Veteran Kannada actor Leelavathi passes away, PM Modi pays condolences

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BENGALURU: Veteran Kannada actress Leelavathi has passed away. She was 85.

After learning about the unfortunate news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took paid his heartfelt condolences via a social media post.

“Saddened to hear about the passing of the legendary Kannada film personality Leelavathi Ji. A true icon of cinema, she graced the silver screen with her versatile acting in numerous films. Her diverse roles and remarkable talent will always be remembered and admired. My thoughts are with her family and admirers. Om Shanti,” PM Modi tweeted.

Leelavathi had acted in over 600 films including Tamil and Telugu projects. Some of her notable works include popular blockbusters like ‘Bhakta Kumbara’, ‘Santha Thukaram’, ‘Bhatka Prahlada’, ‘Mangalya Yoga’ and Mana Mechchida Madadi’.

She reportedly died due to age-related ailments on Friday evening.

Fans also paid their tributes to Leelavathi over her demise.

“Leelavathi was one of the finest actors. RIP,” a social media user wrote on X.

“Will surely miss her seeing on the screen,” another one wrote.

Leelavathi is a recipient of Dr Rajkumar Lifetime Achievement Award from the Karnataka government.

The Deputy Commissioner said that the funeral of veteran actress Leelavathi will be performed with state honors at her farmhouse in Soladevanahalli.

He said that this decision was taken after discussing it with the government and the Leelavathi family. All the necessary arrangements have been made for the Leelavathi final darshan at Nelamangala since morning, and the last rites will be performed at 3.30 pm.

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