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‘Rebel Star’ Ambarish passed away due to prolonged illness

‘Rebel Star’ Ambarish passed away due to prolonged illness

Bengaluru, Nov 25 (UNI) Veteran film actor turned politician M H Ambareesh, who was popularly known as 'Rebal Star' had acted in more than 200 films in Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu launguages.

He came to limelight in Kannada film by acting as vilan in popular film Director Puttanna Kanagal directed 'Nagara Havu' in which veteran actor late Vishnuvardhan was the hero in 1970. Thereafter he donned acted in many movies but the reballion in him was reflected in film like 'Anta' when he shoots down a Minister as a police officer in rage to fight against corruption and nepotism. The actor was also known as ‘Karna’ for his large hartedness in supporting the Kannada cinema industry and his popularity rose.

Belonging to dominent Vokalliga caste and cashing on his popularity, he entered politics by joining Janata Party then led by former Prime Minister H D Devegowda and rose to further prominence in this party being the Lok Sabha member from the community dominated Mandya district.

Thereafter, he joined Congress. He was elected to Lok Sabha and became Union Minister under late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Ambarish was a three time Lok Sabha member from Mandya since 1998 and there after he was elected to State Assembly and was Minister for Housing in the previous Congress government headed by Siddaramaiah who droped him from the cabinet during a reshufle.

The Cauvery conflict had put Ambareesh in the Centre of a major agitation in 2008 and he quit his minister’s post in the Coaliion government in Karnataka.

Mr Ambarish had won many awards including Filmfare Lifetime Award for being best actor in ‘Olivania Udugore’, and NTR National Award in 2005.


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