Girish Raghunath Karnad, the renowned actor, filmmaker and writer, has breathed his last at his Bengaluru residence at the age of 81 on today morning.
Mr. Karnad was suffering from age-old complications for quite a long time and today early morning the sad news of his demise had been confirmed from reliable sources.
Karnad worked extensively in South Indian and Bollywood films where he played the role of the writer as well as an actor. For his unforgettable literary works, he has been honored with Jnanpith Award in 1998, Padman Bhushan in 1992 and Padma Shri in 1974.
However, apart from his work in literature, Karnad will always be remembered for his commendable contributions in films too. He debuted in films as an actor and screenwriter with the Kannada movie ‘Samskara’ in 1970. The movie that was directed by Pattabhirama Reddy and was based on a novel by UR Ananthamurty, received huge appreciation from the film fraternity as it won the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada film industry. The list of his Kannada movies adds some of his fines works, like ‘Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane’, ‘Ondanondu Kaladalli’, ‘Cheluvi’, ‘Kaadu’ and ‘Kanooru Heggaditi’.
While he performed brilliantly in South Indian film industry, his works in Bollywood were no less commendable. He mesmerized the audience with his acting in films like ‘Iqbal’, ‘Dor’, ‘8 X 10 Tasveer’, ‘Aashayein’ and others. His spontaneous presence in mainstream masala films like ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ proved his expertise in the kaleidoscope of vast range and different shades of characters.
Mr. Kannad had always been very direct and prominent about his stand on various political issues across the country too.
As soon as the sad news of Karnad’s demise was confirmed, Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and BJP state president B S Yedyurappa have expressed their grief on the social media.
The Kannada film industry along with Bollywood film fraternity has been shattered with this great loss of the Indian film.