Veteran Kannada actor and director Kashinath breathed his last on Thursday morning at Sri Shankara Hospital in Bengaluru. The actor, who was last seen in the multi-starrer film Chowka, was reportedly suffering from cancer. He was admitted to the hospital two days ago where he passes away this morning. He is survived by his wife and two children. Kashinath was a trend-setting director in the 1980s. He made his debut as a director with Aparoopada Athitigalu (1975) and his second film Aparichita (1978) became a big hit both commercially and critically, which he also remade in Hindi as Be-Shaque with Mithun Chakraborty.
Several Kannada celebrities took to social media to mourn the death of the superstar.
“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.
“This was the final selfie with RIP Kashinath,” filmmaker Ramesh Aravind posted sharing a picture on his Twitter page.
“I am so saddened to know about the demise of Kashinath sir.He was a kind & a learned man. RIP,” tweeted Ganesh.
I am so saddened to know about the demise of Kashinath sir.He was a kind & a learned man. RIP pic.twitter.com/617IT55dO7— Ganesh (@Official_Ganesh) January 18, 2018
Kashinatha's first directorial venture was Aparoopada Athithigalu in 1975. His movie Anubhava (1984) with himself and Umashree in lead roles, was a blockbuster.
Kashinath was a godfather to many Kannada actors and directors. He had directed, produced, and acted in many well-known films such as Anubhava, Anantana Avantara and many others.
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