Rajukumar was one gem of an actor, whose position in Indian cinema just can’t be replaced. We are celebrating the late actor’s 88th birth anniversary. Google, like always, was a step ahead to pay tribute to the best of the best. Today’s Google doodle has a beautiful mural of the actor, and we are totally loving it.

The four time National Award winner Rajkumar, has worked in many of the greatest movies of all time. He was also known for his beautiful voice, and had recorded close to 400 devotional songs. Many of those songs still remain etched in the hearts of his ardent fans. He was truly an all rounder. He has sung over 300 songs in the movies that he has starred in.

Rajkumar was  a very disciplined man, as quoted by many of his directors. He was fully devoted to the art, and lived for it. One of his most popular roles was the James Bond styled spy in Jedara Bale. The success of the movie spawned three sequels, titles Goa Dalli CID 999 , Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 and Operation Diamond Racket. And here we get happy if a Bollywood movie is followed by merely one sequel.

Rajkumar won many accolades and honours over his long career. He was feted with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1995. He was also honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award, in 1983.

Rajkumar passed away on 12 April, 2006, in Bangalore. There was an unofficial bandh observed in parts of south India post his death. His fans came out on streets mourning for their superstar.

We will forever remember Rajkumar!