Ambareesh's connection with Suntikoppa

Ambareesh's connection with Suntikoppa

Ambareesh flanked by Vishnuvardhan and Bettageri Estate owner Vinod Shivappa.

The actor-turned-politician Ambareesh had a close affinity for Suntikoppa, a tiny place in Kodagu.

Amid the busy schedule between films and political life, Ambareesh would visit the Bettageri Estate, owned by Vinod Shivappa, near here, to find a time for himself. Vinod and Ambareesh have been friends for years.

Remembering the bygone years, Vinod said, “Vishnuvardhan and Ambareesh would stay in my house for five days. They would come at least five to six times in a year.” 

“After the death of Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh would come alone. He would invite his other friends in Kodagu and would dine together. No one would know of his visit to the estate,” said estate manager Changappa. 

“Ambianna, who would visit our owner’s house, would spend time by jovially speaking with us. He would mingle with us freely,” said labourer Deju. 

Another labourer Shivappa remembered the shooting of the movie “Mannina Maga” at the estate.