4 September 1948
Mallapur, Honnavar, Mysore State, India
|Spouse(s)||Gayathri (m. 1987)|
|Family||Shankar Nag (brother)|
Anant Nagarkatte (born 4 September 1948) popularly known as Anant Nag is an actor and politician from Karnataka, India. He is considered one of Kannada cinema's finest actors. As a result, he is popularly known as an actor with no-failures, by critics. In addition to Kannada movies, he has acted in Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi movies. He has also acted in Malgudi Days, directed by his younger brother Shankar Nag based on the stories by R. K. Narayan. His work was much appreciated by critics at that time. He is fluent in Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and with a good understanding of Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The versatile natural acting coupled with the style of speaking (accent of southern Kannada with a tint of coastal touch) made him one of the most successful actors in Kannada cinema.
Anant Nag was born on 4 September 1948 to Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte in the Uttara Kannada district of the Kingdom of Mysore (present day Karnataka). He grew up in Shirali, a village near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada. He had his early education under the aegis of Ananda Ashrama in Dakshina Kannada district and Chitrapura Matha in Uttara Kannada. He was sent to Bombay (now Mumbai) for onward education. This was when he was drawn towards the theatre movement of Bombay and he was selected to act in Konkani, Kannada and Marathi plays which he did till he turned 22.
Once in Bombay, thanks to his good looks, he was suggested by theatre personalities Prabhakar Mudur and Venkatrao Talageri to participate in theatrical plays. His first role came in a play when he played the role of a Hindu monk, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that proved to be a success among the audiences. He then played a role in a play based on the life of sage Gautama Buddha. Following these, he played important roles in plays in Konkani and Kannada languages, the latter mostly with directors K. K. Suvarna and Girish Karnad. In Karnad's play Yayati, Nag played the role of Pururava. He also played major roles in Hindi language plays of Amol Palekar and Satyadev Dubey's socially and politically relevant plays. Around this time, in the early 1970s, he received two film offers, in P. V. Nanjaraja Urs' Kannada film, Sankalpa; and Shyam Benegal's Hindi film, Ankur.
Following a theatre career in Bombay, Nag made his film debut with Sankalpa a 1973 Kannada film. Shyam Benegal introduced him into Hindi cinema in his 1973 film Ankur. Anant Nag acted in many of Shyam Benegal's movies after that. Well known for his mainstream Kannada films, Nag is active in alternative Indian cinema.
His entry into Kannada films was through legendary G. V. Iyer's Hamsageethe. It is one of the most critically acclaimed of his movies and is about trysts of a learner whose greatest search is finding the right Guru.
Nag and fellow popular actress Lakshmi have been known as an all-time greatest pair in South Indian movies. They acted together in more than 25 films. Most of the films based on T. R. Subba Rao's novels and some of them directed by great Dorai-Bhagavan. The films like Chandanada Gombe, Naa Ninna Bidaalare (1979), Benkiya Bale, Ibbani Karagitu, Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba, Mududida Taavare Aralitu, Nodi Swamy Naavirodu Heege (1983), Amma and others in their combination were blockbuster hits that made Anant Nag and Lakshmi household names in Karnataka. Both the actors have signed a new film together in 2013 called "Gulmohar" directed by Devanuru Chandra that has already started shooting.
Although he began his career as an actor in artistic movies, became most popular in comedies due to his versatile acting and natural sense of humour. Ananth Nag kept re-inventing himself with each era. In the 1970s and 80s, he was the darling of the middle-class with his natural acting. He also dabbled in television during this period. In the 90s, he experimented with negative roles (Shanti Kranti) and accepted character roles.
He is one among very few lead actors in Kannada film industry to share screen space with legendary Dr. Rajkumar. Most memorable of this combination is Kaamana Billu, in which he played second lead role. Another notable film is Bhakta Prahlada, in which Rajkumar played Hiranya Kashyapu and Ananthnag as Naradamuni.
With greatest hits in the films like Ganeshana Maduve, Gauri Ganesha, Udbava, Undoohoda Konduhoda, Beladingala Baale, Hasyaratna Ramakrishna, Yarigu Helbedi, dairya lakshmi, he has been noted for his abilities. These days, he appears in supporting roles in Kannada movies (for example, blockbuster films like Mungaru Male): He has been the favourite choice of most popular directors of Kannada cinema. He is equally popular in supportive roles amongst dignified viewers across the Karnataka. His recent movie Eredane maduve has been a huge hit where he acted in a lead role with Suhasini Maniratnam.
