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Pruthvi Banwasi

Prakruthi is authoring, along with Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar, a biography of the legendary Kannada icon Dr. Rajkumar.

The book is titled 'The Person behind the Personality' and is ready in terms of content in Kannada and English. The design of the same is going on now and that too will be released within the next few months.

The features of this book are as follows:

  • Puneeth Rajkumar, who is the leading superstar of the Kannada Film Industry, has passionately penned a tribute to his father, the legendary Dr. Rajkumar that seeks to preserve the soul of Rajkumar for his fans.
  • Dr. Rajkumar is the most iconic Kannadiga who has won the hearts of generations of Kannadigas with his immense acting and singing abilities (in a career spanning 208 movies) and his simplistic fortitude. He has been accorded many prestigious national and state awards including the Dadasaheb Phalke award, Padmabhushana, 10 Filmfare awards and the national award for acting and singing.
  • This is the first ever authentic biography of Dr. Rajkumar, presented both in Kannada and English.
  • This is the first tribute in the form of an international coffee table book that has been planned on a grand scale by the Rajkumar family to ensure that the nuances of Rajkumar, that has endeared himself to the common man, are made known in detail to the millions of Rajkumar's fans, across the globe.
  • Puneeth Rajkumar and I have been working on this book since the past decade plus.
  • Most of the family members, near and dear friends and associates; people who have seldom spoken about him have voiced their thoughts about Dr. Rajkumar in this book. Most of the interviews have been video recorded.
  • The book has been written in Kannada and English keeping in mind the vast audience on a global platform who wish to know Rajkumar better. The Coffee table version will be released in Kannada and English and later, after a year another more affordable version will be released for the benefit of the masses.
  • The book comprises of 70% images and 30% literature on all aspects of Dr. Rajkumar.
  • The book will have a maximum 450 pages.
  • Around 7200 plus photographs have been scrutinized and approximately 2000-2500 photos displayed in the book, many being rare defining moments of his personal life and the Kannada film industry.
    • The Content has been presented in the following manner:
    • Rajkumar's family history.
    • His birth and early life.
    • His childhood and mindset during adolescence.
    • The initiation of theatre.
    • His entry to movies.
    • His acting and singing career.

All the above aspects have been given a personal view point by looking more at his immaculate simplicity that won hearts over and the unchanging idealistic outlook that he maintained through his life.

Innumerable interesting, lesser known incidents that give ample glimpse of his persona have also been brought out to provide a valuable character sketch into the mind of this legendary man, who was, beyond being a Kannada superstar, the darling of the masses, a man who shone as a noble person.

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