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Born (1959-12-22) 22 December 1959 (age 59)
Alma materUniversity of Mysore
OccupationActor, professor
Malavika (m. 2001)

Avinash Yelandur (born 22 December 1959) is an Indian actor who stars predominantly in South Indian language films, notably in the Kannada and Tamil film industries. He has been in the industry for two decades and has acted in over 200 films. Known for his authentic portrayal of complex characters and versatility, Avinash is one of the most sought-after actors in the supporting category. He is one of the few actors to enjoy both critical and commercial success.

Early life[edit]

Avinash was born in the town of Yelandur in Mysore district (now in Chamarajanagar district), in the Mysore State (now Karnataka), to Indira and B. K. Narayana Rao, a lawyer. After completing his education at Mysore's Hardwicke High School, Avinash went on attend University of Mysore, where he obtained his master's degree in English literature.[1] Drawn to theatre and cinema from a young age, he had an active theater life at Mysore and later at Bangalore. During the time, he taught English at the National Institute of Engineering, Mysore, and later at the MES college in Bangalore.[2]



His first job after his M.Phil was that of an English lecturer in National Institute of Engineering, Mysore. He continued to teach at MES College Bangalore as one of the most popular lecturers of the college. However, soon his passion for theatre took him abroad to train in acting at Mermaid Theatre, London.[3] On returning home, he worked in Kannada theatre as part of the renowned B Jayashree's troupe "Spandana" and with the Shankar Nag as part of his "Sanketh" for many years.


Films were a natural choice for Avinash after his debut in G. V. Iyer's "Madhvacharya" based on the life and times of the twelfth-century enlightened master as the protagonist Saint Madhva, a film that won several national and state awards. His debut in mainstream cinema however, was with Shivarajkumar's Samyuktha, which went in to become a hit with audiences, ushering him into the world of South Indian cinema. Since then, he has since acted in over 400 films in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and English in a career spanning nearly three decades. He has worked with over two hundred directors such as K. Balachander, Girish Kasaravalli, T. N. Seetharam, A. R. Murugadoss, Puri Jagannadh, P. Vasu, Vetri Maran, Suseedran, Yograj Bhat, Suri, Gautham Menon and T. S. Nagabharana.

Avinash's most memorable acting roles to date are in Girish Kasarvalli's National award-winning Dweepa, where he played the protagonist opposite actress Soundarya, T. S. Nagabharana's National award-winning Chinnari Muththa, Chiguridha Kanasu and Singarrevva, and T. N. Seetaram's National Award-winning Mathadana. P. Vasu's hit series Chandramukhi, Apta Mitra and Aptarakshaka were high points in his career and have fetched him several national, state smf popular awards. 5Ters, an experimental (computer graphics) children's film in Hindi gave him the opportunity of playing good and evil characters and he considers the film to be a high point of his career.

Apart from his diverse repertoire, he has had the privilege of playing major roles alongside doyens such as Rajkumar, Rajnikanth, Mammooty, Vishnuvardhan, stars such as Nagarjun, Venkatesh, Shivarajkumar, Vijay, Vikram, Ajith, and also contemporary stars like Puneeth Rajkumar, Yash, Surya, Karthi, Arya, Siddharth, Mahesh Babu and several of the younger stars of South Indian Cinema.

Personal life[edit]

Avinash married Malavika, who was his co-star in the soap opera Mayamruga, in 2001.[2] They have a son, Gaalav.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  1. Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Mathadana (2000)
  2. Filmfare award for Best Supporting actor for Aptharakshaka[4]
  3. Jury's special mention for Dweepa, Singarevva
  4. South Indian cinematographers association award for Best Supporting actor for Matadana
  5. Film Fans' Association award for Best Supporting Actor for Matadana, Dweepa
  6. SIFA award for Best Supporting Actor for Aptarakshaka
  7. Udaya TV award for excellence in cinema
  8. Suvarna TV award for Prithvi
  9. Aryabhata Award for Best Actor for TV series Shikari
  10. Rajyotsava Award of the Karnataka State Govt
  11. Kempegowda Award of the BBMP

