Master Hirannaiah – Tribute to a legend

Master Hirannaiah – Tribute to a legend

Master  Hirannaiah – known by his stage name was a film actor in the Kannada Film industry and a theatre artist in Karnataka. Some of the notable films of Master Hirannaiah as an actor include ….Re (2016),  Care of Footpath2 (2015), No, 73, Shanthi Nivasa.

Hirannaiah passed away in his sleep at BGS hospital in Bangalore early on May 2nd 2019. He was 85.  He was  suffering from a liver ailment.  He is survived by his wife and five children.  The corpse will be kept for public viewing from 11:30 at his residence in Banashankari.

If there was one man who can be described as a modern day  Don Quixote, then it was this actor-director- theatre evangelist, targeting the corrupt in a fashion that has earned him the moniker ‘Karnataka’s Anna Hazare’.

Master Hirannaiah’s barbs at the political class, reduced the audience to tears and laughter, but they never failed to send home the message. Not in the early fifties when he started, not today, when the corrupt call the shots.

Early life of Hirannaiah :

Hirannaiah was born at Kanathur Village on 15 February 1934.  His father K. Hirannaiah too was an Indian film actor, director, and writer in the Kannada film industry and a theatre artist.His mother was Sharadamma.

After finishing primary education in Banumayya Middle school, Hirannaiah completed intermediate in Sharada Vilas, Mysuru.  In his childhood days, he distributed newspaper Sadhvi  to pay fees for his education, while actively participating in drama and theatre plays.

After his father’s death, Hirannaiah took over the management of the K.Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali, which was founded by his late father. Later he became actor, director and administrator of the theatre company.

Life at Theatre – Master Hirannaiah :

His dramas have not only entertained the people of Karnataka but have also enlightened his audiences with virtues and principles. Laanchavatara, Kapil Mushti, Naadu Beedi Narayana, Bhrashtachaara, and Anaachaara are some of his popular dramas.

Known for his use of humour and satire to bring to light the most serious of issues the country faces, this veteran actor believed that theatre has the power to educate people without being preachy. It can touch the most common man, sitting in the last row, by just showing the person what the issue is.

Some of his acclaimed movies are Mussanje, Hudgeer Saar Hudgeeru, The City, Marma, Chor Guru Chandal Shishya, Operation Antha, Chor Guru Chandal Shishya, Harakeya Kuri, Kalyanothsava, Harakeya Kuri, Sampradaya, Hosa Madam, Runa Mukthalu, Runa Mukthalu, Chintamani, Madhura Sangama, Muttaide Bhagya, Daiva Sankalpa, and Modala Thedi.

Career:

Master Hirannaiah has been part of more than 30 movies in Kannada. His notable drama plays include Lanchavathara, Double Thaali, Kanya Dahana, Sanyashi Samsara, Chamachavathara, Haasyadalli Ulta Palta,  Kapil Mushti, Nadubidi Narayana, Bhrashtachaara,Anaachaara, with Lanchavathara playing more than 11 thousand d times, over a span of 45 years, performing in countries like United States, Australia, Singapore, and England.

When asked about ‘struggling actors’ in this competitive space, he said that every other great personality struggled initially while they started off in theatre. He cited examples of Dr. Rajkumar, Dr .Vishnuvardhan and Anupam Kher who began their journey with plays and later progressed into films.

The Awards won by Master Hirannaiah :

Master Hirannaiah, also known as Narasimha Murthy is a theater legend and an anti-corruption crusader from Karnataka. Hirannaiah has to credit recognitions and awards such as the Gubbi Veeranna Award, Karnataka’s very own Anna Hazare and King of Stage.

Karnataka State Award (1984)

Rajyotsava Prashasti

Gubbi Veeranna Award (1988)

Drama Academy Award

Sandesha Arts Awad (2009)

18th Anakru Nirman Swarna Award (2013)

Maha Advaithi Award (2017)

Alva’s Nudisiri Award (2005)

Comments :

According to Hirannaiah, the drama is for the public, and from the public. He said that one has to evolve and reach the audience effectively. According to him as an actor, one should try different characters, and the capacity to entertain the public is the best example of succeeding in one’s attempt.

According to  Hirannaiah fine arts have no limitation, boundaries, language, and religion. Art takes one to a completely different world, filled with creative and beautiful feelings.

Hirannaiah was also a crusader against corruption and strongly believed that the youth can fight against it. He also advocated unity among youth.

Hirannaiah Award :

Master Hirannaiah established the Hirannaiah  Award, in memory of his father who was known popularly as “Cultural Comedian” or ” cultured comedian”.

Hirannaiah Awards are presented on behalf of Karnataka Nataka Academy, to theatre artists (native name: Rangamukhagalu) for their notable drama works. First award ceremony was held on 17 April 2010, at the Jaganmohan Palace Auditorium in Mysuru.

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

Gultooo – a new dimension in the cyber crime -Kannada Movie

Gultoo

Cyber crime, the worlds most dangerous and hidden crime growing its roots stronger and faster than anything in the current digital era. Most of the cyber crime in the recent time has literally shook the world, especially the buzz that happened with regards to the data of the users in the most famous medium – Facebook. This movie has shed lights on the darker side of the cyber crime considering the data leakage or data theft by creating a genre of its kind with an entertainment bonanza with a peek insight of information.

Alok, the depraved hero (though he is portrayed as a decent and good academic guy) in this movie who aspires to become an entrepreneur by having his own start up. So, does he achieve his dream in doing so? Well, thats what the movie speaks about with his intellectual and wicked sense of achieving the same. The best part of the movie is the idea behind the Alok’s aspiration i.e. making use of digital medium with his brain effectively, which can be said as a deadly combination of brain and the digital medium !

The film starts with a brief introduction about the digital era and cyber crime to the viewers. Coming to the plot of this movie – “SUDHAAR Card” (which is nothing but the AADHAAR card), an unique identification provided by the government of india to all of its citizens. This plot provided an intense information about the data stored online in an encrypted way can still be taken away with a mechanism of hacking! Where every audience will start thinking about his/her data can be lost at any point of time. And of course, what are the consequences that can arouse by losing such vital data from the billions of people in the nation.

Sonu gowda has literally made a come back with her 2 shaded performances in this movie. One as an innocent computer science teaching staff in a private computer coaching centre and a high profile CBI officer who deals with the hero in order to find how the data leakage happened and how the same can be reverted by getting back the lost data from Alok. Janardhan chikkanna, the director and the captain of the ship has proven to the kannada cinema industry that a movie of such a genre can be made in our industry too.

The freshness in his narration depicts the amount of research he has made to make this movie and really deserves an applause from the audience. The instrumental cast – including Rangayana Raghu as the chief minister, Pawan Kumar as an ethical hacker and Avinash as a police officer, does its part and are able fully justify their support to the screenplay.

Does Alok escapes from the cyber crime web? Will the CBI and team succeed in getting back the lost data of billions of people of the nation? For the answers, do watch the movie and its worth watching !!

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