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    I want to be a lawyer on screen - Shivarajkumar

    Thursday, August 16, 2007
    Twenty years in film career ninety films to his credit the lovable actor of Kannada cinema Shivarajkumar has earned the share of respectability and success. A competent actor who has proved his mettle in number of films right from his debut ''Anand'' in 1987 Shivarajkumar is ''Ajathashatru'' of Kannada cinema.

    This is an interview when we met Shivarajkumar on the sets of ''Satya in Love'' and ''Gandana Mane'' audio release functions.

    Excerpts of an interview:

    How is your dream home shaping up?

    Everything is ok but my father Dr.Rajkumar is the quintessential person I am missing a lot. I have even made a special room for his stay at the new house that is almost finish at Hebbal ring road area. He visited this place on April 5th but a week later on April 12th 2006 he passed away. The architectural design is looked after by my wife Geetha. The house warming ceremony is slated for 18th October 2007.

    It seems that your money invested on a site is locked in a legal battle?

    That is the reason why I say I want to play a model lawyer that gives some push to the pending cases. There should be a novelty in that role. In my personal case I am suffering investing Rs.25 lakhs eight years ago. My innocence has been exploited. Still we are fighting that case.

    It seems on house warming day of your house your new film 'Bandhu Balaga' is mounting?

    That is true. Producers Soorappa Babu and Kamalakar are performing the song recording muhurut of the film. This house is very special to me because I am the first one to construct the house in our huge family. We have purchased built houses in the past.

    What's special about 'Bandhu Balaga'?

    This is the story my father Dr.Rajkumar approved to play in the lead. Producer Rockline Venkatesh narrated the story of this film written by Janardhana Maharshi. That could not happen. Then Rockline Venkatesh handed over the script to producer Soorappa Babu and Kamalakar. They are doing this film now.

    What's special about the script?

    This is not the time to say anything about it. How the family members get reunited is the crux of the film. I have a fond sister in the film. That role is played by heroine of 'Dhuniya' Rashmi. Naganna is directing this film. Hamsalekha is scoring the music.

    What are the other films lined for release?

    'Gandana Mane' is releasing on 24th of August. 'Lav Kusha' with Upendra – my second film (earlier one was 'Preethse') with him completed most part of the shooting. I have 'Sathya in Love' coming next. Genelia is the heroine of that film. Peter Hynes has done the stunts in that film. I have 'Madesh' and 'Bandhu Balaga' shooting simultaneously. Then five offers are in the queue.

    What happened to your dream of directing a film?

    I wanted to direct my father in a social film. Now my choice is either my younger brother Puneeth Rajkumar or versatile actor Ananthnag. The brilliant actor Ananthnag can deliver any kind of emotions. He is the pride of our state. I am looking for a story to suit him.

    As a conductor what do you do in 'Gandana Mane'?

    I conduct two things. The commuters in the bus as a conductor and as a family person I am a good husband for my rich wife. An ordinary human being with high quality of thinking is what that role emphasizes.

    When you performed the role of conductor you remembered your early days of traveling in buses?

    First person I remembered was top actor Rajanikanth. Then I remembered my school and College days in Chennai. I traveled in Madras transport buses with just Rs.5 in my pocket. I was brought up like that. There were dozen cars in the house but my father Dr.Rajkumar wanted me to grow like any ordinary person.

    Any ticket less traveling you have done?

    That was one of the naughty thing I did with my friends in those days.

    What is that you imbibe from your father?

    There are several things to imbibe. His humbleness, good nature and simplicity are what I want to inculcate in my life. It is not possible to perform like him before the camera. He has done mythological, historical, social, bond films in his career of 205 films.

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