He started with a bang with Vijayanagarada Veeraputra movie, which won people's hearts. The 1961 movie made by father Nagendra Rao, brother Jayagopal's music and Krishnaprasad's cinematography was a huge hit.
But though brothers were successful in creating an identity for them, the talented Sudarshan had a tough time in the Kannada film industry as a hero.
Lyricist CV Shivashankar has spoken about Sudarshan, "I know Sudarshan from 1956. He got a good start with his first film. But opportunities did not come in search of him. But as he had good physic, he got offers from Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam movies. He shined as an antagonist in the south Indian cinemas.
"But after some years, he shifted from Madras to Bengaluru. This time he got busy in character roles in Kannada films and small screen. But he did not get the due opportunities for the talent he had," he added.
Another fact many people don't know is that RN Sudarshan was a singer. The popular song 'Hoovondu Balibandu...' in the movie Shubhamangala was sung by Sudarshan. His voice gave dignity to the antagonists.
He won people's hears recently in the movies Matha, directed by Guruprasad in 2006. He played a memorable role as a seer in the movie. From then he became busy in movies. He also acted in the movie Charulatha released in 2012.
Currently, he was acting in the Kannada serial Agnisakshi.
Sudarshan got married to Shailashree who was a dancer and actress. The couple did not have any children. But Sudarshan was satisfied in what he was doing and did not curse his luck. Instead, they were a happy couple on screen as well as off screen.
Thus Sudarshan was busy on the big and small screens for more than five decades. His death is a great loss to the Kannada film industry.
RIP RN Sudarshan.