Tamil superstar Rajinikanth and renowned Telugu actor Junior NTR will participate in the function where the Karnataka Ratna award will be conferred posthumously on the late Kannada film actor Puneeth Rajkumar on November 1. Addressing reporters on Saturday, October 29, Revenue Minister R Ashoka said that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai wanted to make the Karnataka Ratna award show this year a memorable one. Accordingly, efforts were made over the past 10 days, he said, adding that Rajinikanth has agreed to participate in the event.
KARNATAKA INVITES RAJINIKANTH AND JR NTR FOR PUNEETH RAJKUMAR’S EVENT
“Earlier, Rajinikanth was not willing (to attend the event) but two days ago, he gave his consent. He is from Karnataka. He was born and grew up here and worked as the Bangalore Transport Service bus conductor here. Today, he is recognized worldwide as a great actor,” Ashoka said.
“Similarly, Junior NTR has also agreed to participate. He too talks Kannada because his mother is a Kannadiga,” he explained.
ABOUT THE EVENT
He added that the Karnataka Ratna award would be bestowed on Puneeth Rajkumar on November 1 at 4 pm.
The event will take place on the steps of Vidhana Soudha where noted playback singer Vijay Prakash and his team will organize a musical event, Ashoka said adding that nearly 5,000 passes will be issued.
According to him, Puneeth Rajkumar was an extraordinary artist who was also recognized as a philanthropist.
Puneeth Rajkumar followed in the footsteps of his legendary father Dr. Rajkumar and made a name in the Kannada film industry. The actor who made an entry into tinsel town at a very young age, died exactly a year ago on October 29, 2021, at the age of 46.