Kashinath (actor)

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Born(1951-05-08)8 May 1951
Died18 January 2018(2018-01-18) (aged 66)[1]
Bengaluru, India
OccupationActor, filmmaker
Years active1976–2018

Kashinatha Hathwara (8 May 1951 – 18 January 2018)[2] was an Indian actor and filmmaker who primarily worked in Kannada films. He worked on Hindi and Malayalam movies. With a career spanning over three decades, Kashinath worked in over 40 films carving a niche for himself in comedy genre. He is credited for introducing new talents such as actor Upendra,[3] musician V. Manohar[4] and director Sunil Kumar Desai alongside many other technicians who went on to become successful in Kannada film industry.[5][6][7][8]

Making his debut as a director through the comedy-drama film Aparoopada Athithigalu (1976), Kashinath came into limelight with the suspense thriller Aparichita (1978). He made his acting debut through the successful film Anubhava (1984). The same film was remade and directed by him in Hindi as Anubhav (1986), making his Bollywood entry. His films generally touched subjects which were often regarded as taboo in the Indian society and thus attracted the tag of being vulgar by some critics. He was more popular for his double entendre dialogues in his films to the extent that most associated the term "double meaning" with Kashinath and many went to the extent of attributing the decline of Kannada films quality to him.[9] Despite the criticisms faced, his films have influenced the society as well as the industry.[10]

Some of his movie dialogues have entered common lingo; for example the extremely popular phrase of "Mangalooru Manjunatha" (from the film Love Maadi Nodu). Some of his other successful films include Anantana Avantara (1989) , Avale Nanna Hendthi (1988), Ajagajantara (1991) and Hendathi Endare Heegarabeku (1995). Kashinath made a prominent return when he was cast as an elderly jail inmate who gets falsely accused in his daughter's death in Tharun Sudhir's Chowka (2017). His last film performance before his death is Olu Muniswamy which got released in 25 May 2018.[11]

Early life[edit]

Kashinath was born on 8 May 1951 into a middle class Kannada Brahmin family in Markod, a village near Kundapura.[12] His father G. Vasudeva Rao was a businessman and a trader and mother Saraswathi a homemaker.[12] He was the second son of his parents followed by his elder brother Sathyanarayana and his younger brothers are Dattatreya, Ravi, and Umapathi along with their younger sister Gayathri. He spent his childhood in his birthplace and moved to Bangalore with his father.[13]


Early career and rise to stardom: 1975–1990[edit]

During his graduation in Bangalore, Kashinath made a short film titled Slip, "in the year 1971 or 1972".[12] This encouraged him to enroll himself into a filmmaking troupe called "Aseema" along with contemporary filmmaker-actor and his long acquaintance, Suresh Heblikar. In 1976, he borrowed money from his father and co-produced with P.R. Ramadas for his directorial debut Aparoopada Athitigalu, a comedy-drama.[14] His second directorial film Aparichita in 1978 was a suspense thriller starring Suresh Heblikar, M. V. Vasudeva Rao, Sundar Krishna Urs and Shoba brought him wide appreciation and recognition. The film paved the way for many other thriller films and was considered to be the "trendsetter" in Kannada cinema.[15]

The success of the project made him direct its Hindi version titled as Be-Shaque in 1981, starring Mithun Chakraborty. After a brief hiatus, in 1984, he took up acting career by casting himself in the lead role for the film Anubhava. The film was widely acclaimed and was considered bold during its time of release.[16] The film had its music composed by L. Vaidyanathan with whom he shared a long-lasting rapport and also introduced lyricist-music director V. Manohar through the song "Hodeya Doora O Jothegara". The huge success of the film got him the offer to direct its Hindi remake titled as Anubhav (1986) starring Shekhar Suman and Padmini Kolhapure.[citation needed]

In Malayalam, he directed the same film, titled as Aadhyate Anubhavam (1987). The film found multiple time releases and reached the classic status.[17] Following this, he took up acting assignments offered by other directors and starred in some successful films such as Mithileya Seetheyaru (1988), Avale Nanna Hendthi (1988), Sura Sundaranga (1989), Manmatha Raja (1989) and Avane Nanna Ganda (1989).

His third directorial film Anamika (1987) could not repeat the success of his previous film. However, his next directed film Anantana Avantara (1989) was met with high popularity and success. His socially entertaining romantic films such as Avale Nanna Hendthi (1988) opposite Bhavya, Avane Nanna Ganda (1989) co-starring Sudharani and Chapala Chennigaraya (1990) opposite Kalpana were both commercial and critical success. This back to back success made Kashinath one of the most sought-after actors in the 1980s era.

Later career: 1993–2017[edit]

In 1991, he co-produced, directed and acted in the film Ajagajantara. The film costarred Anjana and Srilekha and had music composed by Hamsalekha with the lyrics written by two of his proteges, Upendra and V. Manohar. The comedy-drama film met with commercial success and the same screenplay was adapted in the 1997 released Hindi film Judaai, starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Urmila Matondkar.

