Kannada film actor Kashinath, who became famous for his roles and his way of giving the Kannada film industry a different dimension, passed away on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

Kashinath, who was a senior film actor and director, was suffering from cancer and succumbed to his illness in the early hours of January 18.

According to reports, he was admitted to the Shankara Cancer Hospital on January 16 where two days later he breathed his last. His family consisting of his wife and two children were with him during his hard times in the hospital.

The actor was from Kundapur, Udupi district. Kashinath was a famous director and actor in the Kannada film industry and was known for his comedy roles and double meaning dialogues.

He was a god-father like figure to many Kannada actors and directors, including actor Upendra, and directors like V. Manohar and Sunil Kumar Desai.

His direction, production, and acting can be seen in many well-known films such as Anubhava, Anantana Avantara, Avale Nanna Hendthi and Hendathi Endhare Haygirabeku.

Kashinath acted and directed in over 43 movies and produced more than 10 Kannada films. One of his most recent movies was ’12 AM Madyaratri’ alongside his son Abhimanyu.