Staff Correspondent

Shops, business establishments remain shut as a mark of respect to the actor

Fans take out processions in the actor’s memory

Roads, buses remain deserted; cinema houses closed

MYSORE: Mysoreans woke up to the shocking news of actor Vishnuvardhan’s death in the city earlier during the day. The cine star, popularly known as “Sahasa Simha”, died at 2.30 a.m. following a massive cardiac arrest. The actor was born and brought up in Mysore.

His fans found it hard to come to terms with his death, and some of them rushed to Vikram Hospital, Yadavagiri, to pay their last respects, only to find that the body had already been shifted to Bangalore. Mysore was also the chosen locale for most of the actor’s films.

The news brought the city to a halt as most shops, businesses and commercial establishments remained shut as a mark of respect to the departed. Grief-stricken fans paid their tributes to the actor by taking out processions and fixing portraits of the actor at popular landmarks. Mayor Purushottam participated in a procession at K.R. Circle, where several hundred fans gathered since morning and raised slogans praising the actor. They also paid floral tributes to a large portrait of the actor placed there.

Though buses plied as usual, the number of commuters was few and the city bus-stand also wore a deserted look.

Members of the staff of the University of Mysore, led by Vice-chancellor V.G. Talawar, paid tribute to the actor at B.N. Bahadur Institute on Wednesday. No films were screened as cinema halls remained closed.

The city police tightened security at city centres and deployed personnel as a precautionary measure.

Several hundred fans left for Bangalore using various modes of transportation to pay their last respects to the actor.