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Mangaluru: Kambala runner now to play lead in movies

Mangaluru: Kambala runner now to play lead in movies
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Mangaluru: Srinivasa Gowda of Ashwathapura in Moodabidri, who is known to be the fastest runner in Kambala, has previously appeared in Telugu, and currently is doing Tulu and Kannada films.

Srinivasa Gowda, who made his first appearance in a scene in the 2017 Telugu film Baahubali 2, will now be seen in ‘Birda Kambala’ Tulu film and ‘Veera Kambala’ Kannada films based on the Kambala storyline. He plays the second hero in the film as an actor. Directed by Veteran Director S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu and produced by Arun Rai Todaru, the film has been scripted by Tulu film and Drama Director Vijayakumar.

Known as Kambala’s Usain Bolt Srinivasa Gowda has been roped in as the brand promotional model by a leading jewellery firm in South India.In this ad, a Kambala buffalo named ‘Appu’ too has been used. Srinivasa Gowda is seen wearing jewellery around his neck and hand and with a buffalo in the poster.

Kambala link to movies

“Srinivasa Gowda, who appeared in a scene driving a bull in Baahubali 2, was an A-grade runner from Kambala at that time. He is one of the 10 runners from the Undivided Dakshina Kannada District to be trained as Kambala jockey. The Gowda, who tamed the bulls in the most systematic way, was selected for the scene. Srinivasa Gowda will be seen playing the role of a Kambala runner in Birda Kambala and Veera Kambala, which are in the shooting stage. In all the three films, he is seen as a runner.

“It is much more difficult to play a role in a movie than to drive buffaloes. It was due to the cooperation of Tulu film personalities like Naveen D. Padil and Bhojaraja Vamanjoor that it became easier to play the role. The main reason why I am involved in the film industry today is the impact Kambala has had on me,” says Srinivasa Gowda.

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