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STARRY GET-TOGETHER

UNITED: Shivarajkumar and wife Geetha being felicitated by the family members. DH photos

Produced by Parvathamma Rajkumar under the banner of Sri Vajreshwari Combines, the film is getting fantastic collections at the box office.

In order to recognise the effort of the team of Jackie, a function was held at the Chowdiah Memorial Hall. The century celebration was attended by the who’s who of Sandalwood.

Apart from Dr Rajkumar’s family, actors Shrinath, Jayanthi, Ramesh Aravind, Upendra, Jaggesh, Vijay, Prem, Shrinagar Kitty, Tarun, Ajay Rao, Vishal Hegde, Yogesh, Komal, Murali and Sanjjanaa; literary person Baraguru Ramachandrappa; directors Yograj Bhat and Chi Gurudath; music directors Bhagavan, Gurukiran, Harikrishna and V Manohar and producer Rockline Venkatesh were also present.

The cast of the film, including Puneeth Rajkumar, Bhavana, Harshika Poonacha, Rangayana Raghu, Ravi Kale, Chandru, Bullet Prakash, along with director Suri were eager to share the success of Jackie with others.

From the production boys, drivers, make-up artists, choreographers to camera assistants, art directors, artistes and distributors, every member of the team was honoured by the Sandalwood stars.

ALL SMILES BhavanaBaraguru Ramachandrappa said he had seen the first day first show of the movie. “Puneeth has put so much of energy into his character that one can’t imagine the movie without him. Without hanging on to his starry image, he has wonderfully portrayed the role,” he said.

Jayanthi, who was quite emotional, said that she has been a fan of Puneeth from the time he was a child artiste. Shrinath wished that the movie should run for 200 days.
Jaggesh felt today’s youngsters are rushing to the theatres because of Puneeth Rajkumar. Shrinagar Kitty hoped that the industry would meet again for Puneeth’s 100th film celebration. Vijay admitted that he learnt many fighting tricks from Puneeth.

Gurukiran pointed out that whole of the industry was present to celebrate the success. Rangayana Raghu entertained the gathering with a few dialogues from the film.

Yograj Bhat, who penned the lyrics for the songs, felt it is the success of Kannadigas. Upendra exclaimed in his filmy style, “It is a wonderful film. I like it.”

 “Whenever I see Puneeth on screen, I feel he is a jwalamukhi (volcano) in jeans. He is full of raw energy. The whole team of Jackie has worked hard and the music is amazing,” said Ramesh.  

There was also a touchy moment where Shivarajkumar got a surprise from his family. He was felicitated by Parvathamma on completing 25 years in Sandalwood as well 25 years of married life. A short film on his filmy journey was shown at the event.

Shivarajkumar became sentimental and couldn’t control his emotions. He thanked everyone who helped him stand in the industry. “If I get the same kind of support in future, I will do 100 more films,” he said.

Suri, also caught up with emotions, struggled hard to complete his speech. “I am here because of Jackie. I thank all those who helped me make this film,” he concluded.

Puneeth, the soul of the film, felt that the programme was meant to honour the unseen heroes of the film — the technicians. “I hope more Kannada movies taste this kind of success,” he said. He and Shivarajkumar shook a leg for the title track of the movie as well.

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