Kalyan Kumar

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Kalyan Kumar
Born Chokkanna
1929
British India
Died 1 August 1999 (aged 69–70)
Karnataka, India
Nationality India
Other names Sampath Kumar, Chokkanna
Occupation Actor, Director
Years active 1954–1999
Spouse(s) Revathi
Children Bharath

Kalyan Kumar (1929 - 1999; born as Chokkanna) was an Indian film actor working primarily in Kannada and Tamil films.[1] Making his acting debut in the mythological drama Natashekara (1954), Kalyan Kumar went on to star in over 200 films for over a span of five decades. He was much sought after actor in the 1950s through 1970's for the lead roles.

Kalyan Kumar has the credit of being the first ever Kannada actor to star in a color film in Amarashilpi Jakanachari [2] During 60s and 70s there were three prominent Kannada film actors and among them Kalyan Kumar was one; the others being Rajkumar and Udayakumar.[3] At a time when actors had a tough time establishing themselves, he was successful not only in Kannada, but also in Tamil cinema. Kalyan Kumar along with Udaykumar, Rajkumar were called as “Kumara Thrayaru” (Kumar Trio) of the Kannada cinema.[4]

Early life[edit]

Kalyan Kumar was born in 1929. His parents wanted him to be a doctor. But passion for acting brought him to Kannada film land. Born as Chokkanna into a middle-class family, Kalyan Kumar became known for his lavishness and sophistication.

Known for sophisticated portrayal of roles he played the hero against J. Jayalalitha in Maavana Magalu in 1965 and Badukuva Daari in 1966. The triumvirate had acted in Bhoodaana which was a hit in 1962. He had also acted in first full-length colour film in Kannada. Amarashilpi Jakanachari, in which he played the role of Jakanachari, a historical figure in sculpture.

Film career[edit]

His first film was Natashekhara, which was released in 1954. Some of his memorable films are: Sadarame, Subbashastri, Rayara Sose, badukuva Daari, Mavana Mgalu (Sasuraal in Hindi), Arishina Kunkuma, Bedi Bandavalu, Belli Moda, Kathaa Sangama, Kaleju Ranga, etc.

In Bhoodaana the three 'Kumars' of Kannada films, Raj, Uday and Kalyan acted together. It was directed by G. V. Iyer.

He acted with many prominent heroines of his time. A few to name are: B Saroja Devi, Sahukar Janaki, Kalpana, Jayanti, Bharati, Arati, and others.

He acted in several KannadaTelugu bi-lingual films made in the 60s by B Vittalacharya, Nagendra Rao and B R Panthulu. He was a regular actor in the early G V Iyer films like Bhoodana, Tayi karalu, Lawyer magalu and Bangari.

He acted in quite a few Telugu and Tamil films also. His Tamil film Nenjil Oru Alayam was later made in Hindi as Dil Ek Mandir with Rajendra Kumar. As he was gaining popularity in Tamil filmdom, he started acting in more of Tamil movies. But, the regional politics reigned over his acting talents.

He married a Kannada film heroine, Revati. He also produced and directed stage plays like Ramu nanna thamma and Chikamma, many of which were written by his wife. His son Bharath is a television actor who acted mainly in Tamil serials.

Filmography[edit]

