Girish Raghunath Karnad (19 May 1938 – 10 June 2019) was an Indian actor, movie director, screenwriter, playwright and a Rhodes Scholar. His works were based in Kannada. He was a recipient of the 1998 Jnanpith Award. His best acting roles were as Guruji in Iqbal (2005) and as Dr. Shenoy in Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and in the sequel Tiger Zinda Hai (2017).
Karnad was born in Matheran in present day Maharashtra. He studied at Karnatak University and at the University of Oxford. His son, Raghu, is a journalist. Karnad died of multiple organ failure caused by a long-illness on 10 June 2019 at a hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka at the age of 81.
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