Ambareesh

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Dr M. H. Ambareesh – ಎಂ.ಹೆಚ್.ಅಂಬರೀಶ್
Indian Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting
In office
24 October 2006 – 15 February 2007
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Succeeded by Choudhury Mohan Jatua & Dr. S. Jagathrakshakan
MP
In office
1998–2009
Preceded by S.M.Krishna
Succeeded by Cheluvarayaswamy
Constituency Mandya
Personal details
Born (1952-06-29) 29 June 1952 (age 62)
Mandya (ಮಂಡ್ಯ), Karnataka (ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ)
Political party Indian National Congress
Spouse(s) Sumalatha Ambareesh
Children 1 son (Abhishek Gowda)
Residence Bengaluru (ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು)
Profession Actor
Religion Hindu
As of 21 August, 2009

Malavallii Huche Gowda Amarnath (Ambareesh) or M. H. Amarnath (Ambareesh) (Kannada:ಅಂಬರೀಶ್) (known as Rebel-Star and Mandyada Gandu ಕನ್ನಡ: ಮಂಡ್ಯದ ಗಂಡು) born 29 May 1952[1] at Maddur Taluk in Mandya District of Karnataka state is an Indian film actor and also a prominent politician from Karnataka state. He's currently the MLA winning the assembly election of the Mandya constituency, by a margin of 42,937 votes.[2][3] He is the present Minister of Housing for the Karnataka State.

Film career[edit]

Ambareesh was introduced to filmdom by the late director Puttanna Kanagal after spotting him in a local tea stall in Mandya. He began his career with minor roles, playing villain in his first film "Nagara Havu" which was also the debut film of another leading Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan.

Ambareesh has acted in about 208 films, including Puttanna Kanagal movies like Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Shuba Mangala Masanada hoovu and Ranganayaki. As in 2010, Ambareesh had acted in most films as lead in Kannada films, surpassing Superstar Dr.Rajkumar's record of 206 films as lead actor and Superstar Dr.Vishnuvardhan, one of his bitter rival's record of 220 films (including Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films) as a lead actor. The record has not been broken yet. He has also supported many actors at the beginning of their career.

Ambareesh played the angry young man of the 1980s, and several films were tailor-made accordingly. The earliest of them was the political satire Antha (1981), directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and remade into Hindi and Tamil. This controversial film was the first in India to depict politicians and government officials as corrupt and villainous. Chakravyuha and New Delhi were made on the same lines, the first remade into Hindi as Inqulaab, starring Amitabh Bachchan and the second a remake of the Malayalam hit of the same name. His other notable films include Ranganayaki, Tony, Rani Maharani, Olavina Udugore, Hrudaya Haaditu, Hongkongnalli Agent Amar, Mannina Doni and Oda Huttidavaru. His performance in Masanada Hoovu, Elu Suttina Kote and the Malayalam film Gaanam were critically acclaimed. He also showed the great performance in mamateya madilu,elu sutinaa kote and mouna raga. He also acted with legend Rajkumar. He is well known as Mandyada Gandu, Kaliyuga Karna (for his generosity), and Rebel Star. He has been awarded the State award best actor for antha and best supporting role for masanada hoovu, NTR Award by Andhra Pradesh Government,filmfare best actor award for Olavina Udugore and Film Fare Award (lifetime achievement award). He was the first Kannada actor to inaugurate the Most PopularMysore Dasara festival organised by the government of Karnataka. He also won the Karnataka Government's Dr.Vishnuvardhan State Award in the year 2011.

He then joined to the Indian National Congress and has since continued to represent the same Mandya Lok Sabha constituency for two more terms. He was minister of state for Information and Broadcasting in the 14th Lok Sabha, but resigned over his dissatisfaction with the Cauvery Dispute Tribunal award, though the resignation was not formally accepted. He was defeated in the May 2009 General Elections.He helped in elections for H.D.Kumaraswamy(in kanakapura parliament election in 90s),S.M. Krishna(99) and K.R pete Krishna.

During the course of his public life, he has held the following positions:

  • Member, 12th Lok Sabha: 1998–1999
  • Member, 13th Lok Sabha: 1999–2004
  • Member, 14th Lok Sabha: 2004–2009
  • Minister of State, in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, from 24 October 2006 to 2008.
  • Resigned as the Minister of state in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, protesting against the injustice done to Karnataka by Kaveri dispute tribunal in 2008.
  • Deputy president of KPCC in the year 2012
  • At present MLA of Mandya and also Minister in Karnataka Government in the ministry of Housing (Vasathi)
  • Resigned MP position during Cauvery River issue without fighting member of parliament.

