Dr. Vishnuvardhan Brief Biography, Pictures and Marriage Photos

By Jayita, Gaea News Network
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

BENGALURU, INDIA (GaeaTimes.com) — Dr.Vishnuvardhan, a popular actor and singer of Kannada film industry has passed away yesterday (December 30th, 2009) due to a massive heart attack. Vishnuvardhan is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Dr. Vishnuvardhan was suffering from some health hazards for the past five years and recently he had been to Mysore for rest. On 29th Dec, he was admitted to Vikram Hospital Mysore when he complained of severe chest pain. He died of heart attack yesterday. He was honoured with six Filmfare awards. He had acted in 200 Kannada movies. The shooting of his 200th movie Aaptha Rakshaka was delayed due to his knee injury.


namma-yejamanru12Dr. Vishnuvardhan was born on September 18, 1950. He got fame as an actor and as well as a singer in the Indian state of Karnataka. He was one of the most versatile, talented, stylish and popular actors in the Kannada film industry. His role in romantic, action, emotional, music, comedy or family dramas have been widely praised.

Vishnuvardhan was born to Late Sri. H.L. Narayana Rao and Late Smt. Kamakshamma. His family made a living in Mysore’s Chamundipura. His original name was Sampath Kumar. Later he adopted the name Vishnuvardhan. The name was being suggested by Puttanna Kanagal, director of his maiden film Nagarahavu.

Vishnuvardhan’s family was involved in activities like art and culture. His father was an artist and script writer for movies. He used to teach dancing. Vishnuvardhan has one elder brother and four sisters. One of Vishnu’s sister, Smt. Ramaramachandra was a Kathak dancer, who was praised by the then King of Mysore, Late Sri.Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.

Vishnuvardhan did his primary schooling in Mysore’s Gopalswamy School and his middle school in Bangalore’s Kannada Madari School. His High School and his degree in the National College, Basavanagudi, Bengaluru.

Vishnuvardhan was married to Kannada actress Bharati on 27 February 1975 at Kuchalamba Kalyana Mantapa in Bangalore. He has two adopted daughters, Keerthi and Chandana. Keerthi is married to Anirudh, an upcoming actor in the Kannada Film industry.


His first film was Vamshavruksha, directed by Girish Karnad. It was a National Award winning movie. He first appeared in a lead role for the movie Puttanna Kanagal, directed by Nagarahaavu. This movie made him an overnight star. Through his three and half decades of career, the eminent actor showed his caliber in various popular roles.

Some of his all-time hits are Naagarahaavu ,Muthina Haara, Hombisilu, Sahasa Simha, Bandhana, Naagara Hole, Nishkarsha, Yajamana, Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu & Apthamitra.

Vishnu started to wear the “Kadha” from 1980. He first wore it in the movie Simhajodi and remains with him still. It was given to him at a Gurudwara in Bidar.

As a Singer

He started singing in movies occasionally and of late, he has started singing devotional songs for albums. The first song he sang was in the movie Nagarahole. The first devotional album sung by him was on “Lord Ayappa” and the title of the album was “Jyothiroopa Ayappa” and was a big hit. His other albums were “Thayi Bhanashankari” on goddess Banashankari. One more album on Ayappa called Vishwapremi Ayappa. He has also sung devotional songs on Dharmastala’s Lord Manjunathaswamy, Malemadeshwara and Ranachandi Chamundi.

Some of his famous songs are:
Hegiddharu Neene Chenna - Sahasa Simha
Shashiya Kandu Moda Helithu - Sirithanakke Savaal
Thuthu Anna Thinnoke - Jimmi Gallu
Beda Annoro Unte - Sididedda Sahodara
Kannadave Nammamma - Mojugara Sogusugara.

He has tried singing some songs in some movies (Seethyalla Savitri, Sahasa Simha, Jimmy Gallu)

As an actor

He is a southpaw and wears a steel armlet in almost all his films.

Kannada films — He has acted in about a dozen movies produced/directed by Dwarakesh. Apthamitra was one of the biggest hits of South Indian film industry. This was later remade in Tamil as Chandramukhi, again a big hit starred by Rajanikant.

ApthaMithra-II’ is titled as Aptharakshaka and it will be the 200th film of Dr.Vishnuvardhana. It will be going on floors on March 10 in Palani under the direction of P.Vasu.

