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A versatile actor takes the stage at Delhi Belli Hejje

Muralidhara Khajane
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Ramesh Aravind chief guest at ambitious show

THE ENTERTAINER:Ramesh Aravind’s professed maxim is to create “enjoyable entertainment” and keep the audience in good humour.—File photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
THE ENTERTAINER:Ramesh Aravind’s professed maxim is to create “enjoyable entertainment” and keep the audience in good humour.—File photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

In a first, the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA) is holding its popular programme, Belli Hejje, outside the State with actor, director, producer and TV host Ramesh Aravind as its guest in New Delhi on November 17.

Ramesh will share his experiences both in front as well as behind the camera with his audience at 5 p.m. in Dehali Karnataka Sangha Auditorium on Saturday. KCA has also organised a photo exhibition on the life and contribution Ramesh to Kannada films at the venue.

Belli-Hejje is KCA’s ambitious initiative to introduce noted Kannada film personalities to the present generation.

Versatile actor

A versatile actor whose career has spanned two decades, Ramesh has acted in Tamil and Telugu films too. In fact, his style has shades of Kamal Hassan’s and is popularly known as the Kamal Hassan of Kannada cinema. He did act with the Tamil superstar, in Panchatantiram. And Kamal Hassan acted in Rama Shama Bhama directed by him. The film was a remake of Kamal Hassan’s blockbuster, Sati Leelavathi .

Typecast as an altruistic character, he was nicknamed Tyagaraja by film critics though he has been a drama king before discovering comedy. With his uncanny knack of reinventing himself, he has ensured his place in the entertainment business by being a director, producer, TV anchor and writer, His professed maxim is to create “enjoyable entertainment” and keep the audience in good humour.

Among his several awards are the Karnataka State award for his performance in America America and the Filmfare Award for Hoomale, Nammora Mandara Hoove and Amruthavarshini .

An engineering graduate, his talent was discovered through Parichaya , a television programme. Noted director K. Balachandar offered him a role in Sundara Swapnagalu and his career took off.

Ramesh, who has acted in 140 films, made his directorial debut through Rama Shama Bhama . He also directed Accident, Satyavan Savithri, Nammanna Don and Venkata in Sankata .

Audience still remember his performance in America America, Amruthavarshini, Hoomale, Ulta Palta and other films. Films such as Manathil Uruthi Vendum , Penmani En Kanmani, Keladi Kanmani, Duet, Sati Leelavathi, Jodi and Manmadhan Ambu received appreciation from both class and mass audience.

As an author, he recently launched It’s no F_N without U.

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