Born in a village the district of Bidar, Karnataka, Vaijanath Biradar was raised in a joint family. He was a veteran actor, who filmed more than 350 movies in the Kannada film industry. His family possessed lands in their hometown of Tegampur in Balki taluk of Bidar district. Biradar stated that he had an obsession for acting since his childhood, which was responsible for the loss of focus in his studies. He ran away from home to join a theater company.

At present, he is a 60-year-old actor who has acted in more than 350 films. A few of the movies acted by Vaijanath Biradar were Kashinath’s Love Training and Mata. Mata is a movie that is centred on the theme of obtaining enlightenment by overcoming emotions such as anger, lust and desire. Here Biradar was seen acting as Siddha, who is an apprentice who was born in a cemetery and hence isn’t disturbed in the presence of corpses.

For the movie, Kanasemba Kudureyaneri, Vaijanath Biradar won the Golden Wheel Award for Best Actor at the 2011 India Imagine film festival in Madrid, Spain. He is known to have a humble character and a hard working nature.

Utpal Dutt Kannada Actor

Utpal Dutt

Utpal Dutt is a Veteran in Indian cinema who was a popular theatre actor. He had acted in many Hindi movies too. He has acted over 100 movies in a career spanning over four decades. His most critically acclaimed and box-office successful films include ‘Bhuvan Shome’, Agantuk, Golmaal, Shaukheen, Amanush, Barsaat Ki Ek Raat, The Great Gambler. Although he acted in many Bengali plays, he took a keen interest in English theaters. He was associated with Prithvi Theatres and even acted in many Shakespearean plays. He has been instrumental in securing a place for serious theater among urban Indian audiences since the mid-1950s. He had always stated audiences should be our first concern and matter of form and content can come second. He is undoubtedly a revolutionary genius who had a combined sense of effective stagecraft and accurate analysis of the diverse shades of characters that he played in plays by Ibsen, Tagore, Shaw, Gorky and Konstantin Simonov. Modern theater gained a dimension in his hands after he began to work on the stage. Utpal Dutt even formed his theater named Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) in Kolkata. The actor was a professor of English at South Point School in Kolkata. Despite his busy shooting schedules, he always kept himself busy with theater activities and became an icon. He spearheaded theater acting and gave a facelift to both modern Indian cinema and theater. To Hindi audiences, the actor is best known through films like Golmaal and Kotwal Saab (Hrishikesh Mukherjee), Shaukheen, Priyatama and Hamari Bahu Alka (Basu Chatterjee) and Amanush & Anand Ashram ( Shakti Samanta). He received the Best Filmfare Comedian Actor award for acting in three Hindi films like Golmaal, Naram Garam and Rang Birangi. In 1970, he won the best actor in national film awards category for film Bhuvan Shome. He is also the recipient of 'Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship' for lifetime contribution to theatre. He has also directed many Bengali films such as Ghoom Bhangar Gaan (1965), Jhar (Storm) (1979), Maa (1983) and Inquilab Ke Baad (1984), etc. As a mark of respect to this legendary actor, Rituparno Ghosh made an English film ‘The Last Lear’ based on Utpal Dutt’s play Aajker Shahjahan, which was acted by Amitabh Bachchan. The actor was born in East Bengal on 29 March 1929. He was married to film actress Shobha Sen, and the couple has an only daughter, Dr. Bishnupriya Dutt. She is a lecturer in Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Utpal Dutt had passed away on 19 August 1999 in Kolkata. His death left a vacuum in Bengal film and stage.

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Kalyan Kumar

Kalyan Kumar is a prominent Kannada film actor who has acted in over 200 films. He ruled Kannada cinema for five decades. Kalyan Kumar went on to give memorable and sensitive portrayals in career spanning between 1950’s to 1970’s and his move to character parts was also done with unrivaled grace. In those days, there were three prominent "Kumar's" who ruled the Kannada screen; they are Raj Kumar, Udaya Kumar, and Kalyan Kumar( Kumar's Trio). The Kumars Trio was as inseparable a part of the silver screen as air to breathing. But it is virtually impossible to imagine Kannada films without all the Kumar's those days. ‘Bhoodana’ was the only film that featured the ‘Three Kumar's’– Raj Kumar, Udaya Kumar and Kalyan Kumar, which was produced by PN Gopalakrishna and GV Iyer in 1962. He also has acted in three South Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada) films. He even experimented his talent in Tamil cinema and Actor Udayakumar was a multi-talented personality in Kannada cinema. He has been a producer, director, writer and singer in his career in cinema. He was the first actor to act in a color Kannada film named ‘Amarashilpi Jakanachari’, in which he had played the role of Jakanachari, a legendary sculptor. He was a very lavish and sophisticated style of living and was considered to be a style icon. His first film was Natashekhara released in year 1954. Some of his classic films are Sadarame, Subbashastri, Rayara Sose, etc., sent the affable actor shooting towards superstardom. Mavana Magalu (Sasuraal in Hindi) etc.. He acted with almost all leading heroines of his time. In 1975, he acted in ‘Katha Sangama’ with Saroja Devi which was directed by Puttanna Kanagal and featured a young actor called Rajinikanth (who later became the biggest star of the South cinema). The actor Kalyan Kumar was born in Chokkanna ( Bengaluru) on 28 July 1928. He passed away on 1 August 1999.

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Kalyan Kumar Kannada Actor