“I don’t know what’s occurring really,” says a smiling Shivarajkumar, on the overwhelming response to his cameo in Rajinikanth’s blockbuster Jailer. Shivanna, as he’s referred to as fondly by followers, is the buzzword on social media. Cine buffs, particularly these unaware of his stardom exterior Karnataka, have gone gaga over his display presence.
“I’m not lively on social media; my daughter (Niveditha Shivarajkumar) solely takes care of my accounts. However I’ve seen the memes, reels, and footage about my cameo within the movie, and it feels nice,” he says. The veteran actor says he was “bowled over” when he witnessed the craze for his look, significantly the second within the pre-climax portion, whereas watching Jailer on the Woodlands Theatre in Mysuru.
“That’s once I realised the magic that director Nelson (Dilipkumar) created,” says the 62-year-old. In Jailer, Shivarajkumar performs a reformed legal Narasimha who goes on to assist the protagonist Tiger Muthuvel Pandian (Rajinikanth), a retired jailer of the Tihar jail. Within the final act, Narasimha arrives within the nick of time to save lots of Muthuvel Pandian’s household from the goons.
Nelson units up the shock properly and elevates Shivarajkumar’s entry with a slow-motion scene and Anirudh Ravichandran’s thunderous rating. “The director requested me to smoke a cigar and stroll casually. That tension-free stroll added to the character’s swag. I then needed to give a pointy have a look at the villains; Narasimha has no worries as a result of he has trapped the baddies with out their data!” he remembers.
The Kannada star pulled off a uncommon feat of grabbing the limelight, atleast momentarily, from Rajinikanth. Maybe the final time it occurred was when Ramya Krishnan portrayed Neelambari in Ok S Ravikumar’s Padayappa (1999). However Shivarajkumar factors out that Rajinikanth is the “chief of the pack and deserves all accolades for the movie’s success”.
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“Rajini sir’s followers wish to see his type on display, and Jailer has sufficient of it. That’s what made movies akin to Baashha, Padayappa, and Sivaji such large hits. However in current occasions, he has experimented together with his profession. He’s getting the heart beat of a number of distinctive characters and enhancing them together with his trademark type. That’s how he was so convincing in his age-appropriate position in Jailer,” explains Shivarajkumar.
Having debuted in 1986 with Anand, Shivarajkumar — with monikers akin to ‘Century Star’, ‘Karunada Chakravarthy’, and ‘Hat-trick Hero’ — has acted in over 125 Kannada movies. Rising up, he was excited by the position of the gangster, because of Amitabh Bachchan. “I really like Amitabh sir in fits. The best way he sits, his voice, and his general angle in movies akin to Agneepath (1990) and Don (1978)… it gave me a kick. He confirmed us which you can kill together with your voice and appears.”
Shivarajkumar’s menacing eyes additionally made him a great candidate for the position of a ‘mass hero’. His father and thespian Dr. Rajkumar was the primary to identify a spark in his eyes, he recollects.
“Once I did Modada Mareyali, my father instructed my mom that I emote with my eyes. My father is an enormous star, and in reality his eyes converse so much in entrance of the digital camera. So getting a praise from him was particular. Afterward, Upendra instructed me he turned my fan due to my eyes. Then widespread cinematographer B C Gowrishankar instructed me that, after Rajkumar, the one actor he appreciated preserving a close-up shot of… was me.”
The actor, skilled at MGR Authorities Movie and Tv Coaching Institute, says he has a 360-degree method to a ‘masala movie hero’ position. “I emphasise on my physique language and go into element concerning the character. I consider in improvisation.”
Shivarajkumar’s upcoming movie Ghost phrases him the ‘OG’, which means the Authentic Gangster. It’s a pure match for him, given a number of the actor’s largest hits are gangster movies; in Om, Jogi, and Kadipuddi, he struck a chord with followers together with his portrayal of an harmless man dragged into the massive and ugly underworld. Now, submit the Jalier mania, followers exterior Karnataka need his earlier movies akin to Om, Tagaru and Mufti (Pathu Thala in Tamil) to be both dubbed in lots of languages, or launched with subtitles.
“We’re contemplating the thought,” says Shivarajkumar. “Om might be dubbed, whereas Tagaru will likely be made in Tamil with Vikram Prabhu. Jogi was remade in Telugu and Tamil. And at present, I’m taking pictures for the prequel of Mufti, titled Bhairathi Ranagal,“ he provides.
This leads him to reminisce on how his hit movies influenced popular culture: “Om was a nationwide sensation. Ramesh Sippy needed to remake it and introduce me in Hindi, however we had bought the movie rights to another person. When Jogi launched, my coiffure turned a rage, and my flashy denims pants within the movie turned designer put on!”
His subsequent massive Tamil position is in Captain Miller, a interval action-adventure flick starring Dhanush. “The making of the movie was great, and I had a good time with Dhanush off the units as effectively. We went for late-night dinners together with his youngsters; in reality, in the course of the first schedule, my spouse got here to the set with home-cooked meals, and he or she’d baked muffins for his kids too. Your entire crew, together with the director Arun Matheswaran, was actually candy,” he presents.
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By signing non-Kannada movies, he’s pushing his boundaries, says Shivarajkumar. “I’m not right here to compete with anyone. There isn’t any language barrier in performing, and I’d like to maintain reinventing myself,” he indicators off.