Veteran director-producer S. Siddalingaiah, aged 79, breathed his last at Suguna hospital in Bangalore. The famed filmmaker was critical for the past few days as he was suffering from swine flu. Being a recipient of the prestigious Puttanna Kanagal Award, Siddalingaiah was a legend in his own space.
Making his debut as a director in 1969 through Dr. Rajkumar's Mayor Muthanna, he subsequently went on to direct many prominent movies including Bangarada Manushya, Doorada Betta, Nyayave Devaru and Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu among others.
He has also directed a Tamil film titled Puthir which was the remake of his own movie Ajeya. His son Murali was an accomplished and successful actor in Tamil films and his grandson Atharvaa is among the emerging actors in Kollywood. It is indeed a great loss to the entire South Indian film industry.
Apart from high fever, Siddalingaiah was also said to be suffering from kidney disorder and was undergoing medication for over 20 days before he finally left the planet today afternoon.
He is considered as an important celebrity in Sandalwood as he was instrumental in implementing Dr. Rajkumar's extra ordinary acting skills through his movies like Mayor Muthanna and Bangarada Manushya.
May his soul rest in peace and may the Almighty give strength to his family and fans to bear the unbearable loss.