Actor turned neta Rebel Star Ambareesh Passes away at 66 Final Rites to be performed on Monday at Kanteerva Studio in Bengaluru :
“RIP Rebel Star,Ambrish (Ambareesh)real name is Amaranth.”
“Mandya da Gandu” (Man of Mandya).” is no more “
Actor and former Union minister MH Ambareesh died in Bengaluru late on Saturday after suffering a cardiac arrest. The 66-year-old, often referred to as the rebel star was taken to a private hospital soon after he collapsed at his home.Despite all aggressive resuscitation efforts, Ambareesh could not be revived and is declared deceased at 22.15 on 24.11.2018,said a statement from Vikram Hospital.The 7th kid of Hucche Gowda and Padmamma, and the grandson of the legendary violinist, Piteel Chowdaiah, Malavalli Hucche Gowda Amarnath, later went on to become the Rebel Star of Kannada cinema by transforming into Ambareesh.
Ambareesh’s body will be kept at the Kanteerava Stadium for public viewing on Sunday,and in the afternoon it will be taken to Mandya for the public view as one of his fan has committed suicide and the fans and supporters are demanding to bring his body to mandya for the public view with full Police security and with elaborate arrangements the body will be taken to Mandya and later it will be brought back to bengaluru tomorrow and and that his funeral as Last rites will be conducted near Kanteerava Studio, Bengaluru, with state honours on Monday.Special buses from Mandya for public to pay homage to the leader.I request all to maintain peace, prevent any untoward incidents over the grief, and pay homage to the departed soul peacefully.
The news of his demise was soon flashing across all local and national news channels and eventually went viral on the social media network.Meanwhile, hundreds of his devastated fans thronged the hospital to mourn the loss of their iconic hero.The government has announced three days of mourning,Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy was among the first politicians and actors to visit the hospital after Ambareesh’s death.He said the government will make arrangements for fans to visit the stadium and has arranged buses to and from Mandya district, where Ambareesh was from.In a statement released after midnight, the chief minister’s office said the last rites of the actor will be performed on Monday near Rajkumar Smaraka at Kanteerava Studio in the city’s northwest suburb with state honours, as decided in consultation with his family members.
As the news of his death spread, several political leaders including Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and a host of film personalities visited Vikram Hospital.A large number of emotional fans and followers also descended at the hospital with some saying that they became “orphans” without their “Ambareesh Anna”.Expressing shock over the demise, Kumaraswamy said Ambaresh’s death “an era of love and affection in Kannada film industry has ended”.”He was a rebel who was loved by all. He has carved a unique place in both politics and films,” said Kumaraswamy, who himself is a film producer.Ambreesh had spoken to a couple of Kannada news channels earlier on Saturday, expressing shock and grief over a bus mishap in Mandya, his home district, in which 30 people were killed.Speaking to reporters after visiting the hospital, Kumaraswamy said, the state government has decided to observe a three-day state mourning as a mark of respect for Ambareesh whose funeral would be held with full state honour.Calling Ambareesh “Ajatashatru”, the Chief Minister appealed to his fans to maintain calm and extend cooperation so that no hindrance is caused to public at large and the funeral related formalities happen peacefully.I can understand your pain, tomorrow morning around 7:30 or 8 his body will be kept at Kanteerava Stadium for paying last respects,Recalling Ambreesh’s bonding with Mandya and Mysuru region, Kumaraswamy said special buses will be arranged from there for his fans and friends to pay their last respects here in Bengaluru.Ambareesh was often referred to as “Mandya da Gandu” (Man of Mandya).We have to build a memorial for him here. Keeping this in view the family has decided to perform his last rites in Bengaluru,” Kumaraswamy said while noting his contribution to state, films and politics and as fans of rebel star have created ruckus in blocking the Mysore to Bengaluru highway and one of his fan even committed suicide so based on high demand from fans the mortal remains Ambareesh body will be taken to his birth place at Mandya for the public view through Chopper as I have requested Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to give permission to Airlifted the body to mandya so the defence ministry has given green signal to airlift the body from HAL airport to Mandya and after the public view in mandya the body will be brought to Bengaluru and the funeral will be performed on Monday at Kanteerva Studio with state honours and a elaborate arrangements in and around the Kanteerva Studio for the funeral will be look after by Bengaluru BBMP Mayor,Gangambike Mallikarjun with BBMP Commissioner Manjunatha Prasad and traffic and security arrangements has been beeped up across city under the leadership of Bengaluru city police commissioner,T.Suneel Kumar with Addl CPs as,B.K.Singh,Seemanth Kumar Singh,P.Harishekaran,Alok Kumar,Nanjundswamy,Joint CP Crime,Satheesh,DCPs,as,
Annamalai, Devaraj,Chetan Singh Rathore,Dr.M.B.Boralingaiah, Ravi.D.Channanavar,M.N. Anucheth,Rahul kumar Sharpode,Girish.S,Abdul Aahad,Jagadeesh,Saraha Fathima,
with all ACPs,50 inspectors ,KSRP platoons with 3 RAF platoons and all staffs of Bengaluru city law and order and traffic cops has been deployed at the public view places to maintain law and order and we request all the fans to maintain peace he added.
