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May I touch your moustache please?

raj-kumar0002-1That’s what movie legend Rajkumar asked brigand Veerappan at the end of 108 days in captivity, reveals a documentary by Maya Chandra
When India’s most famous dacoit Veerappan decided to release Karnataka’s biggest movie icon Rajkumar from captivity, he asked him if he had any last wish.

Rajkumar gave him a reply that left him gaping in disbelief: “Could I touch your moustache please?”

That is among the many delightful bits of trivia you will find in Maya Chandra’s documentary Dr Rajkumar, Our Annavaru, screened at Badami House on Saturday.

Among those who spoke about the film were Rajkumar’s son Raghavendra, who recalled more endearing things about his legendary father.

When he asked Rajkumar if wild beasts had troubled him in the dense forests, he got this disarming answer, “We humans are the biggest beasts, child! I wasn’t in the least troubled by any animal.”

Raghavendra said Rajkumar was always ready to share his joy, but would keep his pain to himself. He resisted surgery, saying, “This body is like a car. You meddle with it here and something goes wrong there!”img_1087

In the last 30 days of his life, he got up early, walked around energetically despite chronic pain in his knee, and went about his day as if he were at the peak of his acting career. He was then 72. “I want you to remember me that way,” he told his family, and went and slept in the drawing room. He would often shun comforts, such as an air-conditioned room, Raghavendra told the audience of writers, ಓದನ್ನು ಮುಂದುವರೆಸಿ