Dr.Vishnuvardhan and Dr.Ambareesh[edit]

Vishnu & Ambareesh debuted together in Nagarahavu under Putanna's direction. From then they both have been larger than life friends. Though Ambareesh was a villain in many films after Naagarahavu and Vishnu was already a star, their friendship remained the same and even when Ambareesh rose to fame as a hero, though they were on two parallel tracks, they never considered each other as competition and neither did they have any ego problems. When Vishnu departed in 2009, Ambarish was seen handling every bit of his close friend's funeral. From co-ordinating with the stars, to co-ordinating with the government, from shifting the body to managing crowds, he did every thing that the Police and the Government had to do. At one point he even picked up the microphone in the funeral place and shouted at a few frenzied fans and took situation into control.[4] Ambareesh's wife and Vishnuvardhan's good friend, co-star Sumalatha Ambareesh says that she has never seen this kind of friendship in any other Industry between two actors in the peak who remained closest of closest friends throughout their life.[5] They went on to act in Snehitara sawaal,Maha Prachandaru & Avala Hejje in the 80"s. Again they came together in Diggajaru in 2000 and this film is remembered by both their fans as their Best. It also had the memorable hit "Kuchikku, Kuchikku", a song about friendship featuring the two.

Partial Filmography[edit]

The following is the filmography of Ambareesh. Besides Kannada he has also acted in Tamil and Hindi films.

