Bengaluru (Karnataka): Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar, 46, passed away on Friday. He was admitted to the Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru on Friday morning after he suffered chest pain.
Puneeth, born to the Sandalwood legendary actor Dr Rajkumar and Parvatamma, started an early career as a film artiste during his childhood. After acting in around 12 films as a child artiste, he adorned the lead role in the movie 'Appu' in 2002. The actor since is fondly called Appu by fans.
He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artiste for his performance in Bettada Hoovu. He also won Karnataka State Award Best Child Artiste for Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu.
Abhi (2003), Veera Kannadiga (2004), Mourya (2004), Aakash (2005), Arasu (2007), Milana (2007), Vamshi (2008), Jackie (2010), Hudugaru (2011), Raajakumara (2017) are some of his succesfull movies.
Acted in around 30 movies in his career, Puneeth's last movie was Yuvarathnaa, released on April 1, 2021.
He has a huge fanbase in Karnataka.
Puneeth has acted with Mollywood cine artistes Mohanlal (Maithri), Bhavana (Jackie) and Parvathy Thiruvoth (Milana). Milana was later dubbed in Malayalam and released in Kerala as 'Ishtam Enikkishtam'. Jackie and Maithri too were dubbed in Malayalam.
He is survived by wife Ashwini Revanath and children Drithi and Vanditha.