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Raj Kumar is the noted Kannada superstar, who has contributed tremendously to the growth of Kannada cinema. Raj Kumar is the recipient of the 1995 Dada Saheb Phalke Award. Raj Kumar has acted in over 200 films during a career spanning 35 years. Starting off as a stage artiste at the age of 8, Raj Kumar made his debut as a film hero in 1954 with Bedara Kannappa and soon established himself as a marquee name in Kannada cinema not only as an actor but also as a singer and producer. He is also the recipient of Padma Bhushan besides a number of national and State awards including the prestigious Karnataka Rathna Award. His more memorable films include Tenali Rama, Bhukailasa, Abba A. Hudgi, Mahishasura Mardini, Ranadheera Kanteerava, 'Hannele Chiguridaga and Bangarada Manushya.