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Veteran Kannada Actor and Politician Ambareesh, no more

Veteran Kannada Actor and Politician Ambareesh, no more


Mangaloretoday News Network

Bengaluru, Nov 24, 2018 : Former minister and Kannada actor Ambareesh who was  admitted to Vikram hospital in Bengaluru, breathed his last on Saturday night. He was 66. His condition was said to be critical. He is reported to be suffering from a kidney ailment. Previously, Ambareesh was being treated for lung infection.


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Ambareesh was born on 29 May 1952 was an Indian film actor, media personality and a politician from the Karnataka state. Born and raised in Doddarasinakere Village of Maddur Talluk in Mandya District. Malavallii Huche Gowda Amarnath (Ambareesh) or M.H.Amarnath (Ambareesh), was well known as Rebel-Star. Ambareesh became a hero with a film titled Amarnath where he was introduced by V.K. Ramesh (art director).

He was fondly referred to as ’Mandayada Gandu’. Following his debut in Puttanna Kanagal’s National Award winning film Naagarahaavu (1972), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic and supporting characters in Kannada films. After establishing himself as a lead rebellion actor in a number of commercially successful films, he became synonymous with the term "rebel star" and has since continued to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of Karnataka. He was widely revered as "Karunada Karna"for his numerous charity works.

Awards and recognitions:

Karnataka State Special Award for Best Actor for Antha in 1982.

Karnataka State Award for "Best Supporting Actor"(1985-86) in the film Masanada Hoovu, directed by Puttanna Kanagal. 

Filmfare Award for Best Actor in the film "Olavina Udugore" directed by Rajendra Babu.

Received NTR National Award for the year 2005.[13] Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award - South 2009.

Andhra Government honoured Nandhi Award 2009. Puttanna Kanagal award in 90s but rejected TV9 Sandalwood Star Awards - 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award

Karnataka Government Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award in the year 2011.

Honorary Doctorate from the Karnataka University, Dharwad in the year 2013[14].

SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2012

Heavy security has been deployed outside the hospital. The police have placed barricades at the entrance.


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