Some of the leading lights in the cinema direction, production, direction and acting plus two prominent journalists who contributed richly pushed off their journey in the year 2012 from Kannada cinema industry.
Among the senior most was KCN Gowda a veteran with many firsts to his credit in over 50 films as producer, exhibitor and distributor died of heart ailment, senior most actor on stage and cinema known for 'Bheema' roles Padmasri Nagarathnamma died at her Rajajinagara residence while senior most cameraman RNK Prasad died in Chennai and KSR Doss top commercial films director died in Andhra Pradesh. Doss was director of Kannada and Telugu films was winner of SR Puttanna Kanagal award from Kannada cinema industry.
Two of the veterans film journalists who contributed in cinema production, bringing up many of the actors today are VN Subba Rao and AS Murthy completed their journey in life. VNSR was producer of two films besides a political and cinema journalist while AS Murthy was actor, anchor, playwright founder of Abhinaya Taranga, Frame, Bimba was known in cinema, television, street plays and stage. He was also a Kannada film journalist.
Senior producer, KFCC former President CVL Shastry, Senior actress Mynavathi, Hemasri of big and small screen actress, theatre, small screen and big screen actor Enagi Nataraj, Shivalinge Gowda father of Jaggesh and Komal Kumar who was running cinema theatre, actor Dilip of Kannada and Tamil, Karibasavaiah, Ajay Gundu Rao, production executive Balaji Chandru, Sadashivaiah set assistant was drowned in Ganga river at the time of shooting of Kannada cinema 'Ambara' - all completed their stint on earth.