Rajkumar's brother was a trusted guide, philosopher to the family
BANGALORE: Younger brother of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar and film producer S.P. Varadaraj (71) passed away in a private hospital here in the early hours on Wednesday due to a heart ailment.
Varadaraj, popularly known as Varadappa, began his career as an actor in the now defunct Gubbi Company along with his father, the late Singanallor Puttaswamaiah, elder brother S.P. Muthuraj, who later became popular as Rajkumar, and his younger sister, the late Sharadamma.
As a child artiste, he acted in a couple of Kannada films such as "Makaranda" and "Krishnaleela." He played some minor roles in the late Kanagal Prabhakara Sastry's "Satishakti" and the late M. Narendrababu's "Sarvajnamurthy" in which Rajkumar played the lead
roles. He also produced the Vishnuvardhan starrer "Bhootayyana Maga Aiyyu" and Udaykumar starrer "Hemavathi" based on the late Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar's acclaimed novels.
Vardaraj stood by his elder brother Rajkumar and his family right from the day the latter settled in Chennai after the phenomenal success of his first film "Bedara Kannappa."
Varadaraj, who remained a most trusted guide, philosopher and friend to the Rajkumar family, was known for his involvement in the home productions of Rajkumar family right from selection of stories. He was said to be responsible for the success of Rajkumar's films along with his sister-in-law Parvathamma Rajkumar.
Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy, Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Mallikarjun Kharge, president of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce K.C.N. Chandrashekhar, president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce H.D. Gangaraj and some of the Kannada organisations have mourned the death of film producer Varadaraj.
In his condolence message, Mr. Kumaraswamy said that Kannada film industry has lost a notable film industrialist.
Mr. Yediyurappa said that Mr. Varadaraj was responsible for producing many Kannada films and his death is a loss to Kannada cinema.
Terming Mr. Varadaraj's death is a huge loss to Kannada cinema, Mr. Kharge said that he played an important role in the rise of his brother Rajkumar.
Mr. Chandrashekhar said that Mr. Varadaraj was a disciplined and successful film producer in Kannada.
He used to advise Kannada producers on the selection of themes and about how to make successful films, he added.
Mr. Gangaraj said that Varadaraj was an inseparable part of Kannada cinema.