'Rebel Star' Ambareesh inducted as Union Minister
New Delhi, Oct 25: Kannada film actor-turned-politician, M H Ambareesh today made his maiden entry into the Union Council of Ministers.
Known as ''Rebel Star Ambareesh'' among his fans, he belonged to a poor farmer's family. Joining the film industry after completing his pre-university course from Mysore, he started with small roles, even portraying a negative character in the film ''Nagara Havu,'' which was his debut film.
His major box office hit was the Kannada film ''Yelu Suttinna Kote'' with other notable films include Ranganayaki, Antha, Tony, Rani Maharani and Mannina Doni. Many of his roles were tailored to give him an image of an angry young man who was the victim of the corrupt system and in rebellion against it.
Joining politics in the late 1990s, he was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha from his native Mandya seat on a Janata Dal(S) ticket, but subsequently joined the Congress. He was re-elected in 1999 and 2004.
During his parliamentary career, he has served as member of the Committee on Petroleum and Chemicals, the Commitee on Papers Laid on the Table and the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (12th Lok Sabha), the Committee on Communications the Consultative Committee of the Textile Ministry and the Committee on Human Resource Development (13th Lok Sabha). He is a member of the Committee on Health and Family Welfare in the present Lok Sabha.