Anant Nag

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Anant Nag
Born Anant Nagarakatte
(1948-09-04) 4 September 1948 (age 66)
Mallapur, Honnavar, Mysore State, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, politician
Spouse(s) Gayathri (m. 1987)
Children 1
Parent(s) Sadananda Nagarakatte
Family Shankar Nag (brother)

Anant Nagarkatte (born 4 September 1948) popularly known as Anant Nag is an actor and politician from Karnataka, India. He is considered one of Kannada cinema's finest actors.[1] As a result, he is popularly known as an actor with no-failures, by critics.[citation needed] In addition to Kannada movies, he has acted in Marathi, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi movies. He has also acted in Malgudi Days, directed by his younger brother Shankar Nag based on the stories by R. K. Narayan. His work was much appreciated by critics at that time. He is fluent in Kannada, Konkani, Marathi, Hindi and with a good understanding of Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. The versatile natural acting coupled with the style of speaking (southern Kannada accent with a coastal touch) made him one of the most successful actors in Kannada cinema.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Anant Nag was born on 4 September 1948[2] to Anandi and Sadanand Nagarkatte in the Uttara Kannada district of the Kingdom of Mysore (present day Karnataka). He grew up in Shirali, a village near Bhatkal in Uttara Kannada. He had his early education under the aegis of Ananda Ashrama in Dakshina Kannada district and Chitrapura Matha in Uttara Kannada. He was sent to Bombay (now Mumbai) for further education. This was when he was drawn towards the theatre movement of Bombay and he was selected to act in Konkani, Kannada and Marathi plays which he did until he turned 22.[1]



Once in Bombay, thanks to his good looks, he was suggested by theatre personalities Prabhakar Mudur and Venkatrao Talageri to participate in theatrical plays. His first role came in a play when he played the role of a Hindu monk, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, that proved to be a success among the audiences. He then played a role in a play based on the life of sage Gautama Buddha. Following these, he played important roles in plays in Konkani and Kannada languages, the latter mostly with directors K. K. Suvarna and Girish Karnad. In Karnad's play Yayati, Nag played the role of Pururava. He also played major roles in Hindi language plays of Amol Palekar and Satyadev Dubey's socially and politically relevant plays. Around this time, in the early 1970s, he received two film offers, in P. V. Nanjaraja Urs' Kannada film, Sankalpa; and Shyam Benegal's Hindi film, Ankur.[3][1]

Film career[edit]

Following a theatre career in Bombay, Nag made his film debut with Sankalpa a 1973 Kannada film. Shyam Benegal introduced him into Hindi cinema in his 1973 film Ankur. Anant Nag acted in many of Shyam Benegal's movies after that. Although he is well known for his mainstream Kannada films, Nag is also active in alternative Indian cinema.

His entry into Kannada films was through legendary G. V. Iyer's Hamsageethe.[4] It is one of the most critically acclaimed of his movies and is about trysts of a learner whose greatest search is finding the right Guru.[5]

Nag and fellow popular actress Lakshmi have been known as an all-time greatest pair in South Indian movies. They acted together in more than 25 films. Most of the films based on T. R. Subba Rao's novels and some of them directed by great Dorai-Bhagavan. The films like Chandanada Gombe, Naa Ninna Bidaalare (1979), Benkiya Bale, Ibbani Karagitu, Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba, Mududida Taavare Aralitu, Nodi Swamy Naavirodu Heege (1983), Amma and others in their combination were blockbuster hits that made Anant Nag and Lakshmi household names in Karnataka. Both the actors have signed a new film together in 2013 called "Gulmohar" directed by Devanuru Chandra that has already started shooting.

Although he began his career as an actor in artistic movies, became most popular in comedies due to his versatile acting and natural sense of humour. Ananth Nag kept re-inventing himself with each era. In the 1970s and 80s, he was the darling of the middle-class with his natural acting. He also dabbled in television during this period. In the 90s, he experimented with negative roles (Shanti Kranti) and accepted character roles.

He is one among very few lead actors in Kannada film industry to share screen space with Rajkumar. Most memorable of this combination is Kaamana Billu, in which he played second lead role. Another notable film is Bhakta Prahlada, in which Rajkumar played Hiranya Kashyapu and Ananthnag as Naradamuni.

With greatest hits in the films like Ganeshana Maduve, Gauri Ganesha, Udbava, Undoohoda Konduhoda, Beladingala Baale, Hasyaratna Ramakrishna, Yarigu Helbedi, dairya lakshmi, he has been noted for his abilities. These days, he appears in supporting roles in Kannada movies (for example, blockbuster films like Mungaru Male): He has been the favourite choice of most popular directors of Kannada cinema. He is equally popular in supportive roles amongst dignified viewers across the Karnataka. His recent movie Eredane maduve has been a huge hit where he acted in a lead role with Suhasini Maniratnam.

