Ade Haadu (1989).

    Shiva Rajkumar as Nanda in a still from the Kannada-language film Ade Raaga Ade Haadu (1989)

    Shiva Rajkumar as Nanda in a still from the Kannada-language film Ade Raaga Ade Haadu (1989)

  • Between 1990-2000, Shiva appeared in more than 50 Kannada films. He was featured in a lead role in films like Aralida Hoovugalu (1991), Mavanige Thakka Aliya (1992), Gandhada Gudi Part 2 (1994), Nammoora Mandara Hoove (1996), Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga (1998), and Yare Nee Abhimani (2000).
  • In 2010, Shiva was featured in a self-titled role in the Kannada film Sugreeva. The film, Sugreeva, was directed by ten directors and was shot in 18 hours.
  • In 2011, Shiva Rajkumar was the brand ambassador of Royal Challenges Bangalore for their 11th season of the Indian Premier League.
  • In 2012, Shiva Rajkumar’s family on his 50th birthday organised a charitable programme for needy people from backward areas of Hyderabad and Karnataka. Ramesh, an assistant to Shiva Rajumar, during an interview, talked about this and said,

    We had fans celebrating Shivanna’s birthday by having blood donation camps. But coming August 8, the brothers – Shivarajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar along with Shivanna’s wife Geetha will come together to donate 3 to 4 ambulances, 20 autos to unemployed youth, tailoring machines to young ladies and donating money to drought affected areas.”

  • In 2016, Shiva Rajkumar suffered a mild heart attack during his workout session at his gym. In an interview, cardiologist Dr V.K. Srinivas, who was responsible for Shiva’s treatment, talked about this and said,

    An angiogram was conducted as there were fluctuations in his heart beat. It was a ten-minute surgery and he is stable and fine. He will be under observation at the hospital for another three days and then he will be discharged.”

  • In 2021, Shiva’s younger brother, Puneeth Rajkumar, a famous actor in Kannada cinemas, died from a heart attack. During an interview in 2021, Shiva talked about this and said he was still in denial about his brother’s demise. Shiva said,

    It goes without saying that I’m still in denial, just like the other family members. There are moments when I feel life is so uncertain and try to accept the truth; then there are moments where I refuse to believe that this has happened and feel like he’s still around, calling me ‘Shivanna.’ Frankly, I don’t know how I’m even going through the days.But again, what do I do when, at every corner, there is an image of my Appu with a garland staring down at me? I just turn my head and refuse to look at those pictures. I know that death is inevitable and one day, all our images will be similarly placed. But somewhere, the heart refuses to accept that it’s my little brother’s image that is placed there”

  • Besides acting, Shiva Rajkumar is a playback singer. In 1988, he made his playback debut with the Kannada song O Meghave from the film Ranaranga. He has lent his voice to many Kannada-language songs like Thandana Thandana and Bombato Bombato from the film Aasegobba Meesegobba (1990), Andaman Andaman from the film Andaman (1998), Hayya Hayya from the film Killing Veerappan (2016), and Pushpa Pushpa from the film Vedha (2022).

    A poster of the film Killing Verappan (2023)

    A poster of the film Killing Verappan (2023)

  • Reportedly, in 2021, Rajkumar and four other people from Karnataka including BT Lalitha Naik, a journalist, and a politician received a death threat. At a Bengaluru event, Lalitha claimed she got the threat letter. [8]The Times of India
  • In 2022, he worked as a producer and actor for the film Vedha, wherein he played the titular role.

    Shiva Rajkumar as Vedha in the film Vedha (2022)

    Shiva Rajkumar as Vedha in the film Vedha (2022)

  • According to Shiva Rajkumar, he shares a good bond with the famous actor and politician Rajinikanth. In an interview, he talked about this and said,

    It’s a great opportunity for anybody to act along with Rajinikanth, and I’m glad that this project has made it possible for me. He has known me since my childhood, and I share a special bond with him

  • In 2023, he was featured in the film Kabzaa, wherein he played the role of Siddhantha.
  • In an interview in 2023, Rajkumar said that had he been a girl, he would have married Kamal Hassan.
  • In an interview, Shiva said that the Kannada film Om (1995) was one of his best movies. Shiva said,

    I enjoy each and every movie I do. I have learned to strike a balance between success and failure hence it is difficult to choose. Still, I will go with ‘Om’ as the role was really unforgettable. With less technology, we were able to make such film.”

  • In 2023, Shiva Rajkumar declined an offer from D. K. Shivakumar, the Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, to contest the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. In an interview, Rajkumar expressed his commitment to working solely as an actor. He further mentioned that neither his wife nor his brother-in-law, Madhu Bangarappa, had encouraged him to enter politics. [9]India Today Shiva Rajkumar said,

    The gift my father gave was to put on colours and act and impress you all. That’s where my line ends. I’ll stay with you and act. There are people specifically for politics who are doing good work.”