30 July 2000, remains a day of infamy. Dr Rajkumar, who was 72 years of age at that time was abducted along with three others by forest brigand Veerappan. The abduction took place from Gajanur. For the next 108 days till November 15 when he was released, the entire Kannada film industry came to a standstill. Not only were all film related activities suspended but even screening of films in theatres was stopped. The entire industry united to secure the release of Rajkumar. The abduction became international news and there was great concern for the safety of Rajkumar. The State governments of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu along with the central government finally managed to bring him out safely, but how it was done remains a mystery.