Rashtrakavi GS Shivarudrappa (GSS), who passed away on Monday, (Dec 23), has felt that Sandalwood is going awry after the death of Karnataka's cultural icon Dr Rajkumar. Shivarudrappa was the grand-father of Sandalwood director KM Chaitanya, who made his debut with critically acclaimed movie Aa Dinagalu.
Chaithanya has also directed the movies like Suryakanthi and
Paraari, who says that his grand-father had felt that
Kannada film industry was going in a wrong direction after
Rajkumar's death. He also said that his grand-father was a huge
film buff and use to give unbiased feed back for his movies, as a
In his interview to leading daily, Chaithanya said, "My grand
-father was a huge film buff and would analyze them, which he did
with my films as well. He felt that the Kannada film industry went
awry after Dr Rajkumar's death as he felt that his films stood for
values. After watching my films, he would critique them. To hear
him say 'very nice' was a huge compliment."
He also added that his grand-father was disciplinarian and would
do things in a very structured and meticulous manner. Talking about
the GS Shivarudrappa''s influence on his life, Chaithanya said that
his grand-father was instrumental in his up-bringing.