BENGALURU: It was a sense of being orphaned that pervaded the Rajkumar residence in Sadashivnagar as thousands lined up to pay their tributes to ‘Amma’, as Parvathamma was known. It was not just family and close friends who shed tears, the pet dogs too seemed to have realised the loss.
Over 10,000 people including relatives and fans of the Rajkumar family stood in a queue in front of the residence till the time the body was taken to Kanteerava Studios. Around 9.30 am the public were allowed to pay their last respects.
Film personalities including veteran actors Leelavathi, Jayanthi, Bharathi, Ambareesh and senior politicians including former PM H D Deve Gowda, M V Rajasekharan, ministers K J George and D K Shivakumar and former CM H D Kumaraswamy paid their respects at the residence. Several actors offered their condolences to Raghavendra Rajkumar and Shivarajkumar.
When Ambareesh reached the spot, his fans started raising slogans in his praise but he signalled them not to shout. As Parvathamma’s mortal remains were being shifted to an open vehicle to be taken to Kanteerava Studios, the family pet dogs started barking continuously.
‘Why was she not taken to Singapore?’
Speaking to the media, yesteryear actress Leelavathi said, “I don’t want to speak about a world made up of lies. I do not know why Parvathamma was not taken to Singapore for treatment. I wonder if the government has no money or if the family was short of funds.”