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  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 1

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    Dear Readers, We are proud to introduce a column on the dynamic lady of Kannada film industry Smt.Parvathamma Rajkumar, the better half of the icon of Kannada cinema Dr.Rajkumar. We at Chitraloka with great respect, provide to you the experiences of the gem of a lady in a series.

    K.M. Veeresh

    Editor, www.chitraloka.com


    Parvathamma Rajkuma Speaks....

    “I always believed, that a person should never get under any pressure to achieve something in life." Today the world has changed drastically. Notable personalities are well educated and have achieved things in life.

    I personally believe that experience is the best mentor in life. As i grew up i was told that, I was still a baby when my father - in- law visited our house and placed 1 rupee coin in my hand and announced i would be his daughter in law.

    I was thirteen years old when i was married to Muthuraj, (now known as Rajkumar, as decided by my father and father in law. Like any other parents of a girl, my parents too advised me to adjust in my in laws house and if i commit any mistake the doors of my parents house would be shut for me.

    I was married, studied up to 9 th std and now i was the daughter in law of their house. I was given utmost care. Before my marriage, my mother in law had once asked me if i was prepared for marriage, i then said yes.

    I obeyed to my in laws and did everything that was advised and taught by my parents. I took care of everyone. My mother in law patiently taught me cooking. Slowly, I learnt all the household chores. i slowly became the inescapable connection to my house.

    At this time, Muthuraj was acting in drama. One day he received a call for acting in movies, so we had to shift to Madras. I packed my luggage and traveled to Madras with Muthuraj. I learnt Tamil in Madras. My responsibility grew as i had to constantly cook for the guests who were regular at our house.

    Smt.Parvathamma Rajkumar


  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 11

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    This was not the matter with Heroines. The number of girls entering to kannada films was very less.They were shy to enter films. But we always have worked with Kannada heroines when ever we could. Actress like Kalpana, Jayamala, Manjula (etc) was introduced to industry by us.

    In a way, we were the reason for Arthi to enter film industry. In my children’s films, actress like Sudharani, Anu, Prema, Asharani, Now, Ramya, Rakshitha, Malashree was introduced to industry from our banner. We had helped Malashree grow in such a way that, more than hero she was important in films. We can still give chance to many heroines.

    There is a taboo that film industry is bad- corrupted and because of that many of them are frantic to enter the industry. I have always been adamant to cast Kannadiga’s in our movies. We always asked producers to give a chance to artists like Jayashree, Papamma, Shanthamma etc. Due to my adamency most of them are angry on me. There were few people who even said “why does she say like that?, does she own the industry?” i used to reply “yes, industry is mine, now listen to whatever i say.” 

    I believe,If you are not that adamant, nothing good can happen in industry. Even now, whenever they increased remuneration to non Kannada artists i scold them. I ask them why do they spend lakhs and lakhs on non Kannandiga artists, why don’t u give a chance to Kannada artists. People get angry for that also.

    Till “Shabdavedi” movie i used to select costumes for my heroines. Saritha, Geetha, Madhavi, nobody used to object me. They used to ask for extra costumes, if required. We used to purchase them. Rajkumar was very much disciplined towards costumes.

    We visited the shooting set of Girikanye. A night before the shooting, i asked Rajkumar to see the costumes, he said there is nothing to see. I persuaded him to see the costumes once; when he saw the costumes he immediately got angry. He called the boy and asked “for owner’s role you brought such low budget costume and for a servant role which i am acting, you have purchased such costly costume.” He asked the boy to change the costume. Next day after a lot of searching, we bought a banyan and lungi . That costume was liked and appreciated by everyone.


  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 12

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    I am the sculptor of my own success. This is the line which i keep repeating myself. I believe that for anybody’s success, one has to work hard. It’s a lie if we expect for anyone to come and help us.

    If you have to climb, you will climb. If you fall down you are the one who will fall down. Casteism wont help too. Rajkumar has always followed one principle. He never indulged himself in any functions related to his own caste. If anybody asked him which caste does he belong, he always replied 'I am Kalavidara Jaathi' (artiste caste)"

    Why should we visit only our caste functions? Everybody watches our movies, irrespective of caste. We want everyone. We belong to everyone. We either attend everyone’s function or don’t attend at all.You should now really think how Rajkumar has survived in this industry for 51 years. Rajkumar has done so many good things;  It is not right to trumpet ourselves. But when we stand out we should not ignore all the things which he has done in past 51 years.

    Just imagine how many producers have survived because of him, how many artists, technicians have entered film industry because of him. It is not easy to rise from ashes to a huge storng pillar. If a film has turned out as box office failure, then he has provided a call sheet for different movie and strives so much, does anyone know that? Look at present day artist, one day he takes remuneration of Rs.25,000 and next day he asks for 2 lakhs, later 4 lakhs then 8 lakhs and so on. The reason for this hike is producers.

