Mandarthi, Udupi district, Karnataka
|Occupation||Director, Producer, Lyricist, Screenwriter|
|Children||Punarvasu and Panchami|
Yogaraj Bhat is a prominent 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 the top most lyricist of the Kannada Film Industry. 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 and many more.
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 movie 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 almost spent 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 was on-air for 2 years followed by another blockbuster Gaalipata.
He also started his actor carrier in Dyavre Movie
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|
- 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
- Southscope.in - Yogaraj Bhat turns choreographer for Pancharangi
- "'Mungaru Male' National record". Correspondent. IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
- Jackie - Music Review
- "Yograj Bhat likes Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon". Bangalore Mirror (Bennett Coleman & Co). December 5, 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
- KUMAR, SHIVA. "When it rains, it pours". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2012.
- The Best Kannada Films of 2010
- Yograj Bhat: ‘I was like a thief who got away every time’ - Bangalore Mirror
- "Pancharangi is all about Life Istene," says Yogaraj Bhat Oneindia
- Yogaraj Bhat at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview in OurKarnataka
- Article in Hindu