Prominent Kannada film superstar Kashinath died today at a private hospital in Bengaluru at the age of 67. He was suffering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a type of cancer. He took his last breath at Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation, where he was undergoing treatment.
“He was diagnosed with Hogan’s Lymphoma about seven months back and was undergoing treatment in our hospital. Three days ago, he was admitted to our hospital with fever and breathing-related complications. Today morning he passed away,” Dr. Ravi Thippeswamy of the hospital said.
Kashinath was a trend-setting director in the 1980s. He made his debut as a director with Aparoopada Athitigalu (1975) and his second film Aparichita (1978) became a big hit both commercially and critically, which he also remade in Hindi as Be-Shaque staring Mithun Chakraborty.
He directed many Hindi and Telugu movies besides Kannada. But he was renowned for his adult comedy entertainers. He also made a mark as an actor with as many as 40 movies. He was last seen in Chowka, which came out last year. He played a pivotal role in the multi-starrer film and garnered appreciation for his performance as a bereaved father filled with rage to avenge his dead daughter.
Many celebrities react to his demise on Twitter. Filmmaker Ramesh Aravind post a selfie which was taken with Kashinath