Yogaraj Bhat

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Yogaraj Bhat
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Born (1972-10-08) 8 October 1972 (age 42)
Mandarthi, Udupi District, Karnataka State, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Film director, producer, lyricist, screenwriter
Spouse(s) Renuka
Children 2

Yogaraj Bhat (born 8 October 1972) is a prominent and the top most Kannada film director, lyricist, producer and screenwriter.[1] He is most predominantly known for the 2006 film Mungaru Male, which he co-wrote with Preetam Gubbi.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4][5] 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, Paramatma,Male Barali Manju Irali, Dyaavre, Preethi Geethi Ityadi, Victory and many more.[6] 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.

Early life[edit]

Yogaraj Bhat was born on October 8, 1973, in Mandarthi, in the Udupi district of the erstwhile Mysore State (now in Karnataka). He was the youngest of Ramachandra and Jayalakshmi Bhat's seven children. He lost his father to a boat mishap.


During his college days in Mysore he watched a lot of foreign classics like Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, Akira Kurosawa's Ran. He is a great fan of Kurosawa[7] 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."[8] 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.[9]

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.[10]


Year Film
director Producer screenWriter Lyricist Notes
2001 Chakra (T.V. Serial) Yes Yes
2003 Mani Yes Mahesh katti
2004 Ranga S.S.L.C Yes Yes
2006 Mungaru Male 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
2012 Drama Yes Yes Yes Super Hit
2014 Vaastu Prakaara Yes Yes Yes Yes Filming
2014 Totaram Yes Yes Filming(Hindi Film Debut)

Yograj Movies[edit]

His production house Yograj Movies has produced quite a few films like the super hit Pancharangi, Dyavre, Preethi Geethi Ityadi, Parapancha and others.


TV Series[edit]

  1. Baale Paramapada Sopana as Director (Producer: Sihi Kahi Chandru)


With Actors and Actress[edit]

Mani (2003) Ranga S.S.L.C (2004) Mungaru Male (2006) Gaalipata (2008) Manasaare (2009) Pancharangi (2010) Paramathma (2011) Drama (2012)
Mayur Patel
Mahesh y
Rangayana Raghu
Daisy Bopanna
Pooja Gandhi
Anant Nag
Aindrita Ray
Nidhi Subbaiah
Puneet Rajkumar
Ramya Barna
Deepa Sannidhi
Radhika Pandit


  1. ^ Yogaraj Bhat turns choreographer for Pancharangi. (28 June 2010). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ The Magic of Mungaaru Male: Interview with Director Yogaraj Bhat. Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  3. ^ "'Mungaru Male' National record". Correspondent. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 8 December 2007. 
  4. ^ Top Most Lyricist of the Kannada Film Industry – Yogaraj Bhat::Play Any Contest and Win upto Rs.10 Per Contest Free Talktime Instantly Everyday. Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  5. ^ Yograj Bhat. (25 February 2014). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  6. ^ Jackie – Music Review. (23 August 2010). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Yograj Bhat likes Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon". Bangalore Mirror (Bennett Coleman & Co). 5 December 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  8. ^ KUMAR, SHIVA (19 January 2007). "When it rains, it pours". The Hindu (Chennai, India). Retrieved 2 July 2012. 
  9. ^ The Best Kannada Films of 2010. (8 December 2010). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  10. ^ Yograj Bhat: ‘I was like a thief who got away every time’. Bangalore Mirror (26 December 2011). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  11. ^ Filmfare Awards (South): The complete list of winners – IBNLive. (21 July 2013). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  12. ^ Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012 goes to... – The Times of India. (19 August 2013). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.

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