Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday express sympathy for the death of Veteran Kannada actor M.H. Ambareesh (Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath) and said he will be recollected for his memorable performances and widespread influence on politics.
The 66-year-old rebel actor, who died at a private hospital here late on Saturday following a heart attack, was described by Modi as "a strong voice for Karnataka's welfare, at the state and central level".
"Pained by his demise, condolences to his family and admirers, the Prime Minister added. Ambareesh passed away at around 10.15 p.m. after a massive cardiac arrest couple of hours after he was carried to the Vikram Hospital in Bengaluru subsequent breathing trouble.
The super star of the Kannada film industry is survived by his widow and multi-lingual actress Sumalatha and son Abhishek.
Ambareesh was Former Cabinet Minister in the previous Congress government from May 2013 to June 2016, when then Chief Minister Siddaramaiah sacked him along with 13 other ministers in a major reshuffle of his ministry.
Ambareesh was known as the 'Rebel Star' and had a huge fan following at the peak of his popularity. He started his career in 1972 with negative roles before becoming a leading man.
Ambareesh got Karnataka State Film Award for the Best Supporting Actor in this movie. Chakravyuha (1983) Chakravyuha was the film that earned him the tag of Rebel Star.
Ambareesh was last seen in Ambi Ning Vayassaytho, which was the remake of Tamil film Pa.Pandi. Kannada star Sudeep had produced and played a cameo in the film which released earlier this year.