Never charged for public service ads, humility was his USP: IPS officer Isha Pant on Puneeth Rajkumar
Puneeth Rajkumar always followed his father and legendary actor Dr Rajkumar's principle of 'never after money' and his action of doing a campaign for the government or promoting homegrown products for free, reflected his genuineness. The IPS officer reveals the other side of 'Appu'.
Film actors or celebrities would never let an opportunity slip out of hand when it comes to making money by any ads or commercials, but for Puneeth Rajkumar, this is not the case. From homegrown brands to KMF milk products to doing public service campaigns he never charged a penny.
Fire brand woman police officer Isha Pant, IPS who has done several campaigns said that the actor readily agreed to do awareness videos for Bengaluru City Police and any public service advertisements but at the same time, he never charged a penny.
He was always available for all government initiatives and awareness campaigns for which he never charged a single penny. For BCP Twitter handle too he did so many awareness videos with his charismatic smile always on his face.
The woman officer was bowled over by the simplicity and humility of the actor and contended that this character of Puneeth Rajkumar is what is his unique selling proposition. Recalling from the conversation with her husband Anirudh Sravan who is also a civil servant, the officer said that she got to know that Puneeth is the brand ambassador of the state-owned dairy product Karnataka Milk Federation.
The officer also expressed shock over his sudden demise. The officer never expected this could happen to him as he was very health conscious and had maintained his body well with a regular workout.
The actor suffered a sudden cardiac arrest on Friday morning after his workout. He was immediately rushed to Ramanashree Hospital where his family doctor Dr Ramana Rao examined him. The actor was non-responsive and was then taken to Vikram Hospital. After a few hours of treatment, he was declared dead at 2:30 pm on Friday. After two days, the actor was laid to rest with full state honours.