Nag acted in Anahat and it drew rave reviews. Marathi film director Amol Palekar found Nag's sensitive depiction of the king's dilemmas to have greatly enhanced the multifaceted complexities of the film. The character portrayed by Nag has depth and dimension, powerfully drawing you into the core of the story.
Though he is one of the most influential men both from a film and political point of view, he has often been regarded as the finest, the simplest and polite personality. His appearance in front of media or appearances for publicity have hardly been noticed and the association of his name with any controversy has hardly been reported, either with his film or with political career. For these reasons, Nag is considered as one of the most respectable personalities in the real life. Now he is one of the most sought-after actor in Kannada cinemas.
In 1979, Nag was shooting for Narada Vijaya and Gayatri for Auto Raja with Shankar Nag in Chamundeshwari studios. With time, cupid struck and love blossomed between them. They married on 9 April 1987. They have a daughter, Aditi.
Staying in Mumbai, in the heady days of Socialism, Anant Nag was a strong supporter of reformist movement. He identified himself with the Janatha Party and was the star-campaigner for Janatha Party in 1983, 1985 and 1989 elections. He won from Malleshwaram constituency in 1994 and served as a Minister for BDA in the J. H. Patel's cabinet. Much before he also contested from Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency in 1983 against veteran writer Dr. K. Shivarama Karanth. His tenure was uneventful, with him being criticised for not catering the infrastructure needs of Bangalore.
In 2004, he contested a very fierce assembly election from Janata Dal (Secular) where he was pitched against the then Chief minister of Karnataka, S. M. Krishna from Indian National Congress, alongside fellow actor Mukhyamantri Chandru from Bharatiya Janata Party in the Chamrajpet constituency in Bangalore. However, S.M. Krishna won the election. But, Krishna, disappointed for not being able to win the majority opted not to lead the party and soon became the governor of Maharashtra.
|1976||Manthan||Chandavarkar||Shyam Benegal||Co-actors: Girish Karnad, Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah|
|Bhumika||Rajan||Shyam Benegal||Co-actors: Smita Patil, Amrish Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, Amol Palekar|
|Kanneshwara Rama||Rama||M.S Sathyu|
|1978||Premayana||Mohan||Geetapriya||Produced By M Prabhakar, Music By Vijay Bhaskar; Co-actors: Aarathi, Vadiraj|
|Maathu Tappada Maga||Peketi Shivaram||Co-starring Rajinikanth|
|Madhura Sangama||T. P. Venugopal|
|Naa Ninna Bidalaare||Krishna||Vijay||Horror movie|
|1980||Bara||Sathish Chandra||M. S. Sathyu|
|Janma Janmada Anubandha||Shankar Nag||Co-actors: Shankar Nag, Jayanthi|
|Ondu Hennu Aaru Kannu||V. Madhusudhan Rao|
|1981||Minchina Ota||Tony||Shankar Nag|
|Mareyada Haadu||R. N. Jayagopal|
|Kalyug||Bharatraj||Shyam Benegal||Co-actors: Shashi Kapoor, Raj Babbar, Rekha, A. K. Hangal, Victor Banerjee|
|1982||Hasyaratna Ramakrishna||Ramakrishna||B. S. Ranga|
|Nanna Devaru||B. Mallesh|
|Anveshane||T. S. Nagabharana|
|Makkaliralavva Mane Tumba|
|Kaamana Billu||with Rajkumar|
|Mududida Tavare Aralithu||Chandra|
|Sukha Samsarakke Hanneradu Sootragalu||Rajachandra|
|Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige||Shankar Nag|
|1984||Olave Baduku||K.V. Jayaram|
|Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara|
|Sedina Hakki||Dorai-Bhagavan||Co-actors: Tiger Prabhakar, Lakshmi, Rajeev|
