Shivaraj Kumar, who seems to be getting younger every year, is turning a year older today (July 12). With his dedication and passion towards his work, the actor has achieved a stardom and found place in the heart of millions of Kannadigas.
He has acted in wide-variety of roles in his career spanning over 25 years. He started his acting in Anand, way back in 1986 directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao. It was followed by two superhit movies - Rathasapthami and Manamecchida Hudugi, and he got the dream beginning in Sandalwood.
Shivaraj Kumar has won millions of hearts by doing different kind of roles. Having acted in over 100 films, he has impressed audience in sentiment, action and lover-boy roles. What surprises the most is the fact that young actresses dream of romancing him on-screen even today.
Being the son of legendary Dr Rajkumar, Shivaraj Kumar, who is fondly called by the name Shivanna, has created a brand of his own. Well, he is largely credited for creating action aura in Kannada film industry.
On this special day, we would like to remember his best movies of all time. Read it on the slideshow...
After working in over 20 films, Shivanna was looking for an image-makeover as he was doing similar kind of roles. He got this makeover in Upendra directed film Om, which became a career-changing movie for Shivaraj Kumar, as it gave him a never-before identity in Sandalwood.
Despite being controversial film for the content over violence and for casting the infamous rowdies like Jedarahalli Krishnappa, Bekkina Kannu (Cat Eye) Raajendra, Korangu and Tanveer in the film, the flick not only set a benchmark at the Box Office but also won critical appreciation. It has to be noted that Om managed to re-release every year even 18 years after its release in 1995.
Janumada Jodi (1996)
TS Nagabharana directed Janumada Jodi was based on caste system and a message-oriented movie. The film did not garner much attention when it hit the floors, but things started changing once the audio scored by V Manohar hit the stands.
The success of the music generated huge hype and the film was overwhelmingly welcomed by the audience. Just when people were thinking that Shivanna was turning a full-time action hero, this movie came as a welcome change. It was honoured with multiple awards.
Nammoora Mandara Hoove (1997)
Nammoora Mandara Hoove directed by Sunil Kumar Desai starred Shivaraj Kumar, Ramesh and Prema in the lead roles. It was a romantic film which became the biggest musical hit then. The film had Illayaraja's music and Prof. Doddarange Gowda's lyrics.
AK 47 (1999)
AK 47 proved once again that action-oriented roles were tailor-made for Shivaraj Kumar. The brilliant story by SR Brothers and the direction of Om Prakash Rao made the film a big winner. Hamsalekha's music also contributed to the success of the movie.
Shivaraj Kumar's Jogi was directed by Prem. It was an action-oriented movie, which had a mother sentiment story. The film reinvented Shivanna's career and it was a milestone movie in Sandalwood in terms of Box Office collections.