Thoogudeepa Srinivas

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Thoogudeepa Srinivas
Born19 April 1943
Died16 October 1995(1995-10-16) (aged 52)
(1973–1995; his death)

Mysore Srinivas (1943 – 16 October 1995), known by his stage name Thoogudeepa Srinivas was an Indian film actor who acted in Kannada films. He is remembered for having played negative roles in Kannada films. He is the father of another popular Kannada film actor, Darshan.

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Darshan (actor) Kannada actor

Darshan, also known as Darshan Thoogudeepa, is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor who works predominantly in the Kannada film industry. The son of actor Thoogudeepa Srinivas, Darshan began his acting career in soap operas and bit roles in films in the mid-1990s. His first film in a lead role was in the 2001 film Majestic.


Early life

Srinivas was born to Muniswami and Parvathamma in 1943 as their fourth son. He had 8 siblings. He lost his parents at a young age. Right from his childhood days, Srinivas was interested in theatre and cinema and was a regular participant in his school and college plays. During one of these plays, he caught the eye of another theatre artist M. P. Shankar, whom he later went on to star with in many Kannada films. Srinivas then became a regular member of Shankar's camp and had to discontinue his education during his pursuing of a Bachelor of Science from St. Philomena's College in Mysore. [1]

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M. P. Shankar Indian actor

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Srinivas made his debut in film in 1966 with K. S. L. Swamy's Kannada language film Thoogudeepa. He was from then on referred to as Thoogudeepa Srinivas. He went on to appear in many other successful films such as Mayor Muthanna , Bangaarada Panjara , Gandhada Gudi , Kalla Kulla , Vasantha Lakshmi and Sahasa Simha . He appeared in many films as a villain with Rajkumar as the lead actor and his "partners in crime" included other popular actors such as Vajramuni, Doddanna and Dheerendra Gopal.

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Srinivas appeared in a lead role in the 1984 film Ramapurada Ravana. He received appreciation for his roles in films such as Sipayi Ramu , Giri Kanye and Bhagyavantharu .

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Personal life

Srinivas married Meena on 15 November 1973 in Ponnampet, Kodagu. The couple have 3 children together; Darshan, Dinakar and Divya. Darshan is a popular actor in Kannada cinema and Dinakar is a film director

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Having been suffering from diabetes and kidney ailment, he was given a kidney by his wife Meena. However, he died due to a massive heart attack on 16 October 1995, aged 52.

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  1. "Thoogudeepa Srinivas biography".