Mandarthi, Udupi district, Karnataka
|Occupation||Director, Producer, Lyricist, Screenwriter|
|Children||Punarvasu and Panchami|
Yogaraj Bhat is a prominent and the top most Kannada film director, lyricist, producer and screenwriter. He is most predominantly known for the 2006 film Mungaru Male, which he co-wrote with Preetam Gubbi. He was also the director of the film and was one of the lyricists in the film. The film recorded the highest box-office collections in the history of Kannada cinema and currently holds the record for the longest running film at a multiplex. He is given the credit of bringing some of the very talented technicians to the film industry that include Pawan Kumar of Lucia fame,Pawan Wadeyar and many more.
He is the top most lyricist of the Kannada Film Industry today and is considered as the lucky mascot for all. He started his journey as a lyricist from the song 'Mungaru Maleye' from the mega hit film Mungaru Male and from then on, there was no looking back for him. He has rendered lyrics to hundreds of popular, super hit songs for the films Mungaru Male, Gaalipata, Circus, Jackie, Junglee, Inthi Ninna Preethiya, Hudugaru, Paramathma, Manasaare, Pancharangi, Kiladi Kitti, Devru, Chingari, Drama, Puttakkana Highway, Super, Anna Bond, Only Vishnuvardhana, Kichha Huchha, Crazy Loka, Lucky, Lifeu Ishtene, Shiva, Jaanu, Cheluveye Ninna Nodalu, Johny Mera Naam, Victory, Male Barali Manju Irali, Dyaavre, Preethi Geethi Ityadi, Victory and many more. He is considered the most versatile writer who can pen lyrics for slow songs such as Mungaru Maleye, Doora Swalpa Doora, Nadheem Dheem Thana, Hookanasa Jokali, Chendutiya Pakkadali, Eradu Jadeyannu, Naa Naguva modalene, Hesaru Poorthi Helale and others and can pen fast songs like Hale Paathre, Kathlalli Karadi, Khali Quarter Bottle, Shiva Antha hoguthidde, Pancharangi Pom Pom and others very easily. He has won a film fare award and many other awards for penning the super hit song, 'Bombe Aadsonu' from the film Drama.
During his college days in Mysore he watched a lot of foreign classics like Coppolla’s The Godfather, Kurosawa’s Ran. He is a great fan of Kurosawa and fed upon a staple diet of Fellini and Godard films. These films inspired him a lot. He came to Bangalore at the age of 22 hoping to be a film cameraman.
As a new entrant to the film industry, Yograj Bhat served as an assistant director under Girish Kasaravalli, V. Ravichandran, Sunil Kumar Desai and B Suresha. Talking about this experience he says "It was not about who the guru was. It was about being employed, It was the thrill of watching film-making at close quarters. I even enjoyed being admonished by these directors. The thrill of standing next to a camera and listening to its sound is inexplicable." He directed a TV serial, Chakra before making his first feature film.
It took him eight years before he found a producer to back him as an independent director. His first Kannada movie as a director was Mani. The highlight of the film was memorable performances by Umashree and Rangayana Raghu, both of whom won Karnataka State's Best Supporting Actor award for their respective roles in this movie. His second movie Ranga SSLC (2004) did not perform as expected. The film included Sudeep and Ramya in the lead, and Umashree as Sudeep's mother and Rangayana Raghu as "Bomb Naga." The story of the film was written by his friend Soori. The music of the film was composed by Sandeep Chowta.
For the next two years he did not direct any movies as it was very much testing times for him. He spent his time doing a lot of corporate films and documentaries. He had also decided to give himself a bit of time before he ventured into another film project. That was when the idea of Mungaaru Male came up. He spent almost one year writing the script. "Comedy Time" Ganesh liked the script very much, and he introduced a producer E Krishnappa who eventually produced the film. Mungaaru Male became the biggest blockbuster of South India, creating a record of having a one-year run at the box office. It was followed by another blockbuster, Gaalipata.
He also started his acting career in the film Dyavre directed by one of his assistants.
His next movie Manasaare got rave reviews from the critics and did well all over Karnataka. After Manasaare, he directed and co-produced next movie titled Pancharangi which stars Diganth and Nidhi Subbaiah in the lead roles. Rediff declared as one of the best Kannada movies of 2010.
Next movie in 2011 was Paramathma starring Puneeth Rajkumar which was another hit movie liked by all class people. In 2012, he directed a film titled Drama with Yash and Radhika Pandit in the lead roles but the film was not like his regular movies but managed to gain decent appreciation. His next movie will be Nataraja Service, likely to release in June 2014.
|2001||Chakra (T.V. Serial)||Yes||Yes|
|2006||Mungaru Male||Yes||Yes||Karnataka State Film Awards, Filmfare Award for Best Film – Kannada, Screened for more than a year|
|2008||Gaalipata||Yes||Yes||Yes||Screened for 45 Weeks and was a run away hit|
|2008||Inthi Ninna Preethiya||Yes||Yes|
|2009||Manasaare||Yes||Yes||Yes||Screened for 150 days-was a super hit|
|2010||Pancharangi||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Screened for 100 days-was a super hit|
|2011||Paramathma||Yes||Yes||Yes||Screened for 50 days-was an average hit|
|2011||Lifeu Ishtene||Yes||Yes||Screened for 100 days-was a super hit|
|2014||Totaram||Yes||Yes||Filming(Hindi Film Debut)|
His production house Yograj Movies has produced quite a few films like the super hit Pancharangi, Dyavre, Preethi Geethi Ityadi, Parapancha and others.
- Won – 2013 – Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – Kannada for the song 'Bombe Adsonu' from his own directorial film Drama.
- Won – 2013 – The Bangalore Times Film Awards for 'The Best Lyricist' category for the song 'Bombe Adsonu'.
- Nomination – 2008 – Filmfare Award for Best Director – Kannada for the film Gaalipata.
- Nomination – 2010 – Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – Kannada for the song 'Shiva Antha' from Jackie.
- Baale Paramapada Sopana as Director (Producer: Sihi Kahi Chandru)
With Actors and Actress
- Yogaraj Bhat turns choreographer for Pancharangi. Southscope.in (2010-06-28). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- The Magic of Mungaaru Male: Interview with Director Yogaraj Bhat. Ourkarnataka.com. Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- "'Mungaru Male' National record". Correspondent. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
- Top Most Lyricist of the Kannada Film Industry – Yogaraj Bhat::Play Any Contest and Win upto Rs.10 Per Contest Free Talktime Instantly Everyday. Amulyam.in. Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- Yograj Bhat. Iuemag.com (2014-02-25). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- Jackie – Music Review. Entertainment.oneindia.in (2010-08-23). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- "Yograj Bhat likes Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon". Bangalore Mirror (Bennett Coleman & Co). December 5, 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- KUMAR, SHIVA (2007-01-19). "When it rains, it pours". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- The Best Kannada Films of 2010. Rediff.com (2010-12-08). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- Yograj Bhat: ‘I was like a thief who got away every time’. Bangalore Mirror (2011-12-26). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- Filmfare Awards (South): The complete list of winners – IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (2013-07-21). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012 goes to... – The Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2013-08-19). Retrieved on 2014-04-16.
- "Pancharangi is all about Life Istene," says Yogaraj Bhat Oneindia
- Yogaraj Bhat at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview in OurKarnataka
- Article in Hindu