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 critique.
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.