Shiva Rajkumar is an Indian actor, producer, and playback singer who predominantly appears in the Kannada entertainment industry. He is known for playing the role of Shiva in the Kannada film Shivalinga.
Shiva Rajkumar Bio
|Date of Birth||12 July 1962|
|Age (as of 2023)||61 Years|
|Birthplace||Madras (now Chennai)|
|School||A school in T. Nagar, Chennai|
|College/University||• New College, Chennai|
• M.G.R. Government Film and Television Training Institute, Chennai
|Educational Qualification||Bachelor of Science in Chemistry|
|Community||He belongs to the Ediga community|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters– 173 cm|
in meters– 1.73 m
in feet & inches– 5’ 8”
Shiva Rajkumar’s father, Dr. Rajkumar, a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke Awards, was a famous actor and playback singer in the Kannada cinemas. On 12 April 2006, Dr Rajkumar passed away after a cardiac arrest. Shiva’s mother, Parvathamma, was a film distributor and producer in the Kannada cinemas. On 31 May 2017, she died after suffering from multiple organ failure.
Shiva is the eldest among his four siblings, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar, Lakshmi, and Poornima. Puneeth Rajkumar was a famous actor. On 29 October 2021, Puneeth died after a cardiac arrest. Shiva’s youngest brother, Raghavendra Rajkumar, is also an actor in Kannada cinemas.
On 19 May 1986, Shiva Rajkumar got married to Geetha, the daughter of the former chief minister of Karnataka, Sarekoppa Bangarappa.
The couple has two daughters, Nirupama, who is a doctor and Niveditha, a film producer.
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- Film (Kannada) (as a child actor): Sri Srinivasa Kalyana (1974) as Master Puttaswamy
- Film (Kannada) (as an actor): Anand (1986) as Anand
- Film (Kannada) (playback singing): O Meghave from the film Ranaranga (1988)
Shiva 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.
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)
- 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
- 2011: For his lifetime achievements and contributions to the cinema of India
- 2012: SIIMA Award for Social Responsibility
- 2014: Honorary doctorate from Vijayanagara Sri Krishnadevaraya University of Bellary
- In an interview, Shiva Rajkumar said that the actor and politician Rajinikanth knew him since he was a child and he shares a good bond with him.
- He follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- Shiva Rajkumar’s 100th film is Joggaya (2011), written and directed by Prem. Shiva was nominated for the Best Actor Award at SIIMA for the film Joggaya (2011).
- According to sources, in 2021, Rajkumar and four other Karnataka residents, including BT Lalitha Naik, a journalist, and a politician, received a death threat; Lalitha said that she received the threat letter during a Bengaluru event.
- Rajkumar is fondly called ‘Shivanna’ by his fans and family.
- Shiva Rajkumar, during an interview, talked about his favourite actor Kamal Hassan and said that had he been a girl, he would have married him.
- An animal lover, Shiva Rajkumar often posts pictures of different animals on his social media handle. In October 2020, Shiva adopted a female elephant named Parvathi.