Renowned Kannada actor-producer-director Dwarakish passes away

Dwarakish launched noted Bollywood playback singer Kishore Kumar in the Kannada film industry with the song "Aadu Aata Aadu".

BySouth First Desk

Published Apr 16, 2024 | 12:50 PMUpdatedApr 16, 2024 | 3:08 PM

Dwarakish passes away

Veteran Kannada film actor-producer-director Bungle Shama Rao Dwarakanath, popularly known as Dwarakish, died following a cardiac arrest at his residence in Bengaluru on Tuesday, 16 April.

He was 81.

He acted in about 100 films and produced and directed around 50 movies.

Born on 19 August 1942 at Hunsur in Mysuru district, Dwarakish was best known for his comedy roles, which made him a household name in the state.

A diploma holder in mechanical engineering, Dwarakish made his debut in the tinsel town in 1966 by co-producing  Mamatheya Bandhana under the banner of Thunga Pictures.

He tasted big success as a producer with his movie Mayor Muthanna (1969), starring Kannada matinee idol Dr Rajkumar and Bharathi in the lead roles.

He introduced noted Bollywood playback singer Kishore Kumar to the Kannada film industry with the song “Aadu Aata Aadu” in the film Kulla Agent 000 (1972).

Dwarakish also introduced many young talents to the industry, including actors, directors, and technicians.

He remade many films in Kannada, including Apthamithra (2004), which created history in Sandalwood.

The horror film, starring Vishnuvardhan, late actor Soundarya, and Ramesh Arvind in the lead, was a remake of the Malayalam movie Manichithrathazhu (1993). Directed by P Vasu, Apthamithra was a huge commercial hit and ran for over a year at the Santosh theatre in Bengaluru.

P Vasu later remade it in Tamil as Chandramukhi (2005), starring Rajinikanth, Jyothika, and Prabhu, which again was a blockbuster.

Dwarakish’s last venture was Ayushmanbhava in 2018, featuring Dr Shiva Rajkumar, Ananth Nag, and Rachita Ram in the lead.

Condolences pour in

Condolences poured in the actor-producer-director Dwarakish on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar said Dwarakish brought life to roles as a comedian, hero and supporting actor.

Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy said not only as an artist, his unparalleled service to the Kannada film industry as a producer and director is unforgettable.

“He was an asset to Kannada cinema due to his versatile talent, who acted with great actors like Dr Rajkumar, Dr Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh”, Kumaraswamy, who is also state JD(S) President, said.

BJP state President and Shikaripura MLA BY Vijayendra and former Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai too expressed their sorrow.

Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth consoled the death of Dwarakish. He wrote: “The demise of my long time dear friend Dwarakesh is very painful to me..starting his career as a comedian, he raised himself up to being a big producer and director.. fond memories come to my heartfelt condolences to his family and dear ones.”

(With PTI inputs.)

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