Actor par excellence and legendary playwright Girish Karnad passed away this morning and left an irreplaceable void in the world of art and literature. He passed away due to age-related complications at his Vittal Mallya Road residence in Bengaluru. He was 81 and fought a prolonged illness before breathing his last due to multiple organ failure. An acclaimed playwright and filmmaker, Girish Karnad's films are a treasure, bringing ruralism, history and mythical pathos with contemporary and topical themes. Needless to say, the body of work he has left behind is a legacy and nothing less.
He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was also conferred with the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema and his contribution towards South Indian films. After hearing about the demise of Girish Karnad, industry pal and co-star Shabana Azmi took to Twitter to express her grief and asked the media to respect her privacy in this difficult time. She wrote, "Deeply saddened to learn about #Girish Karnad. Haven't yet been able to speak with his family. Its been a friendship of 43 years and I need the privacy to mourn him. I request the media to kindly excuse me from giving quotes."
Many condolence tweets and messages followed from stars like Kamal Haasan, Shruti Haasan, Farhan Akhtar and more. You can read them here...
Some of his popular Kannada movies include Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Cheluvi, Kaadu and Kanooru Heggaditi. His notable works in Tamil include 24, Kadhalan, Chellamey.
His Hindi movies include classics like Nishaant, Manthan, Swami and Pukar. He had also acted in a number of Nagesh Kukunoor films, starting with Iqbal, in which Karnad essayed the role of a ruthless cricket coach. This was followed by Dor, 8 x 10 Tasveer and Aashayein. Recently he had starred in Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger and played the part of a RAW chairman, Shenoy. He even went ahead to reprise his role in Tiger Zinda Hai, which was helmed by Ali Abbas Zafar.
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