Vishnuvardhan (actor)

Vishnuvardhan
Born Sampath Kumar
18 September 1950(1950-09-18)
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Died 30 December 2009(2009-12-30) (aged 59)[1]
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Other names Vishnu
Height 5'7"
Spouse Bharathi Vishnuvardhan
Website
vishnuvardhan.com

Sampath Kumar (Kannada: ಸಂಪತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ 18 September 1950 – 30 December 2009),[1] popularly known as Vishnuvardhan (Kannada: ವಿಷ್ಣುವರ್ಧನ್), was a prominent Indian film actor. He has acted in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil films. He has acted in over 220 movies in total that includes 200 Kannada movies, 5 Hindi movies, 5 Telugu movies, 3 Malayalam movies and 6 Tamil movies.[2] Vishnuvardhan was popularly called as Sahasa Simha ('valorous lion'), Abhinava Bhargava(The Emperor Of Acting) and has crores and crores of fans all over the world. He was known as "The Phoenix Of Indian Cinema". He adopted the name Vishnuvardhan at the insistence of Puttanna Kanagal, who directed his maiden film, Naagarahaavu.

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Early life

Vishnuvardhan was born in Mysore, Karnataka in a Brahmin family to H.L. Narayana Rao and Kamakshamma. His father was an artist, music composer and a scriptwriter. His family lived in Mysore's Chamundipuram. His father was known for his collection of musical instruments. His sister Rama Ramachandra, was a Kathak dancer at the Mysore Palace. He has 6 siblings.

He did his primary schooling in Mysore's Gopalswamy School and his middle school in Bangalore's Kannada Madari School. He attended high school and obtained his degree at the National College, Basavanagudi, Bangalore.

Career

Vishnuvardhan started his career with the National Award-winning movie Vamshavruksha (1972) directed by Girish Karnad. Naagarahaavu, directed by Puttanna Kanagal, in which he played a lead role for the first time, made him an overnight star. In his three-and-a-half decade-long career, he played a variety of popular roles in more than 220 films.

While shooting for Muthina Haara, Vishnu performed a dangerous parachute dive without a double and narrowly escaped death. He ventured into parallel cinema and acted in movies like Harakeya Kuri (based on Chandrashekar Kambar's novel with same title).

Television career

He appeared on television for the first time in the 1980s. Shankar Nag directed Malgudi Days and introduced Vishnuvardhan as the main character Venkat Rao, in an episode called "Rupees Forty-five a Month".

As a singer

He started singing in movies occasionally and later went on to singing devotional songs for albums. The first song he sang was in the movie Nagarahole. The first devotional album sung by him was on Lord Ayappa and the title of the album was Jyothiroopa Ayappa. His other albums were "Thayi Bhanashankari" (on goddess Banashankari) and Vishwapremi Ayappa. He also sang devotional songs on Dharmastala's Lord Manjunathaswamy, Malemadeshwara and Ranachandi Chamundi.

Some of his songs are:

  • "Hegiddharu Neene Chenna" (Sahasa Simha)
  • "Shashiya Kandu Moda Helithu" (Sirithanakke Savaal)
  • "Thuthu Anna Thinnoke" (Jimmi Gallu)
  • "Beda Annoro Unte" (Sididedda Sahodara)
  • "Kannadave Nammamma" (Mojugara Sogusugara)
  • "Abhimani Gale Nanna Pranaa" (Vishnu Sena)
  • "Ee Notake" (Nagarahol)
  • "Madilalli" (Kiladi Kittu)
  • "Aasegala THota" (Hanthakana Sanchu)
  • "Naguve Swarga" (Naaga Kaala Bhirava)
  • "Olavina jodi" (Kallu Veene Nudiyithu)
  • "Vayyari Nee" (Gandugali Rama)
  • "Savi Maathanu" (Chinnadantha Maga)
  • "Cheluvina Chenniga" (Rudra Naga)
  • "Muthe Maniye" (Khaidi)
  • "Nammora Beediyali" (Benki Birugali)
  • "Kannalli Nee Bandu" (Simha Gharjane)
  • "Kandaddu Kandahaage" (Huli Hejje)
  • "Anuraaga Geetheyali" (Benki Birugali)
  • "Kande Nanna" (Mahapurusha)
  • "Nanna Kolige" (Shivashankar)
  • "Nagutha Nova Mareyuva" (Karnataka Suputra)

Death

Vishnuvardhan died on 30 December 2009, due to a massive cardiac arrest at King's Court Hotel in Mysore. He was survived by his wife, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, and two adopted daughters, Keerthi and Chandana.

