The veteran actor passed away at a private hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday morning. Kashinath, a veteran director and actor from sandalwood, was suffering from cancer. He is survived by his wife and two children. Three days ago, he was admitted to our hospital with fever and breathing related complications. He marked his directorial debut with Aparoopada Athitigalu and is known for films like Aparachita, Anubhava, Ajagajantha, Hendathi Endhari Haygirabeku, Chapalachennigaraaya, Manmatharaja among others.
He also produced a few films during his career.
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Known for the films with double entendres, he was also a godfather to many Kannada actors and directors including actor Upendra, directors V Manohar and Sunil Kumar Desai. Inspired by its success, Kashinath remade the movie in Hindi with a title Be-Shaque starring Mithun Chakraborty, Yogeeta Bali and Amrish Puri.
Hailing from Koteshwara of Kundapur, Udupi district, Kashinath was a famous director and actor of Kannada film industry, specially comedy films with some double meaning dialogues. Kashinath has more than 40 movies to his credit. His film Avale Nanna Hendthi that also starred Bhavya and Tara became a rage because of the relevant topic it touched upon. Recalling his association with Kashinath, Upendra said Kashinath was an "institution unto himself who taught us many things".