Kannada film industry has lost many legendary actors. Even today, people worship them as their Gods. One such actor, who is not only worshiped by his fans, but also by entire Karnataka is Karate King, Auto Raja Shankar Nag.
This September 30th, marks 23rd death anniversary of Shankar Nag. It can also be called as a black day for Karnataka and Kannada film industry as we lost an eminent and multi talented personality. His contribution to Sandalwood is still remembered.
Shankar Nag, who started his career from Marathi theatre, shifted his base to Kannada film industry and made his on-screen debut with Girish Karnad's Ondanondu Kaaladalli. The movie was adapted from Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece, Seven Samurai, which fetched him a National Award at the Delhi International Film Festival. Thus began his filmi career, where, in a span of 12 years (1978 to 1990) he has acted nearly in 80 Kannada movies.
In 1980s, Shankar Nag was called as Mr Perfect in Kannada film industry. Apart from acting, he has also directed and produced many movies like Minchina Oota, Janma Janmada Anubandha, Geetha, Accident, Nodi Swamy Naavirode Heege and others. Though he had never undergone any martial arts training, he has earned the sobriquet as 'Karate King' Shankar Nag.
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