The veteran Kannada actor and director Kashninath passed away on Thursday morning, January 18. Kashinath, who was known for successful films like Anubhava, Avale Nanna Hendthi, and Anantana Avantara, took his last breath at a private hospital in Chamarajpet in Bengaluru.
The veteran Kannada actor and director Kashninath passed away on Thursday morning, January 18. Kashinath, who was known for successful films like Anubhava, Avale Nanna Hendthi, and Anantana Avantara, took his last breath at a private hospital in Chamarajpet in Bengaluru. He is survived by his wife and two children. The actor was reportedly suffering from cancer and was admitted to Shankara Hospital two days ago. Kashinath was influenced by the idea of filmmaking when he was pursuing his graduation in Bengaluru.
After completing his graduation in science from Vijaya College, Bangalore, Kashinath joined a troupe called Asima along with contemporary filmmakers such as Suresh Hebalikar where he got exposed to the art of filmmaking. He turned director and producer with Aparoopada Athitigalu in the year 1975 and got a major break in Aparichita in 1978. The film was a huge hit is considered to be a trendsetter. Under other directors, he was part of some of the popular films like Love Training, Avane Nanna Ganda and Poli Kitti.
He made his acting debut with Anubhava along with debutantes Abinaya and Umashree in the year 1984. The popular song in the movie hodeya doora o jothegara was written by debutanate V. Manohar who later turned to be successful Music director in Kannada Film Industry. Anubhava was remade in Hindi as Anubhav under his direction.
However, Kashinath shot to fame with his unconventional subjects and made films that were considered taboo in Kannada film industry. Hailing from Kundapur in Udupi district, the actor has at least 40 films to his credit, spanning over a career of more than three decades.
Kashinath’s popularity started diminishing as the viewers slowly got bored of his ideas. Kashinath was considered godfather to many actors and introduced talents like Upendra, Gurukiran, Sunil Kumar Desai, etc. His recent movie was 12 AM Madyaratri (August 2012) along with his son Abhimanyu.
With Upendra as his assistant director, Kashinath made many successful movies. Even Upendra acknowledges Kashinath as his ‘Guru’ (Master) and considers working with Kashinath as ‘Gurukula’ (University).
Kashinath who directed many films in Hindu and Telugu along with Kannada, was more popular for his adult comedy entertainers. Kannada celebrities have been expressing their shock while condoling the death of the veteran filmmaker. “Shocking to Know Kashinath Sir is no More. Deepest Condolences, ಅವರ ಆತ್ಮಕ್ಕೆ ಶಾಂತಿ ಸಿಗಲಿ. Very Big Loss to Kannada Film Industry!,” posted Puneeth Rajkumar on his Facebook page.