Girish Karnad

Profession: Actor , Director, Screenplay, Singer, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
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  • Also Know as :- Girish Karnad
  • Profession:- Actor , Director, Screenplay, Singer, Story Writer, Supporting Actor
  • Gender :- male
  • Birthdate:- 19 May 1938
  • Status:- Married
  • Debut Year:- 1975
  • Active Years:- 10 Jun 2019

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Girish Karnad career in Bollywod If Girish Karnad had not ventured into Bollywood he would not have perhaps won the kind of stardom that he holds today, thanks to Bollywood’s its global reach. Hence his career in Bollywood is a milestone phase as even the layman identifies him and he has become immortal on Indian cinema. Shyam Benegal introduced Girish Karnad in Bollywood with his Hindi movie Nishaant (1975). Incidentally this was Shyam Benegals’ debut film too. In this film Karnad played the lead role of a cultured and fearless school master, who confronts the village zamindar (Amrish Puri) and his two brothers who pick-up village girls and rape them in their haveli. When the school master’s wife (Shabana Azmi) is picked, the school master wages a war against the zamindar and awakens the villagers to revolt. The role had great intensity and Girish Karnad gave his best. Karnad happily agreed to do the film as he got opportunity to work with top actors of the country like Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Smita Patil, Anant Nag, Mohan Agashe, Kulbhushan Kharbanda and Amrish Puri. The film brought him into lime light and Karnad became a star in Bollywood. He did many films like Manthan (1976), Swami (1977), Pukar (2000), Iqbal (2005), Dor (2006), 8 x 10 Tasveer (2009), Aashayein (2010) and RAW Chief Officer opposite Salman Khan in Yash Raj Film's movie Ek Tha Tiger. In fact he was also nominated by Filmfare as Best Supporting Actor Award in Jeetendra’s hit film Aasha (1980) and Kumar Gaurav’s hit film Teri Kasam (1982).

As a child young Girish Karnad was attracted by orthodox theatre Girish Karnad was born in Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin family in the picturesque hill station Matheran in Maharashtra. He did his early education in Marathi. Later he moved to Sirsi in Karnataka and came in contact with Natak Mandalis, small theater group that keep moving from one place to another. Further when his family came to Dharwad in Karnataka, he got attracted to Yakshagana, the typical orthodox theater which is perfect blend of dance, music, dialogue, costume, make-up, and stage techniques.

Girish Karnad and Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy marriage faced stiff opposition Girish Karnad met Dr. Saraswathy Ganapathy during a party in Madras (Now Chennai). Karnad had just returned from England and was working at Oxford University Press. Being highly educated and a well read man, he and Dr. Sarawathy came close as the two had passion for reading and both were attracted to creative art and theatre. Girish Karnad had been in England for many years yet he was reserved and focused on his studies. When Girish Karnad met Dr. Saraswathy he was in his early 30’s and a mature man. Since he belonged to Brahmin family and Dr. Saraswathy, was an offspring of inter-caste marriage between Parsi mother, Nargis Mugaseth and a Kodava father, Kodandera Ganapathy hence there was stiff opposition from Karnad’s family for marriage. Hence despite sharing love for each other the two could not marry and after a huge gap of 10 years the two tied the nuptial knot. By the time Karnad was 42 years. Karnad has 2 children. He is today living a happy life with his family in Bangalore.

Girish Karnad wanted to become a playwright like William Shakespeare Creatively blessed Girish Karnad began writing at a young age and dreamt of becoming a playwright like legendary playwright William Shakespeare and T.S. Eliot. On his way to England on the flight he wrote his first play, Yayati. Recalling his first play Karnad once revealed that when he gripped the pen; words automatically began flowing as if somebody was whispering in his ears. Yayati was an instant success and made Karnad a star in the world of theater. The play was first published in 1961 and soon translated into many languages. Three years later he created sensation with his other play Tughlaq. Girish Karnad started as a journalist but landed in films accidently Girish Karnad had no plans of venturing into films. After graduation in Mathematics and Statistics from Karnatak Arts College, Dharwad (Karnataka University), Karnad did further studies. He had won world’s most prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He went to England’s Oxford University and obtained a Master of Arts degree in philosophy, political science and economics. Readers would be surprised to know when Indians were regarded Black and the West looked down upon them; Girish Karnad with his brilliance won the hearts of his collogues and had the prestige of being elected President of the Oxford Union in 1963. After completing his studies Karnad joined Oxford University Press After returning from Oxford University, Karnad joined Oxford University Press and worked as editor. Meanwhile he also joined a theater group Madras Players and learned basics and nuances of theatre. While he was working at press his publisher gave him a manuscript of U.R. Anantamurthi's first novel, Samskara. Reading the script Karnad was left awestruck by its brilliant plot and a voice from within him echoed to make it into film so the subject could go universal. Karnad urged Pattabhi Rama Reddy of Madras Players Theatre to arrange funds to produce the film. He agreed. Thus Karnad wrote the screenplay and acted in the film version of Samskar (1970). The film won the 18th National Film Awards and many Karnataka State Film Awards. In additional the film won International awards at Bronze Leopard at Locarno International Film Festival (1972) and International Film Festival of India, (1992). Career in Kannada films After the mega success of Samskara, Girish Karnad was rather dragged into film direction by his friend B. V. Karanth, who was the original choice to direct the film. But Karanth did not know the technical aspect of handling the camera but film producer M. N. Basavarajaiah was hell bent on having only B. V. Karanth to direct the film. Hence B. V. Karanth requested Girish Karnad to help him in direction. Karnad, who had little experience of directing plays and had done the film Samskara, initially, declined the request but when he was forced, he took the plunge. However to the pleasant surprise of everybody Vamsha Vriksha (1971) won him National Film Award for Best Direction along with B. V. Karanth, who co-directed the film. From then on, Girish Karnad directed many Kannada films like Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, Ondanondu Kaladalli, Kanooru Heggadithi, Kaadu etc. Girish Karnad also acted in many Kannada film and won recognition as an brilliant actor. Career in Television Girish Karnad even did TV and was seen in the popular DD TV Serial Malgudi Days in which he played Swami’s father. He also did a science magazine show Turning Point on Doordarshan as a host.

# Released Date Type Credited As Movie
1 22 Dec 2017 Film Supporting Actor Tiger Zinda Hai
2 28 Oct 2016 Film Supporting Actor Shivaay
3 17 Apr 2015 Film Supporting Actor Ek Adhbut Dakshina Guru Dakshina
4 25 Apr 2014 Film Supporting Actor Samrat & Co
5 15 Aug 2012 Film Supporting Actor Ek Tha Tiger
6 27 Aug 2010 Film Supporting Actor Aashayein
7 03 Apr 2009 Film Supporting Actor 8X10 Tasveer
8 22 Sep 2006 Film Actor Dor
9 26 Aug 2005 Film Supporting Actor Iqbal
10 06 May 2005 Film Actor Brides Wanted