The Karnataka government honored the late actor with the Karnataka Ratna award on 1st November 2022. The late Kannada Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar‘s last film, Gandhada Gudi, was released on 28th October 2022. Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar’s wife, received the state’s highest civilian award on her husband’s behalf.
The event was also attended by Shiva Rajkumar, Appu’s elder brother. Puneeth Rajkumar became the ninth recipient of the prestigious award with his posthumous honor. The award was presented by renowned actors Rajnikanth and Junior NTR, along with the Infosys Foundation Chairperson Sudha Murthy.
About Puneeth Rajkumar
Puneeth Rajkumar passed away on October 29, 2021, at the age of 46, after suffering a cardiac arrest. The news of his untimely death had sent shock waves across the country. The Sandalwood actor first starred in the 1976 film Premada Kanike as an infant. He was only six months old when he was cast in this thriller film, directed by V. Somashekar. After kickstarting his career as a child artist, he received a national award in 1985 for his performance in the film Bettada Hoovu.