M.P.Shankar- End of an era

Last Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2008 04:36 hrs

M.P.Shanker a top producer and actor has passed away. The maker of 'Gandhada Gudi' starring Dr.Rajakumar and Dr.Vishnuvardhana - M.P.Shanker breathed his last on last Thursday afternoon after fighting a battle against cancer. He was 70 and leaves behind his wife and daughter.

He was never in bad shape financially although some of his films fared badly in box office. The loss of his son long back had shattered him. M.P.Shanker introduced Tiger Prabhakar to Kannada cinema and the current trailblazer V.Ravichandran became hero in the banner of Shanker.

Protecting forest, wild life in his films M.P.Shanker has served the Kannada cinema industry from last four decades. In the banner of 'Bharani Chitra' he has made 16 films in the last 26 years.

M.P.Shanker has distinguished himself as a pioneer in the production of jungle films in the Kannada language. He is basically an animal lover.

He has made use of the film medium to spread the same love for animals even among the ordinary people. No other Kannada film maker has chosen the risky field for special attention.

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