Narasimharaju (Kannada actor)

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T. R. Narasimharaju
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Born
Tipaturu Ramaraju Narasimharaju

(1923-07-24)24 July 1923
Died11 July 1979(1979-07-11) (aged 55)
Karnataka, India
Other namesHasya chakravarthi, Hasya Rathna
OccupationActor
Years active1954–1979
Spouse(s)Sharadamma (1949–)
Children

Tiptur Ramaraju Narasimharaju (24 July 1923 – 11 July 1979) was an Indian actor in Kannada cinema who specialised in roles that required ample comic timing. He was the comedy stalwart of the Kannada film industry. He acted in more than 250 Kannada films between 1954 and 1979. He was also referred to as Hasya Chakravarti.[2]

Early life[edit]

Narasimharaju was born to Ramaraju, a police constable and Venkatalakshmamma on 24 July 1923, in Tiptur.

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Narasimharaju's stage debut happened when he was 4 years old. The poverty prevailing in the house made his uncle Lakshmipathiraju take the young lad to the 'Chandramouleshwara Drama Company' run by C. B. Mallappa who happened to be touring Tiptur during that period. He played the roles of Prahlada, Lohithaswa, Krishna, Markanda among others. After some time, Narasimharaju left that company and formed his own troupe and enacted his roles from his now previous performances – Gora-Kumbara, and Harischandra. He soon joined "Edathorey Drama Company" after his troupe sustained losses. He took on the garb of a lady in the mythological Vishvamitra, Rama, Ravana, and Bharata among others. He spent the first 27 years of his acting career in professional drama companies. He donned different roles in the plays of different companies like "Shri Chandramauleshwara Nataka Sabha", "Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali", "Bharatha Lalitha Kala Sangha", "Gunda Joisara Company" of Belur, and Gubbi "Channabasaveshwara Nataka Company". He did not neglect these drama companies even after becoming hugely popular as a film actor.[3]

Films[edit]

He made his film debut in 1954 when he acted in the film Bedara Kannappa alongside Rajkumar in the role of the son of the temple priest. Both were colleagues from the time they were in Gubbi Veeranna's drama company. Narasimharaju took inspiration from Charlie Chaplin.[4] He is referred to by some as one of the greatest comedians of his time. It is also said that people would not have watched Kannada films in the 1960s if he did not star in them.[2]

Though known for his comic timing, Narasmimharaju unfortunately spent his last days mourning the death of his son in an accident.[5] He died aged 56 on 11 July 1979 at around 4.30 a.m. due to severe heart attack. After his death, an annual cine award, the Narasimharaju Prashasti was established in his memory.[6] He was the busiest actor in the Kannada film industry, even actors like Rajkumar used to wait for his callsheet, and used to adjust to his dates. However, despite his iconic status among Kannadigas, it is ironic that he was not awarded even once either by the state or the central governments.

A comedian by profession, Narasimharaju was a family man and knew what he had to do for his family. Narasimharaju intelligently invested his earnings into building houses in the then Madras city and Bangalore.[7] In fact, he was the first Kannada actor to own a house in Madras, even before the matinee idol Rajkumar and is even credited to have completed 100 films before Dr Rajkumar through the 1967 film, Nakkare ade swarga

Filmography[edit]

