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Leelavathi: Veteran Kannada Actress, 85, Passes with a Legacy of 600 Films

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In a heartfelt loss to the cinematic world, Veteran Kannada actress Leelavathi passed away on December 8 at the age of 85 due to age-related ailments. With a prolific career spanning over 600 films, including notable collaborations with Dr. Rajkumar, she left an indelible mark on Indian cinema.

End of an Era in Kannada Cinema

Eminent Kannada actor Leelavathi breathed her last at a private hospital in Nelamangala, situated on the outskirts of Bengaluru. Suffering from age-related ailments, she had been admitted to the hospital, where she eventually succumbed to her health issues, marking the end of an era.

Leelavathi, who graced the screen in over 600 movies across Kannada, Tamil, and Telugu languages, had a significant impact on the film industry. Approximately 400 of her films were in Kannada, reflecting her enduring popularity in the regional cinema.

The veteran actress spent her last years in Nelamangala, residing with her actor son Vinod Raj. Her demise is a profound loss to the Kannada film fraternity, and tributes are expected from various quarters of the entertainment industry.

Siddaramaiah’s Heartfelt Tribute on Twitter

Chief Minister of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah, expressed his grief on Twitter, recalling his recent visit to Leelavathi’s home. He expressed false hopes for her recovery, noting her captivating performances over decades. The Chief Minister, along with Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, will pay their final respects on December 9 at 11 am.

In Memory of a Legend

Leelavathi’s passing marks the end of an era in Kannada cinema, leaving behind a rich legacy of memorable performances and a profound impact on the film industry. As the state leaders and fans prepare to bid their final farewells, her contributions to the world of cinema will forever be cherished.

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