Noted director-cinematographer BS Ranga died at a private hospital in Chennai on Sunday (December 12) due to multiple-organ failure. He was 93 and survived by three sons and a daughter.
BS Ranga was born on November 11, 1917 in Magadi village near Bengaluru. He started his career as a cinematographer at the age of 17 and became an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in London. Later, he returned to Mumbai and worked under famous cameramen Krishna Gopal. During the course, he learnt in and outs of Cinema and went on to start his own production house Vikram Productions.
He produced and directed around 45 films in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. He has worked with legendary actors like Dr. Rajkumar, Shammi Kapoor, Sivaji Ganesan, NTR, ANR etc. He is also remembered for making first Kannada colour film Amarshili Jakkanachari, which won President's Award.
His few other noted films in Kannada are Mannina Maga, Mahishasura Mardhini, Bala Nagamma, Bhagyanvantha, Bhaktha Markandeya etc. Pardesi, Pyaas in Hindi, Bhakta Naradaru, Tenali Ramakrishna etc in Telugu.
His funeral is scheduled to be held on Wednesday as some of his family members are yet to arrive from America. We at Oneindia pray that BS Ranga's soul rest in peace.