Five hits of Puneeth, including Appu and Abhi, will premiere on the platform on October 28, on the late actor’s first death anniversary
Last Updated: 12.10 PM, Oct 22, 2022
In a week’s time, it will be a year since Kannada cinema and Karnataka was shook by one of the most devastating pieces of news. Sandalwood’s Power Star, Puneeth Rajkumar, the youngest son of late matinee idol Dr Rajkumar, had been pronounced dead after succumbing to a massive cardiac arrest. One of the fittest actors of his generation, Puneeth was only 47 years of age at the time, which made the news more unbelievable. Moreover, only days prior to his untimely death, he had been to the pre-release event of his brother Shiva Rajkumar’s film Bhajarangi 2, were he’d danced with Yash and the Hattrick hero on stage. The night before his demise, he’d spent at music director Gurukiran’s house, celebrating the latter’s birthday. On the fateful day, he’d tweeted good wishes to team Bhajarangi 2, headed to the gym for his routine workout, returned home complaining of uneasiness. The last footage of him is of the actor walking to his car to seek medical attention. He never walked again.
The last one year has been difficult for his family, friends and fans. The pain only slightly alleviated by the reel work he’d done prior to his demise. There was James, his last commercial film as hero, Lucky Man, the movie in which he played God and the upcoming Gandhada Gudi, his dream project. In the days leading to the late actor’s first death anniversary, there are tributes galore, much to the delight of fans.
One of them is by streaming platform Voot Select, which has now acquired several titles of old Puneeth films, including his early hits that were earlier owned by Kasturi TV. On October 28, on the eve of Puneeth’s death anniversary, Voot will premiere 6 of his films, namely, Appu, Abhi, Aakash, Namma Basava, Ajay and Maurya. The streamer made the announcement with a video along with a post that read, “Appu remains etched in our hearts forever. As a tribute to the power star, Puneeth Rajkumar, we bring you his biggest hits. Watch them on 28 October, only on #VootSelect.”