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    Book on legendary hero Rajkumar to be released in US

    Bangalore (PTI): 'Dr Rajkumar, The Inimitable Actor With a Golden Voice', the English version of a book covering the life, films and achievements of the legendary Kannada hero will be released on May 10 in New Jersey.

    Authored by A N Prahalada Rao, who contributes daily to some leading Kannada dailies, the book will be released by the Karnataka Cultural Organisation-Brindavana, a registered and cultural organisation based in New Jersey which has close to 1000 Kannadigas as its members.

    Originally written in Kannada titled as `Bangarada Manushya' (A man of Gold) and published in 2005 to mark the `Sarthaka Suvarna', the 50 years of the thespian's film career, the book has had three editions and sold over 15000 copies, Rao told PTI here today during the release of the English version in India.

    The English version of the book has been translated by Jayshree Alladi, a scribe, and Prof C N Ramchandaran. "The aim of the book was to reach out to a global audience. Rajkumar was a cult figure and cannot be restricted to just the local geography, he has a large fan following even abroad among Kannadigas", Rao said.

    The 204 page book, comprising 18 chapters, takes a close look at Rajkumar's films, providing factual details about each of his films. It also provides information on his films based on mythology, those based on novels, the social dramas and even his role as the Indian version of James Bond.

    The book explores his role as the `singing star' one, who lent his golden voice to the characters he enacted be it the village simpleton, a great mythological character or even as the do-gooder or the protagonist of many a social drama.


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