Popular Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan died of cardiac arrest in Mysore in the early hours on Wednesday.Vishnuvardhan, a versatile actor, made his debut into the 'Sandalwood' through "Vamsharukha", an art film directed by Janapeetha awardee Girish Karnad.
He was launched into fame for his role 'Ramachargi', a wayward and rebellious student in "Nagarahaavu", a film directed by acclaimed director Puttanna Kanagal. Vishnuvardhan did not look back since then and went on to win seven state honours and five film fare awards. The last film in which Vishnuvardhan acted is 'Aaptha Rakshaka' which is yet be released and his latest film to hit the screen is "Bellary Naaga".
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He started his career with the National Award winning movie Vamshavruksha directed by Girish Karnad but Nagarahaavu directed by Puttanna Kanagal, in which he played lead role for the first time, made him an overnight star. Three and half decades of career and a variety of popular roles in more than 195 films speak high about his caliber as an actor. Some of his all-time hits are Naagarahaavu, Muthina Haara, Hombisilu, Sahasa Simha, Bandhana, Naagara Hole, Nishkarsha, Yajamana, Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu & Apthamitra. While shooting for Muthina Haara movie, Vishnu performed a dangerous parachute dive without a dupe and missed death by a whisker. He ventured into parallel cinema and acted in movies like Harakeya Kuri (based on Dr. Chandrashekar Kambar's novel with same title). Vishnu started to wear the "Kadha" from 1980. He first wore it in the movie Simhajodi and remains with him still. It was given to him at a Gurudwara in Bidar.