Caught up as our cinema biographers usually are with Bollywood, there isn’t much scholarly work on Dr Raj Kumar in English. But, sitting in faraway Chicago and San Francisco, Dr Prithvi Datta Chandra Shobhi of the Land of Lime has over the last couple of years managed to fill the breach somewhat.
“A long time ago, Raj Kumar had transcended being an ordinary mortal, a mere human being. He represented and more importantly authored, (along with his scriptwriters, filmmakers and fellow actors) a vision of what life could be and ought to be. The name Raj Kumar came to indicate this collective persona, rather than just the person; make no mistake, the person was the driving force yet all these others contributed substantially to the making of Raj Kumar.
“His films and in particular, the characters he played, always tried to present a rationale for why we should be good. Be it the tragic hero of Kasturi Nivasa or sacrificing hero of Bangarada Manushya who cared for others before considering his own comfort or the honest forest officer in Gandhada Gudi or the rustic, rebel of Sampattige Saval. Or consider his historical characters, Krishnadevaraya or Mayura or Ranadhira Kanthirava, all of which presented a robust, strong and dignified conception of a self confident Kannada culture and community.
“Then the devotional characters, beginning with Bedara Kannappa and then on to Bhakta Kumbara and many, many other devotional films, which captured and made relevant for the present the best of vernacular devotional traditions. The memorable mythologicals, Babhruvahana, Bhakta Prahlada and Satya Hariscandra, all of which focused on the distinguishing virtue of the hero and dramatically focused on the consequences of holding on to that virtue. Finally, the romantic hero of films such as Premada Kanike or Naa Ninna Mareyalare, who offered visions of what it meant to be true to a feeling and an ideal.”
READ THE CRITIQUES HERE
Babruvahana-I, Babruvahana-II, Babruvahana-III
Immadi Pulakeshi-I, Immadi Pulakeshi-II
Mayura-I, Mayura-II, Mayura-III
I am no fan of raj kumar, i have every right to like any body and dislike any body. what amazes me is near idolising of a person like raj kumar through the movies, common give me a break, they were all just movies, not reality. all the movies that are mentioned talked about sacrifice inspite of being correct, in todays age where even a wronged leader dosent mind taking advantage of some one else success, its irony that we hail raj kumar.
Ambarish…take a break
PDCS we are waiting for your next review .
Yaavaga Saar nimma review of Bhagyaadha Laxmi Baramma ?
Are you still in gungoo of ‘Haalu Jeenu’ first part?
Swolpa horage banni devru ..please write your next review …eagerly waiting .
hegidhe nimma lifena ‘Kamana Billu’. Are you still singing duet
‘Chinna baaLalli yee rathri namagu yinnendhu kanasella nanasaagi yidhe’
‘Chinnadha mallige hoove bidenu binkadha Cheluve’??
PDCS , waiting for your reply or update on Land of Lime .
Dr .Rajkumar – I liked his songs , full of meaning . The talent – from acting to Singing. He was a director’s actor. He would deliver the needs of a director.
Music / Movie always was /is being used as a meduim to spread peace / harmony /message . Bob marley was sent to zimb as an ambassador for peace / john Lennon almost stopped the Vietnam War and more recently Tracy Chapman to Africa to spread awareness through her songs – Rajkumar did send out messages through his movies. Only who have watched Bangaarada Maanusha those times would appreciate it. Maybe if you watch it now – it would not make sense – BUT – listen and understand to the lyrics – it will MAKE a lot of sense.
Yes – Take a break!.
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