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    Monday, October 10, 2005
    PUNEET RAJKUMAR – is perhaps the only actor in Indian cinema as a hero the five continuous films have successfully run for 100 days – Appu, Abhi, Veera Kannadiga, Mourya, Akash and now Namma Basava on the way to 100 days is unconquerable in the box office. He is now the first major draw at the box office compared to all the heroes in Kannada today. Acting is in his blood, simplicity is his nature, humbleness he acquired from his father the icon of Kannada cinema Dr.Rajkumar is keen to prosper as a technical wizard in Kannada films. Puneeth Rajkumar has accepted ‘Okkadu’ Telugu film remake in Kannada for Rockline Productions.

    What are your expectations?

    I do not keep very high expectations. I believe in hard work. To remain distinct I work hard. I keep the casual and natural style of my real life on screen too. I always make it a point not to give highly charged melodramas from my side. I don’t like to hear lectures or give lectures. I would like my films to be more sensible and practical in approach. In ‘Abhi’, ‘Akash’, ‘Mourya’, ‘Veera Kannadiga’ the characterization and narration are very nice.

    Have you seen your film?

    I watch my performance while dubbing for the film. My family members have seen my films. My wife Ashwini is the best critic of my films. She selects the costumes for my films.

    Why this delay of your films from one film to another?

    I am not in a hurry. For arriving at novelty there is lot of hard work to be done. The script, screenplay, dialogues, music requires a systematic approach. When all these are perfect the shooting takes only a month or so. Our banner always consumes time for preparation of subject. I still remember what Rajanikanthji had told me at the 100 days of ‘Appu’. I really follow it.

    You must be lucky to have such a system of approach?

    I am blessed. My father, mother, brothers and uncle Varadappa all take care of the script and outcome of the film. I feel my responsibility is just to act to their satisfaction. It is because from our family of 50 years of film activity I get tremendous preparation done in the house. One lesson besides discipline, humbleness I have learnt from my family is that ‘Instead of following like others I should be like myself’. It is important to maintain identity.

    Shooting in foreign locations has become a fashion. Why you don’t opt for it?

    Unnecessary expenditure has to be avoided. It is not all that important for a film to shoot abroad. The story and situations should demand it. This is what my father also feels. I like places like Singapore and USA. I have traveled with my wife Ashwini to Singapore several times.

    What is your opinion about Art and commercial films?

    I do not differentiate between the two. For me a well-made film is important. The films should not cater to any particular segment.

    The Kannada films are not scoring high in technology?

    My main idea is that Kannada films should be made on par with any other leading languages. I would like other language to turn back at Kannada and pick substances for their language. I am not telling because ‘Appu’ has been made in Telugu and Tamil. This is my burning aspiration.

    We lack technical giants?

    No. There are technical kings like Upendra and Ravichandran. It is enough if others just follow these standards set by them.

    NADo you plan to bring any technical know-how to Kannada?

    I have some dreams. Firstly I want to come up with brilliant high tech studio that can boast of advance motion control, AC floors, underwater shooting spots, hydraulic systems, equipments to shoot from air, sophisticated cranes, cameras like Jymmy jip etc. I am not trying to monopolize with all these facilities. Such advancement in our kitty can make others to look at Kannada films.

    With all these ideas in mind are you aiming for direction?

    That’s there in my mind. It requires lot of time for me to know many things. May be after five years I would like to focus on direction. Before this daunting task I would like to work under reputed ones.

    How do you keep up the prestigious empire?

    From our banner of Vajreshwari combines that is 25 years old we are making quality films since the beginning. The next immediate step is to showcase the 50 years of my father’s film career. We have 78 percent success from the films we started making from ‘Trimurthi’ in the beginning of 80’s.We have many charity works in mind but my father does not want to disclose it. It is because charity done should not be made public.

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