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
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
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
May his soul rest in peace and may the Almighty give strength to
his family and fans to bear the unbearable loss.