Kishore (actor)

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Born (1974-08-14) 14 August 1974 (age 40)
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Vishala

Kishore Jayaram (born 14 August 1974),[1][2] credited as Kishore, is an Indian film actor, born in Karnataka. Known for playing characters that fit the bill of the anti-hero – be it a cop, politician, or character role, Kishore made a space for himself in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam cinema.

Early life[edit]

Kishore was a student of National College, Basavanagudi where he started off with theatre doing plays like Teregalu and Samrata Ashoka.[2] He then did his masters in Kannada literature from Bangalore University. He took up teaching in a college in Bangalore[3] where he worked for two years and then as a part-time fashion designer worked under fashion designer Vidyasagar, a professor from Indian Institute of Fashion Technology (IIFT).


Kishore made his film debut in the 2004 Kannada film Kanti, acting as Byaadara Beera. He got a role in the film after having been identified initially to design costumes for the film and eventually went on to win a State award for his role in it.[3] For his role in the film Raakshasa, he won the Karnataka State Award for Best Supporting Actor.[3] His acting as a tough elder brother of heroines in Akash and Kallarali Hoovagi was widely appreciated. Gaining fame as a reliable actor, he was approached by director Vetrimaaran to work in Desiya Nedunchalai, as he was looking for an actor who could speak Tamil with a Kannada accent. The film was dropped, but he got a chance to act in Polladhavan. As a no non-sense cop in Duniya Kishore gained acclaim. His role as a Kabaddi coach in Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu was well-appreciated. However, highpoint in his career was the role of forest brigand Veerappan in the 2013 film Attahasa.[4][5] In the same year, he appeared in a low-budget film Jatta in which played the role of a forest guard. The film was a commercial and critical success and won Kishore praise from critics. The year 2013 turned to a notable year to Kishore in Tamil too as he had two major releases (excluding Vana Yuddham, the Tamil version of the bi-lingual Attahasa which were critically acclaimed Haridas and Commercially successful Ajith starrer Arrambam. In both the movies Kishore had played the role of a cop. Haridas movie particularly gained critics attention for Kishore's character in the movie as a police officer raising his kid who suffers from autism and makes him an athlete. Kishore became a regular fare in Telugu and Tamil movies.[6]

In 2014, he appeared in Ulidavaru Kandanthe, playing the role of Munna, another role that won him praise from critics.[7]

In 2015, Kishore got his Tamil moivie "Thilagar" released. Kishore's acting in the movie was praised by critics though the movie was not very successful in the box office. [8]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2004 Kanti Beera Kannada
2005 Akash Kannada
Deadly Soma Kannada
Rakshasa Shabir Kannada Winner, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Happy ACP Rathnam Telugu
Kannadada Kanda Kannada
Kallarali Hoovagi Kannada
2007 Polladhavan Selvam Tamil Winner, Vijay Award for Best Villain
Geleya Don Bhandari Kannada
Kshana Kshana Kishore Kannada
Duniya Kannada
2008 Gooli Kannada
Jayamkondaan Guna Tamil
Silambattam Duraisingham Tamil
Akka Thangi Huliyappa Kannada
2009 Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu Souda Muthu Tamil
Birugaali Inspector Kannada
Thoranai Guru Tamil
Muthirai Tamil
Bheemli Kabadi Jattu Telugu
Kabaddi Beeresh Kannada
2010 Porkkalam Karnan Tamil
Bayam Ariyaan Mithran Tamil
Vamsam Rathinam Tamil
Huli Chandappa Huliyal Kannada
2011 Kallara Sante Kannada
Birugalli Kannada
Aadukalam Dorai Tamil
Mudhal Idam Karuppu Balu Tamil
Parimala Thiraiyarangam Tamil
9 To 12 Munna Kannada
2012 Bhagirathi Maadevaraya Kannada
Dammu Telugu
Thiruvambadi Thamban Shakthivel Malayalam Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum Telugu
2013 Vana Yuddham Veerappan Tamil
Attahasa Kannada Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role
Haridas Sivadas Tamil
Dalam Shatruvu Telugu
Ponmaalai Pozhudhu Tamil
Jatta Jatta Kannada
Arrambam Prakash Tamil
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe Munna Kannada
Rowdy Bhushan Telugu
Chandamama Kathalu Sarathi Telugu
2015 Thilagar Bose Pandian Tamil
Tund Haikal Sahavasa Kannada Filming
Yatchan Tamil Filming
Ricky Kannada Filming
Kadhali Kaanavillai Tamil Filming
Octopus Kannada Filming
Vasco-da-Gama Kannada Filming


  1. ^ "Kishore celebrates his birthday today". The Times of India. 14 August 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "From professor to bandit". The Hindu. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the actor who plays Veerappan in Attahasa". Rediff. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kannada Review: 'Attahasa' is a technically brilliant biopic of Veerappan". 16 February 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Attahasa (Kannada)". The Indian Express. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Jatta review". bharatstudent. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Movie review: Ulidavaru Kandante". Bangalore Mirror. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Thilagar Movie review". "Times of India". 21 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Kishore at the Internet Movie Database