Gandhinagar: Naresh Kanodia, a Gujarati film star and former BJP MLA, died of coronovirus on Tuesday morning. He was 77. The veteran actor was found to be coronavirus positive on 20 October and was admitted to UN Mehta Heart Hospital in Ahmedabad and given ventilator support.
Naresh Kanodia was born on 20 August 1943 in Kanoda village of Becharaji tehsil of Mahesana district.
His elder brother Mahesh died at Gandhinagar on October 25 at the age of 80 due to prolonged illness. Mahesh Kanodia was a former BJP MP while Naresh was a former MLA.
PM Narendra Modi mourned the death of Mahesh and Naresh on social media. He tweeted, “Over a period of two days, we have lost both Maheshbhai and Nareshbhai Kanodia. His contributions to the world of culture, especially popularizing Gujarati songs, music and theater will never be forgotten. He served the society. And also worked hard for empowerment. Dalit. “
Two days ago, Naresh’s son Hitu Kanodia, a film actor and a BJP MLA from Kadi, shared a Twitter post to appeal to the public to pray for his ailing father.
Both Mahesh and Naresh were very popular as Mahesh-Naresh’s musical duo. Both started their musical careers in extreme poverty, performing musical and stage shows from one village to another. From that humble background, he gradually moved to the big stage of providing music to Gujarati films and achieved great success.
Naresh then stepped into acting and soon became an actor and became a hit film star with over 40 to 50 hits.
Some of his notable Gujarati films were Meru Malan, Dhola Maru, Moti Varna Chowkamma, Vanjari Vav, Hiran Ne Kanthe, Tame Re Champo Ne Ame Kel, Jade Rahjo Raj, Paras Padmani, Kalja Na Katko, Pardeshi Maniyaro and others.
Later, as the two brothers entered politics, Mahesh was elected as an MP from Patan constituency on a BJP ticket. He was elected four times from 1991 to 2009. Naresh entered politics as a BJP candidate from 2002 to 2007 as a MLA from Curzon.