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From Rajkumar to Puneeth Rajkumar: Tracking superstardom in Karnataka

Published on Nov 26, 2021 04:13 PM IST

The late superstar Rajkumar and his recently deceased son Puneeth Rajkumar have both left their mark on hearts and minds in Karnataka. The Kannada film industry mourned the loss of both men in different ways. When Rajkumar died in 2006, aged 76, there was chaos and violence in the streets. When Puneeth Rajkumar died in October 2021, aged 46, the people were in mourning, banners in memory of him went up across Bengaluru. Film historian N Manu Chakravarthy takes a look at how stardom has changed between the reigns of these two men.

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