October 29, 2021. A day which shocked many people with the sudden loss of life of 46-year-old Puneeth Rajkumar. He leaves behind not only a bereaved household, however 1000’s of followers, who worshipped him because the “power star”. He was a preferred hero and will romance, sing, dance, battle and do his personal stunts on display with nice elan. Many of us are mourning him as an actor and son the legendary actor, late Dr Rajkumar. But, there are a lot of (colleagues and movie crew ), who’ve had shut associations with Puneeth and have seen him as a “real life hero”. ‘Julie’ Lakshmi and Ramya (Divya Spandana) communicate concerning the man behind the display. While Ramya made her debut with Puneeth in Abhi, Lakshmi, who co-starred with Dr Raj as a number one woman in lots of Kannada movies, has recognized Appu since he was a child. She acted with him as a personality artiste in lots of movies. Vamshi was their final collaboration. She describes Puneeth as “the little boy who grew up to be a mega star”. The two discuss to MetroPlus about Puneeth, the co-star, son, pal and information.

‘Julie’ Lakshmi

He will at all times be Appu the child for me. This is so painful and I’m not capable of come to phrases with it. These are moments once we realise our helplessness and the uncertainty of life hits you. We at all times train our kids to be good, trustworthy, dwell a wholesome way of life, train and be match and that each one will go properly with them. Appu did all that and he’s gone. This makes me take into consideration what is nice or average and what’s Karma. I’m so indignant with Appu, that if I see him now, I’ll shake him and provides him a decent slap for breaking all our hearts. How can he depart us abruptly? Is it a curse that each one kids are abruptly leaving us — Chiranjeevi Sarja, Sachari Vijay and now Appu?

I’ve actually seen him develop from a toddler, to a toddler artiste after which into a robust hero on display. He was at all times respectful and humble. When he was little, we held his arms and made him stroll, and abruptly, he was an enormous star, and we had been outdated and he was holding our arms.

During the capturing of a track of Olavu Geluvu, Appu got here along with his mom, Parvathamma, to the units. He was barely two. Those days we had the Nagra music system, which had enormous stereos that might blast the music to all the neighbourhood. It was like an outdated tape recorder with enormous audio system.

While had been had been capturing, little Appu was in a distance along with his mom, dancing away to the track we had been capturing for. He was so misplaced in his personal world. When the music stopped, he was so indignant that he kicked up his chubby ft and babbled indignantly. He was cute. He has been carried by many people and was a toddler of the business.

I consider within the cycle of karma and rebirth. Watching him dance and his ardour for performing, we believed that he was the reincarnation of his grandfather Puttaswamayya. He was such a tough working artiste. When he performed Krishna as a toddler, he insisted on strolling on the new highway, which had stones and sizzling sand. He refused to be carried. By the tip of the day, his tiny ft had cuts and blisters. That was his dedication and keenness for performing.

He was an easy-going baby. He was cultured by no means misbehaved. Appu would greet everybody with respect, love and humility. Vamshi was the final movie we labored collectively. He was such an excellent co-star and since I noticed him as my son, I used to be capable of emote naturally on display with him.

Appu was near his father and instructed me that he couldn’t recuperate from the loss. I consider that Dr Raj will need to have referred to as him as much as be with him endlessly.

Ramya (Divya Spandana)

We had been purported to debut along with Appu, however the function finally went to Rakshitha Prem. I nonetheless keep in mind assembly Appu and his household at his place. The very first thing that struck me about him was that he was pleasant and right down to earth. He was six years older than me and was already married. He was in his mid 20s and I used to be 18. Since my profession began with Puneeth and his household banner, I realised that he set the requirements for me. He taught me what humility and ease was. He carried no starry airs, which is a rarity on the earth of glamour.

On the units of Abhi, he had a make-up van and I used to be not given one. I used to be labored up as I didn’t know the place to alter and prepare. Appu got here to me instantly and provided me his van. He modified and bought his make up finished outdoor. He ate lunch with the crew outdoors. He would search my permission to make use of the remainder room within the van, which was truly his! He was a beneficiant man. Since that was my first movie, I used to be terrified concerning the technical phrases, however Appu would patiently information me by. He was an excellent dancer and I’d battle with sure steps, and he would patiently train me and even ask for the steps to be simplified and assist me with my dialogues too.

He handled each one as his equal and by no means bossed round anybody. We actors are recognized to be emotional and moody, however not Appu. He at all times had a smile on his face. I don’t suppose anybody has ever seen him frown, or be indignant or upset.

Once, we had been capturing in a college and there have been so many kids. Sometime through the day, an ice cream vendor come outdoors the college gate. Appu purchased all of the ice cream for the college kids.

This is a aspect of his not many know. We have seen him assist individuals on the units, paying for his or her weddings, kids’s training and funerals. He was a person with an enormous coronary heart, full of compassion. Such individuals are uncommon to come back by. Appu will likely be missed vastly.


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