Shivarajkumar clocks 33 years in Kannada film industry, announces 125th film
At 56, Shivanna is one of the busiest stars today, who has back-to-back projects lined up
From the 1986 film Anand to the 2019 Anand, life seems to have come full circle for Shivarajkumar. As he clocks in 33 years in the film industry, the actor nostalgically recalls his journey. Currently shooting for P Vasu’s film in Kerala, which is tentatively titled Anand, Shivanna says, “Thirty three years...I don’t even know how to explain this journey. I am blessed to be in this industry, especially among fans and colleagues who have kept me engaged throughout. With the passing of each year, it is incredible to think how much love I have been showered with. I don’t know if I have been worthy enough to receive this though. I owe my energy to the people.” He adds that critics too have helped, by making him do better and understand his shortcomings.
At 56, Shivarajkumar is one of the busiest stars today, with back-to-back projects lined up. And he seems unstoppable. Even as he gives the youngsters a run for their money, the Hatrick hero doesn’t believe in competing with them. “Each person has got their own style For me, more than the competition, I want to be with them and, at the same time, garner their support. Being with actors like Appu (Puneeth Rajkumar), Darshan, Yash, Sudeep, Ganesh, and Dhruva itself makes me feel good. I am open to associating with the fresher lot too. Subjects, filmmakers, producers... everything about cinema drives me to take up interesting projects. You never know, yaav huttudadali, yaav haavu eruthe antha,” says the actor, adding that he doesn’t take pride in overtaking others or showing off his capabilities.
“I can only do as much as my body will allow. I won’t overdo it. In July, I will be 57, and I know I can’t be like a 30-year-old. I only believe in healthy competition,” he says.
This year is also extra special for Shivanna, who will be starting his own banner, Sri Muthu Productions. “My mother (Parvathamma Rajkumar) ran a production house, and this one will have my wife Geetha Shivarajkumar turning producer. My daughter Niveditha has already got into production with television and web series. Geetha turning producer is very special to me. Even though I have 33 years of experience, in front of her, I still feel like a newcomer,” he says.
Shivarajkumar signs off with an announcement that his 125th film will be Bhairati Ranagal. “This will be made under our production house, and will be directed by Narthan. The speciality of this film is that there will be a prequel and sequel. This, I think, is a first attempt.”