Veteran Kannada actor Loknath, popular for his roles as the father figure, passed away on Monday at the age of 90. Loknath was suffering from age-related ailments and had a cardiac arrest on Monday morning. According to Ashwin, Loknath's son, at around 12.10 am on Monday, he suffered a cardiac arrest at home. "He was perfectly fine the night before and was walking around. He looked alert. He also attended Ambareesh's funeral. He was old," Ashwin said.
Loknath is survived by four daughters and a son. Loknath's mortal remains will be kept at Ravindra Kalakshetra between 12 and 2.30 pm for the public to pay homage.
Born on August 14, 1927, Loknath starred in over 650 films and acted in over 1,000 plays. He made his acting debut in the National Award winning movie Samskaara in 1970. His career, which spanned over six decades, saw him play various roles. He was most popular for his performance in Malgudi Days, which was directed by Shankar Nag. Loknath was a figure seen in many Sandalwood films, either as the father figure or the happy-go-lucky comedian. Loknath had starred alongside several Sandalwood stars including Dr Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Kamal Haasan, Shankar Nag and Ananth Nag.
Loknath is still remembered for his comic role in the film Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu. He played the role of a cobbler and his obsession with eating pickle in the film gained him the moniker 'Uppinakayi' (pickle). He had also acted in superhits including Nagarahaavu, Pushpaka Vimana, Nodi Swami Navidru Heege, Katha Sangama, Bangaarada Manushya and Kittu Puttu. He was also popular for his role in the gangster flick Bheema Teeradalli, a film about the real life gangsters in the state.
He earned acclaim by donning roles such as Galileo in Galileo, Rajaram in Aspota, Dr. Faustus in Dr. Faustus, Kakaji in Tanavu Ninnade Manavu Ninnade among others in his plays.
"The news of veteran actor Loknath's death has caused me immense pain. His contribution to Kannada cinema and theatre is immeasurable. My god rest his soul in peace," former Kannada actor and Minister for Women and Child Welfare Dr Jaimala said in a tweet.