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Kannada film industry has lost many legendrya actors. Audience not only see them as artists, but also worship them as Gods. One such actor who is considered as God by his fans is Dr Vishnuvardhan. September, 18 2013 will mark his 64th Birthday. Though Dr Vishnuvardhan is no more with us, his wonderful contribution for the film industry will always be remembered.
Vishnuvardhan made his on screen debut with Vamshavruksha in 1972. The movie was directed by Girish Karnad, and the story was based on the novel of SL Byrappa.
Sandalwood's ace director SR Puttana Kanagal, gave a break to Vishnuvardhan as an angry young man in Naagarahaavu. The relationship between the teacher and a student was the main highlight of the movie. Vishnuvardhan was all praised for his performance in the movie. The movie completed 100 days of its successful theatrical run in Bangalore.
People, who were influenced by Vishnuvardhan's performance in Naagarahaavu, compared him with Bollywood angry young man Amitabh Bachchan. In his 35 years of his career, he played variety of roles in 220 films.
Apart from Kannada film industry, Vishnuvardhan had also acted in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. In Tamil movie Marudhanayagam, the actor shared screen with Kamal Hassan, which is yet to be released.
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Vishnuvardhan was born in Mysore City in 1950, where he finished his early primary school education. His father Narayana Rao was an artist, scriptwriter and music composer.
Sampath Kumar Became Vishnuvardhan
Vishnuvardhan's early name was Sampath Kumar. His guru SR Puttana Kanagal insisted him to adapt the name Vishnuvardhan after the success of the movie Naagarahaavu.
Vishnuvardhan Weds Bharathi
Vishnuvardhan married Bharathi, who was also an actress by profession in the year 1975. They were also paired opposite in the movies like Bangaradha Jinke and Nagarahole.
Movie Sahasasimha, which was released in the year 1982, gave him the title 'Sahasasimha Vishnuvardhan'. It is said that Vishnu performed daredevil stunts in the movie without using the body double.
Vishnu also maintained a good rapport with Kannada producer-director-actor Dwarakish. The duo has given many hits like Kittu Puttu, Singapore Nalli Raaja Kulla, Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manege, Killadigalu and Apthamitra. Vishnu and Dwarakish were also called as 'Kalla Kulla' in the film industry.
Vishnu And Ambareesh
Vishnu and Ambareesh were considered as model friends in film industry. They were called as 'Kuchuku'. The audience were lucky to see their off screen friendship on the silver screen in the movie Diggajaru in 2001.
15 Dual Roles
Vishnuvardhan has the record of playing dual role in 15 movies, Bangarada Jinke, Kalinga,Vijay Vikram, Dada, Lion Jagapathi Rao, Sididdeda Sahodara, Police Dada, Mojugara Sogasugara, Zamindaru, Simhadriya Simha, Shiva Shankar, Suryavansha,Yajamana, Diggajaru and Aptarakshaka.
Vishnu In Small Screen
Vishnuvardhan had also made his appearance in small screen. He played the role of Venkat Rao in the tele-serial Malgudi Days, which was directed by Shankar Nag.
Vishnu And SPB
South famous singer SP Balasubramaniam's (SPB) voice was perfectly matching Vishnu's voice. It is said that Vishnu insisted SPB to sing couple of songs in his movies.
Vishnuvardhan And Suhasini
Vishnuvardhan shared the best on screen chemistry with Suhasini. They became a successful pair in Kannada industry with romantic thriller Bandhana. They were also paired up in the movies like Muthina Haara, Himapatha, Hendthig Helthini, Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige and School Master.
Movies After His Death
Vishnuvardhan breathed his last in Mysore on December 29, 2009. His movie Aptharakshaka and School Master was released after his death.