Yesterday, the veteran actor Sudarshan, who had worked in more than 250 films in southern languages like Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam, passed away in a private hospital in Bengaluru.
Aged 78 years, the late Sudarshan is survived by Shylashree, his wife who is an actress herself. Reports have it that the late Sudarshan was suffering from old age-related issues and had been admitted to a private hospital of late after he slipped and fell in the bathroom at his residence.
The couple (late Sudarshan and Shylashree) were childless and also were not stable financially. Help came in the form of Jayamala (MLC and actress) and also Umashree (Minister and actress), the two people who helped in the settling of the hospital bill.
Additionally, the duo of Jayamala and Umashree also have reportedly assured to provide all sorts of possible help from the (south) film industry and southern government for Shylashree. Besides this, Umashree was majorly instrumental in arranging to keep the body of the late Sudarshan at ‘Ravindra Kalakshetra’ for the fans and public to pay their last respects to the actor.
In Kannada, he has acted in over 50 films as the lead actor and started his career with Vijayanagarada Veeraputra, helmed by his father R Nagendra Rao, who was considered one of the founding members of Kannada Film Industry. He started out in the industry when he was 21.
It was only 10 years ago that the actor shifted base to Bengaluru with his wife. From when he began his career, the then Madras was where he and his wife stayed. RN Sudarshan also sang a few songs like Hoovondhu, Balibandhu and Naguva Hoovu.
Sudharsan dabbled in different mediums and was also a part of hit television serials like My Dear Bhootham, Maya Machindra and Maragatha Veenai in Tamil and Agni Sakshi in Kannada. The last film that the actor was a part of was Chaarulatha, which happened to be a bilingual that released in Kannada and Tamil in 2012.