Vishnuvardhan Born Sampath Kumar
18 September 1950
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Died 30 December 2009(aged 59)
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), 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. 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.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Career
- 3 Death
- 4 Personal life
- 5 Filmography
- 6 Filmography in other languages
- 7 Awards
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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.
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).
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)
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. Violence was also witnessed in some parts of Karnataka. Police lathicharged fans 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".
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.
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
Aptharakshaka Dr. Vijay P. Vasu
Posthumous film - Vishnuvardhan's 200th film
Filmography in other languages
- Ek Naya Itihas
- Inspector Dhanush
- Khaaki Vardi
- Adimai Changal
- Alaigal (1973)
- Mazhalai Pattaalam (1980)
- Sri Raghavendra (1985)
- Eeti (1986)
- Sardhar Dharmanna
- Lakshmi Nirdoshi
- Okkadu Chaalu
- Paalada Bomma
- 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
- Aaptha Rakshaka-2009
Other Karnataka State Film Awards
Dr. Rajkumar state Award in 2008
- Honorary Doctorate awarded by Bangalore University in 2005
- Aragini Reader's awardo
- Cinema Express Awards
- Tarangini Berkley
- Indira Pratishtana National
- Kannada Film Fan's Association
- Kaladevi Award (Chennai)
- ^ a b "Kannada film stalwart Vishnuvardhan dead". CNN-IBN. 30 December 2009. http://ibnlive.in.com/news/kannada-cinema-stalwart-vishnuvardhan-dead/107951-8.html?from=tn. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
- ^ a b http://popcorn.oneindia.in/artist-filmography/6677/1/vishnuvardhan.html
- ^ State funeral for Vishnuvardhan; 40 vehicles damaged, asianetindia.com, 30 December 2009
- ^ Vishnuvardhan's funeral to be held at Abhiman Studios, oneindia.in, 30 December 2009
- ^ Riot hits Bangalore as Vishnuvardhan fans Mourn for his Death, Bangaloreloka.com, 30 December 2010
- ^ http://www.vishnuvardhan.com/home.htm
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