My husband got a role in the movie “Mahishasura Mardhini”, the remuneration was Rs.5000, but Prabhakar Shastry offered us Rs.10,000. I think, The next movie which offered was Thukaram In 1962. It the time when my son Shivanna was born. We were offered Rs.5000 as advance, and it was the first time we saw a bundle of amount.
After that also our situation did not improve. For the movie Bangardha Manushya, the remuneration was rs.30,000 only. During those times, there was no fixed wages, you had to take the amount given to you. There was an increase in money when i started visiting the shootings.It was such a golden time that i have to share another memory with you all.
During the release of “Ranadheera Kanteerava” movie, theatres refused to release the movie without the payment of theater rent. Then, Shariff of Bharath Talkies accepted to release our movie. Also, Shariff relased only kannada movie until the theatre exists. Who has such loyalty towards kannada language in present times ? Many people were asking Rajkumar to act in the role of “Gautham Buddha”, but i was not interested in that. It was a role where husband sacrifices his wife and children at very young age and it was not very appealing to me. There was another role offered to my husband, where that person leaves his wife and becomes a billionaire. I was again not happy with it. Someone told me that Rajkumar would win national award if he acted in that movie, i straightaway said i dont need it.
Every individual has different perceptions and this was my perception. I was not happy with any roles which includes leaving home or sacrificing wife or family.