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Year Film Language Director Notes
1954 Natashekhara Kannada C. V. Raju
1956 Ohileshwara Kannada T. V. Singh Thakur With Rajkumar
Bhagya Chakra Kannada Y. V. Rao
Muttaide Bhagya Kannada B. Vittalacharya
Sadarame Kannada K. R. Seetarama Sastry
1957 Rayara Sose Kannada R. Ramamurthy With Rajkumar
Bettada Kalla Kannada S. M. Sriramulu Naidu
Premada Puthri Kannada R. Nagendra Rao
1958 Bhookailasa Kannada K. Shankar With Rajkumar
1959 Manegebanda Mahalakshmi Kannada B. V. Acharya
1960 Kadavulin Kuzhanthai Tamil Dada Mirasi
1961 Thayilla Pillai Tamil L. V. Prasad
1961 Vijayanagarada Veeraputra Kannada R. Nagendra Rao
1962 Nenjil Or Aalayam Tamil C. V. Sridhar
Gaali Gopura Kannada B. R. Panthulu with Rajkumar
Daiva Leele Kannada Krishnakumar
Paasam Tamil T. R. Ramanna With M.G.R
Thayi Karulu Kannada G. V. Iyer With Udaykumar
Azhagu Nila Tamil Ragavan
Bhoodaana Kannada G. V. Iyer With Rajkumar, Udaykumar
Seemaan Petra Selvangal Tamil S. Ramakrishnan
Devasundari Kannada C. V. Raju Last Film with Rajkumar
Thendral Veesum Tamil B. S. Ranga
1963 Neengada Ninaivu Tamil T. R. Ragunath
Nenjam Marappathillai Tamil C. V. Sridhar
Amarashilpi Jakanachari Kannada B. S. Ranga First Color Film in Kannada
Kaduvulai Kandaen Tamil A. S. A. Sami
Lawyara Magalu Kannada G. V. Iyer With Udaykumar
Bangari Kannada G. V. Iyer
Mani Osai Tamil P. Madhavan
Yarukku Sontham Tamil K. V. Srinivasan
1964 Chinnada Gombe Kannada B. R. Panthulu
Mane Aliya Kannada S. K. Ananthachari
Annapoorna Kannada Aaroor Pattabhi Guest appearance
1965 Mavana Magalu Kannada S. K. Ananthachari
Balarajana Kathe Kannada Venunath
Thayin Karunai Tamil G. V. Iyer
Beretha Jeeva Kannada K. R. Seetarama Sastry
Nanna Kartavya Kannada Vedantam Raghavaiah
1966 Subba Sastry Kannada M. V. Krishnaswamy Anti hero role
Endu Ninnavane Kannada Kalyana Kumar
Badukuva Daari Kannada K. S. Prakash Rao With Udaykumar & Jayalalithaa
Love In Bangalore Kannada Kalyana Kumar
Belli Moda Kannada Puttanna Kanagal
1967 Muddu Meena Y. R. Swamy
1967 Premakku Permitte R. Nagendra Rao
1967 Kallu Sakkare Kalyana Kumar Directed by Himself
1968 Bedi Bandhavalu C. Srinivasan
1968 Arunodhayam C. Srinivasan
1968 Anna Thamma Ravi
1968 Manku Dinne K. S. L. Swamy
1968 Mysore Tonga G. V. Iyer
1968 Pravasi Mandira Kalyana Kumar
1968 Anandakanda A. C. Narasimhamurthy
1968 Attegondukala Sosegondukala Y. R. Swamy
1968 Mammathe Y. R. Swamy
1968 Nane Bhagyavathi G. V. Iyer With Udaykumar
1969 Kannu Muchale M. R. Vittal
1969 Niraparadhi B. Vallinayagam
1969 Mukunda Chandra S. K. Ananthachari
1969 Odahuttidavaru B. N. Haridas
1970 Aparajithe Veerabhadraiah
1970 Arishina Kumkuma Ravi
1971 Papa Punya M. V. Krishnaswamy
1971 Sedina Kidi B. Krishan
1971 Amara Bharathi B. Krishan
1974 Avalukku Nihar Avale Madurai Thirumanam
1975 Katha Sangama S. R. Puttanna Kanagal With Rajinikanth
1976 Tulasi K. S. L. Swamy
1976 College Ranga S. R. Puttana Kanagal
1977 Banashankari K. S. L. Swamy
1977 Mugdha Manava K. S. L. Swamy
1977 Udugore Mahesh Swami
1977 Subhashaya V. T. Thyagarajan
1978 Anuragha Bandhana Geethapriya
1979 Maralu Sarapani K. V. Jayaram
1980 Mother Vishukumar
1983 Nagabekamma Nagabeku B. Subba Rao
1983 Simha Garajane S. A. Chandrasekharan
1983 Chinnadanta Maga K. S. R. Doss
1983 Thayiya Nudi B. Subba Rao
1984 Avala Antaranga R. N. Jayagopal
1984 Police Pappanna Dasari Narayan Rao
1984 Guru Bhakti K. N. Chandrasekhar Sharma
1984 Shubha Muhurta Geethapriya
1984 Marali Goodige K. R. Shantharam
1985 Kiladi Aliya Vijay
1985 Pudhu Yugam S. A. Chandrasekharan
1985 Thayi Thande Vejalla Satyanarayana
1986 Thavaru Mane Vijay
1986 Usha Bhargava
1986 Africadalli Sheela Dwarakish
1987 Thaliya Aane D. Rajendra Babu
1988 Sarkarai Pandal Gangai Amaran
1988 Oorigittakolli Kallesh
1989 Thaligagi A. V. Sheshgiri Rao
1990 Bannada Gejje S. V. Rajendra Singh
1995 Kavya Kodlu Ramakrishna Last Film?
Reference:[1] Kannada films of the 1950s, Kannada films of the 1960s, Kannada films of the 1970s

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kalyana Kumar in IMdB
  2. ^ "Fascinating facts of Kannada Film history". Supergoodmovies. 27 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Naagarahaavu 1972". The Hindu. 18 October 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Trivia about Kannada Cinema