Posted date: 25 Sat, Dec 2021 09:38:29 AM

One of the firebrand directors of Kannada cinema K V Raju passed away on Friday after a brief illness.

K V Raju besides doing direction has been instrumental in so many scripts of successful films.  He has been mentor to over dozen directors in Kannada filmdom. He was well verses in story, screenplay, dialogues department and served from 1982 to 2021 a career spanning four decades.

K V Raju commenced as editor in Premiere Studio Mysuru and from the beginning, his potency to write took him to one of the power script writers ranking.

Koogu, Bandha Muktha, Sangrama,  Navabharata, Yuddakanda,  Indrajith,  Kadana, Belli Kalungura,  Abhijiyh, Belli Modagalu, Bombat Hudga, Police Lock Up,  O Gandasare Neeveshtu Olleyavaru,Huliya that gave new image for Dynamic hero Devaraj,  Yudda and others are his notable directorial ventures.

Story, Screenplay, Dialogues of K V Raju films are Hosa Neeru,  CBI Shanker, S P Sangliana. The screenplay and dialogue films of KV Raju are Ibbani Karagithu, Mududida Tavare Aralithu, Varnachakra, Shwetha Gulabi, just dialogues penned by KV Raju are Brahmastra, Ranabheri, Narasimha, Bedi, Antima Tirpu and others.

 KV Raju stint in Hindi cinema was through ‘Indrajeeth’. Amitabh Bachchan and Jayaprada starred in this film. It was the remake of KV Raju Kannada film ‘Bandha Muktha’. Another Hindi film of KV Raju was ‘Udhar KI Zindagi’ starring Jeetendra, Mousami Chaterjee and Kajol in 1994.

Among the Shishyas of KV Raju are notable directors like MS Ramesh, Ravi Srivatsa and others who continued the pattern of his Guru in their films.

In the year 2018 Veteran director and mentor for so many directors KV Raju of 30 plus films crowned the SR Puttanna Kanagal award for his meritorious service.

The stalwart director KV Raju once rejected the doyen of Kannada cinema BR Panthulu award and said he does not believe in awards. SV Rajendra Singh Babu as Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy chairperson announced this award in the year 2016. deeply mourns for the demise of veteran stalwart director KV Raju. 

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