S Mahendar is a person who is very experienced and have knowledge of the Kannada film industry inside out. He is a director, writer, and singer. And very well known in Karnataka. He started his career since 1993, directing and being the writer of the movie Shrungara Kavya. It was a movie that took him up steady high. And later he started directing movies and writing screenplay, lyrics, dialogues on his own. And he did release more than one movie at a time of the year. And never the less it was a success. His movies would run in theaters without any fail and keep up the production on the go. Few of his well-known movies are Ninagagi (2002) a story that revolved around two childhood best friends who are later forced to get married, starring
Radhika Kumaraswamy, Vishal Hegde, Avinash,
Chitra Shenoy. Vaalee (2001) A movie revolving around twin brother who loves his brother’s wife and goes up to a limit where he even tries to kill his brother, starring Sudeep,
Sadhu Kokila, Gurukiran,
Bank Janardhan, Poonam. Thayi Illada Tavaru (1995) a movie, starring Ramkumar, Shruti, Geetha, Srinivasamurthy,
Other movies which he has claimed recognition for are Mouna Raga (1996) starring Ambarish,
Vinaya Prasad, Srishanthi, Thara, B V Radha.
Karpoorada Gombe (1996) a romantic drama movie, starring Aravind, Lokesh, Sruthi, Ashalatha. Hettavaru (1996) starring Lakshmi, Kalyankumar, Abhijith, Shwetha, Saikumar, Srishanthi, Ajaykumar.
Ganga Yamuna (1997) a movie produced by
Ghouse Peer, starring Shivarajkumar, Malashri, and Ravinder Mann. Suvvi Suvvalali (1998) starring
Ramesh Aravind, Shilpa, Charulatha, Mukyamanthri Chandru, C R Simha, Ashalatha, Rekha Das. Megha Banthu Megha (1998) starring Ramesh Aravind, Shilpa, Archana, Doddanna, Rathnakar, Ashalatha. Kaurava (1998) starring B C Patil, Prema, Shivaram,
Tennis Krishna, Bank Janardhan, Girish Shetty, B Jayashree. Sneha Loka (1999) produced by Bharathi Devi, starring
Anu Prabhakar, Ramesh Aravind, Ramkumar, Shashikumar. Premachari(1999) starring B C Patil, Shilpa, Vanishree, Pramodini, Lokanath, Renukaprasad, C R Honaiah, Arun, Ashalatha, Tennis Krishna, M N Lakshmidevi. Chandrodaya (1999) starring Shivarajkumar, Ramesh Aravind, Prema. Gaati Mela (2001) starring S Mahender, Shruti, Abhishek, Sharan, Bhavana, Akhila, Lokesh, Doddanna. Asura (2001) starring Shivarajkumar, Damini, Ananthnag, Raghuvaran, Chithra Shenoy, Gazal Khan. Balarama (2002) starring
Rockline Venkatesh, Prema, Avinash, Doddanna, Shobraj, Shivaram, Thara. Annayya Thammayya (2002), Jogula (2003) starring B C Patil, Vijayalakshmi, Ruchita Prasad, B V Radha, Sriraksha, Susheelamma. Kushalave Kshemave (2003) starring Ramesh Aravind, Srilakshmi, Ramkumar, Mukyamanthri Chandru, Sharan, Shyam, Dharshan, Avinash. Gowdru (2004) Ambarish, Devaraj, Shruti, Meena, Chaithra, Vishal Hegde,
Srinagar Kitty. Sakhi (2004) starring Sunil Rao,
Chaya Singh, Vasu, Sadhu Kokila, Suja, Sujibala, Joe Simon, Shankar Rao. Thandege Thakka Maga (2006) starring Ambarish, Upendra, Sakshi Shivanadh, Laila,
Srinivasa Murthy. Which weren’t very popularly successful, but then helped him through to get to be a director well known and consistent director and writer, and being good at what he is doing
He is married to Yashodha in the year 2012, after being divorced from his last marriage, after eleven years with the actress Shruti. He also has a child named Mahendra Gowri to his first wife. Although he may be affected by his personal life, he had a career which was quite successful that lead him to more opportunities. He has recently released a movie, which is a love story named Paapu.