After this, barring few films, many films directed, produced or acted by him were commercial failures. In the 1990s, he worked with many popular directors such as H. R. Bhargava, Om Sai Prakash, P. H. Vishwanath, B. Ramamurthy, T. S. Nagabharana and Upendra. In 1993, he acted as himself in the horror-thriller film Shhh directed by Upendra which was a success in the box office.[citation needed]

In 1995, he acted and directed the film Hendthi Endare Heegirabeku alongside Akshata which was moderately successful. His subsequent films such as Baduku Jataka Bandi (1997), Hello Yama (1998), Chor Guru Chandal Sishya (1998), Rambhe Urvashi Menake (1999) and Maava Maava Maduve Mado (2000) failed to impress the box office. His next directorial Meese Hottha Gandasige Demandappo Demandu (1999) based on the popular song line of his previous hit Avale Nanna Hendthi was a failure as well. In 2004, he starred in three films which included Aaha Nanna Thangi Maduve in his direction.[citation needed]

In 2007, he directed and acted in the film Appacchi which became his last directorial until his death in 2018. Later he acted in couple of films in supporting roles such as Aathmeeya (2008) , Onti Mane (2010) and 12AM Madhyarathri (2012) along with his son Abhimanyu.[18]

Kashinath made a comeback in 2016 through Prashant Raj's Zoom starring Ganesh by playing a key supporting role.[19] This was followed up by his acting as one of the jail inmates in Dwarakish Chitra's 50th project Chowka in 2017.[20]

The song "Alladsu Alladsu" featuring him in the film Chowka was widely acclaimed and topped the charts.[21] His final onscreen appearance in Olu Muniswamy was released in 25 May 2018.[11]

He also gifted many new artists to Kannada Film Industry. some of them are given below.

SI Name
1 Upendra (actor) Actor/Hero
2 Murali Mohan Director
3 V. Manohar Music Director

Films remade in other languages[edit]

Films directed by or starring Kashinath were remade in other Indian languages. Aparichita (1978) was remade in Malayalam as Avano Atho Avalo (1979) and in Hindi as Be-Shaque (1981). Anubhava (1984) was remade in Hindi by Kashinath as Anubhav (1986) and in Malayalam as Aadhyate Anubhavam (1987). Avale Nanna Hendthi (1988) was remade in Hindi as Jawani Zindabad (1990) that featured Aamir Khan in Kashinath's role.[22]


Year Film Notes
1976 Aparoopada Athithigalu Debut as Director
1978 Aparichitha Writer, Producer, Director
1982 Amara Madhura Prema Director, Debut as Actor
1984 Anubhava Director
1987 Anaamika Director
1988 Avale Nanna Hendthi
1988 Mithileya Seetheyaru
1989 Anantana Avantara Director, Producer
1989 Adrushta Rekhe
1989 Thayigobba Tharle Maga
1989 Avane Nanna Ganda
1989 Preyasi Preethisu
1989 Love Maadi Nodu
1989 Manmatha Raja
1989 Sura Sundaranga
1989 Singari Bangari
1990 Kaliyuga Krishna
1990 Poli kitti
1990 Chapala Chennigaraya
1990 Kempu Surya
1991 Ajagajantara Director
1991 Nakkala Rajakumari Guest appearance
1992 Athi Madura Anuraga
1993 Love Training
1993 Aatanka Music Hamsalekha
1993 Shhh!
1995 Hendathi Endare Heegirabeku Director
1996 Bangarada Mane
1997 Baduku Jatakabandi
1998 Hello Yama
1998 Chorguru Chandala Sishya
1999 Rambe Urvashi Menake
1999 Meese Hotta Gandasige Demandappu Demandu Director, Singer
2000 Sundara Neenu Sundari Naanu
2000 Mava Mava Maduve Maado
2004 Kachaguli
2004 Naari Munidare Gandu Parari Unreleased film
2004 Aha Nanna Tangi Maduve Director
2004 Super Aliya Director
2005 3Ka (Moorkha)
2006 Bitti Thaali Gatti Mela
2007 Appachchi Director, Singer
2012 12AM Madhyarathri
2016 Zoom
2017 Chowka SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) - Kannada
2018 Ol Muniswamy Post-production
Final screen appearance


Kashinath was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in mid 2017. He was admitted to the Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital in Bengaluru on 16 January 2018. He died at 7:45 a.m (IST) on 18 January from cardiac arrest.[23][1]

As filmmaker[edit]

Kashinath came to be regarded as a disciplined and systematic filmmaker with a strong technical knowledge. He would pen down the duration of the film sequences, shot compositions, camera angles and the dialogue flow before execution of a scene. This practice enabled the entire team to stick to the schedule and complete a film within the prescribed timeline and budget.[24]


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  4. ^ Vittal Manohar Makes it Big in Sandalwood Daijiworld.com (2 April 2012)
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  14. ^ Aparoopada Athithigalu (ಅಪರೂಪದ ಅತಿಥಿಗಳು) Chitraloka.com (2017)
  15. ^ Top 10 Kannada Psychological Thrillers, Nett4u.com.com; accessed 19 January 2018.
  16. ^ https://twitter.com/sshivu/status/1260132765317468160/photo/1
  17. ^ Kashinath's Anubhava Will Be Re-Released On Nov 29 Filmibeat 25 November 2013)
  18. ^ Kashinath wants his son to fight for Kannada films, Filmibeat, 16 July 2010.
  19. ^ Kashinath returns to Sandalwood!, timesofindia.indiatimes.com, 3 February 2015.
  20. ^ Kashinath is the winner in "Chowka" The News Karnataka (8 February 2017)
  21. ^ Love Kannada music? These 10 Kannada songs will surely make you move, Asianet News, 10 May 2017.
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  23. ^ "Kannada actor-director Kashinath passes away; mortal remains to be kept at APS college grounds". International Business Times. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
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