Nagaraju Shiva Putta Swamy (born 12 July 1961), known by his screen name Shiva Rajkumar, is an Indian film actor, producer, playback singer and television presenter, best known for his work in Kannada cinema. He is the eldest son of actor Rajkumar. In his career spanning over three decades, Shiva has worked in over 125 films.
After graduating with Bachelor of Science (Chemistry), Shiva made his debut screen appearance in films with Singeetham Srinivas Rao‘s Anand (1986), which fetched him the Cinema Express Award for Best Actor. His first three films, namely Anand, Ratha Sapthami(1986) and Mana Mechchida Hudugi (1987) were all highly successful, earning him the title Hat-trick Hero coined by the media and his fan followers.