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Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath born 29 May 1952, known mononymously by screen name Ambareesh, is an Indian film actor, media personality and a politician from the Karnataka state Born and raised at Doddarasinakere Village of Maddur Talluk in Mandya District of Karnataka, he is fondly referred to as Mandayada Gandu English: Man of Mandya Following his debut in Puttanna Kanagal's National Film Award-winning Naagarahaavu 1972, his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic and supporting characters in Kannada films After establishing himself as a lead rebellion actor in a number of commercially successful films, he became synonymous with the term "rebel star" and has since continued to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of Karnataka state He is widely revered as "Karunada Karna"English: Karna of Karnataka for his numerous charity works

He's currently the MLA with the Indian National Congress party, winning the assembly election of the Mandya constituency, by a margin of 42,937 votes He served as Minister of Housing,Karnataka Government in the Cabinet of Chef Minister Siddaramaiah from May 2013 to June 2016

Besides winning many State Government awards and filmfare awards for his acting career, Ambareesh was felicitated with the honorary doctorate from the Dharwad university in 2013 at their 63rd annual convocation ceremony


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Career
    • 21 Acting career
    • 22 Political career
  • 3 Friendship with Vishnuvardhan
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 Awards and recognitions
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Ambareesh was born into a Vokkaliga family on May 29, 1952, in Doddarasinakere village of Mandya district in the erstwhile Mysore State now Karnataka He was named as Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, and was the sixth of seven children to Huche Gowda and Padmamma His grandfather was the popular violin player, Chowdiah Ambareesh completed his schooling in Mandya before moving to Saraswathipuram in Mysore for higher studies He was a regular street watcher and an antisocial element with a bunch of friends at Mysore near the Maharani's college


Acting career

While the eminent Kannada film director Puttanna Kanagal was in search of a new face to play a brief antagonist role for his upcoming film, one of Ambareesh's close friend, Sangram Singh, suggested his name for the screen test much against his wishes At his screen test, he was asked to walk in a certain fashion, utter a dialogue and toss a cigarette in his mouth Impressed, Kanagal cast him in his 1972 film Naagarahaavu The film also saw the debut of Vishnuvardhan, another actor who would go on to become one of Kannada cinema's most popular actors

Ambareesh has since appeared in about 208 films, including other films of Kanagal such as Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Shubhamangala, Masanada Hoovu and Ranganayaki As in 2010, Ambareesh had acted in most films as lead in Kannada films, surpassing Rajkumar's record of 206 films as lead actor and Vishnuvardhan's record of 230 films including Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films as a lead actor The record has not been broken yet He has also supported many actors at the beginning of their career

Ambareesh played the angry young man of the 1980s, and several films were tailor-made accordingly The earliest of them was the political satire Antha 1981, directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and remade into Hindi and Tamil This controversial film was the first in India to depict politicians and government officials as corrupt and villainous Chakravyuha and New Delhi were made on the same lines, the first remade into Hindi as Inquilaab, starring Amitabh Bachchan and the second a remake of the Malayalam hit of the same name His other notable films include Ranganayaki, Tony, Rani Maharani, Olavina Udugore, Hrudaya Haadithu, Hongkongnalli Agent Amar, Mannina Doni and Odahuttidavaru His performance in Masanada Hoovu, Elu Suttina Kote and the Malayalam film Gaanam were critically acclaimed He also showed the great performance in Mamateya Madilu, Hrudaya Haadithu, Elu Sutinaa Kote and Mouna Raga He also acted with legend Rajkumar He is well known as Mandyada Gandu, Kaliyuga Karna for his generosity, and Rebel Star He has been awarded the State award best actor for antha and best supporting role for masanada hoovu, NTR Award by Andhra Pradesh Government,filmfare best actor award for Olavina Udugore and Film Fare Award lifetime achievement award He was the first Kannada actor to inaugurate the world famous Mysore Dasara festival organized by the government of Karnataka He also won the Karnataka Government's Dr Vishnuvardhan Award in the year 2011

Political career

Ambareesh joined the Indian National Congress and has since continued to represent the same Mandya Lok Sabha constituency for two more terms He was minister of state for Information and Broadcasting in the 14th Lok Sabha, but resigned over his dissatisfaction with the Cauvery Dispute Tribunal award, though the resignation was not formally accepted He was defeated in the May 2009 General ElectionsHe helped in elections for HDKumaraswamyin kanakapura parliament election in 90s,SM Krishna99 and KR pete Krishna

