Rajkumar's 88th birth anniversary: Google honours veteran Indian actor with doodle
Google doodle remembers Kannada actor Rajkumar on his 88th birth anniversary. Photograph: (Others)
Commemorating the 88th birth anniversary of veteran Kannada actor Rajkumar, Google has posted a doodle on its India homepage. The doodle features Rajkumar’s larger-than-life personality beaming at a crowd of moviegoers from the silver screen where his legacy lives on for generations of Indian audiences.
Beginning in 1954, the method actor's career spanned over 200 films and a wide swath of movie genres and roles, establishing Rajkumar as a dynamic and enduring presence in Kannada cinema.
According to the Google doodle team, "Early drafts of today's doodle featured different interpretations of the beloved star’s work. The first illustrates Rajkumar singing and holding the white bird from Kasturi Nivasa, a quintessential Kannada drama and a cornerstone of Rajkumar’s cinematic legacy. Another Doodle draft showcases an array of iconic characters Rajkumar played over a half century of acting.” But ultimately, the team decided to feature Rajkumar’s larger-than-life personality.
Born on April 24, 1929, as Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju, the legendary actor is a four-time National award winner, a recipient of the Padma Bhushan (in 1983) and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award (in 1995) for the lifetime contribution to Indian Cinema.
He started his film career in 1954 in the film Bedara Kannapa and went on to star in over 220 movies, his last being Shabdavedhi in 2000.
In 2000, the Kannada icon had to face a bad phase, when he was kidnapped by sandalwood smuggler Veerappan and was held captive for 108 days. The actor died of cardiac arrest at his residence in Bangalore on April 12, 2006 at the age of 77.