Year Film Role Cast Notes
1972 Naagarahaavu Jaleela Vishnuvardhan, Aarathi Supporting role
1973 Seetheyalla Savithri Vishnuvardhan, Jayalakshmi Supporting role
1974 Zehreela Insaan Jaleel Rishi Kapoor, Moushumi Chatterjee, Neetu Singh Hindi film
1975 Shubhamangala Mooga Srinath, Aarathi Supporting role
1975 Devara Gudi Vishnuvardhan, Bharathi
1978 Paduvaaralli Pandavaru Ramakrishna, Shanthala, Jayashree
1978 Priya Bharath Rajnikanth, Sridevi Tamil film
1978 Amarnath Amar Vishnuvardhan, Srikala
1978 Sneha Sedu Vishnuvardhan Balakrishna
1978 Sirithanakke Saval Vishnuvardhan, Vajramuni, Smt. Manjula Devi
1979 Pakka Kalla Srinath, Manjula
1979 Savathiya Neralu Srinath, Manjula
1980 Nyaya Neethi Dharma Aarathi,Sundara Krishna Urs
1981 Antha Kanwar Lal
Susheel Kumar (Dual Role)
Lakshmi, Latha Winner
1981 Ranganayaki Aarathi
1981 Snehitara Savaal Vishnuvardhan, Manjula, KR Vijaya
1982 Avala Hejje Vishnuvardhan, Lakshmi
1981 Bharjari Bete Shankar Nag, Jayamala,
1982 Khadeema Kallaru Raja Ravichandran, Jayamala
1982 Prema Matsara Bharathi, Lakshmi, Aarathi
1982 Raja Maharaja Raja Aarathi
1982 Tony Tony Lakshmi, Srinath
1983 Chakravyuha Ambika
1983 Jaggu Aarathi, Prabhakar
1983 Hosa Theerpu Jayanthi, Jayamala, Manjula
1984 Mrugalaya Geetha
1984 Masanada Hoovu Jayanthi, Aparna
1984 Ganda Berunda Shankar Nag, Srinath, Amrish Puri, Vajramuni, Lakshmi, Jayamala
1984 Mooru Janma Ambika, Anuradha
1985 Gajendra Pavithra
1985 Guru Jagadguru Deepa
1985 Mamatheya Madilu Geetha
1985 Goonda Guru Nanjunda Geetha
1985 Chaduranga Ambika
1985 Jackie Mahalakshmi
1985 Devarelliddane Geetha
1986 Amara Jyothi Amar Madhavi
1986 Shankar Sundar Shankar Urvashi, Jayasudha
1987 Elu Suttina Kote Gowthami
1987 Olavina Udugore Manjula Sharma Winner
1987 Asha Arjun Sarja, Indira
1987 Mr. Raja Raja Mahalakshmi, Tara
1987 Aahuthi Sumalatha
1987 Bazaar Bheema Geetha, Ambika
1987 Bedi Bhavya, Sudhachandran, Prabhakar
1987 Anthima Theerpu Bharathi, Geetha
1987 Inspector Krantikumar Krantikumar Geetha
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Brahma Ananth Nag, V. Ravichandran
1988 Sangliyana Shankar Nag, Bhavya, Devaraj
1988 Poorna Chandra Chandru Ambika, Rekha
1988 Ajith Ajith Jayamala, Jayamalini, Ramakrishna
1988 Vijaya Khadga Srinath, Ambika, MP Shankar, Vajramuni
1988 New Delhi Sumalatha, Urvashi
1989 Indrajith Indrajith Deepika Chikhalia
1989 Anthinta Gandu Nanalla Shankar Nag, Nishanti
1989 Avatara Purusha Sumalatha
1989 Jai Karnataka Rajini
1989 Aapatbaandava Paarijatha
1989 Hongkongnalli Agent Amar Amar Ambika, Sumalatha
1989 Onti Salaga Kushboo
1989 Jayabheri Shankar Nag, Bhavya, Vanitha Vasu
1990 Nammoora Hammera Suman Ranganathan, Devaraj
1990 Hrudaya Haadithu Dr. Prasad Malashri, Bhavya
1990 Kempu Gulabi Ramesh Aravind
1990 Kempu Surya Suman Ranganath
1990 Matsara Rajini, Bharathi
1990 Utkarsha Devaraj, Vanitha Vasu
1990 Rani Maharani Malashri, Shashikumar
1991 Neenu Nakkare Haalu Sakkare Himself Guest Appearance
1991 Aranyadalli Abhimanyu Devaraj, Ramesh Aravind, Poonam Dasgupta
1991 Garuda Dhwaja Anupama, Shoba
1991 Karnana Sampathu Karna Tara
1991 Gandu Sidigundu Malashri
1991 Kadana Ramesh Aravind, Roopa Ganguly
1991 Puksatte Ganda Hotte Thumba Unda Vidyashree / Sunitha, Bhavya
1992 Mannina Doni Karthik Sudharani, Vanitha Vasu
1992 Bhanda Nanna Ganda Jaggesh, Priyanka Guest appearance
1992 Entede Banta SriShanthi
1992 Mysooru Jaana Vinaya Prasad, Anjana
1992 Megha Mandara Malashri, Anjana
1992 Solillada Saradara Bhavya, Malashri
1992 Sapthapadi Sudharani, Rupini
1993 Mr. Abhishek Abhishek Sumalatha, Anant Nag, Madhavi
1993 Midida Hrudayagalu Shruti, Nirosha
1993 Munjaneya Manju Sudharani, Tara
1994 Odahuttidavaru Rajkumar, Madhavi, Srishanthi
1994 Mandyada Gandu Srishanthi, Meghana
1994 Vijaya Kankana Sudharani, Shruti, Devaraj
1994 Rowdy MLA Malashri, Vijayashanti
1995 Operation Antha Kanwar Lal
1995 Karulina Kudi Vishnuvardhan, Sithara
1995 Kalyanotsava Shruti
1997 Rangenahalliyaage Rangaada Range Gowda Ramesh Aravind, Ashwini Bhave
1999 Habba Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Jayaprada, Urvashi, Kasthuri, Devaraj, Shashikumar
2000 Devara Maga Shivarajkumar, Bhanupriya, Laila Mehdin
2001 Diggajaru Dr.Vishnuvardhan, Tara, Sanghavi
2001 Sri Manjunatha Chiranjeevi, Arjun Sarja, Meena, Soundarya Kannada – Telugu bilingual
2003 Annavru Darshan, Suhasini, Sumithra
2004 Gowdru Gowdru Shruti, Meena 200th Film
2006 Pandavaru Kempe Gowda
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi Vijay Raghavendra, Bharathi, Anant Nag, Sumalatha
2006 Thandege Thakka Maga Chowdaiah Upendra, Laila Mehdin Remake of Thevar Magan
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Guest appearance
2009 Vayuputra'' Chiranjeevi Sarja, Aindrita Ray
2010 Veera Parampare Varade Gowda Sudeep
2012 Katariveera Surasundarangi Upendra, Ramya, Doddanna
2012 Rana Amarnath
2012 Sri Kshetra Adichunchanagiri Guest appearance
2012 Drama Yash, Radhika Pandit
2013 Varadanayaka Sudeep, Chiranjeevi Sarja, Sameera Reddy, Nikeesha Patel Guest Appearance
Remake of Lakshyam
2013 Bulbul Amarnath Darshan, Rachita Ram Nominated – Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor - Kannada
Remake of Darling
2014 Ambareesha Darshan Filming

Awards and recognitions[edit]

  1. Karnataka State Award for Best Actor for Antha in 1982.
  2. Karnataka State Award for "Best Supporting Actor"(1985–86) in the film Masanada Hoovu, directed by Puttanna Kanagal
  3. Filmfare Award for Best Actor in the film "Olavina Udugore directed by Rajendra Babu.
  4. Received NTR National Award for the year 2005.[6]
  5. Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South 2009.
  6. Andhra Government honoured Nandhi Award 2009.
  7. Puttanna Kanagal award in 90s but rejected{later went to actor T.N.Bala krishna}
  8. TV9 Sandalwood Star Awards – 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award
  9. Karnataka Government Dr.Vishnuvardhan State Award in the year 2011
  10. Honorary Doctorate from the Karnataka University, Dharwad in the year 2013[7]
  11. SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2012

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