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Prabhakar is an Indian actor who has done villain roles mostly with Telugu films. He became popular for his portrayal in the historical film, Magadheera. Prabhakar also played the role of Baireddy in S. S. Rajamouli’s comedy thriller film, Maryada Ramanna in 2010. He was also seen in films like Aagadu, Dookudu, Dongaata and now, he is playing a pivotal role in another S. S. Rajamouli’s biggest film, Baahubali. He played the role of the war lord, Kalakeya in the historical and epic film.
Prabhakar started his acting career unexpectedly. He went to Hyderabad to pursue a career as a police but he was unable to make it. One day, he watched the shooting of the film, Athidi with his friends and he was selected to do a small role. Subsequently, he auditioned to Rajamouli’s Magadheera and was luckily selected. The director got impressed with his acting skill and was chosen to appear in Maryada Ramanna. After this film, he received praises from Ravteja and Subbaraju. He is currently doing crucial role in the upcoming film, Bengal Tiger, which is directed by Raviteja.
Prabhakar also acted in films like Loukyam, Dega, Lion, Dhammu, Gajakesari and Lava Kusa.
Siddaraj Kalyankar has been playing the supporting character roles in Kannada movies. He also had acted in Malayalam movies too. He played the role of Upendra’s guardian in the Kannada film ‘Godfather’ that released in 2013. He even acted in a Malayalam movie named ‘Oru Yakshi Kadha‘ which was a love story.
In 2008, he acted in one of the most critically acclaimed Kannada movie ‘Avva’ which was released under the banner of Pyramid Saimira Limited. The movie was a hit. Also, he acted in a most successful and top ranking Kannada TV serial named ‘Baduku’.
The mega television serial had 3238 episodes that were aired in Sun Network ‘Udaya TV’. ‘Baduku’ was directed by Ravikiran (grandson of SV Ranga Rao) which had started in 2003 March, but folded after 12 years on this Valentine Day, February 14.
The serial was so hit with the masses that viewers used to come and sit in the front of idiot box to support the star cast that included Ravikiran. Siri, Prabhakar, Siddaraj Kalyankar, Jayalakshmi, Sunitha Shetty, etc. After the success of this serial, the actor had grabbed other TV projects in hand that include ‘Mahadevi ‘that began its telecast on September 14, 2015, in Zee Kannada TV channel.
He also played a lengthy role in movies like ‘Bhumi Geetha’ in 1997 and ‘Mrugashira‘ in 2015. The actor was seen appearing in another prominent TV series named ‘Asambhava’ which is directed by G.Mohan for Zee Kannada TV channel.
In 2013, he even acted in another critically acclaimed movie named ‘Sakkare’ which had Anant Nag, Ganesh and Deepa Sannidhi in lead roles. He is also currently acting in a prominent role in the TV series ‘Mr. & Mrs. Rangegowda’ which will have 271 episodes in Zee Kannada. The actor is playing the role of Hiregowda in the serial.
Nethra is a Kannada TV serial actress who has acted in the serial Chitte Hejje. The story revolves around Nethra, who is smitten by a slum dweller. Nethra happens to be the daughter of a politician named Dhananjay. Does the love of Nethra fructify forms the rest of the story?
The serial is adapted from a novel by H Girish Rao. The novel is of the same name of the serial. The serial has been telecast on 23rd September 2013. The serial is a mega serial and has been aired on ETV. The serial has topnotch actors like Ananth Nag (he essays the role of a powerful politician in the serial).
Nethra has done a commendable job in the serial, and her acting was appreciated. Watch this space to know more about Nethra.
Venkatarama Pandit Krishnamurthy (V. K. Murthy) was a seasoned cinematographer who was associated with legendary filmmaker Guru Dutt. It is Murthy’s black and white photography remains iconic photographs in Guru Dutt’s all films. The magic of light and shadow in these black and white photography for songs like ‘Waqt Ne Kiya Keya’, ’Yeh Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaye’, or ‘Sathiya Need Nahin Ayeegi’, etc.
This creative photographer through camera lens did create an impact even in many international film festivals. Even today Guru Dutt’s ‘Pyasa’ and Kagaz Ke Phool’ remains world’s best films. Without proper equipment, Murthy created visual magic on screen, and some of his shots of the black and white era can still match any Hollywood creativity.
For instance, when Guru Dutt was making ‘Kagaz Ke Phool’, Guru Dutt wanted him to capture the ray of light falling in a shed. To bring such creativity, he removed tiles of a house and allowed the sunbeams falling on a two large mirror to create the dazzling effect.
