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The veteran actor, filmmaker and theater personality Girish Karnad passed away.


Published On: 10 June 2019 | Sandalwood | By:


Girish Karnad rose to prominence with his coming of age of modern playwriting in Kannada. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honor conferred in India.

The veteran actor, filmmaker and theater personality Girish Karnad passed away.

Legendary actor, filmmaker, and playwright Girish Karnad passed away on Monday. He was 81.

Karnad succumbed to a prolonged illness at his residence in Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru, and staff from the Cubbon Park Police station, under whose jurisdiction the legendary writer lived, confirmed the sad demise.


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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 honor conferred in India. 

He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema. 

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 Alyque Padamsee among others. 


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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. 

Some of his popular Kannada movies include Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Cheluvi, Kaadu and Kanooru Heggaditi. 
His Hindi movies include art-house movies such as Nishant, Manthan, Swami, and Pukar. He had acted in a number of Nagesh Kukunoor films, starting with Iqbal, followed by Dor and Aashayein. In 2012, he played the role of RAW chairman, Shenoy, in Salman Khan-starrer Ek Tha Tiger. He reprised his role of Shenoy in Tiger Zinda Hai. This was his last Hindi film. 

PM Narendra Modi and Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy tweeted their condolences for the iconic film and theatre personality. 

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