Narasimharaju (Kannada actor)

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Tipaturu Rama Raju Narasimha Raju

(1923-07-24)24 July 1923
Died11 July 1979(1979-07-11) (aged 55)
Karnataka, India
Other namesHasya chakravarthi, Hasya Rathna
Years active1954–1979

Tiptur Ramaraju Narasimharaju (24 July 1923 – 11 July 1979) was an Indian actor in Kannada cinema who specialised in roles that required ample comic timing. He was the comedy stalwart of the Kannada film industry. He acted in more than 250 Kannada films between 1954 and 1979. He was also referred to as Hasya Chakravarti. [2]




Narasimharaju's stage debut happened when he was 4 years old. The poverty prevailing in the house made his uncle Lakshmipathiraju take the young lad to the 'Chandramouleshwara Drama Company' run by C. B. Mallappa who happened to be touring Tiptur during that period. He played the roles of Prahlada, Lohithaswa, Krishna, Markanda among others. After some time, Narasimharaju left that company and formed his own troupe and enacted his roles from his now previous performances – Gora-Kumbara, and Harischandra. He soon joined "Edathorey Drama Company" after his troupe sustained losses. He took on the garb of a lady in the mythological Vishvamitra, Rama, Ravana, and Bharata among others. He spent the first 27 years of his acting career in professional drama companies. He donned different roles in the plays of different companies like "Shri Chandramauleshwara Nataka Sabha", "Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali", "Bharatha Lalitha Kala Sangha", "Gunda Joisara Company" of Belur, and Gubbi "Channabasaveshwara Nataka Company". He did not neglect these drama companies even after becoming hugely popular as a film actor. [3]


He made his film debut in 1954 when he acted in the film Bedara Kannappa alongside Rajkumar in the role of the son of the temple priest. Both were colleagues from the time they were in Gubbi Veeranna's drama company. Narasimharaju took inspiration from Charlie Chaplin. [4] He is referred to by some as one of the greatest comedians of his time. It is also said that people would not have watched Kannada films in the 1960s if he did not star in them. [2]

Though known for his comic timing, Narasmimharaju unfortunately spent his last days mourning the death of his son in an accident. [5] He died aged 56 on 11 July 1979 at around 4.30 a.m. due to severe heart attack. After his death, an annual cine award, the Narasimharaju Prashasti was established in his memory. [6] He was the busiest actor in the Kannada film industry, even actors like Rajkumar used to wait for his callsheet, and used to adjust to his dates. However, despite his iconic status among Kannadigas, it is ironic that he was not awarded even once either by the state or the central governments.

A comedian by profession, Narasimharaju was a family man and knew what he had to do for his family. Narasimharaju intelligently invested his earnings into building houses in the then Madras city and Bangalore. [7] In fact, he was the first Kannada actor to own a house in Madras, even before the matinee idol Rajkumar and is even credited to have completed 100 films before Dr Rajkumar through the 1967 film, Nakkare ade swarga


Sl NoYearTitleRole
11954 Bedara Kannapa Kashinatha Shastry
31956Shiva Bhaktha Markandeya
41956Hari Bhaktha
51956Renuka Mahatme
61957Bhaktha Prahalada
71957Prabhulinga leale
81957Nala Damayanthi
91958Chori ChoriGuest appearance
101959Jagajyothi Basaveshwara
111959Dharma Vijaya
121959Abba Aa Hudugi
131960Rani Honnamma
151960Makkala Rajya
161960 Ranadheera Kanteerava
171961Kaivara Mahatme
191961Kittur Chennamma
201961Vijayanagarada Veera Putra
211962Vidhi Vilasa
221962Swarna Gowri
231962Gaali Gopura
251962Ratna Manjari
261963Sathi Shakthi
271963Nanda Deepa
281963 Jenu Goodu
291963 Veera Kesari
301963Saaku Magalu
311963Jeevana Taranga
331963Malli Maduve
341964Chandra Kumara
351964Chinnada Gombe
361964Amara Shilpi Jakana Chari
371964Shivaratri Mahatme
391964Nava JeevanaSupporting Actor
421965Miss Leelavati
431965Nanna Karthavya
441965Sathya Harichandra
451965 Amarajeevi
461965Pathala Mohini
471965Baalaraajana Kathe
481966Sri Kanyaka Parameshwari Kathe
491966Love in Bangalore
501966Thugu Deepa
511967Manassiddare Maarga
531967Bhaktha Kanakadasa
541967Bangaarada Hoovu
551967Devara Gedda Manava
561967Immadi Pulikesi
571967Gange Gowri
581967Nakkare Ade SwargaHero
591967Lagna Pathrike
591967Black Market
611967 Premakkoo Permitte
631968Simha Swapna
641968Jedara Bale
651968 Goa Dalli CID 999
661968Namma Ooru
681968Bangalore MailSupporting Actor
691968Rowdi Ranganna
711969Bhale Bhasava
721969 Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 Supporting Actor
731969Kaadina Rahasya
741969Eradu Mukha
751970Modala Raatri
761970Hasiru Thorana
771970Nadina Bhagya
781970Bhoopathi Ranga
791970Lakshmi Saraswathi
801970Sri KrishnadevarayaTenali Ramakrishna
811970Rangamahal Rahasya
821971 Kula Gourava Gopu
831971 Kasturi Nivasa
851971Malathi Madhava
861971Namma Badaku
871971Jatakaratna Gundaa JoisaLead Hero
891971 Sharapanjara
901972Yava Janmumada Mythri
911972Naari Munidare Maari
921972 Gandhada Gudi Shivaji Role
931973Devaru Kotta Thangi
941974Professor HucchuryaLead Hero
951975Shri Krishna Devaraya
961975Onde Roopa Eradu Guna
991977Lakshmi Nivasa
1001977 Kittu Puttu Guest Appearance
1011977Yella Hanakkagi
1021978Maathu Thappadha Maga
1031978Vasantha Lakshmi
1041978 Kiladi Kittu
1061978Sneha Sedu
1071979Preethi Madu Tamashe Nodu
1081979Asadhya Aliya
1091979Asadhya Aliya
1101980Manjina There


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