The mortal remains of Kannada Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan was consigned to flames. The actor's last rites were performed by Car Driver Radhakrishna and cook Sridhar. Vishnu's family members Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, his daugher Keerthi, Chandana, Sons In Law Anirudhdh and Reddy were present during the funeral. They were seen weeping throughout the funeral.
It was the most disturbing scene for most of the Kannada film fans and artists who were seen during the performance of last rites of the greatest actor seen by the Kannada film industry.
There was a small degree of violence and stone throwing incidents outside Abhiman Studios when some fans were not allowed inside. A swift Car was burnt.
The sudden death of Kannada Movie icon Dr. Vishnuvardhan has really devastated crores of Kannadigas around the world. Well known cricket Kumble just described Vishnuvardhan's death as the most devastating loss to the state of Karnataka in many years. "It is an end of an era' described Kumble which sums up the emotions of lacs of Kannadigas who considered him as a role model.
Besides being a great star, Dr. Vishnu was also the most lovable human being in the Kannada film industry. He obtained such a huge respect in the Kannada film industry that he was always apporached by the industry representatives for solving many problems. People loved him so much that many people who came to give their last respects really cried and fainted at National College Grounds where his body was kept for Darshan.
B.S. Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka ordered state honours for Dr. Vishnuvardhan and the government has already allotted two acres of land in Abhiman Studios for performing his last rites. Karnataka Government has already decided to have a memorial and music for Vishnu in the two acre plot. B.S.Yediyurappa went to the actor's residence early in the morning to pay his respects and consolve the members of the actor's family which included his actress wife Bharathi Vishnuvardhan. Ministers Ashok and Katta Subramanya Naidu accompanied Dr. Vishnuvardhan.
Describing Dr. Vishnuvardhan as the greatest actor in the Kannada film industry, the Karnataka Chief Minister said that the actor was a treasure of Karnataka. "His death is an irreparable loss to the people of Karnataka and we should all try to follow his steps to lead an ideal life' said Yediyurappa.
There was voluntary Bundh in several parts of the state including cities like Mysore, Davanagere and Hubli. Shops were closed even in small towns like Haveri, Honnali and Turuvekere in Karnataka.
'Vishnuvardhan was deeply spiritual in the true traditions of Indian culture and it was a sea of humanity that witnessed his last journey. Notwithstanding his huge popularity, Dr. Vishnu remained an icon for lacs of his fans' said Karnataka Minister Suresh Kumar.
Jayamala, President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce who had acted with Dr. Vishnuvardhan in many films was in a deep shock and described the actor's death as the most tragic incident of the year 2009. "A legend of the Industry has passed away. Kannada film Industry which has already suffered enough has to bear this great loss' she said.
Dr. Vishnuvardhan was often described as an ambassador for the Kannada film industry as he had many friends outside the state of Karnataka. Many artists from the Tamil and Telugu film industry including Sharath Kumar, President of the Tamil Nadu film artists association and Ms. Radhika came down to Bangalore to pay their last respects. He was an actor par excellence with bounty of prestigious awards including seven stae awards from the Karnataka state government .and six Film Fare awards.
Vishnuvardhan showed his class as an actor in films like Nagarahaavu, Bandhana, Nagarahole, Muththina Haara, Suryavamsha, Veerappa Nayaka, Yajamana, Aaptha Mithra and Sirivantha.