Superstar of kannada movies,Dr Raj Kumar passed away in bangalore. The 77-year-old actor died of a cardiac arrest.He was a recipient of the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for his contribution to the Kannada film industry.
He was one of the most cherished actor of Kannada movies.Growing up in his village in Gajanur, he followed his father onto stage with the theatre company Gubbi Veerana.It was here that he was noticed and he got his first movie offer as the lead in Bedara Kannappa.
It was to be the beginning of an exceptionally illustrious career spanning over 200 Kannada films.
Dr Rajkumkar was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate, the Karnataka Ratna and the Padmabhushan.
And when the end came at the MS Ramaiah hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday afternoon, following a cardiac arrest, Bangalore once again came out onto the streets, this time, in shock over their idol’s passing.
Although he played rugged, masculine heroes who triumphed over scheming villains in many of his movies, he also was known for never having smoked cigarettes on screen, or never playing a drunkard after his early days.In keeping with his last wishes, his eyes were donated to an eye bank.
Parts of bangalore,mostly centered around shivajinagar area,witnessed sporadic voilence by some sections of his emotional fans.Some ordered people out of offices, shops, malls, restaurants and pubs, forced managements to close down, and torched cars, buses and police vans. A Microsoft research centre was stoned in the city centre.
The Govt has called for restraint and declared state mourning on Thursday,when the funeral is going to be held.All government offices, schools, colleges, banks and theatres will be closed. So will be restaurants and small businesses.
Dr. Raj Kumar will be creamated with full State Honours.