Born: May 19, 1938 (age 75), Matheran
Biography: Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Kannada, just as Badal Sarkar did in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and... MORE
Biography: Girish Raghunath Karnad is a contemporary writer, playwright, screenwriter, actor and movie director in Kannada language. His rise as a playwright in 1960s, marked the coming of age of Modern Indian playwriting in Kannada, just as Badal Sarkar did in Bengali, Vijay Tendulkar in Marathi, and Mohan Rakesh in Hindi. He is a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award, the highest literary honour conferred in India. For four decades Karnad has been composing plays, often using history and mythology to tackle contemporary issues. He has translated his plays into English and has received acclaim. His plays have been translated into some Indian languages and directed by directors like Ebrahim Alkazi, B. V. Karanth, Alyque Padamsee, Prasanna, Arvind Gaur, Satyadev Dubey, Vijaya Mehta, Shyamanand Jalan and Amal Allana. He is active in the world of Indian cinema working as an actor, director, and screenwriter, in Hindi and Kannada flicks, earning awards along the way. He was conferred Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan by the Government of India and won four Filmfare Awards where three are Filmfare Award for Best Director - Kannada and one Filmfare Best Screenplay Award. LESS
Chaitanya is a 1991 road movie, Telugu film written and directed by Prathap K. Pothan. A garage mechanic, Chaitanya, (Akkineni Nagarjuna) is the Chief mechanic for the upcoming Roots Company Challenge 1991 Automotive rally race -- which starts via the route from Chennai coast to Goa coast, a route which is noted for illegal drug trade and arms trafficking. Retired Major Harischandra prasad (Girish Karnad) is the Chief guest for the Rally, his daughter Padmini (gautami) also competes for the Roots Challenge Trophy. Further, Chaitanya's journalist friend Sudhakar (Chinna) after witnessing the murder of city D.I.G., gets murdered by the group of goons near his garrage, The D.I.G.'S murder happens to be planned by a high profile unknown criminal. Police commissioner (Kota Srinivasa Rao) who is a close associate to Harischandra prasad is up to unweaving the mysterious murder of D.I.G and the journalist. On the other hand, Chaitanya finds himself beaten by the goons after he comes to the assistance of his journalist friend. When he regains his senses he finds himself with a revolver in his hand and in Police custody, arrested and charged with the homicide of the very friend he tried to assist. With evidence pointing toward his guilt, he has virtually no defense and may well spend the rest of his life in prison or be hanged. He manages to escape from the prison with the help of Chaitanya's garage assistant, Golconda (a drunkard) through the journalist's friend (joseph) in a water tanker. Interestingly, in guise of the journalist's friend (Joseph),the high profile criminal's henchmen is hidden in the tanker. The criminal's henchmen plans to blast the water tanker and kill Chaitanya who flees from Srungavarapukota prison in the same water tanker. But, after a battle with the henchmen,inside the water tanker, Chaitanya escapes and jumps from the water tanker into a lake and the henchmen dies in the water tanker explosion. Police send Chaitanya's case to CBI as they come to a conclusion that it was Chaitanya who was killed in the water tanker explosion. Now, Chaitanya gets to participate in the 'one halt race' by joining at a mile stone of the route, being in guise of the garage assistant's race car . Chaitanya also finds out that among 3 cars of the rally, the photographs of D.I.G's murder caught by his journalist friend are hidden. In another twist, Padmini happens to drive one of the 3 cars in which the photographs were hidden. How Chaitanya unweaves the mys...