Lokesh is a famous South Indian artist, and he is famous in the Tamil and Kannada film industry. He was born on May 19, 1947, at Bangalore to
Subbaiah Naidu, who himself was a prominent figure in the Kannada film industry. He had his schooling and college education from Bangalore. During his college days itself, he worked with professional drama companies. He is an exquisite actor and an excellent screenwriter. His wife is
Girija Lokesh, who is a famous film actress and film director.
His debut performance was in a Kannada movie called “ Kaadu.” It is directed by
Girish Karnad, a famous personality in Kannada. The film was based on the original novel by Srikrishna Alanahalli. The film received three national awards and Lokesh’s debut performance was much appreciated. Following the success, he acted in “Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu”, directed by Siddalingaiah. It was based on the novel by Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar. It portrayed the hardship of a small peasant during the feudal regime and his struggle for survival. His performance as a village boy brought him into the limelight.
He has thrice won the best actor award in Kannada film industry. The first was for his stupendous performance in “Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu”; the second was for his marvelous performance in “Parasangada Gendethimma”; and third was for his outstanding performance in “Banker Margayya”. “Parasangada Gendethimma” was directed by Maruthi Shivram and was based on the novel of the same name written by Srikrishna Alanahalli. In this movie, he played the protagonist role.
In “Banker Margayya”, a film directed by T S Nagabharana, he played the role of a Financial expert, which brought widespread appreciation.