Bangalore: National award winner and filmmaker J. Chandulal Jain passed away at his residence here on Thursday morning. He was 75. Mr. Jain leaves behind his wife, two daughters and two sons.
In his 40-year illustrious career, Mr. Jain produced about 40 films in Kannada. His films Thaaye Devaru, Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu, Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Bhakta Siriyala, and Godhuli were widely appreciated across the country. His film Idu Sadhya was shot in 48 hours. Mr. Jain won national awards for Bhakta Siriyala, Veerappan and Godhuli. He was felicitated by the State Government with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable contribution to the Kannada film industry. Mr. Jain hailed from Pavadi in Rajasthan and migrated to Chennai about 40 years ago. He was a supplier of imported perfumes and other material to the Kannada thespian Rajkumar. According to Mr. Jain’s son, Rohit, Rajkumar was astonished with Jain’s fluency in Kannada and encouraged him to produce films in the language.
The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce condoled the death. The last rites will be conducted at Harishchandra Ghat near Navarang at 5 p.m. on Thursday.