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Veteran producer-distributor KCN Gowda, who had made memorable Kannada films including blockbuster Bangarada Manushya starring late Dr Rajkumar, passed away on Thursday (Oct 4) morning. He was 84.
KCN Gowda was born to agriculturist Chowdaiah and Muddamma in Doddaballapur Taluk. Before foraying into films, he was into silk farming. He ventured into films as a distributor under the banner of KCN Movies and Puttana Kanagal's Belli Moda was his first film.
Later, he turned producer with Bhale Jodi, which starred Dr Rajkumar. This movie earned a lot of fame for him for erecting a 80-feet Rajkumar statute. His association with the Raj grew in this film and the producer went on to make classic films like Babruvahana, Huli Havina Mevu, Kasturi Nivasa, Sanadhi Appanna, Kaviratna Kalidasa, Dhari Thappida Maga and Bangarada Manashu, which ran in a main theatre for two years, with Annavaru.
His other memorable movies are Sharapanjara, Ranga Nayaki, Doorada Betta, Jayasimha, Bhakta Siryala, Namma Samsara, etc. In his prolonged career, he distributed about 500 movies in different languages. It has to be noted that he owned popular cinema theatres Urvashi and Navarang in Bangalore.
For his outstanding contribution to the film industry, the Government of India honoured him with the reputed Dada Saheb Phalke in the year 2005. The state government honoured him with Dr Rajkumar Award. However, his legacy is being carry forwarded by producers KCN Chandrashekar and KCN Mohan, who are into production and distribution.
We, at Oneindia, express our deepest condolences to the KCN family.