Vishnuvardhan, the Kannada Superstar passed away yesterday at 2.30 am due to cardiac arrest. He was just 59. I was just shocked to see the news while googling. Bcos a couple of days back only I was reading about Vishnuvardhan and his mentor Putttanna Kanagal in Wikipedia. He has done some remarkable movies in Kannada. I wanted to search some movies of Girish Karnad, Girish Kasaravalli and Puttanna, some of the fine film makers of Kannada among the junk movies made in recent times. When I searched about them in wikipedia I came across Vishnuvardhan that he made his debut in Girish Karnad’s Vamshavriksha , a National Award winning movie and he became famous in Puttana’s Nagarahavu. Before a month or two, his interview was published in AnandaVikatan along with his wife Bharathi, who is also an actress (she has done Sridhar’s Avalukkendru Oru Manam, Sivaji’s Uyarndha Manidhan as Shivakumar’s love interest). He was living peacefully with Bharathi and two adopted daughters.
Vishnuvardhan had done 4 Tamil films: Alaigal by C.V.Sridhar – No clue about the movie, Mazhalaipattalam with Sumithra in KB’s banner under Lakshmi’s direction and the other with Legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan and Tamil Superstar Rajnikanth in Vidudhalai, the Tamil remake of the Hindi movie Qurbaani. Feroze Khan did the main role in Hindi while Vishnu played the second hero in Vidudhalai. Ironically Feroze Khan also passed away early this year. He also did a cameo role in Rajni’s 100th movie Sri Raghavendirar. Suhasini has done some fine movies with him like Muthina Haara and Mathad Mathad Mallige. He used to remake some of Rajni movies in Kannada. In recent times I have seen his Yajamana, remake of Vaanathai Pola and Aaptha Mithra, Kannada Chandramukhi. Both were blockbusters in Kannada Cinema.
After his death, many of his fansenraged all over Karnataka and damaged some buses Bharathi has told that Vishnu was always a peace lover and he would want his fans to be in peace. May His Soul Rest in Peace!!!