During the course of his public life, he has held the following positions:

  • Member, 12th Lok Sabha: 1998–1999
  • Member, 13th Lok Sabha: 1999–2004
  • Member, 14th Lok Sabha: 2004–2009
  • Minister of State, in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, from 24 October 2006 to 2008
  • Resigned as the Minister of state in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, protesting against the injustice done to Karnataka by Kaveri dispute tribunal in 2008
  • Deputy president of KPCC in the year 2012
  • At present MLA of Mandya and Ex-Minister in Karnataka Government in the ministry of Housing Vasathi
  • Resigned MP position during Cauvery River issue without fighting member of parliament

Friendship with Vishnuvardhan

Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh debuted together in Nagarahavu under Putanna Kanagal's direction From then they have been larger-than-life friends Though Ambareesh was a villain in many films after Naagarahavu and Vishnu was already a star with a craving for hot rain songs, their friendship remained the same and even when Ambareesh rose to fame as a hero Though they were on parallel tracks, they never considered each other as competition and neither did they have any ego problems

When Vishnu died in 2009, Ambarish was seen handling every bit of his close friend's funeral From co-ordinating with the stars, to co-ordinating with the government, from shifting the body to managing crowds, he did every thing that the police and the government had to do At one point he picked up the microphone in at the funeral and shouted at a few frenzied fans and took situation into control

Ambareesh's wife and Vishnuvardhan's good friend, co-star Sumalatha Ambareesh, says that she has never seen this kind of friendship in any other industry between two men in their peaks who remained the closest of friends throughout They acted in Snehitara sawaal, "Sneha Sedu", Maha Prachandaru and Avala Hejje in the 80s Again they came together in Diggajaru in 2000 and this film is remembered by their fans as their best It had the memorable hit "Kuchikku, Kuchikku", a song about friendship featuring the two


Main article: Ambareesh filmography

Awards and recognitions

  1. Karnataka State Special Award for Best Actor for Antha in 1982
  2. Karnataka State Award for "Best Supporting Actor"1985–86 in the film Masanada Hoovu, directed by Puttanna Kanagal
  3. Filmfare Award for Best Actor in the film "Olavina Udugore" directed by Rajendra Babu
  4. Received NTR National Award for the year 2005
  5. Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South 2009
  6. Andhra Government honoured Nandhi Award 2009
  7. Puttanna Kanagal award in 90s but rejected
  8. TV9 Sandalwood Star Awards – 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award
  9. Karnataka Government Dr Vishnuvardhan Award in the year 2011
  10. Honorary Doctorate from the Karnataka University, Dharwad in the year 2013
  11. SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2012


  1. ^ "'Mandyada Gandu' gets rousing welcome" The Hindu 13 April 2013 
  2. ^ "When 'Rebel Star' rewinds past days in Mysore" Deccan Herald 20 September 2014 
  3. ^ "2013 Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections Results – Mandya" Election Commission of India 9 May 2013 Retrieved 18 May 2013 
  4. ^ "Ambareesh and Umashree manage a win" The Times of India 12 May 2013 Retrieved 18 May 2013 
  5. ^ "Ambareesh gets a doctorate degree" The Times of India 17 February 2013 
  6. ^ "Ambareesh profile" Media9 
  7. ^ "When 'Rebel Star' rewinds past days in Mysore" 20 September 2014 
  8. ^ "Rebel with a cause" The Hindu 16 October 2014 Retrieved 21 October 2014 
  9. ^ https://churumuriwordpresscom/2009/12/31/when-mr-ambarish-did-a-better-job-than-mr-bidari/
  10. ^ http://wwwvideogirmitcom/about-drvishnu-vardan/thoughts-from-sumalatha-video_599fbff1dhtml
  11. ^ Our Bureau: Ilayaraja, Ambarish, Krishna get NTR award, Indian Express, 31 August 2007
  12. ^ "Ambareesh gets a doctorate degree" The Times of India 17 February 2013 Retrieved 18 May 2013 

External links

  • Ambareesh on IMDb

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