Late Actor Vishnuvardhan family is hurt by delay in building a memorial in his memory. Every year, fans of late actor Dr.Vishnuvardhan turn up from all over Karnataka at his sammadhi on his birth anniversary. His sammadhi is in Abhiman Studio on the kengeri-Uttarahalli road.
Vishnuvardhan alias Sampath Kumar
Vishnuvardhan (born Sampath Kumar 18 September 1950 – 30 December 2009), was a film actor known for his works predominantly in Kannada cinema. He appeared in over 220 films in Kannada, Hindi, telugu, tamil and Malayalam.
Late actor Vishnuvardhan was called ‘The Phoenix of Indian Cinema’. He made his debut in the 1972 film, Vamsa Vriksha in a supporting role. The same year he played the lead role in Putanna Kanagal’s Naagarahaavu.
Actor Vishnuvardhan – Family and Fan’s demand
The delay in building a memorial for the actor Vishnuvardhan became an issue when Karnataka chief minister announced one in memory of actor Ambareesh.
The family and fans of Vishnuvardhan expressed their displeasure over the government’s delay in building a memorial. The actor was cremated in 2009 at Abhiman Stuido.
Late Actor Vishnuvardhan is part of the kannada cinema trio along with Rajkumar and Ambareesh. After the death of actor Vishnuvardhan, a trust was formed to develop the memorial. The Government earmarked Rs.5 crore as against promised Rs.10 core.
The fans are demanding a memorial at Abhiman Studio . B.Karthik, grandson of actor Balakrishna, who owns the Abhiman studio has asked the government to handle and sort out the legal matters connected to the land.
With the land facing legal problems, the government allocated alternative land for Vishnuvardhan’s memorial at Mylasandra in Kengeri. But the land at Kengeri falls under the buffer zone of Turahalli forest.
Late Actor Vishnuvardhan’s Memorial at Mysuru
Bharathi vishnuvardhan, widow of the actor decided to shift the memorial to Mysuru, the actor’s birth place. The government allotted 5 acres of land on Manandawadi road.
But the plot at Mysuru where the memorial was supposed to be constructed also faced opposition. Later the government allotted a different plot, which is now being opposed by the villagers.
Vishnuvardha’s fans are opposing to have a memorial outside Bengaluru. Expressing his regrets over the delay in the construction of a memorial, Chief minister is planning to have a discussion and solve the problem.