In 1954, Rajkumar made debut as the leading man in the film Bedara Kannappa. As seen earlier, his role in Sri Srinivasa Kalyana two years earlier was a minor one.
Mutturaj was a theatre actor who had done important roles in Subbaiah Naidu's theatre company Sahitya Samrajya Nataka Mandali. He was a popular actor in theatre in plays like Bhakta Ambareesha, Bhookailasa, Jagajyothi Basaveshwara among others.
Mutturaj had married Parvathamma on June 25, 1953. It seemed like his fortune changed after the marriage. When he was camping in Hospete, a letter from Karnataka Films based in Chennai called him for the makeup test for the film Bedara Kannappa. HLN Simha, who was fixed as the director of this film, had sugested Mutturaj's name. For the film, Mutturaj became Rajkumar. The film released on May 7, 1954 in Bangalore's Sagar and Shivaji theatres and New Opera theatre in Mysore. It was also released in more theatres across the state. It was in this same film that Narasimharaju made his debut as an actor. Gubbi Veeranna produced and HLN Simha directed the film. R Sudarshnam scored the music for this film.
The Central Government gave this film a qualification certificate. Bedara Kannappa became the first Kannada film to get a national award.
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History 25 - Rajkumar's First Film
History 22 - Bharathi Actor Sampath
History 21 - Birth of Mahatma Pictures
History 20 - Mallikarjuna Masnsur's Contribution to Kannada Films
History 19 - Gubbi Veeranna Continued To Be a Pioneer
History 18 - MV Rajamma - First Kannada Women Producer
History 17 - Vani Producer Ambi Grand Father Pitilu Chowdaiah
History 16 - Satya Harischandra 100 Days in Dharwad
History 15 - Jeevana Nataka - Gubbi Veeranna Independent Producer
History 14 - Vasanthasena Film Based on Sanskrit Play
History 13 - Subhadra Director C Pullaiah
History 12 - Rajasuyayaga Movie Shot In Karnataka
History 11 - Chiranjeevi Released in Majestic Theatre
History 10 - Samsara Nauka First Produced In Partnership
History 9 - Bhakta Dhruva Produced By Kannadigas
History 8 - Sati Sulochana - First Kannada Movie Released
History 7 - Surya Film Studio Ruled The Industry
History 6 - Silent Movie Venues was Bangalore and Mysore
History 5 - Silent Films Started In Karnataka
History 4 - First Film Theater In Bangalore
History 3 - First Feature Film in India
History 2 - World To Miracle Of Cinema
History 1 - Before Cinema Begining