‘His was a life well lived.’ Very
few may be worthy of this eulogy. But, it fits
Rajkumar quite nicely. In a condolence meeting
organized by the South India Film Chamber of
Commerce, several members of the film fraternity
paid rich tributes to the doyen of Kannada cinema.
Superstar Rajinikanth was the first to take
over. He said Rajkumar’s death is an irrepairable
loss to the film industry. He also added that
Rajkumar won the hearts of the Kanndaigas by
refraining from joining politics, in spite of
his mass appeal.
Rajkumar was hailed as the ‘MGR of Kannada’.
He was known for being a simple man and respected
all, irrespective of their social status. Several
film personalities from diverse fields, including
AVM Saravanan, Muktha Srinivasan, Manorama,
Ilayaraja, P.B. Srininivas, offered encomiums
to the departed actor. Rajkumar may not be amidst
us. But, he has left behind a legacy of films
that will stay on forever.