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Malavalli Huchche Gowda Amarnath, known by his screen name Ambareesh, was an Indian actor, media personality and politician from the State of Karnataka. Following his debut in Puttanna Kanagal's National Award winning film Naagarahaavu (1972), his acting career commenced with a brief phase of portraying antagonistic and supporting characters in Kannada films. After establishing himself as a lead actor portraying rebellious characters on screen in a number of commercially successful films, he earned the moniker "rebel star". He also earned the nickname Mandyada Gandu and continues to hold a matinee idol status in the popular culture of Karnataka.