Popular Telugu actor Srihari went from being a stunt master to comedian, villain, lead actor and eventually one of the finest character actors of the Telugu industry. While he may not have impressed audiences with his acts of buffoonery in the initial years of his career, as a villain and comedian, he still resides in people's hearts with his strong character roles in films such as Dhee, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana and Magadheera.
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"He was one of the best character artists this industry ever had. He was sincere, extremely hardworking and very supportive. I'm extremely upset that he is no more, but I also take the credit for introducing him to the industry through my film," producer Mahendar told IANS.
After years of struggle of playing minor roles, Srihari got his lead role in Mahendar's 1999 Telugu action-drama Police. In a career spanning two decades, he starred in nearly 100 films. As a lead actor, he was seen as a policeman in a handful of films such as Okkade, Srisailam, Dasanna and Bhairava.
As a character actor, he is best remembered for brother and don roles, both negative as well as comic. One of his finest performances was in Telugu romantic-drama Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana - his role as a doting brother to Trisha Krishnan was lauded by audiences and even earned him Nandi as well as Filmfare awards. Continue to read more in the slideshow.