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Veteran Kannada actor Dwarakish dies at 81, PM Modi recalls his ‘immense’ contributions to film industry

Kannada film industry veteran Dwarakish passed away at 81 after a cardiac arrest. He acted in 100 films, produced and directed 50 movies, best known for comedy roles. Introduced Kishore Kumar to Kannada industry.

Kannada film industry veteran Dwarakish passed away at 81 after a cardiac arrest. (HT)Premium
Kannada film industry veteran Dwarakish passed away at 81 after a cardiac arrest. (HT)

Veteran Kannada film actor, producer and director Bungle Shama Rao Dwarakanath, popularly known as Dwarakish, died following a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. He was 81, family sources said as quoted by newswire PTI.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Dwarakish's demise, saying his contributions to the film industry are immense, spanning decades of unforgettable performances and groundbreaking films.

“His ability to captivate audiences and support young talent gave a glimpse of his multifaceted role in shaping Kannada cinema. Saddened by his passing away. We will always remember his extraordinary journey. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," PM Modi wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

He acted in about 100 films and produced and directed around 50 movies. Born on August 19, 1942 at Hunsur in Mysuru district, Dwarakish was best known for his comedy roles which made him a household name in the State.

He is also credited with introducing noted Hindi playback singer Kishore Kumar to Kannada film industry with the song ‘Aadu Aata Aadu’.

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

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

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Published: 16 Apr 2024, 02:03 PM IST
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