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    Ananthnag a born actor

    Tuesday, October 25, 2005
    Having begun his career as a Konkani theatre artiste in Mumbai ANANTHNAG
    traversed in films with multifaceted caliber. Hailing from Mallapur village
    in Uttar Kannada his early days in Anandashram in Kanjangud and Chitrapur
    Math ensured an enviable ambience where the learning of Sanskrit and
    scriptures was a part of his daily activities. Making debut in ''''''''Sankalpa''''''''
    his ''''''''Hamsageethe'''''''' in 1971 gave him rave reviews. Ananthnag belongs to Black
    and white and color era with pivotal off beat films like Ankur, Nishant,
    Manthan, Kanneswara Rama, Anuroopa, Accident, Bara, Avasthe and Anveshene.
    In commercial films like Devara Kannu, Benkiya Bale, Naa Ninna Bidalare,
    Bayalu Daari, Hosaneeru, Minchina Ota, Chandanada Gombe, Beladingala Baale,
    Ibbani Karagithu, Prema Jwale, Mudida Taavare Aralithu and scores of other
    he has become the house hold name. His forte for comedy is also something
    magical. Golmal Radhakrishna, Udbhava, Unduhodha Kondu Hodha, Ganeshana
    Madhuve, Naradha Vijaya, Ganesha I love you, Naanenu Madlilla earned him
    good name as comedy actor. Ananthnag is the one versatile actor who gave an
    impetus to the family audience to watch films like how Dr.Rajkumar and
    Vishnuvardhana have done. All his films were so crystal clear family
    entertainers. He has been envied by an actor like Kamal Hassan as a natural
    actor.

    The political career of Ananthnag began in 1988 in the regime of late
    Ramakrishna Hegde the former chief Minister of Karnataka. He became a
    nominated member Legislative Council the Janata Party rule. He lost Lok
    Sabha elections from Kanara in 1994 and winning an Assembly seat from
    Malleswaram Bangalore he became the trusted person of former chief minister
    J.H.Patel. He became the minister for Bangalore Development.

    With high stature on the one side Ananthnag is now deviating from films to a
    retired life. Ananthnag who is rarely found in the film functions was
    encountered at Arjun Art studio in Malleswa

    How are you sir..

    I am some how feeling that I am at the retirement stage – a foot in the
    grave. I have been suspended by election commission for no mistake. Till
    2007 I am not supposed to take part in any political activity. So I am in
    films that are meaningfully made. My nod is for sensible directors like
    Prakash, Girish Kamplapur, Naganna etc.

    How this suspension took place?

    I was made a token candidate by Janata Dal (S) against former chief minister
    now the governor of Maharashtra S.M.Krishna. I did not take party money for
    spending nor did I spend money. I lost the election from Chamrajpet
    assembly. When there was no spending I kept quiet. The party office said not
    to worry about the filing of expenditure. After a few months I received a
    letter from Election Commission office that I have been suspended for three
    years from political activities. For no mistake of mine I have been
    targeted.


    Off late you are deviating from films..

    Not like that. When I am in politics I can't concentrate on films. Now I am
    free I am acting in quite a few movies. I have played a prominent role in
    Amol Pakelar's 'Anahat' in which Sonali Bendre also appeared in a lead role.

    What do you do to get peace of mind from your hectic activities?

    I land up at Ashram near Kasargod or indulge in temple activities near
    Mangalore.

    You are in the industry since three and half decades. What is the marked
    difference between the present and past genre of film makers?

    In those days a film made with Rs.20 lakh budget was prepared well within
    the four walls. There was discussion and involvement from every one. Today
    the approach is missing. If a film is very well discussed for one month then
    there is possibility of reaching the needs. Without proper home work if you
    invest Rs.3 crore or Rs.300 crores the result will not be there.

    The controversy what we see today for state awards was found in your regime
    also?

    The curse of awards is controversy. Every year this controversy will be
    there.

    Among the young breed of directors whom do you rate very high?

    I strongly feel Prakash is the bright person. He studies very well and then
    takes up his project. Two of his films 'Kushi' and 'Rishi' are hit ones. The
    film 'Sri' is surely going to be warmly received by the audience. I have
    worked under Prakash's father Jayaram films also. There is studios approach
    like how you find it in Dr.Rajkumar banner. Prakash has the ability to
    convince all doubts. In fact I have tested him on a few occasions.

    What next in politics for you?

    I am in the suspension stage. The coalition government now in Karnataka is
    not that apt for me. I am keeping quiet. I am a strong biter of Congress
    from 1974. When my party Janata Dal (S) is sharing power with Congress in
    Karnataka I don't have any work to do.

    You are an actor par excellence. A great actor like Kamal Hassan has said
    once..,

    According to me he is also a good actor. This exchange of compliments is
    always there in this art field. For me understanding the role and behaving
    like that with no feel that we are acting is important.


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