    There is no unity between producers, few of them will be there and few here. During those days, a producer used to invest his own money, or by receiving money from distributor, and hence the producer used to have the responsibility to finish the movie and handover it to distributor, but now, the money is invested by unknown resources and producer is less responsible towards the movie. It’s more like we are tying our own hands.Everybody should do their job efficiently. The work has to run smoothly, even though producer has taken up distributorship. Few days ago, Nannayya said that “a vegetable vendor has also become a producer”, and i completely agree to it. You bring money from somewhere, invest excess amount in films, and give how much ever money is being asked as payment.

    On top of all these you make movie which includes rowdism, bloodshed or slaughtering. A producer has lost his identity since the introduction of all these. This is what I feel. An industry is all about ups and downs. Everything may get back normal one day. We are the reason for industry being like this, then and now, if a producer is determined then our industry can grow into unbreakable height. We all are surviving because of this industry.

    But one of my worst fear is that, nobody is afraid anymore. I feel the industry has come on roads. Every movie won’t be success. This is happening in other language industry as well and not only in our industry.

    My son Raghavendra Rajkumar was on his way to airport he got phone calls that they are waiting for Tuesday. Incidentally this Tuesday - 6 th November 2005 is my birthday. Raghu was wondering about how is everyone aware of my birthday date. Then they said they are waiting for the column written by me. Director Bhargava, Phani Ramachandra, Pattabhiram and others are reading this column without fail.

    Chitraloka wishes Smt.Parvathamma Rajkumar on the occasion of her birthday.

  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 5

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    There were rumors about me, that i stay away from reporters, that i do not like them; they are false accusations. I do not have much anger on them. I get angry only when someone write false news, or when some one commit any mistake.

    There was a similar incident during the time of “Gandhada Gudi” movie. It was a photo of Vishnuvardhan and Rajkumar, who was smiling and folding hands. When that photo was published, a particular reported commented on the photo below stating “why is Rajkumar smiling?, is it because his role should turn out good?, is it because Vishnu’s role will be bad?, is it okay if his role turns out bad and vishunu’s will be be good?” after reading that any person would tend to get angry . is this the way anyone writes? Few days after that incident, I traveled to Mysore with Chi. Uday Shankar. Co incidentally, i met that reporters and i called them near me to speak. Chi Uday Shankar was with me when i called those reporters and he instantly witnessed my tone and guessed something was wrong. When those reporters arrived i straight away fired my questions at them. The reporters didn’t have any answers with them.

    We faced another such incident during the shooting of Babruvahana. There were few reporters, who commented that Rajkumar did not know to act. I kept quite, even my husband kept quite. when Everyone was furious on those reporters who commented on Rajkumar’s acting skills, my husband subsided the situation telling “they have rights to write and they have written correctly. “ Many a times, there were incidents when a very upsetting questions were asked.

    During the time of Raghu’s shooting, a reported asked me,” Raaghu or Rajkumar - who will act better ?’ is that a question to be asked, Raaghu is my son and Rajkumar is my husband . how can i possibly answer that question ? being a film industry person, i had complete faith in my son. Even under any circumstances, if anyone spoke something wrong, i never kept quiet.
    After all these bad encounters with reporters, i made a rule that no reporter was allowed on the sets of Rajkumar’s movies. What was use of use of calling reporters to shooting if they were going to spread rumors? Few days later, reporters organised a programme and tried to fix things. My husband was asked to speak in that function. He agreed and during his speech he said “write whatever you want about me, but don’t write anything about my family .” Among the reporters there were few of them who were close to our family, they were P.G.Srinivas and Murthy, B.MK.

    Once, when my husband was speaking to the senior reporter, he casually asked them “why do they write such things?”. The reporters then replied that “what can we do sir? Young hot blood?” upon hearing that Rajkumar instantly replied “so there’s is hot blood, our’s is staled blood ?”


  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 6

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    Rajkumar did not act for 3 years as he didn’t find any good scripts. During that time i was travelling to Ganghadhareshwara temple with Chi Udayshankar. While travelling through Uma theatre circle, few auto drivers spotted Chi Udayshankar and confronted him as to why he not writing a good script for Rajkumar . when things started getting out of control, I had to get down from the car, intervene in matter. I scolded all those people who confronted Udayshankar telling that “what was Udayshankar’s mistake, he did not tell Rajkumar not to act, he didn’t act for 3 years, why are you blaming him.”