Lakhs of fans came to pay their last tribute at the National College Grounds near Basavangudi where his body was placed for public view. A grand procession arrangement was made to pay tribute to the actor; however, protests erupted resulting in violence.[3] Violence was also witnessed in some parts of Karnataka.[4] Police lathicharged fans[5] and mourners in Bangalore. Several fans committed suicide on hearing of Vishnuvardhan's sudden death. Many of his fans across the state tonsured their heads to pay their respects to the departed actor.

As an acknowledgement to his service to Indian cinema, the state government also decided to name its annual lifetime achievement award to long-serving film personalities after Vishnuvardhan, renaming it the "Dr. Vishnuvardhan Lifetime Achievement Award".

Personal life

Vishnuvardhan was married to Kannada actress Bharathi. He had 2 adopted daughters, Keerthi and Chandana.

Vishnuvardhan was a very kind-hearted person who did a lot of charity. It is said that he used to help people and request them not to bring up the topic in public, as he didn't want to become famous for the good deeds that he had done. After his death many such topics came out in public, as many TV channels showed people who were helped by Vishnuvardhan.[citation needed]

Filmography

The following is a list of Vishnuvardhan's Kannada films.[2]

Year Film Role Director Notes
1972 Vamshavruksha Prithvi Girish Karnad Vishnuvardhan's first film which won a National Award
Naagarahaavu Ramachari Puttanna Kanagal First film in India with slow-motion recording of a song, He won Film fare award and state award.
1973 Seethe Alla Savithri Jayalakshmi
Mane Belagida Sose Shrikanth
Gandhada Gudi Anand Vijay Rajkumar was the hero and Vishnu starred in a villainous role
1974 Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu Gulla Siddalingaiah First Kannada film shot entirely outside the studio
Professor Hucchuraya A. R. Vittal
Anna Attige A. R. Vittal
1975 Devaragudi R. Ramamurthy
Koodi Balona A. R. Vittal
Kalla Kulla Mahesh (Kalla) K. S. R. Das Dwarkish played the role of Kulla
Bhagya Jyothi K. S. L. Swamy
Nagakanye S. V. Rajendrasingh Babu
Onde Roopa Eradu Guna (Double role) A. M. Samiullah
1976 Devaru Kotta Vara R. Ramamurthy
Hosilu Mettida Hennu V. T. Thyagarajan
Makkala Bhagya K. S. L. Swamy
Bhangarada Gudi K. S. R. Das
1977 Bhayasade Bhanda Bhagya Ramu R. Ramamurthy
Sose Thanda Soubhagya Shekhara A. V. Sheshgiri Rao First CinemaScope film of Kannada
Nagarahole S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu
Chinna Ninna Muddaduve A. M. Samiullah
Shrimanthana Magalu A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
Sahodara Savaal K. S. R. Das
Shani Prabhava Rathnakar-Madhu Vishnuvardhan's 25th film
Galate Samsara C. V. Rajendran
Kittu Puttu Kittu C. V. Rajendran
1978 Hombisilu Dr. Nataraj Geetapriya Dwarkish played the role of Puttu, He won Film Fare award
Sandharbha Gaurisundar
Kiladi Kittu S. V. Rajendrasingh Babu
Vamshajyothi A. Bhimsingh
Muyyi Ge Muyyi Y. R. Swamy
Siritanakke Savaal T. R. Ramanna
Prathima T. R. Ramanna
Nanna Prayaschita Ugranarasimha
Sneha Sedu V. Madhusudhan Rao
Kiladi Jodi S. V. Rajendrasingh Babu
Vasanth Lakshmi A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
Amarnath Manimurugan
Bhale Huduga Ravi T. R. Ramanna
Madhura Sangama T. P. Venugopal