Ambareesh had opted out of the Assembly elections after being given a Congress ticket from Mandya constituency. He served as a union minister in the UPA government led by Manmohan Singh.The actor was an MP from 1998-99, 1999-2004 and 2004-2009. He was also the Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting from 2006 to 2008.
“As soon as the news of senior actor’s death was announced, condolences started pouring in from leaders and actors.
Mourning Ambreesh’s death, Siddaramaiah expressed his grief in a tweet, and said that the rebel star was not only a great actor and a proven politician, but also a great human being. “You will be missed.He was not just a great actor, not just a proven politician but also great human being. Ambareesh, u ll be missed.I am deeply pained by his death. My condolences to all his family members, friends & well-wishers.he wrote.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tamil actor and politician Rajinikanth are among those who have condoled his death. Modi called him “a strong voice for Karnataka’s welfare, at the state and central level”he tweeted.
Actor-turned-politician Rajanikanth, too, mourned the loss of a friend. A wonderful human being … my best friend … I have lost you today and will miss you … Rest In Peace #Ambrish he wrote .
Congress social media head Divya Spandana, Udupi-Chikmagaluru MP Shobha Karandlaje were among other to tweet.
Divya Spandana tweeted,Extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Ambareesh uncle. May his soul rest in peace. My condolences to his family. Will always remember him fondly she wrote.
Shobha karandalje tweeted, Extremely saddened to hear of the passing away of Sri Ambareesh.End of an era of Kannada Film industry!! My condolences to his family.#OmShanthi she wrote.
Truly shocking to hear about the demise of party colleague, former minister & senior actor Rebel Star #Ambareesh. His energy, charm and wit were infectious. The love & popularity he enjoyed among the people was admirable. Kannada cinema and Karnataka have become very poor today.Dr.G.Parameshwara Deputy Chief Minister and Home Minister of karnataka state tweeted.
Shocked to hear the news of our beloved politician and rebel star #Ambarish’s demise. One of Karnataka’s iconic film stars and much loved personality.
My heartfelt condolences to his bereaved family.Dinesh Gundu Rao KPCC President expressed his condolences on twitter.
Liquor shops in the city would remain shut on Sunday and Monday following the death of popular Kannada hero and politician Ambareesh.The order to close liquor shops for the two days was issued by the Bangalore city police commissioner,T.Suneel Kumar for no untoward incident happen as precautionary measures he added.
Janagraha Samavesh postponed to 2 nd December due to sad demise of Sri Ambarish, cine acto. Today’s all our programs stands cancelled said Janagraha spokes person.
Ambareesh had reportedly been suffering from health concerns over the last few years, including breathlessness, cardiac problems, diabetes, and renal failure. Because of this, he had refused to contest the last state elections.
Ambareesh acted in over 200 movies over 40 years, and joined politics in the 1990s. His first film was Nagarahavu, and some other acclaimed films he acted in include Elu Suttina Kote,Shubhamangala,Antha,
Chakravyuha, and Masanada Hoovu.He was a member of Parliament three times from Mandya, and had been minister of housing in the previous Congress government led by Siddaramaiah before being dropped from the Cabinet.
