From superstars and stars to labourers, from political veterans to college students in their 20s, thousands paid homage to Ambareesh on Sunday, 25 November, in Bengaluru and Mandya, home of the actor turned-politician. Among those who broke down was superstar Rajinikanth who said, “Ambareesh the actor can be reborn but we won’t see Ambareesh the human being again.”
A slew of political leaders and film stars paid homage to Ambareesh at the Kanteerava stadium. His wife Sumalatha and son Abhishek remained by his side all day. Former PM HD Deve Gowda and his wife, his son and CM HD Kumaraswamy, former CM Siddaramaiah and state BJP chief Yeddyurappa were among those who paid their respects. Most actors from Sandalwood were present.