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Dr. Rajkumar was also one of the most versatile actors in Indian cinema. His character depictions ranged from comedy to action, from lover to double/triple roles, from mythological characters to portrayal of modern day social causes.

In his lifetime, Dr. Rajkumar acted in 206 Kannada movies, excluding the guest appearances.

Rajkumar 's Discipline:
Rajkumar was highly disciplined man. He would wake up and perform Yoga and pranayama at 4am. He practiced Carnatic Music for one hour each in the morning and in the evening. He never smoked or drank alcohol both in real life and in movies. He never uttered swear words on screen. He seldom ate food outside except for tender-coconut. He was always punctual for any shooting and programmes. His dress code consisted of only white dhoti and white shirt, with sandals. He was always clean shaven. He spent most of his vacations at his native place, Gajanur, near to the forest area where he was later kidnapped. During shooting he insisted that all the members of the unit should have the same menu and food must be of high quality.

Rajkumar's charity work:
Very few people know about Rajkumar's charity work. Rajkumar never spoke about his charity and had supposedly requested the journalists not write about it. He is supposed to have donated the proceedings from his devotional albums to charity and to have built ashram for young widows and orphan girls. He toured Karnataka extensively to send donations to Kargil war victims. He donated a lot of money in aid of eye donation camps and conducted many blood donation camp on the occasion of his birthday. He is an eye donor and as per his wish, his eyes were donated after his death.

Gokak Movement:
The "Gokak report" popularly known as "Gokak varadi" was about making Kannada a compulsory language for primary education gained momentum when Rajkumar was asked to lead the movement. He became actively involved in the movement and soon became the force behind the Gokak movement.

Awards and Honours:
Rajkumar received numerous state, national and international awards. He received an honorary doctorate from Mysore University in 1976. He won ten Filmfare awards for the best actor category which happens to be the second highest in the history of Indian films. He won 9 state awards in the best actor category.state awards for films was constituted by karnataka government in 1967 when rajkumar's half the career was over .But still he managed to win 9 awards which happens to be the highest in the kannada film industry. He also won a National award in best singer category. He received the Padma Bhushan Award from the Government of India in 1983 and the Dadasaheb Phalke award in 1995, in recognition of his contributions to the Kannada film industry.

Kidnapping
On July 30, 2000, at the age of 71, Rajkumar, his son-in-law Govindaraju and two others were kidnapped from the actor's palatial house at Gajanur in Tamil Nadu by the bandit and terrorist Veerappan. Veerappan was demanding the release of his gang members who were being held in jail under a defunct anti-terrorism law. The event prompted a massive manhunt and threw the Karnataka government into crisis. Rajkumar was released unharmed on November 15th 2000 after 108 days of captivity. His kidnapping and the manner in which his release were secured are a mystery to this day.

Death:
Dr. Rajkumar died at his home in Sadashivanagar, Bangalore, on April 12, 2006 following a cardiac arrest.

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