Early Days In Cinema:A vagabond and a happy-go-lucky person during his teenage days, Ambareesh was a man of his hour and used to live his life to the fullest. He was never inclined towards studies (as claimed by him) and was just going as per the destiny. It was director Rajendra Singh Babu’s brother, Sangram Singh, who introduced Ambareesh to ace director Puttanna Kanagal.The legendary director was convinced with the screen test of the young rebellion and cast him as the antagonist against the then newcomer, Vishnuvardhan for the epic cult classic blockbuster, Nagarahaavu. Nagarahaavu helped Ambareesh establish himself as a promising and fierce antagonist in Kannada cinema for quite some movies until he transformed himself into a leading star.
Superstardom :He didn’t have to act as an antagonist for long as he elevated into an angry young man during the late 70s. But it was the 1981 blockbuster flick, Antha, directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, which earned him the star status and thus, the tag of Rebel Star. The blockbuster flick was followed by many hit movies such as Tony, Hongkongnalli Agent Amar, Olavina Udugare, Mannina Doni, Chakravyuha and many more.Back to back hits ensured a huge brand value to the dynamic hero and he was often ranked number 3 in the industry in terms of hits, BO collections and fan base right after the emperor of Kannada cinema, Dr Rajkumar and the lion of cinema, Dr Vishnuvardhan.
Semi-retirement :Age and interest caught up with the Rebel Star who felt that donning the grease paint as the main hero could take some rest and decided to hang his boots as an action hero.Post-2004, Ambareesh was seen as a key supporting actor in movies and that prompted him to share the screen with many young heroes. Not only did the 6-foot tall actor work with Dr Rajkumar,Vishnuvardhan,Shankar Nag, Srinath etc.Of the yesteryear generation, but he has worked with almost all present generation stars in many movies. Devara Maga with Shivarajkumar, Thandege Takka Maga with Upendra, Annavru with Darshan, Veera Parampare with Sudeep and Drama with Yash.
The Commander of Kannada Cinema:As attested by many celebrities, Ambareesh was the undisputed commander of the Kannada cinema. His single phone call or a trademark and baritone appeal ensured full attendance to any gathering, issue or meeting. He was the only star who could get everyone assemble in a certain place, solve many or all issues and at the same time, entertain them on a good day. Ambareesh’s way of interaction with his fans, press and many cinema people were often seen as highlights of the star and it defined his dynamism.
The Man Who Commanded Maximum Respect Through Friendship:Ambareesh had maximum friends in not just Kannada industry, but the entire South Industry. His bond with Dr Vishnuvardhan was a testimonial of the stated fact. A subtle and a moody person (as often said by many industry insiders), Vishnuvardhan had just one best friend in the form of Ambareesh and their relationship was a textbook to many actors of the present generation. He was in the good books of the stars of different industries such as Superstar Rajinikanth, Big B Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, Megastar Chiranjeevi, Mohan Babu, Mohanlal, Nandamuri Balakrishna etc. It was during his 60th birthday that Rajnikanth conveyed through his speech that no other star commanded such respect and admiration amongst cine industry people as much as the Rebel Star did. His positive energy, taking ownership and solving problems elevated him to the place where he was, stated the Superstar.
Political Career:Ambareesh was a 3-time MP from the Congress and had many plans to serve the people of Karnataka. He quit politics during this year’s assembly election as there was a supposed difference between the party and himself. Ambareesh had also stated that it was time for him to relax exclaiming that his age wasn’t cooperating with him like earlier. He had foregone his MP seat during the Cauvery dispute in 2008. Rebel Star had won numerous awards ranging from State awards for best actor, Filmfare award, NTR National award, Nandhi Award and many more.
Ambareesh was considered a ‘strong rock’ of Kannada film industry as he was believed to be the only man who could stop internal star-war in Sandalwood. He was indeed a ‘trouble-shooter’ of the Kannada film industry and often tried to sort out issues in other south Indian film industries.
Recently, when multi-lingual actress Shruthi Hariharan made #MeToo allegation against south Indian veteran actor Arjun Sarja, Ambareesh tried to find out a mutual solution. However, both the actors did not accept the ‘compromise’ and decided to fight in the court.
The legendary personality took his last breath on November 24, 2018, at 10 PM in Vikram Hospital, Bangalore after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.