Sl No Year Title Role
1 1954 Bedara Kannapa Kashinatha Shastry
2 1955 Sodari
3 1956 Shiva Bhaktha Markandeya
4 1956 Hari Bhaktha
5 1956 Renuka MAhatme
6 1957 Bhaktha Prahalada
7 1957 Prabhulinga leale
8 1957 Nala Damayanthi
9 1958 Chori Chori Guest appearance
10 1959 Jagajyothi Basaveshwara
11 1959 Dharma Vijaya
12 1959 Abba Aa Hudugi
13 1960 Rani Honnamma
14 1960 Dashavataara
15 1960 Makkala Rajya
16 1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava
17 1961 Kaivara Mahatme
18 1961 Nagarjuna
19 1961 Kittur Chennamma
20 1961 Vijayanagarada Veera Putra
21 1962 Vidhi Vilasa
22 1962 Swarna Gowri
23 1962 Gaali Gopura
24 1962 Bhoodaana
25 1962 Ratna Manjari
26 1963 Sathi Shakthi
27 1963 Nanda Deepa
28 1963 Jenu Goodu
29 1963 Saaku Magalu
30 1963 Jeevana Taranga
31 1963 Vaalmiki
32 1963 Malli Maduve
33 1964 Chandra Kumara
34 1964 Chinnada Gombe
35 1964 Amara Shilpi Jakana Chari
36 1964 Shivaratri Mahatme
37 1964 Pratigne
38 1964 Nava Jeevana Supporting Actor
39 1965 Chandrahasa
40 1965 Vatsalya
41 1965 Miss Leelavati
42 1965 Nanna Karthavya
43 1965 Sathya Harichandra
44 1965 Pathala Mohini
45 1965 Baalaraajana Kathe
46 1966 Sri Kanyaka Parameshwari Kathe
47 1966 Love in Bangalore
48 1966 Thugu Deepa
49 1967 Manassiddare Maarga
50 1967 Rajashekara
51 1967 Bhaktha Kanakadasa
52 1967 Bangaarada Hoovu
53 1967 Devara Gedda Manava
54 1967 Immadi Pulikesi
55 1967 Gange Gowri
56 1967 Nakkare Ade Swarga Hero
57 1967 Lagna Pathrike
58 1967 Black Market
59 1967 Padaveedhara
60 1968 Manasakshi
61 1968 Simha Swapna
62 1968 Jedara Bale
63 1968 Goa Dalli CID 999
64 1968 Namma Ooru
65 1968 Gandhinagara
66 1968 Bangalore Mail Supporting Actor
67 1968 Rowdi Ranganna
68 1968 Amma
69 1969 Bhale Bhasava
70 1969 Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 Supporting Actor
71 1969 Kaadina Rahasya
72 1969 Eradu Mukha
73 1970 Modala Raatri
74 1970 Hasiru Thorana
75 1970 Nadina Bhagya
76 1970 Bhoopathi Ranga
77 1970 Lakshmi Saraswathi
78 1970 Sri Krishnadevaraya Tenali Ramakrishna
79 1970 Rangamahal Rahasya
80 1971 Kula Gourava Gopu
81 1971 Kasturi Nivasa
82 1971 Anugraha
83 1971 Malathi Madhava
84 1971 Namma Badaku
85 1971 Jatakaratna Gundaa Joisa Lead Hero
86 1971 Sharapanjara
87 1972 Yava Janmumada Mythri
88 1972 Naari Munidare Maari
89 1972 Gandhada Gudi Shivaji Role
90 1973 Devaru Kotta Thangi
91 1974 Professor Hucchurya Lead Hero
93 1975 Onde Roopa Eradu Guna
94 1975 Aashirvaada
95 1976 Aparadhi
96 1977 Lakshmi Nivasa
97 1977 Kittu Puttu Guest Appearance
98 1977 Yella Hanakkagi
99 1978 Maathu Thappadha Maga
100 1978 Vasantha Lakshmi
101 1978 Kiladi Kittu
102 1978 Nammuru
103 1978 Sneha Sedu
104 1979 Preethi Madu Tamashe Nodu
105 1979 Asadhya Aliya
106 1980 Manjina There
107 1963 Veera Kesari
108 1967 Premakkoo Permitte
109 1971 Prathidwani
110 1979 Asadhya Aliya

Sources[edit]

  • HSK. "T. R. Narasimharaju: Humorous Actor". Star of Mysore. OurKarnataka.Com, Inc. Retrieved 25 September 2007.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indian movie stars died at 55". patheticfacts.com.
  2. ^ a b A Tribute Comedian. Deccan Herald.
  3. ^ Lakshmana. Jana Maretha Nage Nata. Prajavani, Cinema Ranjane, page 3, 15 July 2011, p. 1.
  4. ^ "7 Facts About The Late Legend Hasya Chakravarthy Narasimharaju Who Would've Been 96 Today".
  5. ^ Mattur, H. "Memories of The Golden Era – An Interview with S.K Bhagavan". OurKarnataka.Com, Inc. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
  6. ^ "Awards in memory of Narasimharaju". Deccan Herald. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2007.
  7. ^ "The Raja of comedy".

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