Puneeth Rajkumar: A Youth Icon Gone Too Soon
-A fitness enthusiast, Puneeth Rajkumar was a good badminton player and was a regular at the gym.
Bangaluru: He was matinee icon Rajkumar’s son, of course, but Puneeth Rajkumar was also the “Powerstar” who moved out of his father’s long shadows to glitter in the arclights as Kannada cinema’s most bankable, highly paid actor.
Puneeth was only 46 when he died after a massive heart attack following a two-hour workout in the gym, stunning his legions of fans, colleagues and political leaders left wondering just how a young man so seemingly fit and healthy could have gone so soon, so suddenly.
-The talented, affable actor, who leaves behind his wife and two daughters, was popularly known as “Powerstar” for his strong performance in a number of commercially-successful Kannada films.
He was not just a star of films such as “Appu” but also a celebrity television host and the occasional singer too.
-The actor grew up under the tutelage of the late Dr Rajkumar, the legendary Kannada personality icon, beginning his career as a child artist.
Puneeth, the fifth and the youngest child of the superstar, made his mark early in life with an extraordinary performance in “Bhakta Prahalada” where he worked with his father. He was also praised for his performance in “Vasantha Geeta” and “Bhagyavantha”.
-But it was “Bettada Hoovu”, where he played the role of a young boy Ramu who assists a researcher to find a rare flower, that won Puneeth a national award as the best child actor.
A fitness enthusiast, Puneeth was a good badminton player and was a regular at the gym.