|Parameshi Prema Prasanga|
|Challenge Gopala Krishna|
|Idu Saadhya||Khyata/Karthik Kamplapur||Dinesh Babu||Film shot in 48 hours – World record (1989)|
|Ravana Rajyadali Rakshasharu|
|Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru||D.Rajendra Babu||Co-Actors: Shankar Nag, Shashikumar, Gayatri, Ambareesh, Ramesh Bhat, Geeta|
|Ganeshana Maduve||Ganesha||Phani Ramachandra||Co-actors: Vinaya Prasad, Mukhyamantri Chandru|
|Mathe Haaditu Kogile||with Vishnuvardhan|
|Golmaal Radhakrishna||Radhakrishna||Sai Prakash|
|1991||Shanti Kranti||V. Ravichandran||Co-Actors: Ravichandran, Ramesh Aravind, Khushboo, Juhi Chawla, Ambareesh|
|Roll Call Ramakrishna||B Ramamurthy||Actress Vidhyasree)|
|Hosa Mane Aliya||B Ramamurthy|
|Golmal Radhakrishna Part 2|
|1992||Ondu Cinema Kathe||Phani Ramachandra||Anjana|
|Undu Hoda Kondu Hoda||Nagathihalli Chandrashekar||Tara|
|1994||Nishkarsha||Sunilkumar Desai||with Vishnuvardhan|
|Yarigu Helbedi||Kodlu Ramakrishna|
|1995||Beladingala Baale||Sunilkumar Desai||Co-actor: Suman Nagarkar|
|1996||Jeevanadhi||D. Rajendra Babu||with Vishnuvardhan|
|1997||Ganesha I Love U|
|2000||Yaarige Saluthe Sambala||M. S. Rajashekar||Co-actors: Karibasavaiah, Shashikumar, Mohan, Suhasini, Umashree, Anu Prabhakar|
|2001||Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu||Rajendra Singh Babu||Ramesh Aravind, S. Narayan|
|Aunty Preethse||H. Vasu||Ramkumar, Kushboo|
|Chitte||Dinesh Babu||Aniruddh, Chaya Singh|
|Mathadana||T. N. Seetharam|
|Neela||T. S. Nagabharana||Naveen Mayur, Gayatri Jayaraman|
|2002||Hollywood||Scientist||acted alongside Upendra|
|2003||Preethi Prema Pranaya||Dr. Chandrashekar||Kavitha Lankesh|
|2006||Mungaru Male||Colonel Subbayya||Yograj Bhat|
|Neenello Naanalle||acted alongside Vishnuvardhan|
|2007||Sajni||Murugesh||Co-actors: Dhyan, Sharmila Mandre|
|Ee Bandhana||Narayana Ullagaddi|
|Taj Mahal||R. Chandru|
|2009||Nam Yajamanru||T. S. Nagabharana|
|Mr. Garagasa||Parthasarthy||Dinesh Baboo|
|2010||Mr. Theertha||Narayana Shasthri (Theertha's father)||Sadhu Kokila|
|Crazy Kutumba||Mallanna||B Ramamurthy|
|Pancharangi||A wanderer||Yograj Bhat|
|Eradane Maduve||Vishwanath||Dinesh Baboo|
|Mathond Madhuvena||Dinesh Babu|
|Take It Easy||Ananth Padmanabh|
|Dhan Dhana Dhan||Ramnath|
|2012||Prarthane||K. Sadashiva Shenoy|
|Dev Son of Mudde Gowda||Mudde Gowda||Indrajith Lankesh|
|2013||Kaddipudi||Sathya Murthy||Duniya Soori|
|Rame Gowda Vs Krishna Reddy|
|Sakkare||Col Cariappa||Abhaya Simha|
|Shravani Subramanya||Seetharam||Manju Swaraj|
|2014||Manada Mareyalli||Rajeev Nethra|
|Athi Aparoopa||Dinesh Babu|
- Stumble (2003)
|2006||Preeti Illada Mele||ETV Kannada|
|2013–present||Chitte Hejje||ETV Kannada|
|1979–80||Best Actor||Minchina Ota|
|1985–86||Best Actor||Hosa Neeru|
|1994–95||Best Actor||Gangavva Gangamayi|
|2011–12||Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award||Lifetime Achievement|
|1979||Best Actor||Naa Ninna Bidalaare|
|1991||Best Actor||Gauri Ganesha|
|2008||Best Supporting Actor||Tajmahal||Nominated|
|2008||Best Supporting Actor||Aramane||Nominated|
- "Films were bolder in the past". Frontline. October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013.
- "About real life and reel lives". The Times of India. October 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2014.
- Nag, Anant (11 November 2014). TV9 - Actor Anant Nag's Film & Life History : "Anant Antaranga" - Part 2. India: TV9 Kannada.
- Anant Nag's profile on Chitraranga
- "Karnataka State Film Awards 2010–11 winners". The Times of India. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013.