Veteran actor and playwright Girish Karnad died on Monday morning in Bengaluru. The 81-year-old actor, who was being treated for a prolonged illness, passed away after multiple organ failure.
His funeral will take place today. Shruti Haasan mourned the death of Girish Karnad. She wrote on Twitter, “May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed :(”
May you rest in peace Girish Karnad sir. Your talent humour and sharp intellect will be missed 🙁
— shruti haasan (@shrutihaasan) June 10, 2019
Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar also tweeted his condolences, “Deeply saddened by the news of demise of Girsh Karnad ji. He will be remembered for his work as a Theater personality, film actor, and director. My deepest condolences to his family, friends & fans. #OmShanti.”
The Jnanpith Awardee was a popular name in the film circle as well as theatre circle.
He made his acting debut in a Kannada movie Samskara in 1970. He also worked in Hindi films like Manthan (1976), Pukar (2000), Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) .
Girsh Karnad, who was a famous playwright, had predominantly acted in South Indian films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada. He was mostly chosen to play negative characters in most of his films and performed it with much aplomb.
He was last seen in Kannada in 2018 film Neenillada Male. His notable works in Tamil include 24, Kadhalan, Chellamey.