The very name Dr Raj evokes in me many pictures. And Dr Raj is several “men” in a procession.
Since childhood he was the one actor who triggered our collective imagination. In fact a whole generation started seeing Kannada films only because Dr Raj Kumar acted in it.
In fact, I saw only his films for many years. Dr. Raj Kumar was also one of the most versatile actors in Indian cinema. His character depiction ranging from comedy to action, from rustic to aristocrat, from double to triple roles, from mythological characters to modern-day hero.
He adapted himself to all types of roles, thus creating for himself an indelible niche in the minds of the audience.
But Dr Raj was more than just a film personality.
Sure, he was a matinee idol for Kannadigas. But had been just that, he would have remained as a film actor and he would not have commanded the respect and love from millions of Kannadigas.
In his entirety, Dr Raj was an icon for Kannadigas.
An all-pervading phenomenon.
A cultural and social voice of the State. He took up the Kannada cause when its interests were in jeopardy. And I think he was the only person who could hold sway on Kannadigas for such a long period.
This was possible because of his humane nature. He touched the chords of millions of Kannadigas especially large sections of the middle class for whom his roles were tailor-made.
Dr Raj was very cautious about his image and used to select such roles that would enhance his persona. Till the very end last he protected it with great care.
For this sake he stopped smoking cigarettes, avoided liquor on and off the screen, and lived a very simple life unlike any film star. He was very innocent on worldly matters.
His wife Parvatamma played a very important role in his life. Many directors must have worked with him in his reel life but in real life she was the only director. She played this role with such command till the very end that people thought she was the director!
She never allowed him to air his views in public. She was always at his side. She used to decide the heroines for his films. I wonder why people called him annaavru as the real annaavru was Parvatamma.
In a way, it immensely helped Dr Raj tread the same course through out his career.
Nijakkoo Kannadakkobbane Raj.
When he died I felt I had lost a bit of myself.
I will miss him.
(Vishweshwar Bhat is the Executive Managing Editor of Vijaya Karnataka, the number one Kannada daily)
DR RAJ KUMAR: the full coverage on https://churumuri.wordpress.com
Anupama writes from Bangalore: Would Mr Vishweshwara Bhat have written what he has written about Parvathamma in the paper he edits? In fact, we need a Kannada newspaper which has the courage to do it, at least now. If there were to be one, we would not have seen what we have seen today.
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My response to the article was to Mr Bhat’s original article as it appeared till late night on your blog.
In the light of the changes that have been since made to remove certain words, my response seems to be out of place.
I agree with you as far as your comments on Parvatamma were concerned. No one has thought in this line
kannadakke obbane rajkumar…100% correct..
But what was more accurate was your comment about the one & only director, who used to direct Raj in real life..
nimmadhu kannada blog yavudhaadhru idheya?
manasakshi nijavaglu saiskondhidira neevu mathu belgere ibbaroo!!.mugitha nimma kanthe purana.Shudra shakti kandre yaake nemmge ishtu hotteuri.If Parvathamma had not played the directors role Raj family would not have been the power that it is now!!!!
Dear Mr. Bhat, thanks for the nice article. But some comments about Annavru (related to Smt Parvathamma) are very much unwarranted. That too at this hour when everyone is mourning his departure. It is so disgusting to watch Kannadiga vs non-Kannadiga fight in other places on this blog. Now, let’s not start a Brahmin vs Shudra fight here. Ee tarahada “godegalu” namma samajadalli sakastu samasyegalannu srustisive. Aksharada belakannu kanda naavella intaha vaipareetyagalinda muktaraagona.
I chanced upon the great lady’s writings on Chitraloka at: http://www.chitraloka.com/sections/column/default.html
That really touched me.
Contribution of Dr Rajkumar’s family to the cultural landscape of Karnataka is beyond any measure. Let bygones by bygones and let’s just carry his inspiration with us and do something worthwhile for your motherland.
As a saint says: SERVE EVER, HURT NEVER
I really feel that’s the mantra for the modern times. Prayer and service.
kannadakke obba apoorva kalavida natana chatura haadugara maanavatvavaadi mattobba siguvudu durlaba kannadakkagi badukannu meesalagidi kannadeve satya kanndavenitya, Naavaaduva Nudiye Kannadanudi Gandadagudi, Huttidare kannadanadalli Huttabeku endu Nudiyona Antheye Balalu Praytnisona
Haris avare bhattaru parvathamma avara bagge baredirodu shudra shakti bagge alla.It is very much true that she controlled all wanted and un wanted things in Rajkumar’s life. Which made the way for lots of rumours. When someone is in public life his life should be open book not a closed one. Then everyone willspeculate there own things and build stories. Ihave also read her columns of chitraloka published in kannda prabha which definetly sounds egoistic ahankara thumbida mathu yarigu olledalla.
Can any body tell me why did Rajkumar was stopped in between when he was addressing media after he was released from veerappan? why all the things behind his release were hushed off? idella mathu aadidare jathi yake baruthe sir? parvathamma avare avara columnnalli helikondiddare she used to control antha.
Why she should interfere in the interviews? Rajhkumar avarige mathu barutha iralilva? adhu yavude manushyana swathantrya harana alva? adannu sookshmavagi helidare yake kopa sir ?
( Disclaimer:with due respect to Dr Rajkumar it is no against anybody but to tell that one should be open when they are in public life )
I just read this..and i think the article sucks and churumuri would have been better without this piece.. Bhat cant write any sensiblem he can keep his feeling and loss to himself..
Ree suma, nivu yAke harish heliddikke thale kedisikothira.
Full page article of Bhat was on Dr. Raj (positive). Dr. Raj shudra shakthi agirlillva, avaranna Bhat hogalidare adralli thappilla. yavudadru thappu helidre adralli Jathi vishaya mathadthira. BULL SHIT.
Ri..yaru yenu andru Dr.Raj bangarada manushya ne..holisalaaradantha ratna. Karnatakada bangarada mukuta..kalasha..etc
Who said that Raj was not “Bengarada Manushya” he was but with out Parvathamma he would have been “Vajrada Manushya”.
AYYO bhatta rae, parvathamma family direct madilla andiddare parvathamma na jothae leelavathi nu life share madtha eddru. etara da situation nim wife gae bandare nim wife summane erthara ????
Dr. raj is an excellent actor and good human being no doubt about it. he his our guru……