Guwahati: The Monday morning certainly brings one of the saddest news for the film fraternity and creative world as the veteran most and father figure of Indian films and drama society Girish Karnad passes away on Monday morning. The 81-year-old veteran actor, filmmaker and playwright was suffering from a prolonged illness and lost the battle of his life leaving behind his wife, son and daughter. Karnad breathed his last in his Bengaluru residence.
Ailing for some time now, Karnad was last seen in the sequel of ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Tiger Zinda Hain.’ The veteran actor and playwright contributed several plays and movies that received critical acclamation. It is for his inimitable contributions and one-of-a-kind traits that Karnad was also conferred with some of the highest national titles like Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan. Above all, he is a Jnanpith Award winner which very well proves his creativity and ability.
Girish Karnad proved his domain both in the South Indian cinema and Bollywood equally. The Kannada film society will always remain indebted to him for the outstanding contributions he made and for raising the level of its standard in world film.
It was back in 1970 when Karnad had made his acting and screenwriting debut with a Kannada movie Samskara. the film was based on a novel by UR Ananthamurthy and directed by Pattabhirama Reddy. His first film itself bagged the first President’s Golden Lotus Award for Kannada cinema.
Some other nameable Kannada films following this are Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Cheluvi, Kaadu and Kanooru Heggaditi. Similarly, there are quite some nameable Hindi films as well that marks the actor’s traits and these are Nishaant, Manthan, Swami and Pukar. Among other Hindi films that the actor did a few years ago from now are Iqbal, Dor, Aashayein and 8×10 Tasveer. His last presence from the Salman Khan-starrer Tiger Zinda Hain as Raw chairman Shenoy will remain intact in the hearts of his fans and admirers.