Nag acted in Anahat and it drew rave reviews. Marathi film director Amol Palekar found Nag's sensitive depiction of the king's dilemmas to have greatly enhanced the multifaceted complexities of the film.[citation needed] The character portrayed by Nag has depth and dimension, powerfully drawing you into the core of the story.

Though he is one of the most influential men both from a film and political point of view, he has often been regarded as the finest, the simplest and polite personality. His appearance in front of media or appearances for publicity have hardly been noticed and the association of his name with any controversy has hardly been reported, either with his film or with political career. For these reasons, Nag is considered as one of the most respectable personalities in the real life. Now he is one of the most sought-after actor in Kannada cinemas.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In 1979, Nag was shooting for Narada Vijaya and Gayatri for Auto Raja with Shankar Nag in Chamundeshwari studios. With time, cupid struck and love blossomed between them. They married on 9 April 1987.[2] They have a daughter, Aditi.

Political career[edit]

Staying in Mumbai, in the heady days of Socialism, Anant Nag was a strong supporter of the reformist movement. He identified himself with the Janatha Party and was the star-campaigner for Janatha Party in 1983, 1985 and 1989 elections. He won from Malleshwaram constituency in 1994 and served as a Minister for BDA in the J. H. Patel's cabinet. Much before he also contested from Uttara Kannada Lok Sabha constituency in 1983 against veteran writer K. Shivarama Karanth. His tenure was uneventful, with him being criticised for not catering the infrastructure needs of Bangalore.[citation needed]

When Ramakrishna Hegde, supposedly his mentor was expelled from Janatha Dal, he stayed within Janatha Dal, leading to speculations of divide between the two.[citation needed]

In 2004, he contested a very fierce assembly election from Janata Dal (Secular) where he was pitched against the then Chief minister of Karnataka, S. M. Krishna from Indian National Congress, alongside fellow actor Mukhyamantri Chandru from Bharatiya Janata Party in the Chamrajpet constituency in Bangalore. However, S.M. Krishna won the election. But Krishna, disappointed with not being able to win the majority, opted not to lead the party and soon became the governor of Maharashtra.


The following is the filmography of Ananth Nag. Besides Kannada he has also acted in Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam and Hindi films.

Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director(s) Notes Ref.
1973 Sankalpa P. V. Nanjaraja Urs
1974 Ankur Surya Shyam Benegal Dakhani language film
1975 Devara Kannu Y. R. Swamy
Hamsageethe Bhairavi Venkatasubbiah G. V. Iyer
Nishant Anjaiya Shyam Benegal Hindi film
1976 Manthan Chandavarkar Shyam Benegal
Bayalu Daari Gopi Dorai-Bhagawan
1977 Prema Lekhalu Madan K. Raghavendra Rao Telugu film
Kanneshwara Rama Rama M. S. Sathyu
Anuroopa P. Lankesh
1978 Kudure Mukha Y. R. Swamy
Maathu Tappada Maga Peketi Shivaram Co-starring Rajinikanth
Bhumika: The Role Rajan Shyam Benegal Hindi film
Sandharbha Gauri Raju
Premayana Mohan Geethapriya
Madhura Sangama T. P. Venugopal
Kondura Parashuram Rao Shyam Benegal Hindi - Telugu bilingual
Released in Telugu as Anugraham
1979 Naa Ninna Bidalaare Krishna Vijay Won Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada
Chandanada Gombe Dorai-Bhagawan
Mutthu Ondu Mutthu R. N. Jayagopal
1980 Minchina Ota Tony Shankar Nag Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Dhairya Lakshmi Gopu
Ondu Hennu Aaru Kannu V. Madhusudhan Rao
Narada Vijaya Narada / Vijay Siddalingaiah Dual roles
Janma Janmada Anubandha Avinash Shankar Nag
Prema Jwala Geethapriya
Gehrayee Nandu Aruna Raje
Vikas Desai
Hindi film
1981 Anupama Ananth Renuka Sharma
Mareyada Haadu R. N. Jayagopal
Jeevakke Jeeva K. S. R. Das
Mangalsutra Vijay Vijay. B Hindi film [6]
Shreeman Geethapriya
Kalyug Bharat Raj Shyam Benegal Hindi film
1982 Andada Aramane
Baadada Hoo K. V. Jayaram
Mullina Gulabi Vijay
Bara Sathish Chandra M. S. Sathyu Won Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada
Nanna Devaru B. Mallesh
Hasyaratna Ramakrishna Ramakrishna B. S. Ranga
Bettale Seve K. V. Jayaram
1983 Simhasana C. R. Simha
Anveshane Shaam T. S. Nagabharana
Benkiya Bale Narasimha Murthy Dorai-Bhagawan
Gayathri Maduve B. Mallesh
Hosa Theerpu Himself Shankar Nag Guest appearance
Kaamana Billu Chi. Dattaraj Co-starring Rajkumar
Bhakta Prahlada Vijay
Phaniyamma Prema Karanth
Ibbani Karagithu K. V. Jayaram
Mududida Tavare Aralithu Chandra K. V. Jayaram
Chalisida Sagara
Nodi Swamy Navirodu Hige Shankar Nag
1984 Sukha Samsarakke Hanneradu Sootragalu Rajachandra
Premave Balina Belaku A. V. Sheshagiri Rao
Prema Sakshi B. Mallesh
Ramapurada Ravana Rajachandra
Olave Baduku K. V. Jayaram
Olavu Moodidaga B. Mallesh
Makkaliralavva Mane Thumba T. S. Nagabharana
1985 Accident Dharmadhikari Shankar Nag
Bidugadeya Bedi Dorai-Bhagwan
Parameshi Prema Prasanga Ramesh Bhat
Shwetha Gulabi
Haavu Eni Aata V. R. K. Prasad
Sedina Hakki Dorai-Bhagavan
Shabdagalu Suresh Davangere
Hendthi Beku Hendthi
1986 Hosa Neeru K. V. Jayaram Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Nenapina Doni T. S. Nagabharana
Prema Jala Joe Simon
Aruna Raaga K. V. Jayaram
Maneye Manthralaya H. R. Bhargava
1987 Thayi Perala
Huli Hebbuli Vijay Guest appearance
Agni Parva Guest appearance
Avasthe Krishna Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
Kurukshetra H. R. Bhargava
Athiratha Maharatha Perala
Daiva Shakti Renuka Sharma
Swathi Thirunal Swathi Thirunal Rama Varma Lenin Rajendran Malayalam film
1988 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara Inspector Mahesh Rajachandra
Ranadheera V. Ravichandran
Shanthi Nivasa H. R. Bhargava
Varna Chakra
Sri Venkateshwara Mahime Anil Baindur
Balondu Bhavageethe Geethapriya
Mutthaide Renuka Sharma
1989 Amaanusha N. R. Nanjunde Gowda
Hendthighelbedi Dinesh Babu Won Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada
Idu Saadhya Khyata/Karthik Kamplapur Dinesh Babu
Gagana Dorai-Bhagawan
1990 Golmaal Radhakrishna Radhakrishna Sai Prakash
Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru D. Rajendra Babu
Swarna Samsara Om Sai Prakash
Challenge Gopalakrishna Gopalakrishna Om Sai Prakash
Udbhava Kodlu Ramakrishna
Abhimanyu Ravi Raja Pinisetty
Mathe Haaditu Kogile H. R. Bhargava
Anantha Prema Ananth T. Janardhan
Ganeshana Maduve Ganesha Phani Ramachandra
Ivalentha Hendthi G. K. Mudduraj
1991 Maneli Ili Beedili Huli Om Sai Prakash
Golmal Radhakrishna Part 2 Radhakrishna Om Sai Prakash
Roll Call Ramakrishna Ramakrishna B Ramamurthy
Gowri Ganesha Ganesha Phani Ramachandra Won Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada
Hosa Mane Aliya B. Ramamurthy
Shanti Kranti V. Ravichandran
Nattukku Oru Nallavan Daddy V. Ravichandran Tamil film
Nagini Sripriya
1992 Undu Hoda Kondu Hoda Krishna Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
Raat Psychiatrist Ram Gopal Varma Hindi film
Ondu Cinema Kathe Phani Ramachandra Anjana
Shakti Yukti
Marana Mrudanga
1993 Rajakeeya
Mangalya Bandhana
Nishkarsha Sunil Kumar Desai Co-starring Vishnuvardhan