    After that incident Chi Udayshankar visited our house straightaway instead of returning his home and went to rajkumar and told him “ sir, if u don’t act in films, people will throw stones at me .” it was then we took up the movie script called “Manasu Mallige”. All of us, along with Dore Bhagwan, started contemplating about this script. Chi Udayshanker did not like the script. When we narrated other script, he immediately liked it. It was a script written by Udayshankar’s teacher’s wife Vishalakshi Dakshina Murthy.

    Udayshankar asked Rajkumar 3 months time to complete the script, my husband replied “take 6 months time, no hurry” upon hearing that udayshankar joked “ if i take 6 months time, people will throw stones at me” , having said that, he prepared the script within one month itself.

    During the time of “Ravichandra” movie, Rajkumar started taking complete responsibility of the movies. He started making movies through Vajreshwari itself. The first 3 movies of Shivanna was also done by me. Between all these, Rajkumar had again given hatrick of 25 weeks success through the movies Jeevana Chaitra, Aksmikha, Hodhahuttidhavaru.

  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 8

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    Only through kannada heroines our movies can turn out better. They should know the language better and only then they can act well. Earlier, when i had selected Manjula to act for Sampathige Saval” movie, Dwarkish then said Manula is fit to act as grand daughter. Then I said its okay, iI particularly want her to act in that movie. The eye act done by Majula during Kuchupudi dance in Mohini Basmasura play performed at Prabha Shishuvihara was alluring.

    After that, the movies acted by Manjula was running successfully for 25 weeks. The last movie which Rajkumar and Manjula acted together was “Nee Nanna Gellalare”. I was not ready to cast her in that movie, but she requested and insisted my brother to convince me to cast her . One day she visited the house and told that she would keep a photo of Rajkumar and worship him if i cast her, so i told her to keep a photo in her heart and not at home.

    Interest and passion should be mainly found in producer more than anyone. Costumes should always be according to the script. I have decided the costumes for all the heroines in my movies.Hence, all the heroines have retained fame and respect.

    I like few directors, and one among them is Sridhar. There will be no choreographer in his movies. He will choreograph his own dance steps according to the situations. Sangeetham Sreenivasa Rao, Sethu Madhavan too , did not need dance choreographer’s.

    Director C V Rajendran who was a relative of Sridhar and had directed Trimurthi movie. His direction was extraordinary. When the conduct and behavior of director is good, the movie turns out efficient and Trimurthi is an example for that. There were few people who used to speak against those directors. They said those directors have weakness and they r not good enough. Who doesn’t have weakness. Every body has weakness, but we should not worry about it so much.

    At the end of everything, we only want a good movie. I didn’t show much interest towards trimurthi story. Till the end i didn’t know the story because i didn’t visit the set of trimurthi. I stayed at hotel itself looking after my son. If the movie director was someone who i know very well, then we can discuss with them, but i never used to do that with directors i was not very familiar with.



  • Parvathamma Rajkumar Column 9

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    Greatness of chi. Udayshankar....

    You should listen to the dialogues written by Chi. Udayshankar. Nobody writes like that these days. In those days dialogues were memorised orally. I didn’t do the distribution of trimurthi even though it was a first film under my banner. We used to take Rs. 2 lakhs for the distribution of raj’s other movies, but for this movie i asked them for Rs 3 lakh rupees. They denied. I said leave it. Later, after few days, they gave 3 lakhs for this movie. 


    At this point i should remember Lakshman Rao. When we were planning to make Shankar Guru, few of our people were against from V Somshekhar directing Shankarguru movie. I told those people that i don’t need them if they are against V Somshekar. Later, i was adamant that i need V Somshekar to direct the movie and finally he did it. That time it was Lakshman Rao who gave us 8 lakhs and purchased the rights

    . He even said he will give us more money but I refused it. Shankarguru was a huge hit. Rajkumar had acted in 3 roles and hence the movie making cost was comparatively low. In those days, shooting expenses were low compared to present day’s expenses. We used to go to shooting locations together, 100 of us and 28 days. We always carried necessary things to shooting spot and stayed together like a family.

    Even actors during those times were really understandable. They never demanded for anything in particular. We all stayed together.Present generation people should understand all these. They still don’t know how the industry works. For each and everyone you need to book a separate room. If we celebrate a heroine’s birthday on shooting sets, even the ice cream bill will be added to the producer’s account.

    When Rajkumar had shootings in Mysore he used to stay in Sujatha, and in Bangalore he used to stay in Highland hotel. He never stayed in big hotels, because he always wanted to stay together with his entire movie unit. He always liked staying with directors, cameramen, associates. The friendliness was such that, Rajkumar and the movie unit used to finish shooting by evening, come back to their hotel and discuss about next day’s shooting plan, and next morning they used to go to shooting place together and because of this the work used to run smoothly.

    But at present times, everybody stays wherever they want, by the time u bring them all together, you will be exhausted.

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