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Shivarajkumar’s Journey: Balancing Legacy and Individuality

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Bengaluru: In the vibrant landscape of South Indian cinema, Shivarajkumar, fondly known as Karunada Chakravarthy, is generating significant buzz. His portrayal of Narasimha in the film ‘Jailer’ has left an indelible mark on cinephiles, earning him widespread praise and adulation, especially for his remarkable performance. Social media platforms are abuzz with acclaim for his character.

The spotlight shines globally on the “Century Star” in his role as Narasimha. Shivarajkumar is gaining international recognition for his exceptional acting prowess. Adding to the excitement, fans eagerly await the release of ‘Captain Miller,’ where Shivanna shares the screen with Dhanush. This has catapulted Shivarajkumar’s popularity to even greater heights in South India.

Stepping into the realm of cinema, Shivarajkumar acknowledged the weight of being Rajkumar’s son, acknowledging it could have a short-lived impact. The label of ‘Anna’s son’ carried both advantages and disadvantages at the time. However, Shivarajkumar was determined to carve his own path and avoid emulation. “I must bring my unique style to cinema. I couldn’t rely on just being Rajkumar’s son,” he asserted, stressing the essence of originality in his acting. “It’s not about a limited time of being Rajkumar’s son. It’s about sustaining the audience’s interest over 25 or 37 years. I want their appreciation, otherwise, it’s futile,” Shivanna candidly expressed.

Contemplating an alternative career path, one can’t help but wonder what if Shivarajkumar hadn’t entered the world of acting. In a candid moment during a YouTube interview, he shared that he had envisioned becoming an entrepreneur, setting up a small factory. With a degree in Chemistry, he weighed the prospect of establishing a business venture. “I was determined to pave my own way in the film industry. If not, I was ready to step aside. Financial stability was there due to my father, who was a superstar. So, I contemplated entrepreneurship before ultimately embracing a film career.”

Shivanna’s success as an actor can be attributed to his unwavering resolve to avoid imitation. Despite the significant responsibility of upholding his father’s legacy, he steadfastly refused to mimic his father’s style. In his words, “I made a clear decision not to mimic him. I’ve never attempted to replicate performances by my idols like Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, or Amitabh Bachchan, even though they inspire me greatly. They are themselves, and I am myself,” Shivanna explained.

Reflecting on his debut film ‘Anand,’ he shared, “I dedicated immense effort to the movie. I underwent rigorous training in horse riding and gymnastics. ‘Anand,’ directed by Sangeetham Srinivasa Rao, was a collaborative endeavour.”

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