Kannada Actor of the Decade
Puneeth Rajkumar - 'Appu' (2002)
2002 saw the rise of Puneeth Rajkumar (the third son of Dr Rajkumar). Puri Jagannath, who had earlier directed Shivarajkumar in 'Yuvaraj', wrote and directed 'Appu'. Puneeth played the title role with ease, and his performance earned him a lot of appreciation.