1994 Thooguve Krishnana
Yarigu Helbedi Kodlu Ramakrishna
Gangavva Gangamaayi Won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
1995 Beladingala Baale Sunilkumar Desai
Nilukada Nakshatra
1996 Samayakkondu Sullu
Thaali Pooje
Jeevanadhi D. Rajendra Babu
Anuraga Spandana
1997 Ganesha I Love U Ganesha
1999 Vishwa Shivamani
Naanenu Madlilla
2000 Preethse D. Rajendra Babu
Tiger Padmini
Krishna Leele D. Rajendra Babu
Chamundi A. Mohan Gandhi
Yaarige Saluthe Sambala M. S. Rajashekar
Nan Hendthi Chennagidale Dinesh Babu
Swalpa Adjust Madkolli Kodlu Ramakrishna
Andhra Hendthi A. R. Babu
2001 Mathadana T. N. Seetharam
Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu Rajendra Singh Babu
Asura S. Mahendar
Aunty Preethse H. Vasu
Chithra Dinesh Babu
Neela T. S. Nagabharana
Chitte Dinesh Babu
Hello Narada
2002 Bhootayyana Makkalu
Manase O Manase
Manasella Neene Mugur Sundar
Naanu Naane
Hollywood Scientist
2003 Anahat King of Shravasthi Amol Palekar Marathi film
Stumble Anand Rao Prakash Belawadi English film
Bangalore Bandh
Lankesh Patrike
Preethi Prema Pranaya Chandrashekar Kavitha Lankesh
Khushi Prakash
Chigurida Kanasu
2004 Sagari
Mellusire Savigana
Yuva Arjun's father Mani Ratnam Hindi film
Pakkadamane Hudugi
2005 Encounter Dayanayak
Nenapirali Rathnaja
Vishnu Sena Naganna
2006 Shree
Uppi Dada M.B.B.S.
Neenello Naanalle
Ravi Shastri
Kallarali Hoovagi T. S. Nagabharana
Mungaru Male Colonel Subbayya Yograj Bhat
2007 Sajni Murugesh
Nali Naliyutha
Ninade Nenapu
Ee Bandhana Narayana Ullagaddi Vijayalakshmi Singh
2008 Gaalipata Kodandaram Yograj Bhat
Honganasu Rathnaja
Yuga Yugagale Sagali
Mr. Garagasa
Aramane Taatha Nagashekhar Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada
Super Jodi
Neene Neene
Taj Mahal R. Chandru Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada
Ganesha Matte Bandha
Ganga Kaveri
2009 Nam Yajamanru T. S. Nagabharana
Chellidaru Sampigeya
Eshtu Naguthi Nagu
Cheluvina Chilipili
Mr. Garagasa Parthasarthy Dinesh Baboo
2010 Crazy Kutumba Mallanna B. Ramamurthy
Premism Rathnaja
Mr. Theertha Narayana Shasthri (Theertha's father) Sadhu Kokila
Eradane Maduve Vishwanath Dinesh Baboo
Olave Vismaya
Preethi Hungama
Pancharangi A wanderer Yograj Bhat
Ramegowda V/s Krishnaswamy Ramegowda
2011 Kalgejje A. Bangaru
Take It Easy Ananth Padmanabh
Mathond Madhuvena Dinesh Babu
Paramathma Jayanth Yograj Bhat
Naanalla Dinesh Babu
Dhan Dhana Dhan Ramnath
2012 Prarthane K. Sadashiva Shenoy
Jeevana Jokealli
Dev Son of Mudde Gowda Mudde Gowda Indrajith Lankesh
Dashamukha Raju Srivatsa
Breaking News Nagathihalli Chandrashekar
2013 Myna Nagashekar
Kaddipudi Sathya Murthy Duniya Soori
Googly Pawan Wadeyar
Sakkare Col Cariappa Abhaya Simha
Shravani Subramanya Seetharam Manju Swaraj
2014 Brahma R. Chandru
Manada Mareyalli Bhujanga Shetty Rajeev Nethra
Athi Aparoopa Vishwanath Dinesh Babu
Gajakesari Krishna
Jai Bajarang Bali Ravi Verma Gubbi
2015 Vaastu Prakaara Anantha Krishna Yogaraj Bhat
Mrugashira Srivatsa
+ Gadda Viji Filming
Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu Venkob Rao Hemanth M. Rao Filming
Sanju Mathu Geetha - Part II Nagashekhar [7]
The Plan


Year Show Character Channel
Malgudi Days Doordarshan
2002 Garva ETV Kannada
2006 Preeti Illada Mele ETV Kannada
2013–present Chitte Hejje ETV Kannada


Karnataka State Film Awards
Year Award type Film Notes
1979–80 Best Actor Minchina Ota
1985–86 Best Actor Hosa Neeru
1994–95 Best Actor Gangavva Gangamayi
2011–12 Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award[8] Lifetime Achievement
Filmfare Awards South
Year Award type Film Notes
1979 Best Actor Naa Ninna Bidalaare
1982 Best Actor Bara
1989 Best Actor Hendthighelbedi
1991 Best Actor Gauri Ganesha
2008 Best Supporting Actor Tajmahal Nominated
2008 Best Supporting Actor Aramane Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Films were bolder in the past". Frontline. October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "About real life and reel lives". The Times of India. October 2010. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Nag, Anant (11 November 2014). TV9 - Actor Anant Nag's Film & Life History : "Anant Antaranga" - Part 2. India: TV9 Kannada. 
  4. ^ Anant Nag's profile on Chitraranga
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  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "Recreating Sanju Mathu Geetha Magic with Kriti". The New Indian Express. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Karnataka State Film Awards 2010–11 winners". The Times of India. 14 March 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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