Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar is a multitalented figure in the cultural domain of South India. He is a renowned writer (having written screenplays, dialogues, and stories), director, producer, columnist, and a lyricist. He was born on 15th August 1951 in a village named Nagathihalli in Mandya district, Karnataka. Since the very beginning, he had an inclination towards literature and so, he mastered in Kannada literature from the Mysore University. His first profession was of a Kannada professor at the Mysore University itself. Soon, he became a successful intellectual and literary figure, having authored many novels and short stories (publishing them as a collection), for which he won the Aryabhatta Awards.

He entered the film industry in 1986 with ‘Kadina Benki’ for which he wrote the screenplay, dialogues and the lyrics as well. He was debuted as a director in 1991 with ‘Undoo Hoda Kandoo Hoda’. In 1995, he gave wings to his literary work ‘America America’ by making an adaptive film with the same name. Two films by Chandrashekhar, apart from ‘Kadina Benki’ and ‘Undoo Hoda Kandoo Hoda’, have won the National Award for Best Regional Film. These are, ‘Kotreshi Kanasu’ (literally meaning Dream of Kotreshi) and ‘Hoomale’ (literally meaning The Shower of Flowers). The 2007 film ‘Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige’ won the hearts of many by depicting the negative effects of globalization on the rural population of countries like India and became the first Kannada film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival. In the television industry, he has directed a good number of mega serials on Udaya TV.

His literary works, mainly short stories, have been adapted by different artists to be telecasted on the small screen. From writing novels and short stories, Chandrashekhar has moved on to exploring the world and writing travelogues. He has been a columnist for the weekly Hai Bangalore, and the chief editor of novels like ‘Kaalaatheetha’. Chandrashekhar is not a typical commercial artist of the film industry but has provided food for thoughts through his works. His films are often reflections of the society’s issues, problems, and reality. From the environment to media and globalization, the man has not failed to incorporate almost every issue of interest in his work.

Kavitha Lankesh Kannada Actress

Kavitha Lankesh

Kavitha Lankesh is a renowned Indian film director, lyricist, and screenwriter for Kannada Film Industry. Her father P. Lankesh was a noted journalist of Kannada Language and also the founder of weekly tabloid Lankesh Pattrike. Her mother owns a sari shop in Bengaluru. Kavitha had come from a family of media publishers. She has two siblings both in the media line. She did a Masters in English from Bengaluru University and also holds a diploma in advertising. When her father started to plan for her marriage, she was adamant not to get married, and she convinced her parents to use the money that was saved for her marriage, to travel around the world. She owned an advertising company before entering the entertainment industry. She started out in films by directing several documentaries. Her first documentary is based on a children’s nature camp. She also made documentaries on Bannerghatta National Park, Siddi Tribe. ‘Deeveri’ - a movie based on the short story by P. Lankesh was her debut direction on the big screen. This movie also won several State, National, and International Awards including the National Debut Director Award and International Critics Award. Her second film was ‘Alemarri’. She also wrote the script, screenplay and also directed ‘Bimba’ that was selected to be screened at Bangkok Film Festival. In 2003, she wrote and directed Preethi Prema Pranaya that won the National Award for Best Feature Film and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Story. In 2006, she reproduced the TV series Malgudi Days that had good reception among audiences and critics. In 2008, she directed ‘Awa’, based on a novel Mussanjeya Katha Prasanga, written by her father and the movie won Karnataka State Film Awards in various categories. She also directed a Tamil film that year, Kadhal Mazhai. Though she had directed less number of movies, her movies were always thought-provoking and morale-based. Some of her other works are Kariya Kan Bitta, tananam tananam. She preferred to live life as a single and is now living with her only daughter, Esha Lankesh.

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Om Prakash Rao

Om Prakash Rao is a known face in Sandalwood, thanks to his stint with direction, production, screenplay writing and acting. He has 25 movies to his credit now as a director. He is mainly famous for his action films with gripping screenplay and restrained romance. Katte, AK 56, Prince, Chandralekha, Shiva  and Electron are some of his latest ventures as a director. He made heads turn with films like Fair & Lovely, Gundu, and Dhool in which he worked as an actor.  Lockup Death and AK 47 is a couple of his megahits in Sandalwood as a director. Huccha can be considered as Rao’s excellent endeavor as a director. For this film he was nominated as Best Director in Filmfare Award. Rao also was involved in several controversies. Rao is active in Sandalwood for over 38 years and he has witnessed success as well as failure. He is wise enough to take both with equanimity. Once he has expressed that the media can write what they feel like unless and until it’s the truth. He also said that if he committed a mistake he won’t shy away from correcting it. He lets go the controversies that are written about him. Rao had interest towards Sandalwood since childhood and his father, who was a dialogue writer and comedian, also seconded his son’s inclination. Rao had associated with several directors before taking up directing by himself. Subramani, one of his sons, is also interested in such things, as Rao confesses. Now Om Prakash Rao has entered the Big Boss 4 scene, perhaps as a guest or a new contestant.

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Om Prakash Rao Kannada Actor