Yogaraj Bhat was born on 8th October, 1973 in Mandarthi, in coastal district Udupi of Karnataka. He is the 7th child of Ramachandra and Jayalakshmi Bhat. Ramachandra lost his life in a boat mishap.

Yogaraj is a famous director in Sandalwood industry. He has also tasted success as a lyricist, producer and screenwriter. He is mostly known for his 2006 hit Mungaru Male, which was written by Bhat along with Preetam Gubbi. He directed the film and wrote lyrics with others. Mungaru Male recorded the highest box office collections in Sandalwood history. His other achievements include introducing talented technicians to the industry like Pawan Kumar of Lucia, Pawan Wadeyar and many others.

His lyricist journey started with Mungaru Maleye from his film Mungaru Male and there was no looking back. He has written lyrics for more than 100 super hit songs for the films such as Gaalipata, Jackie, Junglee, Hudugaru, Paramathma, Pancharangi, Chingari, Super, Anna Bond, Crazy Loka, Shiva, Lifeu Ishtene, Johny Mera Naam, Victory and many more. He is so versatile that he can write a song like Mungaru Maleye and a fast one like Hale Paathre, showing his range of lyrical talent.

Bhat was inspired by classics like Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Akira Kurosawa's Ran and came to Bangalore at 22, to become a cameraman. As a newcomer, he served as an assistant to Girish Kasaravalli, Sunil Kumar Desai and many others. He was more thrilled about watching film making at close quarters than working with big names.

Bhat directed a TV serial, before making his first film. But it took him 8 years, before a producer could back him independently. His first movie was Mani and that showed memorable performances by Rangayana Raghu and veteran actress Umashree, both won State awards for their roles in the movie. Then he directed Ranga SSLC (2004) starring Sudeep and Ramya in the leading roles, however it did not do very well.

His next film after a long break Mungaaru Male became the biggest hit in South India, creating a record and followed by another hit, Gaalipata. He also acted in the film Dyavre for one of his assistants, which started his acting career.
Dwarakish Kannada Actor

Dwarakish

Bungle Shama Rao Dwarakanath on 19th August 1942, in Hunsur to Bungle Shama Rao and Jayamma. He has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering before he entered world of cinema, not many know that. He was named Dwarakish by the well known Kannada film maker C. V. Shivashankar.After completing his diploma, Dwarakish along with his brother started an automotive spare parts business in Mysore. He was attracted to acting from young age and often pestered his maternal uncle, a famous director Hunsur Krishnamurthy for a chance in movies.Dwarakish produced his first film Mamateya Bandhana in 1966. And his independent production was in 1969, Mayor Muthanna under his own banner Dwaraka Films. He had Dr Rajkumar and Bharathi in lead roles, which was a great hit. From here on, he had a series of box office successes for next two decades. In 1985, Dwarakish began directing with Nee Bareda Kadambari. His directorial films include Nee Bareda Kadambari, Dance Raja Dance, Shruthi, Jai Karnataka, Rasika, Shruthi Haakida Hejje, Nee Thanda Kanike, Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manege, KilaadigaLu and Majnu.In between Dwarakish incurred huge losses due to box office failures, he was written off by entire film industry which had loved him. He had claimed on Udaya TV, that he had lost close to 32 crores of rupees. Despite this, he continued making movies and bringing new faces to the industry. No wonder not only actors, he has shown doors of opportunity to many new directors and technicians. He is fondly considered as their "Godfather". Their love and his never dying attitude, gave Dwarakish his long awaited success. He produced ApthaMitra with Vishnuvardhan as lead in 2004. It was a huge success. Industry considers him to be instrumental in the careers of greats like Vishnuvardhan, Manjula, and Srinath.As an actor, he was known for his comic timing. However some of his movies were comic action movies with his action co star Vishnuvardhan. His nick name is ‘Kulla’ meaning short man in Kannada. He shot Singapoorinalli Raja Kulla in Singapore, by doing so became the first one in the industry to do so. He has produced close to 50 films and acted in more than 250 of them.

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