Singaporalli Raja Kulla Raja C. V. Rajendran The first Kannada film shot outside India
1979 Asadhya Aliya Bhargava
Vijay Vikram (Double role) V. Somashekar
Naniruvude Ninagagi A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
Manini K. S. Sethumanadhavan
Nentaro Gantu Kallaro A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1980 Nanna Rosha Nooru Varusha Joesimon
Rama Parushurama Vijay
Kalinga V. Somashekar Vishnuvardhan's 50th film
Hanthakana Sanchu B. Kishan
Makkala Sainya Lakshmi
Biligiriya Banadalli Siddalingaiah
Simha Jodi Joesimon
Rahasya Rathri M. S. Kumar
Bhangaradha Jinke Nagabharana
Driver Hanumanthu K. S. L. Swamy
1981 Mane Mane Kathe Rajachandra
Naaga kala Bhairava Tiptur Raghu
Mahaprachandaru Joesimon
Guru Sishyaru Bhargava
Snehitara Savaal K. S. R. Das
Avala Hejje Bhargava
Preetisi Nodu Geetapriya
1982 Pedda Gedda Bhargava
Jeevana Chakra Bhargava
Sahasa Simha Joesimon
Karmika Kallanalla K. S. R. Das
Oorige Upakari Joesimon
Jimmi Gallu Jimmi K. S. L. Swamy
Suvarna Sethuve Geetapriya
Onde Guri Bhargava
Kallu Veene Nudiyithu Tiptur Raghu
1983 Sididedda Sahodara (Double role) Joesimon
Muthaide Bhagya Chandrashekar Sharma
Gandharva Giri Dhananjaya Vishnuvardhan's 75th film
Gandugali Rama Bhargava
Chinnadantha Maga K. S. R. Das
Simha Garjane S. V. Chandrashekar
Prachanda Kulla P. S. Prakash
1984 Rudranaga Manimurugan
Khaidi K. S. R. Das
Benki Birugali Tiptur Raghu
Indina Ramayana Rajachandra
Bandhana Dr.Harish S. V. Rajendrasingh Babu
Huli Hejje Soma K. S. L. Swamy Tiger Prabhakar, Sundar Krishna Urs, Jai jagadish, Vijayalaxmi Singh
Chanakya V. Somashekar
Aaradhane Deepakjalraj
Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu Sathya
1985 Karthavya Inspector Vijay K. S. R. Das
Mahapurusha Joesimon
Veeradhi Veera Vijay
Nee Bareda Kadambari Dwarkish
Mareyada Manikya Vijay
Nanna Prathigne K. S. R. Das
Nee Thanda Kanike Ravi Dwarkish
1986 Karna Bhargava
Kathanayaka Ranga P. Vasu
Ee Jeeva Ninagagi V. Somashekar
Sathya Jyothi K. Rangarajan Vishnuvardhan's 100th film
Krishna Nee Begane Baro Bhargava
Malyamarutha Vishwanatha Ravi
1987 Premaloka Ravichandran Guest appearance
Saubhagyalakshmi Bhargava
Karunamayi Raja Bhargava
Jayasimha Inspector Jayasihma P. Vasu
Aaseya Bhale Rajkishore
Jeevana Jyothi Ravi P. Vasu
Shubhamilana Bhargava Co-actors: Ambika, Tara; produced by HV Nagendrappa; music by M Ranga Rao
Sathyam Shivam Sundaram (Triple role) K. S. R. Das
1988 40178 Manobala
Olavina Aasare K. V. Jayaram
Nammora Raja Bhargava
Jananayaka Bhargava
Suprabhatha Vijay Kumar Dinesh Babu
Krishna Rukmini Bhargava
Dada (Double role) P. Vasu
Mithileya Seetheyaru K. S. L. Swamy
1989 Ondhagi Baalu K. S. R. Das
Hrudhaya Geethe Bhargava
Rudra K. S. R. Das
Deva Deva Vijay
Doctor Krishna Dr. Krishna Paniramachandra
1990 Shiva Shankar Shiva/ Shankara (Double role) Bhargava
Muthina Haara S. V. RajendraSingh Babu Vishnuvardhan's 125th film
Mathe Hadithu Kogile Bhargava
1991 Lion Jagapathi Rao (Double role) Saiprakash
Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare Dhore-Bhagwan
Jagadeka Veera Bhargava
Police Mathu Dada Inspector Dhanush/ Vishnu Dada (Vishnu Pratap) (Double role) Thulsi-Shyam
1992 Rajadhi Raja Bhargava
Ravivarma Joesimon
Harikeya Kuri K. S. L. Swamy
Nanna Shatru Ashok Bhargava
1993 Sangarsha Sunil Kumar Desai
Vyshakada Dinagalu Katte Ramachandra
Naanendu Nimmavane Paniramachandra
