Gauri Sunder, noted cinema and tele-film director and producer, and publisher, passed away due to a massive cardiac arrest at his residence in Bengaluru.
Sunder, a Mysurean, started his cinema career with the popular Hindi movie ‘Guide’, starring the legendary Devanand. He was part of the movie’s supporting crew at Mysuru. Later, he associated with the late G V Iyer. Sunder was the Assistant Director of G V Iyer’s popular Kannada movie Hamsageethe.
He produced and directed his debut venture Sandarbha – a multi-cast experimental Kannada movie. His other films include ‘Chitrakoota’ and ‘Indirayana’. Another film, ‘Putmalli’ was half-way through, but was stopped for certain reasons. Recently, he had restarted producing and had finalized the script.
Sunder was the son-in-law of noted theatre personality, late A S Murthy (Eranna of A.I.R). He had a stint as an international tourist guide. He went on to direct over fifty tele-films for several popular TV channels, including Doordarshan. He also had donned the hat of a publisher and had a vision to publish thousand books.
Till date, he has published 389 books, on a variety of subjects and personalities. Some of his landmark books were based on the life and times of the late Dr Rajkumar and Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar.
Ironically, just a few hours before his death, he released thirteen books at a function in Bengaluru. He had plans to publish twelve additional books.
Gauri Satya, a noted journalist, G Subbanarasimha; Prof G L Shekar, Principal, National Institute of Engineering, Mysuru, and late G Ramakrishna, former Director of Tourism Department, Govt. of India, are his brothers. He is survived by wife, Indira Sunder, and two daughters, Chitrasri, a popular tele-cinema artist, and Manasi.