Rajkumar saavu, birthday sambhrama ondu kade
nadeyuththiruvaaga maneya hiththilalli magu
thottiyalli biddu saththu hoodanthe.
You know, naavella, at least nanna thale maarinavaru Rajkumar tharaa dress maadikondu, avara tharaa maathaaduthta, avaru cinemaaadalli thaayiyannu, thangiyannu, preyasiyannu preethisidahaage preethisuththaa badukalu yathnisidavaru.
Avaru P.B. Srinivas badalige haadalu ninthaaga namage besaravaagiththu.
Avarige P.B. haadiddrene chennagiththu antha annisuthiththu.
But slowly, slowly we started liking his singing too.
He was our hero, our bond, babruvaahana, our mayura and,
of course, our Bangaarada Manushya.
Rajkumaar ge namma jothege vayassooo aayithu.
Haagantha namage goththaadaddu, avarannu Veerappan kidnap maadidaagale!
That's when he started looking really fragile and helpless and old. Alliya thanka dheera, veera, yoga patu, ditta kannadiga anthella kaanisikolluththidda Raj "nannanna bidisikondu hogi" antha more iduvanthaadaru.
It was natural, but we still loved him.
Kaadininda banda mele he got dementia. There were jokes
about him. This started gerantophobia. His visits to hospitals and rumours of the impending end became common.
But what really killed him, in the end, was his friendlessness.
The death of his brother Varadappa recently had taken the life out of him and left him literally alone.
He wanted to be with the one friend he had seen from his cradle.
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