Rayaru Bhandaru Mavana Manege Dwarkish
Vishnu Vijaya Keshu Akshay Kumar acted as the second hero with Vishnuvardhan
ManiKantana Mahime K. Shankar
1994 Nishkarsha Sunilkumar Desai
Time Bomb Joesimon
Kunthi Putra Vijay
Samrat Naganna
Mahakshatriya S. V. RajendraSingh Babu
1995 Halunda Thavaru D. RajendraBabu
Kiladigalu (Double role) Dwarkish
Kona Edaithe Bharavi
Yamakinkara Prabahakar
Deerga Sumangali Adithya D. RajendraBabu
Bangarada Kalasa Bhargava
Thumbida Mane Umesh
Karulina Kudi V. P. Sarathy
Himapatha S. V. RajendraSingh Babu
1996 Mojugara Sogusugara (Double role) Vijay Vishnuvardhan's 150th film
Appaji D. Rajendra Babu
Hello Daddy Naganna
Karnataka Suputhra Vijay
Dhani Balajisingh Babu
Jeevanadhi D. RajendraBabu
Balina Jyothi Dwarkish
1997 Mangalasoothra Balajisingh Babu
Ellaranthalla Nanna Ganda Umesh
Shruthi Hakida Hejje Dwarkish
Janani Janma Bhoomi Dr.Yeshwanth Bhargava
Laali Dinesh Babu State Award for Best Film; Vishnuvardhan received the State Award for Best Actor.
1998 Nishabdha Dinesh Babu
Yaare Neenu Cheluve Vishnu (Auto driver) D. Rajendra Babu
Simhada Guri M. Narayan Rao
Hendithge Helthini Dinesh Babu
1999 Veerappa Nayaka S. Narayan
Habba D. Rajendra Babu
Suryavamsha Satya Murthy and Kanaka Murthy (Double role) S. Narayan
Premotsava Dinesh Babu
2000 Soorappa Naganna Vishnuvardhan's 175th film
Deepavali Dinesh Babu
Nanna Hendthi Chennagiddale Dinesh Babu
Yejamana Shankara / Ganesha (Double role) Seshadri and Radha Bharathi
2001 Diggajaru Dodda / Chikka (Double role) D. Rajendra Babu
Kotigobba Nanjunda (Auto driver)/ Jayasimha (Underworld Don) Naganna
2002 Parva Sunil Kumar Desai
Jamindarru (Double role) S. Narayan
Simhadriya Simha (Triple role) S. Narayan
2003 Raja Narasimha Muthyalu Subaiah
Hrudayavantha P. Vasu
2004 Kadamba Suresh Krishna
Apthamitra Dr. Vijay P. Vasu
Sahukara Om Prakash
Jyeshta Suresh Krishna
2005 Varsha S. Narayan
Vishnu Sena Professor Jayasimha Naganna
2006 Nenello Nanalle Dinesh Baboo
Sirivantha S. Narayan
2007 Ekadantha Sachin
Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Hoovaiah Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
Ee Bandhana Harish Vijaylakshmi Singh
Kshana Kshana Sunil Kumar Desai
Nam Yajamanaru Nagabharana
2009 Bellary Naga Nagamanikya Dinesh Babu
2010 School Master Jagannath Dinesh Babu
Posthumous film
Aptharakshaka Dr. Vijay P. Vasu
Posthumous film - Vishnuvardhan's 200th film

Filmography in other languages

Hindi

  • Ek Naya Itihas
  • Inspector Dhanush
  • Zaalim
  • Khaaki Vardi
  • Ashaanth

Malayalam

  • Adimai Changal
  • Samarpana
  • Kauravar

Tamil

  • Alaigal (1973)
  • Mazhalai Pattaalam (1980)
  • Sri Raghavendra (1985)
  • Eeti (1986)
  • Vidudalai

Telugu

  • Sardhar Dharmanna
  • Lakshmi Nirdoshi
  • Okkadu Chaalu
  • Kankanam
  • Paalada Bomma

Awards

Filmfare Awards South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada — seven times
  • Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002

Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor

  • Naagarahaavu - 1972
  • Hombisilu - 1978
  • Bandhana - 1984
  • Suprabatha - 1988
  • Lion Jagapathi Rao - 1991
  • Laali - 1998
  • VerappaNayaka - 1999
  • Dipaawali-2000
  • Aaptha Rakshaka-2009

Other Karnataka State Film Awards

Dr. Rajkumar state Award in 2008

Other awards

References

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