The movie “Yajamana[2001]” was a super hit in which he plays duo role as elder and younger brother. The movie was the most hit in the Kannada cinema history before Mungaru Male took over it.

Tamil films — He has acted in two Tamil films - Viduthalai and Sri Raghavendra, both films starred Rajinikanth in a leading role. In Sri Raghavendra he appeared in a guest role, while in Viduthalai he starred as a second hero. He acted with Sivaji Ganesan in the same film.

Malayalam Film — He has acted in a Malayalam Film - Kauravar with Mammootty.

Bollywood films — Vishnuvardhan has acted in three Bollywood films; Inspector Dhanush and co-starred with Akshay kumar in films Ashaanth & Zaalim.

He has also acted in one episode of TV serial Malgudi Days Episode 18 - “Forty-Five a Month”, directed by Shankar Nag.

Remarkable Incidents

  • While shooting for Muthina Haara movie, Vishnu performed a dangerous parachute dive without a dupe and missed death by a whisker.
  • He was reportedly beaten up by his mentor, Puttanna Kanagal, during the filming of Naagara Havu, for correcting his acting.

He ventured into parallel cinema and acted in movies like Harakeya Kuri (based on Dr. Chandrashekar Kambar’s novel with same title). It is believed that the huge fan following of him didn’t want Vishnuvardhan to deviate from his “Star Value” and “image”. He continued to don the roles of macho hero and the ideal lover husband.

The Legend passed away yesterday. This is considered as unbearable loss to Kannada Film Industry & the people of Karnataka. He will be remembered forever by millions of movie buff.


November 16, 2012: 2:47 am


This is Siddu M.P.a big fan of Dr.Vishnuvardhan sir/Appaji,We miss you a lot after your Death.But you are still alive with our hearts untill we live.But my bad luck i could not see you in my life till today,The day Vishnu sir died i took holiday from my office and i came to National Ground but there also my bad luck continues because i could see you in that big massive crowd.But i stayed till evening there only untill Boss/Vishnu appaji Body was moved from there.

My sincere thanks to One more Legend Ambirish anna for taking all the Responsablites of that day things went cool,everyrhing was done in a proper way.

I love you Dada a lot……………………………………………………………………………(Vishnuappaji.)

nagaraj g j
July 27, 2010: 12:36 am

My fevrate actor is vishnu……….. i miss u vishnu jee…..

July 22, 2010: 5:28 am

vishnu was d legend

ash d/o vishnu vardan
July 15, 2010: 6:28 am

i love u daddy and miss u a lot love u mom bharthi

July 6, 2010: 12:32 am

who ever is posted message on 30th December regarding DR. for vishnuvardhan hey dude i stay in Vijayanagar if it is bothering you call me to 9620075555 / give me your address I’ll come and talk to you personally why they have given doctorate… i want you to check your comments again please i request you people send this comments to HIS e-mail address. His name is METLIN

Uday Prabhu P
July 6, 2010: 12:21 am

Whosoever uploaded ?? hats off people thank you very much we can tell something about those who improved in life or film industry but he’s beyond that no words I’m his fan from born 23yrs MISS YOU SIM….

June 30, 2010: 12:56 pm

Dr.Vishnuvardhan sir was a great actor. i couldnot able to talk with in real life.i am unlucky fellow.
but in my whole life i will never forget him.
i watched his all movies in kannada film. really it is bad for kannadigas he is no more. we cannot see again like a person.
he is a real hero his acting, style, dialouge, comedy, action, as a lover boy are excellent, really we are greate to watch him on screen.
thank you sir.

June 16, 2010: 4:31 am

naanu vishnu avara halundatavaru chitradinda nanage gottu allinda allainda illiyavarege avaru natisid ella chitra nodiddene avara ondu saavu namage novvannu tandide… pratiyobbara manadalli chirayuvagirali namma vishnu.. avaru swargaseridaru.. avara ashirvada yavagalu namma mele irali

June 7, 2010: 5:35 am

Vishnu hesaru shashwathavagirali

May 28, 2010: 1:15 pm

but luckily i had met vishnu sir in windsor manor hotel 3 or 4 years before and i spoke to him for around 5 mins.he kept his hand on my head and wished me “devaru olledu maadali” at the last.that 5 minutes of my life is enough and the day is unforgettable

May 28, 2010: 1:11 pm

am a great fan of vishnu since my childhood.But the day he passed away was a very bad day of my life coz i could not go to his cremation and have a last glimpse of the kannada lion as i had put sabarimalai maala.And i was not even supposed to cry because a person who wore the maala should not grieve for death.Wat a tragedy annaaaaaaaaaaa….i could not see you at last.

