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Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath (29 May 1952 – 24 November 2018), known mononymously by his screen name Ambareesh, was an Indian film actor, media personality and politician from the Karnataka state. Following his debut in Puttanna Kanagal's National Award winning film Naagarahaavu (1972), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic and supporting characters in Kannada films. After establishing himself as a lead rebellion actor in a number of commercially successful films, he became synonymous with the term "rebel star". He also earned the nickname Mandayada Gandu (English: Man of Mandya) and continued to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of Karnataka.

He was an MLA with the Indian National Congress party, winning the assembly election of the Mandya constituency, by a margin of 42,937 votes. He served as Minister of Housing, Karnataka Government in the Cabinet of Cheif Minister Siddaramaiah from May 2013 to June 2016.

Besides winning many State Government awards and Filmfare Awards for his acting career, Ambareesh was honoured with the honorary doctorate from the Dharwad university in 2013 at their 63rd annual convocation ceremony.

Ambareesh died on 24 November 2018 in Bangalore after suffering a heart attack.

Early life
Ambareesh was born on 29 May 1952 in Doddarasinakere village of Mandya district in the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka). He was named as Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, and was the sixth of seven children to Huche Gowda and Padmamma. His granduncle was the violinist, Chowdiah. Ambareesh completed his schooling in Mandya before moving to Saraswathipuram in Mysore for higher studies. He was a regular street watcher and an antisocial element with a bunch of friends at Mysore near the Maharani's college.

Acting career
While the eminent Kannada film director Puttanna Kanagal was in search of a new face to play a brief antagonist role for his upcoming film, one of Ambareesh's close friend, Sangram Singh, suggested his name for the screen test much against his wishes. At his screen test, he was asked to walk in a certain fashion, utter a dialogue and toss a cigarette in his mouth. Impressed, Kanagal cast him in his 1972 film Naagarahaavu. The film also saw the debut of Vishnuvardhan, another actor who would go on to become one of Kannada cinema's most popular actors.

Ambareesh has since appeared in about 208 films, including other films of Kanagal such as Paduvaaralli Pandavaru, Shubhamangala, Masanada Hoovu and Ranganayaki. As in 2010, Ambareesh had acted in most films as lead in Kannada films, surpassing Rajkumar's record of 206 films as lead actor and Vishnuvardhan's record of 230 films (including Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films) as a lead actor. The record has not been broken yet. He has also supported many actors at the beginning of their career.

Ambareesh played the angry young man of the 1980s, and several films were tailor-made accordingly. The earliest of them was the political satire Antha (1981), directed by Rajendra Singh Babu and remade into Hindi and Tamil. This controversial film was the first in India to depict politicians and government officials as corrupt and villainous. Chakravyuha and New Delhi were made on the same lines, the first remade into Hindi as Inquilaab, starring Amitabh Bachchan and the second a remake of the Malayalam hit of the same name. His other notable films include Ranganayaki, Tony, Rani Maharani, Olavina Udugore, Hrudaya Haadithu, Hongkongnalli Agent Amar, Mannina Doni and Odahuttidavaru. His performance in Masanada Hoovu, Elu Suttina Kote and the Malayalam film Gaanam were critically acclaimed. He also showed the great performance in Mamateya Madilu, Hrudaya Haadithu, Elu Sutinaa Kote and Mouna Raga. He also acted with legend Rajkumar. He is well known as Mandyada Gandu, Kaliyuga Karna (for his generosity), and Rebel Star. He has been awarded the State award best actor for antha and best supporting role for masanada hoovu, NTR Award by Andhra Pradesh Government,filmfare best actor award for Olavina Udugore and Film Fare Award (lifetime achievement award). He was the first Kannada actor to inaugurate the world-famous Mysore Dasara festival organized by the government of Karnataka. He also won the Karnataka Government's Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award in the year 2011.

Political career
Ambareesh joined the Indian National Congress (INC) ahead of the assembly election in 1994. He campaigned for the party in the election after having been "too late to be given a ticket". However, he was met with lukewarm reception from the public having been "greeted with slippers and rotten vegetables at a couple of public meetings." He quit the party two years later after being denied a ticket to contest the 1996 general election.[12] Ambareesh subsequently joined the Janata Dal and contested the 1998 general election from Mandya. He won the seat upon polling 431,439 votes against 250,916 for the INC candidate.

He later rejoined the INC to represent the same Mandya Lok Sabha constituency for two more terms. He was minister of state for Information and Broadcasting in the 14th Lok Sabha, but resigned over his dissatisfaction with the Cauvery Dispute Tribunal award, though the resignation was not formally accepted. He was defeated in the May 2009 General Elections.He helped in elections for H.D.Kumaraswamy (in kanakapura parliament election in 90s),S.M. Krishna(99) and K.R pete Krishna.

During the course of his public life, he has held the following positions:

Member, 12th Lok Sabha: 1998–1999
Member, 13th Lok Sabha: 1999–2004
Member, 14th Lok Sabha: 2004–2009
Minister of State, in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, from 24 October 2006 to 2008.
Resigned as the Minister of state in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, protesting against the injustice done to Karnataka by Kaveri dispute tribunal in 2008.
Deputy president of KPCC in the year 2012
Ex-Minister in Karnataka Government in the ministry of Housing (Vasathi)
Resigned MP position during Cauvery River issue without fighting member of parliament.

Personal life
Ambareesh married actress Sumalatha in 1991.

Ambareesh developed breathing problems in 2014 and had since been hospitalized frequently. In March that year, he was taken to Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital for treatment. On 24 November 2018, he was taken to a private hospital in Bangalore after he suffered from a cardiac arrest at his residence. Efforts to revive him failed and was pronounced dead at 10:15 p.m. (IST).

Friendship with Vishnuvardhan
Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh debuted together in Nagarahavu under Putanna Kanagal's direction. From then they have been larger-than-life friends. Though Ambareesh was a villain in many films after Naagarahavu and Vishnu was already a star, their friendship remained the same and even when Ambareesh rose to fame as a hero. Though they were on parallel tracks, they never considered each other as competition and neither did they have any ego problems.

When Vishnu died in 2009, Ambarish was seen handling every bit of his close friend's funeral. From co-ordinating with the stars, to co-ordinating with the government, from shifting the body to managing crowds, he did every thing that the police and the government had to do. At one point he picked up the microphone in at the funeral and shouted at a few frenzied fans and took situation into control.

Ambareesh's wife and Vishnuvardhan's good friend, co-star Sumalatha Ambareesh, says that she has never seen this kind of friendship in any other industry between two men in their peaks who remained the closest of friends throughout.[18] They acted in Snehitara sawaal, "Sneha Sedu", Maha Prachandaru and Avala Hejje in the 80s. Again they came together in Diggajaru in 2000 and this film is remembered by their fans as their best. It had the memorable hit "Kuchikku, Kuchikku", a song about friendship featuring the two.

Awards and recognitions
Karnataka State Special Award for Best Actor for Antha in 1982.
Karnataka State Award for "Best Supporting Actor"(1985–86) in the film Masanada Hoovu, directed by Puttanna Kanagal
Filmfare Award for Best Actor in the film "Olavina Udugore" directed by Rajendra Babu.
Received NTR National Award for the year 2005.
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award – South 2009.
Andhra Government honoured Nandhi Award 2009.
Puttanna Kanagal award in 90s but rejected{later went to actor T.N.Bala krishna}
TV9 Sandalwood Star Awards – 2012, Lifetime Achievement Award
Karnataka Government Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award in the year 2011
Honorary Doctorate from the Karnataka University, Dharwad in the year 2013
SIIMA Lifetime Achievement Award 2012

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