In another unfortunate news of demise, legendary actor Girish Karnad passed away this morning due to age-related complications at his Vittal Mallya Road, Bengaluru. He was 81 and fought a prolonged illness before breathing his last due to multiple organ failure. Not just an actor par excellence, he was also a noted playwright and filmmaker. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. He was also conferred the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan and had won several accolades for direction in Kannada cinema and his contribution towards South Indian films.
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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 played 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.
PM Narendra Modi took to Twitter and shared his condolences and wrote, "Girish Karnad will be remembered for his versatile acting across all mediums. He also spoke passionately on causes dear to him. His works will continue being popular in the years to come. Saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace."
Needless to say, even celebrities are expressing their grief on social media and are paying their last respects to the legend.
May his soul rest in peace...
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