Puneeth Rajkumar: Natasaarvabhouma belongs to Rajkumar
On his birthday, Puneeth Rajkumar speaks about his upcoming project’s title, which is connected to his
Natasaarvabhouma, a title conferred upon Dr Rajkumar, is once again the talk of the Kannada industry. Puneeth Rajkumar will play the lead in a film with the same title, directed by Pavan Wadeyar and produced by Rockline Venkatesh.
Puneeth’s film, Raajakumara, directed by Santhosh Ananddram and bearing his father’s name, was declared a hit by the industry, and the actor, whose birthday was yesterday, hopes for a similar feat with Natasaarvabhouma.
The producer and director of Puneeth’s film were keen on using this title given to the legendary Rajkumar for the son’s film. Says Puneeth, “I am proud and nervous to do a film with this title. Hopefully, we do a good job. We will definitely strive towards it.”
The actor has started shooting for this commercial entertainer, including a major action sequence choreographed by Peter Heins. “I am really not good at saying how a film, however good it is, will do. There is a lot of effort put in by a very good producer, a good director and a responsible actor. We have to wait and see the result,” he says.
Known as ‘Power Star’, Puneeth is all charged up as he is with every film. He says that he will always be thankful to his fans and his brother Shivarajkumar, who bestowed the title on him. “The title encourages me and keeps me going. Like any other professional, I am trying to do my job. But if people are excited about your project, then you tend to give it your best. It is simple… you take your job seriously, and everything will fall in place,” he says.
About his home banner PRK Films, the actor and producer says that they have two projects--Kavaludaari and Maya Bazaar--currently rolling. He is now is search of good scripts.
Meanwhile, the audio of his brother Shivarajkumar’s Tagaru has been topping the charts. “I am glad that the audio of this film, starring my brother, directed by my favourite director Suri and produced by a close associate Srikanth is doing extremely well. The company has now bought the audio rights of 6ne Mile and Yaana… I am looking forward to acquiring good albums and promoting them well.”
Speaking about celebrating his birthday, the actor who started as child artiste recollects a time when he used to spend the day on the sets with his father and mother. “The entire unit would be around. I used to be excited about the gifts everyone gave and about what was inside those colourful boxes. I remember going and asking for a gift from my dad, and him saying, 'Nan kayali enakanda keltiya…Parvathina kelu…' (Why are you asking me dear, go check with Parvarti (Rajkumar’s wife),” says Puneeth. “I definitely miss those little moments. But, right now the happiness is from a different kind of celebration. It is spent with my children, wife, family and above all Abhimanigale Devaru, the people of Karnataka, who come and wish me,” he signs off.