Veteran Kannada actor and director Kashinath passed away in a private hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday. The actor, suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, was admitted to Sri Shankar Cancer hospital two days ago. Kashinath, born in Koteshwar village in Kunadapura taluka, was known for his comedy movies with a touch of sarcasm. His films generally touched subjects which were often regarded as taboo in the Indian society and thus attracted the tag of being vulgar by some critics. He is survived by son Abhimanyu and daughter Amruthavarshini.