Bangalore: The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) has said that actor Vishnuvardhan’s death has created a vacuum which cannot be filled.
President of KFCC Jaimala, who acted with Mr. Vishnuvardhan in a number of films, said, “The actor was always there for us to sort out our problems,” she said.
“The actor is a great artiste and human being par excellence. It is impossible for us to reconcile to this loss,” she added.
She described the actor’s death as the most tragic incident of 2009. Mr. Vishnuvardhan showed his class as an actor in films like “Nagarahavu”, “Bandhana”, “Nagarahole”, “Muthtina Haara” and “Suryavamsha”, said a KFCC note.
Kannada Development Authority chairman and actor Mukhyamantri Chandru said the film industry had suffered a huge loss with the death of Mr. Vishnuvardhan.
Mr. Vishnuvardhan was also known for his personal involvement in many charitable causes. Mr. Chandru prayed to the Almighty to provide strength and courage to the bereaved family. Mourning the actor’s death, N. Prabhu Dev, Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, said the actor was given honorary doctorate by the university in the 41st convocation in 2006.
Union Minister for Labour M. Mallikarjun Kharge, Transport Minister R. Ashok, Legislative Council Chairman Veeranna Mathikati, Legislative Council Deputy Chairman Puttanna, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president R.V. Deshpande, KPCC working president D.K. Shivakumar, State BJP president D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly Siddaramaiah, former Chief Ministers S. Bangarappa and N. Dharam Singh, former Minister H.D. Revanna, Balagangadharanath Swamy of Adichunchanagiri Math, JD (S) general secretary G.K.C. Reddy, office-bearers of Kannada Film Producers’ Association, and several other leaders from different fields condoled the death of the actor. Leaders also prayed to God to provide strength and courage to the bereaved family.