He met Guru Dutt while shooting for Dev Anand’s ‘Baazi’. In this film, he shot the most difficult shot in a single take and Guru Dutt appreciated and asked him to work with him. The story repeated in several Guru Dutt’s production films till Guru Dutt passed away. He shot for India’s first cinemascope film Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959). Later their association continued with films like Aar Paar (1954), Pyaasa (1957), Baazi (1951), CID (1956), Chaudhvin Ka Chand in the year 1960 and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam which released in 1962. He also had done cinematography for Kamal Amrohi’s Pakeezah and Razia Sultan.
Murthy also did cinematographic work for Pramod Chakraborty’s films such as Jugnu and Naya Zamana. He even assisted Shyam Benegal (Bharat Ek Khoj) and Govind Nihalani (Tamas) for telefilms. The veteran cinematographer also handled photography for a Kannada film. Murthy lost his mother at an early age. Later he did schooling and even completed a diploma in cinematography at the SJ Polytechnic in Bangalore. Before making his association in Guru Dutt’s films, he worked as an assistant cinematographer for Dronacharya and Fali Mistry. He was born in Mysore on 26 November 1923. He received the Dada Saheb Phalke Award in 2008 for his cinematographic contribution to Indian cinema. He passed away in Mysore on 7 April 2014.
Shivaram has been in the Kannada film industry for six decades now, yet he remembers every incident as if it happened just yesterday, in all its vivid details. He has worked in every wing of the film industry, majorly working as a producer, director and actor. His presence alone eases a critical situation while providing strength to both the producer and the director. He was born in 1938 in Choodasandra village in Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border in the then Madras presidency.
He later on, went to Bangalore to continue his secondary studies along with his elder brother, who was running a typewriting institute then. His first love was theatre, specifically the screening of Gubbi Veeranna, which made him turn towards film-making acting. Henceforth, he acted in several stage plays, joined the cinema in 1958, assisting various directors. Shivaram's first appearance as an actor on the silver screen was with Beratha Jeeva in 1965 directed and co-produced by K. R. Seetharama Sastry.
From then on, he acted with almost all the directors of the 1970 s and 1980 s through 2000 s. But his all-time favourite is Puttanna Kanagal, with whom he worked for long. The only film Shivaram ever directed was Hrudaya Sangama, starring Dr. Rajkumar and Bharati. Calling onto the experimental genre, he has Thaayi Saheba of Girish Kasaravalli, Bara and Chitegu Chinte of M.S. Sathyu to himself. He also acted in Grihabhanga, teleserial by Kasaravalli based on the famous novel of Bhyrappa.
He has worked in both experimental and commercial films, and he gives equal importance to both. He argues that while former helps in film industry’s survival, latter helps in taking film industry forward. He was part of both professional and amateur theatre. He enjoys the credibility of witnessing Kannada film industry’s growth both in Madras and later in Bangalore. Discipline is the one value he never gave up on, the fact which won hearts worldwide. Shivaram is also an avid collector of stamps, books and match boxes.
In the basement of his house, there is a huge collection of books on literature, theatre, cinema, art and architecture. A knowledge treasurer, he is a walking encyclopedia. Many in the Kannada industry consider him a one-man University. Talking about future goals, this gem of a man has plans of doing his Masters in Philosophy and writing books that will help directors and producers.
Ravikiran is a Telugu serial actor. He is from Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh. He did his polytechnic from Govt Polytechnic College at Narsipatnam, Andhra Pradesh. He got married to Sushma Kiran. She is also an actress. She acted in Kotha Bangaru Lokam movie, and her character name was Raga Sudha (hero’s friend).
He got fame with that film. He has one boy as a child. Ravi Kiran has got a chance in acting at his childhood, but he missed that opportunity. He had written an essay and sent it to Vartha paper at his childhood. Somebody has seen his photo on Vartha paper, and then they gave him a chance to act, but due to some reasons, he did not go into the acting field. When he was studying his polytechnic, his friends encouraged him into modeling. After that, in 2002, he applied for media workshop training and then he got trained.
He got a chance to act in a serial, and his first serial was Nijam. Ravikiran has also done stage shows like he did a stage show on Nandi Award Function. Ravikiran and his wife Sushma Kiran both together participated in dance shows. At the beginning of his career, he played supporting roles in serials like Aparadhi, Alaukika, Nammaleni Nijalu, etc. and after that, he got a break for a lead role in serials like Nuvvu Vasthavani, Chinna Kodalu, Ashta Chemma, etc. He participated in many shows. He also acted in movies like Jumbo crime story.
He shot to fame with Abishekam and Chinna Kodalu serials. Serials: Nijam Nijam, Ashta Chamma, Abhishekam, Chinna Kodalu, Nuvvu Vasthavani, Ammamma.com, Edadugulu, Aparadhi, Aloukika, Nammaleni Nijalu, etc.