Padma Shri And Padma Bhushan Girish Karnad Dies At 81

Famous Bollywood actor Girish Karnad breathed his last this morning. The actor succumbed to multiple organ failure

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Padma Shri And Padma Bhushan Girish Karnad Dies At 81
Veteran Bollywood actor, Girish Karnad is no more. He breathed his last, this morning at 6:30. Karnad was not keeping well since some time and succumbed to multiple organ failure. He died at his residence in Bengaluru. 

The late actor was awarded the Padma Shri in 1974 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992.

Talking about his glorious Bollywood career, some of his best work included films like Nishaant (1975), Manthan (1976), Swami (1977) and Pukar (2000). He was seen in a number of Nagesh Kukunoor films, starting with Iqbal (2005), where Karnad's role of the ruthless cricket coach got him critical acclaim. This was followed by Dor (2006), 8 x 10 Tasveer (2009) and Aashayein (2010). He played a key role in movies Ek Tha Tiger(2012). Girish Karnad was last seen in Salman Khan-Katrina Kaif's Tiger Zinda Hai Tiger Zinda Hai(2017) as RAW Chief, Dr Shenoy.

Girish Karnad Tiger Zinda Hai

Girish Karnad in Tiger Zinda Hai


One cannot forget his unmissable role of Swami's father in the TV series Malgudi Days (1986–1987), based on R. K. Narayan's books. He also hosted the science magazine Turning Pointon Doordarshan, in the early 1990s.

Malgudi Days

Malgudi Days

Karnad was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford, where he wrote his first play - the critically-acclaimed, Yayati in 1961. Other acclaimed plays written by him include Tughlaq(1964), Hayavadana (1972). He has also served as director of the Film and Television Institute of India (1974–1975) and chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the National Academy of the Performing Arts (1988–93). 

Girish Karnad also provided the voice of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, in the audiobook of Kalam's autobiography by Charkha Audiobooks Wings of Fire.

May his soul rest in peace.

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