Many summers back, we were on a visit to Bangalore from Tamil Nadu.
The morning’s Deccan Herald brought forth the unwelcome and distressing news that Kannada actress Kalpana had crushed some diamonds into a glass of milk and consumed the contents.
Kalpana’s death was a great loss not merely to Kannada films but the world of Indian cinema for she was an extraordinary actress with few competitors among her peers in the acting realm.
Her notable films include Belli Moda, Gejje Pooje, Kappu Bilupu, Sharapanjara and Eradu Kanasu.
Few outside Karnataka have heard of Kalpana and with the passage of time she has likely faded away from people’s memory.
As homage to the forgotten actress, we present the above video song from the film Bayalu Daari.
Kalpana is paired with Anant Nag in the song.
Besides being set to lovely music, the song has remarkable lyrics too.
When Kalpana ‘crooned’ Devarae bandhu…. in the song. I swear yours truly swooned.
By the way, after watching the above video don’t y’all see shades of Kalpana in Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone (who too hails from Bangalore) in some scenes?
Deepika, of course, lacks the easy grace Kalpana exhibited in every step.