Sudeep: Vishnuvardhan memorial in Bengaluru holds a big place in our hearts

Sudeep said he is happy that the government is taking steps and recognising the Kannada film industry.

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Kannada top star Kichcha Sudeep recently met the Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah regarding something which will make the fans of the star and the Kannada film industry both, happy and proud. Sudeep discussed about the proposed memorial for late legendary actor Vishnuvardhan in Mysore by replacing the current on in Bengaluru. Sudeep said he is happy that the government is taking steps and recognising the Kannada film industry, however, many fans including himself might be disappointed if the current memorial of Vishnuvardhan in Bengaluru is moved to Mysore. And to make sure things are progressing in the right direction, Sudeep decided to step in and discuss the same with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

“It’s great that the government has planned the smaraka in Mysuru, and all of us from the industry will always support it. But the Vishnuvardhan memorial in Bengaluru holds a big place in our hearts. That is the place where his funeral took place and taking it away is like erasing that part of our memories,” Sudeep told TOI talking about Vishnuvardhan’s memorial.

“This does not mean that we are asking for this piece of land to be made available to us for free. I am looking at buying half an acre of land surrounding the memorial so that not only people from the industry, but even fans who have adored Vishnuvardhan can continue to visit it whenever they want,” the Kichcha star added further.

Sudeep also said that the CM did listen to him and said he will have personnel work on it to get things in place. “I met and spoke with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah about this and he was kind enough to hear me out. He’s even agreed to put my proposed process in place. I always looked up to Vishnuvardhan sir and have received only love and kindness from his family. This is really the least that I could do from my side. We will begin work on making the memorial more visitor friendly soon,” Sudeep further added.

This sure will be a happy moment for the Kannada film industry and also to the fans of the late actor Vishnuvardhan who has a huge following in the state of Karnataka. Vishnuvardhan is known for his performances in films like Bandhana, Apthamitra, Muthina Haara and Naagarahaavu amongst many other movies. The actor passed away on December 30th, 2009 after having suffered a massive cardiac arrest.

Sudeep, who is very close to Vishnuvardhan and his family, has always been vocal about the respect and affection he has for the late actor. Sudeep, despite busy with his shootings, took time out to meet the CM of Karnataka regarding this and had a smooth conversation.

Sudeep is currently working on his upcoming film ‘The Villain’ which is a multi-starrer and also stars another star actor – Shiva Rajkumar – in other lead role. Directed by Prem, The Villain also stars Amy Jackson, Telugu actor Srikanth and Mithun Chakraborthy in important roles. The shooting of the film is currently in progress and it is one of the most anticipated for films in Kannada at the present moment.

Sudeep will also be making his Hollywood debut in 2018 with a film titled ‘The Risen’. Touted to be a science-fiction, The Risen will have story based on a meteorite attack on a small town in Alaska. The story is said to be based on an incident which happened in Russia many years back. reports are suggesting that the actor will fly to the US to meet the makers of Risen after he wraps up the shooting of his current film The Villain, currently under progress.

Sudeep will also be seen playing an important role in Bollywood upcoming film starring Salman Khan, Tiger Zinda Hain, which is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Sudeep will be seen playing the role of Zahir which will an important one to the narrative of the film.

Besides these three films, Sudeep is also currently working on ‘Pailwan’ and ‘Ambi Ninge Vayassaythu’ which are all slated to be released in 2018. Sudeep also did a cameo in the recently released Raju Kannada Medium. With such interesting films lined up, sure Sudeep is going to have an exciting 2018 in terms of career.

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