Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Shraddanjali to the three masters - 2- KS Ashwath

Have you seen these kannada movies - "Naagara Haavu", "Bhagyvantha", "Namma Makkalu", "Upasane", "Shubhamangala", "Bidugadeya Bedi", "Guna Nodi hennu Kodi"?

These are just few films that I have mentioned in which you will probably remember the veteran actor KS Aswath's role than the main roles.

Karaganahalli Subbaraya Ashwath, better known as KS Ashwath, was one of the very few character artists who could breathe so much of life in every role that he performed, even if the role spanned for five minutes. he enacted those roles flawlessly and effortlessly. Watching his roles in the movies was a treat and a pleasure. His getting into the role was so fantastic that the movie lovers felt that he was one among them.

I particularly remembering his pairing with Leelavathi. I think they had excellent timing and understanding with each other which led to very memorable performances from both of them when they acted together. The way he delivered his dialogues was so natural and he became a part of the film so easily. Be it a scene with Dr.Rajkumar or any junior artist, KS Ashwath had a magnanimous presence on screen.

Personally, Ashwath was known for his simplicity and discipline. He was one of those rare actors who never behaved like a star and never demanded more money for his work.

He has announced retirement a few years ago. But then he was forced by his colleagues to act once again.

Due to multiple organ failure, he passed away in the month of January, 2010. His presence will definitely be missed and I am sure no other character artist can reach the zenith that he touched.

As I watch his child-like smile on TV, I pray for his soul to rest in peace.

Friday, March 12, 2010

My Fallen Idol

I have known him for so long. He used to be one of my idols in life.
Never ever thought that one day I would see him in this state.
What has addiction done to him? What happened to that guy who always used to be high on life?
Why did he feel the necessity to get addicted to those parasitic habits?
Why didn't he remember his family when he did that?
Why didn't he listen to our advice and requests about returning back to normalcy?

He slipped from his idol status so soon. He lost the good will that he had created all his life. He is almost on the verge of losing his job.

It is heart wrenching to see his daughter crying to get back her dad. It moves me to see his
wife pushing back those tears for her kids. It hurts me more when I see the bruises on her mind.
It may take a lifetime for her to come out of that trauma. It is hard to believe that she used to be
one of the most cheerful people around.

Will he rise from the ashes? Will he make himself capable of love and trust?
Will he prove his worth to all, especially his family?
He is a fallen idol now in my eyes.
He has gone away too far. Donno if we will ever trust him again. He will
have to work very hard for that and I hope he does.