Dr. Vishnuvardhan - The Hero of Kannada Cinema


Dr. Vishnuvardhan popularly called as "Sahasa Simha" was a real hero of Kannada Cinema.

Vishnuvardhan a legendary Actor in Kannada Cinema has made a history in Kannada Film Industry. After Dr. Rajkumar, his honorable place was taken over by Vishnuvardhan and he is also called as Dr. Vishnuvardhan. Kannadidas popularly call him as Sahasa Simha. Simha means Lion. He can rightly be called as the Lion of Kannada Film Industry.

PERSONAL LIFE : Vishnuvardhan is his film name and his real name is Sampath Kumar. He was born on 18th Sept 1950. His period ended on 30th December 2009. He was a dedicated actor and a Singer too. One can call him as a most talented, versatile and popular actor who has done roles in romantic, action, emotional, comedy, music, dramic and other roles. He had acted in various language films namely Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The majority of films is done in Kannada language.

EARLY LIFE : Dr. Vishnuvardhan was born on 18th Sept 1950 in Mysore District of Karnataka State. His father was H.L. Narayana Rao and mother Kamakshamma. His father was an artist and a film script writer. His family made a living in Mysore's Chamundipuram. In those days, his father was well known for his collection of musical instruments and being a dance teacher. His sister Rama Ramachandra, was a Kathak dancer.

EDUCATION : He had his Primary schooling in Mysore’s Gopalswamy School. His middle schooling was in Bangalore in Kannada Madari School. His High School and his degree was done in National College, Bassavangudi, Bangalore

MARRIAGE LIFE : Dr. Vishnuvardhan was married to a famous Kannada actress Bharathi who has acted in many kannada films. His marriage took place on 27 February 1975 at Kuchalamba Kalyana Mantapa in Bangalore. He had no children and had adopted 2 daughters namely Keerthi and Chandana.

CAREER : Dr. Vishnuvardhan had a good start of his career which was a national award winning winning movie Vamshavruksha where he played a lead role for the first time. This was a great success for him to become an overnight star. He has done more than 195 films. He started singing in movies occasionally and, lately, he started 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".

FILMS : Some of his hit films are Naagarahaavu ,Muthina Haara, Hombisilu, Sahasa Simha, Bandhana, Naagara Hole, Nishkarsha, Yajamana, Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu, Apthamitra etc.

LAST BREATH OF DR. VISHNUVARDHAN : The actor died of a massive heart attack on December 30, 2009 at Vikram Hospital, Mysore, Karnataka at 2:30 a.m. He was later brought to Bangalore and cremated at Abhinay Studio.


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