Veteran film personality 'Girish Karnad' passes away at 81 in Bangaluru

Published : Jun 10, 2019 06:10 pm | By: National Mindset News


Noted actor, filmmaker and playwright Girish Karnad passed away on Monday. He was 81.Girish Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence in Bengaluru.Girish Karnad predominantly worked in South Indian cinema and Bollywood. He rose to prominence with his coming of age of modern Indian playwriting in Kannada. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India.He was also conferred with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema.

Girish Karnad, who often used history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues, had his works translated into various Indian languages and helmed by directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B V Karanth and many more.Girish Karnad had made his acting as well as screenwriting debut with a 1970 Kannada movie Samskara. The film, based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy and directed by Pattabhirama Reddy, won the first President's Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema. His Hindi movies include Nishaant, Manthan, Swami and Pukar. He had acted in a number of Nagesh Kukunoor films, starting with Iqbal, in which Girish Karnad played the role of a ruthless cricket coach. This was followed by Dor8 x 10 Tasveer and Aashayein. In 2012, he played the pivotal role of RAW chairman, Shenoy, in the Salman Khan-starrer Ek Tha Tiger. He reprised his role of Mr Shenoy in Tiger Zinda Hai.

PM Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy tweeted their condolences for the iconic film and theatre personality.Modi wrote: "Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace."

The film fraternity has shared their condolence message for the legendary actor Girish Karnad, and surely the film industry has lost one of the finest gems present in the country.


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