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If T.N Seetharam can be described in one word, then versatile comes to the mind for his admirers across Karnataka. He is an actor, director, script writer and producer of a number of films and television serials. He has also been credited with introducing fresh faced TV stars who then went on to become successful actors in their own right.
T.N.Seetharam was born on 6th December 1948 in Gauribidanur, Kolar in Mysore district. He is a double graduate in Science and Law. During his college days, Seetharam developed a keen interest in plays and decided to pursue his career in arts and drama. His association with P Lankesh landed him a role in the national award winning movie Pallavi.
Seetharam’s ascent to fame began when he directed the mega serial Mayamrigha, which went on to achieve cult status. He went on to direct few more serials like Amanabillu, Manvantara, Muktha, Dashavathara to name a few. Seetharam has acted in his own serials always as a lawyer fighting for justice. He was noted for his role as a lawyer in his own directorial venture Muktha that won him critical acclaim.
The talented actor and director have won numerous awards ranging from State Awards to National awards. He won the national award for his movie Mathadana in 2001. He has won Best director awards for serials Maya Mruga, Manvantara and Muktha.The actor is married and has two children.
G.K Govinda Rao is a well known television actor who started his career as a Professor of English and writer. Prior to his foray into acting, he actively participated in social movements, attacked the divisive politics and is a staunch supporter of Congress.
He constantly courts controversy with his outspoken words criticizing noted writers, seers and politicians. He invited ire from the Kannada film directors and producers terming their movies as rubbish.
The actor however has won the hearts of the Kannada television viewers with his critical roles in Malgudi days and Maha Parva. In MahaParva the actor enacted his role as the Chief Minister. His natural acting coupled with sharp dialogue delivery was much appreciated by the audience.G.K Govinda Rao has acted in few movies as well .Grahana, Doctor Krishna etc.
The outspoken actor and activists keeps himself active by providing lectures, taking part in seminars and discussions. He is extremely well read and can eulogize on Shakespeare and other writers for hours. He is considered as an expert in the field of cinema and theater.
The actor loves music and is an admirer of Hindustani music. Though he was exposed to western music during his college days, he stuck to Indian Music.
Sudha Belawadi is best known as Ganesh’s mother in the iconic movie Mungaru Male. The talented television and film actress hails from an illustrious family of artistic personalities. Her brother is Prakash Belawadi, who is a well known theater and film personality. She considers her mother Bhargavi Narayan as a role model as she is a veteran in the industry. Sudha’s husband Sathya Horanadu too is a scriptwriter and has written the script for the movie Swadesh. Sudha’s daughter too is acting in movies now.
Sudha claims she had no interest in TV and films initially. She was working as a publicity manager for a firm and has even worked in an ad agency. But during the television boom, Sudha was asked to make her acting debut in television on the behest of her brother Prakash and TN Seetharam, who then were involved with producing and directing television.
Sudha’s first stint was the serial Shubha Mangala. The actress who enjoyed acting in the serial initially later lost charm as the serial went off course to maintain TRP rating. She says her character had no direction and hence she quit. She then went on to act in another Kannada serial named Mahaparva.
The actress whose acting abilities were then sought to play the role of Preetham’s mother played by Ganesh gave her overnight popularity. She is compared to Reema Lagoo who played Salman Khan’s mother in Maine Pyar Kiya who later played motherly roles. Sudha too went on to act as Ganesh’s mother in Gaali Pata and in few other movies . So far she has acted in more than 25 films and her forthcoming films are Neralu and Rose.
Srinath is a well known Kannada actor and the Vice president of Kannada Channel Udaya TV. Because of his association with Udaya TV, Srinath has acted in a number of popular television serials. This has only added another cap in his distinguished career in both movies and television.
The actor was born on 28th December 1944 before Independence and is married to Geetha Srinath. Though he started his career with the movie Lagna Patrike he tasted fame and fortune with the Kannada hit Shubhamangala.
With the advent of Television in Karnataka, Srinath took the opportunity to carve a niche for himself on the small screen too. He hosted a popular reality show called Adarsha Dampathigalu. The show with a game format was very popular with the show being held in various cities and town making Srinath a name to reckon with even among the youngsters.
Srinath also displayed his versatility to the Kannada audience in the serial Bangara. His role as the village chief with two wives won the hearts of the television viewers. He continues to act in other serials and has an active presence on the small screen. Srinath was awarded with the title Kalaratna by the state government in the year 2003 for his contribution to both films and television.