May 26, 2010: 5:25 am

i miss u lotttttttttttt vishnu jee,

May 26, 2010: 2:26 am

i miss u lot vishnujeee, thamma maranada suddi keli nanage tumba dhukka aguttide, a devaralli nanu pray maduvudenendare thavu mundina janmadalli ade hasanmukhi agi, karnatakada suputhra agi huttabku

i miss u lot……………

May 24, 2010: 6:52 am

nanna mechina nataradha vishnunna nimman nanna hrudayali nimman thumba abhinadhisuthini

May 14, 2010: 2:15 am

vishnu i miss you……love you

May 11, 2010: 9:50 am

vallus and its our unluck that we r losing him

May 11, 2010: 2:35 am

Atmiya vishnu anna ravare thmma marana nanna edi kutumbakka thumba dukka thandide. mundina janmadalli aenadaru thvu huttidare thavu nanna anna agi hitti namma maneya YAJAMANA agi nanna ella kelasagalli thavu bagi agi matthomme thavu yajamana agi baruthiri endu nanu devaralli bedikollutthene.

May 7, 2010: 4:55 pm

dr vishnu is gr8 and wil always be……………..i love his actin….hes alive in our hearts……keep watchin his movies/\,,,,

May 5, 2010: 3:34 pm

I Have to know where is the house of Dr.vihnuvardhan sir…………………………

May 4, 2010: 11:41 am

yellarigu namaskara namma nimmellara aradhya daiva vishnu anna nammannu agaliddare.Avara atmakke shanti kodalendu bhagavanthanalli prarthisuttene. nana appa amma ondukannadare innondukannu vishnu.avara adarshagale namage spoorthy,jananayaka hrudayavantarada vishnuji ee punyabhoomi karunaadinalli mattomme huttibanni. yours for ever D.K.VishnuRaghavan

April 16, 2010: 5:56 am

vishnu is a great actor in kannada industry..his wife bharathi is elder than vishnu…the great thing is he did not get married to any other ladies like rajkumar..even he doesnt have children..really great..his movie aaptharakshaka is a good movie but negetive thing in it is over graphics..p.vasu is a dabba director..he doesnt know our kannadigas dont like over graphics..he took that movie like tamil chandramukhi..he himself has said that this is not aapthamitra2 but it is chandramukhi2..how could he do that..so fuck of him..but aapthamitra is a great movie..he didnt took that movie in graphics

April 6, 2010: 9:19 am

hai ,vishnu sir is a greate actor.he is real hero in his life.i dont any words to explain about vishnu sir.had an dreem to take a photo with vishnu sir but that is with as dreem only.i m proud to say that i m ph.d.vishnu’s bigggggggggggggggggggggggggg fan.we miss u vishnu sir.

March 14, 2010: 5:28 am

I had an dreem to meet you…
tht is with as deem only

March 6, 2010: 6:58 am

we miss one of the greatest actor and a honest person in kannada industry……………………we miss you vishnu sir let your last film make history

thippesh salgar
February 25, 2010: 7:01 am

I don’t want to say anything about Dr. Vishnuvardhan because every kannadigas know about him. He is one of the greatest actor in south indian actors. His performance, Dailouge delivery,his effortance,everything is marvelos. By seeing only we can find him like loin, that’s why he addressed as “SAHASA SIMHA”.He contribute lot to Kannada film Industry. He was very charming, handsome, fair eventhough he was 59.

I am proud of myself to say iam Dr. Vishnuvardhan fan. Jai Karnataka

Thank you

Thippesh salgar

Shimoga, Karnataka

February 25, 2010: 3:29 am

we miss u a lot Dr. Vishnuvardan

from V-BOYZ

February 23, 2010: 12:56 am

he is an excellent tha whole karnataka miss.whoe industry is in great loss of lossing them…………

February 15, 2010: 11:30 am


sanjaykumar m.r
February 10, 2010: 6:17 am

hinde huttilla,munde huttodilla.anthaha adbutha nata
namma vishunu.vishnu amara. sanjaykumar yalahanka.

February 4, 2010: 6:52 am

vishnu i miss you……

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