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Kalyan Kumar


Kalyan Kumar
BornChokkanna
(1928-07-28)28 July 1928
Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Died1 August 1999(1999-08-01) (aged 71)
Karnataka, India
NationalityIndia
Other namesSampath Kumar, Chokkanna, Venkataranga
OccupationActor, film director, producer
Years active1954–1999
Spouse(s)Revathi
ChildrenBharath

Kalyan Kumar (28 July 1928 – 1 August 1999), born as Chokkanna, was an Indian film actor, and an occasional film director and producer, who worked primarily in Kannada and Tamil cinema. Making his acting debut in the mythological drama Natashekara (1954), Kumar went on to star in over 200 films in a span of over five decades. He was among the much sought after actors in the 1950s through 1970s for lead roles.

Kalyan Kumar has the credit of being the first ever Kannada actor to star in a color film in Amarashilpi Jakanachari (1963). Alongside Kumar, the 1960s and 1970s in Kannada cinema was dominated by two other actors, Rajkumar and Udayakumar. At a time when actors had a tough time establishing themselves, Kumar, being successful only in Kannada cinema, also made a mark in Tamil cinema. Kalyan Kumar along with Udaykumar, Rajkumar were called as "Kumara Thrayaru" (The Kumar Trio) of the Kannada cinema.

Early life

Kalyan Kumar was born on 07 June 1928 in Bangalore, in the erstwhile Kingdom of Mysore of British India. His parents wanted him to be a doctor. But passion for acting brought him to Kannada film land. Born as Chokkanna into a middle-class family, Kalyan Kumar became known for his lavishness and sophistication.

Known for sophisticated portrayal of roles he played the hero against J. Jayalalitha in Maavana Magalu in 1965 and Badukuva Daari in 1966. The triumvirate had acted in Bhoodaana which was a hit in 1962. He had also acted in first full-length colour film in Kannada. Amarashilpi Jakanachari, in which he played the role of Jakanachari, a historical figure in sculpture.

Career

Kumar's debut film as an actor, Natashekhara, released in 1954. He would go on to appear in successful films such as Sadarame, Subbashastri, Rayara Sose, Badukuva Daari, Mavana Mgalu, Arishina Kunkuma, Bedi Bandavalu, Belli Moda, Kathaa Sangama, and Kaleju Ranga. In G. V. Iyer's 1962 film, Bhoodaana, Kumar appeared alongside Rajkumar and Udayakumar, the only film that featured the trio together.

He acted with many prominent heroines of his time. A few to name are: B Saroja Devi, Sahukar Janaki, Kalpana, Jayanti, Bharati, Arati, and others.

He acted in several Kannada-Telugu bi-lingual films made in the 1960s by B Vittalacharya, Nagendra Rao and B R Panthulu. He was a regular actor in the early G V Iyer films like Bhoodana, Tayi karalu, Lawyer magalu and Bangari.

He acted in quite a few Telugu and Tamil films also. His Tamil film Nenjil Oru Alayam was later made in Hindi as Dil Ek Mandir with Rajendra Kumar. As he was gaining popularity in Tamil filmdom, he started acting in more of Tamil movies. But, the regional politics reigned over his acting talents.

He married a Kannada film heroine, Revati. He also produced and directed stage plays like Ramu Nanna Thamma and Chikamma, many of which were written by his wife. His son Bharath is a television actor who acted mainly in Tamil serials.

Filmography

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1950s

YearFilmLanguageRoleNotes
1954NatashekharaKannada
1956OhileshwaraKannada
Bhagya ChakraKannada
Mutthaide BhagyaKannada
SadarameKannada
1957Rayara SoseKannada
Bettada KallaKannada
Premada PuthriKannada
1958BhookailasaKannada
1959Manegebanda MahalakshmiKannada

1960s

YearFilmLanguageRoleNotes
1960Kadavulin KuzhanthaiTamil
1961Thayilla PillaiTamil
1961Vijayanagarada VeeraputhraKannada
1962Nenjil Or AalayamTamil
Gaali GopuraKannada
Daiva LeeleKannada
PaasamTamil
Thayi KaruluKannada
Azhagu NilaTamil
BhoodaanaKannada
Seemaan Petra SelvangalTamil
DevasundariKannada
Thendral VeesumTamil
1963Neengada NinaivuTamil
Nenjam MarappathillaiTamil
Amarashilpi JakanachariKannadaFirst Color Film in Kannada
Kaduvulai KandaenTamil
Lawyara MagaluKannada
BangariKannada
Mani OsaiTamil
Yarukku SonthamTamil
1964Chinnada GombeKannada
Mane AliyaKannada
AnnapoornaKannadaGuest appearance
1965Mavana MagaluKannada
Balarajana KatheKannada
Thayin KarunaiTamil
Beretha JeevaKannada
Nanna KartavyaKannada
1966Subba SastryKannadaAnti hero role
Endu NinnavaneKannada
Badukuva DaariKannada
Love In BangaloreKannada
Belli ModaKannada
1967Muddu MeenaKannada
1967Premakku PermitteKannada
1967Kallu SakkareKannada
1968Bedi BandhavaluKannada
1968ArunodhayaKannada
1968Anna ThammaKannada
1968Manku DinneKannada
1968Mysore TongaKannada
1968Pravasi MandiraKannada
1968AnandakandaKannada
1968Attegondukala SosegondukalaKannada
1968MammatheKannada
1968Nane BhagyavathiKannada
1969Kannu MuchaleKannada
1969NiraparadhiTamil
1969Mukunda ChandraKannada
1969OdahuttidavaruKannada

1970s

YearFilmLanguageRoleNotes
1970Aparajithe
1970Arishina Kumkuma
1971Papa Punya
1971Sedina Kidi
1971Amara Bharathi
1974Avalukku Nihar Avale
1976Katha SangamaKannada
1976Tulasi
1976College Ranga
1977BanashankariKannada
1977Mugdha ManavaKannada
1977Udugore
1977Subhashaya
1978Anuragha Bandhana
1979Maralu Sarapani

1980s

YearFilmLanguageRoleNotes
1980Mother
1983Nagabekamma Nagabeku
1983Simha GarjaneKannada
1983Chinnadanta Maga
1983Thayiya Nudi
1984Avala Antaranga
1984Police Pappanna
1984Guru Bhakti
1984Shubha Muhurta
1984Marali Goodige
1985Kiladi Aliya
1985Pudhu YugamTamil
1985Thayi Thande
1986Thavaru Mane
1986Usha
1986Africadalli SheelaKannada
1987Thaliya Aane
1988Sarkarai Pandal
1988Oorigittakolli
1989Thaligagi

1990s

YearFilmLanguageRoleNotes
1990Bannada GejjeKannada
1992RaasukuttiTamil
1993AmaravathiTamil
1993GokulamTamil
1994Jai HindTamil
1995Sangeetha Sagara Ganayogi Panchakshara GavaiKannadaGuest role
1995KavyaKannada
1999SambhramaKannada
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