Senior producer Parvathamma Rajkumar passed away at 4:40 am on Wednesday, May 31. She died of from old age-related ailments.
Parvathamma Rajkumar was being treated at MS Ramaiah Hospital in Bengaluru after she complained of giddiness, fatigue and breathing problems on May 14. She suffered a massive heart attack after her blood pressure dropped last evening. She is survived by three sons — Shivaraj, Raghavendra and Puneeth Rajkumar — and two daughters — Poornima and Lakshmi. As a mark of respect, all film related-activities in Sandalwood will remain shut on Wednesday, May 31.
Her body, which is has been taken to Raghavendra Rajkumar's house, will be kept at Poornaprajna School grounds at Sadashivanagar, Bengaluru, to enable people to pay homage. She will be buried next to the Rajkumar Memorial at Sri Kanteerava Studio.
Many celebrities and politicians have mourned the death of Parvathamma Rajkumar. Here are the tweets of Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and other politicians:
Parvathamma Rajkumar was born on December 6 1939 to Appaji Gowda and Lakshmamma in Mysuru. She married Sandalwood's legend Rajkumar on June 25 1953 at the age of 13. Their first son Shivaraj Kumar was born in 1962, followed by two daughters, Poornima and Lakshmi, and two sons, Raghavendra and Puneeth (original name is Lohith).
She turned an independent producer when she realised that her husband Rajkumar was being taken for granted by producers, who paid him peanuts to work under them while they made huge money using his popularity.
With the help of legendary producer N Veeraswami, the father of Crazy Star Ravichandran, she floated a banner called Vajreshwari Combines. Her first movie was Trimurthi. During her successful stint as a producer, she made over 75 movies, preferring original stories for many films.
Bhagyavantha, Hosa Belaku, Chalisuva Modagalu, Kavirathna Kalidasa, Shravana Banthu, Apporva Sangama and Devatha Manushya were some of the popular movies made under her banner.
The films produced by her predominately featured her late husband Rajkumar and her sons. She is credited for introducing many actresses to Kannada films, such as Sudharani, Malashri, Prema, Anu Prabhakar, Rakshita and Ramya.
She won many state awards and was honoured with the Rajyotsava Award by the Karnataka state government. She was also a recipient of the Dadasaheb Phalke Award.
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