Eight times State Award winner for direction, K.V. Jayaram died on Saturday morning after a prolonged kidney failure. He was considered as one of the prominent directors in Kannada and was famous for his novel-based movies including Maralu Sarapani, Badadha Hoovu, Bettele Seve, Ibbani Karagithu, Olave Badhuku, Hosa Neru, Varna Chakra, Aruna Raga and Sharavegadha Saradar in his career of 33 years.
Jayaram was born in Mandya district in 1950. His struggle started when he lost his father at the age of 14. He shifted to Mysore at the age of 18 to complete his B.Sc. Noted director M.R. Vittal took him under his wing and he flourished as an editor. He was trained in the camps of noted filmmakers like Raj Kapoor, Vijay Anand, David Lean and Shantharam.
In 1979, Jayaram transformed himself into a director from an editor by taking up the novel of T.K. Rama Rao to direct. It was Maralu Sarapani, a murder mystery with four characters narrating it in four ways. His second film was Sai Suthe's Badadha Hoovu. Ananth Nag became a frontrunner thanks to this film that also bagged the State Award. Jayaram was also famous for writing screenplays and lyrics. Winner of the prestigious S.R. Puttanna Kanagal award for 2000-2001, Jayaram edited 60 films, directed 20 films and produced a few films.
Oneindia offers its condolence to the bereaved family of the noted filmmaker.