is acclaimed as one of the finest actors in
Kannada film land. Born with immense acting talent, he started acting on stage
at a very young age and won high accolades for his performances. He is also an
acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer. He won the Karnataka Sangitha Nritya Academy’s
Best Young Dancer Award in 1980 and several awards later.
ENTRY INTO CINEMA
Kannada director late Sri,Puttanna Kanagal spotted Shridhar and introduced him
to the Kannada screen as a hero, with the film
Amritaghalige(1983) .In his first appearance itself Shridhar’s mature and
brilliant performance as a noble and sacrificing young boy, was loved by all
Kannadigas, and he soon became a household name in Karnataka. His outstanding
performance in the lead role is cherished even today. The song “hindusthanavu
endu mareyada” has become an immortal patriotic song in Kannada cinema
Since then he has acted in more than 65 films under the direction of many
legends in Indian cinema, and has won many awards for his performances. He has
the rare distinction of acting in five languages viz.,
Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi
Shridhar is an actor who studies the psychological, sociological aspects of the
character in detail and breathes life into it. He has studied in great depth the
films of great directors and actors of world cinema.
"Santa Shishunala Shariefa" a film
directed by renowned director Nagabharana is a milestone in Kannada cinema.
Shridhar's mature and sterling portrayal of the saint-poet, from 20 to 80 years
of age stands as one of the finest performances on Kannada screen. He won the
Karnataka State Government's Best Actor Award
for his performance. This film also won the prestigious Nargis Dutt award from
the Central Government
Bannada Vesha , a film by the acclaimed
director Girish Kasaravally won the National Award as the
Regional Best Film.
Shridhar portrayed the complex character of a successful yakshagana artiste who
is trapped by his popular image
Shridhar donned the role of a lady in the super hit comedy film Bombat
Hendthi. This film is rated as one of the top most comedy films in Kannada
After casting Shridhar as the Hero in his
successful Kannada film,
Sundara Swapnagalu, the ace Tamil
director Sri.K.Balachander introduced him to the Tamil screen with his film
"Manadil Urudi Vendum"
(heroin-Suhasini). Shridhar's classical dancing (Kanna varuvana and sangatthamil
kaviye) in this film is acclaimed as one of the best classical performances by a
hero in Indian cinema. Shridhar later acted in several Tamil films like- Poo
Pootta Nandavanam (with Sarita), Maha Maayi (with Shobhana) etc.,
He has acted in the highly acclaimed Malayalam
film "Mani Chitra Taalzhu" made by the renowned director Sri Fazil.This film
became a sensational hit and won many National and State Awards.The climax song
"oru murai vandu parthaya" became an all time favourite among the Malayalees.
He acted as the anti-hero in
the Hindi film "Bhairavi" a classical music based film directed by Smt Arunaraje
Patil.This film won a national award for its excellent music.
His powerful performance in a character role in the Telugu film
directed by the renowned director Sri.K.Viswanath won high acclaim.
Shridhar received tremendous appreciation for
his performance as Lord Shiva in the Kannada film Shabarimale Swamy Ayyappa
directed by Renuka Sharma.His ananda and raudra tandavams became sensational and
unparalleled on Indian Screen. He became a household name in Andhra Pradesh with
his outstanding performance as Lord Shiva in the classic Telugu serial
"Shivaleelalu" on E-TV. Shridhar is identified as Lord Shiva in
Karnataka and Andhrapradesh.
His other portrayals as Shiva are, Devi Mookambike mahatme, Mahasaadhvi
Mallamma, Bala Shiva, Gramadevathe, Renukacharya Mahatme (as Renukacharya and
Shiva) and Ranachandi (Telugu) Truvilzhaiadal (Tamil-TV), Purana Gaadhalu
(Telugu-TV).Adi Chunchanagiri Mahatme etc.