Kannada actor, Puneeth Rajkumar’s untimely death has brought shock to many. The actor, famously called as Appu by his fans died on October 29 due to cardiac arrest at the age of 46. The actor had many films in the pipeline. These films included James, Dvitva and a yet-to-be-titled project with Pailwan film-maker S Krishna and his Yuvarathnaa and Raajakumara director Santhosh Ananddram. Apart from these films, Puneeth Rajkumar also had a few projects under his home banner, which he has produced. All this remains unfinished.
The actor had finished shooting a major chunk of his upcoming film James. Directed by Chethan Kumar, the film is an action thriller starring Puneeth Rajkumar and Priya Anand in the lead, marking their second collaboration together after his blockbuster film Raajakumara.
James being produced by Kishore Pathikonda had begun its shoot from January 19, 2020 in Bengaluru. The second schedule of the film was carried out in October 2020 in Hampi. Later, in February 2021, the actor shot an intense fight sequence in Kashmir. The makers had once again started the shoot for the film from July 5, after the state government gave a heads up to resume filming activities, which was otherwise stopped due to the pandemic. However, a few chunks of the film were yet to be shot.
Earlier this year, U-Turn director Pawan Kumar and actor Puneeth Rajkumar had announced their collaboration for an untitled film. In July, the duo revealed the film’s title. The psychological thriller was titled Dvitva, a Sanskrit word, which has multiple interpretations of the number two. The shoot for the film was supposed to begin from November. Actor Trisha was roped in to act opposite Appu. In a statement, the actor had revealed, “I have always been intrigued with Pawan and his work. I’m excited and can’t wait to see myself in this new avatar.” According to reports, all the pre-production work was done for the film, unfortunately, his wish to work in a Pawan Kumar’s film remains unfinished.
While the above mentioned films were at the verge of finishing and starting shoot respectively, the actor was also supposed to star in Pailwan film-maker, S Krishna’s untitled project. The film-maker had announced a special movie for the actor and had revealed that he would be playing the role of an RAW agent. The shoot for the film was supposed to happen in Nepal and Bengal.
Similarly, Puneeth was also roped in for a film by Dinakar Thoogudeepa. The yet-to-be-titled film was supposed to backed by film producer Jayanna.
Just a few days ago, the 46-years-old actor had expressed his wish to reunite with his 2010 political drama, Prithvi director, Jacob Verghese. According to reports, the actor was all set to reunite with Verghese and had decided to back his film under his own banner, PRK productions. This project was supposed to be his first full-fledged film for his home banner in the capacity of a lead actor.
Reports even suggested that the actor and Verghese had already locked a script and were set to begin the film’s shoot from February 2022, after he finished his other shoot commitments. Appu had played the role of an IAS officer in Verghese’s 2010 political drama.
Other than these projects, the actor also had many films under his production house. Films like Family Pack, Man of the Match, One Cut Two Cut were backed by the actor’s PRK production. Man of the Match is film-maker D Sathya Prakash’s first attempt in making a realistic commercial cinema. The film is almost complete.
Similarly, the film Family Pack starring Likith Shetty and Amrutha Iyengar in the lead is directed by Arjun Kumar. The film which recently wrapped its shoot is backed by PRK productions in association with Likith Shetty and Deshraj Rai.
The Power Star of Sandalwood was also backing Danish Sait and Samyukta Hornad starrer One Cut Two Cut. The film directed by Vamsidhar Bhograju is said to be a family entertainer.
The actor who made his first screen presence when he was just 6-months-old, had starred in over 29 films as its lead star. Beginning his success with his 2002 film Appu, the actor happened to be one of the most bankable Kannada stars. Along with growing as an actor, Puneeth created PRK productions with the intention of giving opportunities to new talents. He was eagerly waiting to reinvent himself as an actor in Pawan Kumar’s Dvitva until his life decided to cut short.
The final rites of the actor will take place in Kanteerva Studios, where his father, actor Rajkumar, mother Parvathamma and another legendary actor Ambareesh are previously buried.