Veteran Kannada director K. V. Raju passes away
Bengaluru, December 24, 2021
Veteran Kannada film director and writer K. V. Raju passed away on Friday at his residence in Bengaluru.
Raju had directed Amitabh Bachchan-starrer 'Indrajeet' and directed Kajol and Jitendra in 'Udhar Ki Zindagi'.
Raju had directed super hit Kannada movies such as 'Yudhakanda', 'Belli Modagalu', 'Indrajith', 'Kadana', 'Belli Kalungara' and the critically acclaimed 'Hulia'. He had also recently worked as a screenplay and dialogue writer for the yet to be released 'Satyam'.
Raju entered the film industry in 1982 as an associate director to K. V. Jayaram in his movie, 'Baadada Hoo'. Raju made his debut as a director and writer with the movie 'Olave Baduku' in 1984.
Raju became a sensation in the Kannada film industry by giving blockbusters in the 80s and 90s. He worked with most of the Kannada superstars. He ventured into Hindi film industry with his film 'Indrajeeth' starring Amitabh Bachchan and Jayaprada.
He also directed two other Hindi films, 'Udhar Ki Zindagi' (1994) and 'Khooni Jung' (2004). He is recognised for his powerful, strong, realistic dialogues and sharp editing.
He also gave opportunities to Kannada actors such as Devraj, Jaggesh and Shashikumar who went on to become big stars.