Veteran Kannada actor Kishori Ballal, who had acted in over 75 movies and left an indelible mark with her role in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Swades, died on Tuesday at the age of 82. The actor died due to age-related ailments at a private hospital here, family sources said.
Born in Dakshina Kannada district, Ballal made acting debut with 1960’s Ivalentha Hendathi and in her five-decade-long career, she worked in over 75 movies across different languages such as Kahi , Hani Hani , Suryakanthi , Carry On Maratha and Quick Gun Murugun . In the Hindi film industry, Ballal is best known for playing Kaveri Amma, a motherly figure to Shah Rukh’s Mohan Bhargava in Ashutosh Gowariker’s 2004 critically-acclaimed feature Swades .
She also appeared in Rani Mukerji’s Aiyyaa and Deepika Padukone’s Lafangey Parindey . She was married to Bharatanatyam dancer N Sripathi Ballal.
Soon after her demise, Gowariker posted a tribute to the veteran actor on Twitter. “Heartbroken! Terribly sad about the passing away of #KishoriBallal ji. Kishori ji… you will be remembered for your generously kind, warm and affable persona! And your unforgettable performance as #Kaveriamma in #Swades !! You will surely be missed,” the director tweeted.
Popular Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar tweeted, Veteran artist Kishori Ballal amma is no more, RIP.
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