Remembering the legend

FILM FESTIVAL

 HONOURING Jayanthi paying tribute at the event. The inauguration ceremony saw renowned personalities from the Kannada film industry.
Before the commencement of the programme, music director Gurudath presented popular songs from the actor’s films. He entertained the gathering with hit songs like Naavaduva Nudiye, Kannanchina Ee Mathali, Mellage Nade Mellage, Baadihoda Balliyinda and Naaniruvude Nimagaagi. After offering floral tribute to the actor, Muddu Mohan, Director of News and Broadcasting Department, reminded that Rajkumar had ruled the Kannada industry for five decades. “Kannadigas won’t forget him even after 100 years. He was highly appreciated for his clarity of  language and powerful expressions. He contributed to the society by upholding moral values. In simple words, he was just divine,” he said.

Jayanthi, who shared screen space with the veteran actor in many films, expressed her appreciation to the organisers for conducting such an event. “How can we ever forget the legendary actor?” she asked. “It was so easy to act with him as we shared a good coordination both on and off the sets. I became part of their family and it was truly a golden period. Raj, hats off to you,” she exclaimed. Dodda Range Gowda, who had penned lyrics for Rajkumar’s films, shared his experiences with the star. “No one can beat him in his acting skills, dialogue delivery and body language. His politeness, punctuality and dedication were highly appreciable. His strong theatrical background helped him attain great heights as an artiste. He truly has the gift of the gab,” he said. He urged the education department to include Rajkumar’s biography in the textbooks to inspire youngsters.

Actor Shrinagar Kitty described Rajanna’s Kasturi Nivasa and Saakshatkaara as his favourite movies. “I want to portray the roles which Rajkumar has done in those movies. Though I didn’t have an opportunity to meet him personally, I have heard good things about him,” he said.

A documentary on Rajkumar’s life was shown at the event. His popular movies, Satya Harishchandra and Shankar Guru were also screened. The festival is on till April 24. Different episodes of the documentary will be screened everyday at 11 am and films will be shown at 1.30 pm and 6 pm. Aakasmika and Thaayige Thakka Maga will be screened on April 22, Ravichandra and Shabdavedi on April 23 and Hosabelaku and Kasturi Nivasa will be screened on April 24. For details, call 9448271686.

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