Partial filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Language Notes
1986 27 Mavalli Circle Kannada Guest appearance
1987 Madhvacharya Kannada
1988 Samyuktha Kannada
1989 Idu Saadhya Police Inspector Kannada
1989 Tarka Cowry Kannada
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Kannada
1990 Ashwamedha Kannada
1992 Mannina Doni Kannada
1992 Sangya Balya Kannada
1993 Chinnari Mutha Saawanth Kannada
1994 Nishkarsha Ramakrishna Kannada
1994 Lockup Death Kannada
1994 Kiladigalu Kannada
1996 Huliya Madagi Kannada
1997 CBI Durga Kannada
1998 Jungle Boy English
1999 Om Namah Shivaya Kannada
1999 Hrudaya Hrudaya Kannada
1999 Nannaseya Hoove Kannada
1999 Drona Kannada
2001 Vishalakshammana Ganda Kannada
2001 Mathadana Puttathammayya Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Kotigobba Kannada
2002 Appu Kannada
2002 Ninagagi Kannada
2002 Dweepa Ganapa Kannada
2003 Singaravva Saragam Desai Kannada
2003 Chigurida Kanasu Shanubhog Kannada
2003 Mani Kannada
2003 Thirumalai Ashok Tamil
2003 Raja Narasimha Kannada
2003 Khushi Durga Prasad Kannada
2004 Apthamitra Ramachandra Acharya Kannada
2004 Durgi Kannada
2004 Kalasipalya Kannada
2004 Veera Kannadiga Kannada
2005 Valmiki Kannada
2005 Sirichandana Kannada
2005 Chandramukhi Ramachandra Acharya Tamil
2005 Aakash Kannada
2005 Swamy Kannada
2005 Deadly Soma Kannada
2005 Siddu Kannada
2005 Sye Kannada
2005 Aadi Kannada
2005 Amrutadhare Dhyan's Father Kannada
2005 News Inspector Kannada
2005 Green Signal Kannada
2006 Paramasivan DGP Rajasekar Tamil
2006 Chellata Kannada
2006 Cyanide Kempaiah IPS Kannada
2006 Kuppi Tamil
2006 Gandugali Kumararama Kannada
2006 Sirivantha Mastan Bhai Kannada
2006 Vattaram Karuppusamy Tamil
2006 Poi Valluvanar Tamil
2007 Madurai Veeran Vishvanathan Tamil
2007 Gunavantha Kannada
2008 Bombaat Kannada
2009 kabaddi Kannada
2009 Bellary Naga Kannada
2009 Kavalar Kudiyiruppu Tamil
2010 School Master Kannada
2010 Porki Kannada
2010 Siddhu +2 Tamil
2010 Aptharakshaka Ramachandra Acharya Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada
2010 Nagavalli Telugu
2010 Prithvi Narasimha Nayak Kannada
2011 Siruthai Bavuji Tamil
Doubles Malayalam
Karthik Kannada
7aam Arivu Tamil
Hudugaru Kannada
5ters: Castle of Dark Master Hindi
Paramathma Kannada
Rajapattai Chidambaram Tamil
2012 Shakti Kannada
Anna Bond Kannada
Romeo Kannada
Damarukam Telugu
2013 Sandalwood Sa Re Ga Ma Kannada
CID Eesha Kannada
Jataayu Kannada
Victory Kannada
Kaddipudi ACP Vijaya Prasad Kannada
Madarangi Kannada
2014 Veeram Aavudaiyappan Tamil
Angaaraka Kannada
Ninnindale Kannada
Ugramm Shivarudra Lingaiah Kannada
Shivajinagara Kannada
Kalyanamasthu Kannada
Ragini IPS Hiremath Kannada
Huchudugaru Kannada
Maryade Kannada
Veera Pulikeshi Kannada
Maanikya Kannada
Hara Kannada
Jasmine.5 Kannada
Aakramana Kannada
Power Kannada
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Hemanika's father Tamil
Sandamarutham Tamil
Udhayam NH4 Avinash Gowda Tamil
Mr. Airavata Kannada
Vedalam Rahul's assistant Tamil
2016 Gethu Craig's boss Tamil
Khanana Kannada
Moondraam Ullaga Por Subramaniam Tamil
Kotigobba 2 Kannada
2017 Rogue Kannada
Raajakumara Nandini's father Kannada
2018 Idam Premam Jeevanam Kannada
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Kannada
Gultoo Inspector Avinash Kannada
Vaasu Naan Pakka Commercial Kannada
Victory 2 Kannada
Orange Huli Veeraiah Kannada
2019 Natasaarvabhowma Kannada
Neeya 2 Tamil
Pailwaan Kannada

Other activities[edit]

Avinash is the founder member of Sneha Loka, a club to promote sporting activity among the film fraternity. He is also a former member of the executive committee of the Kannada Film Artists Association.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Banking on immense talent". Deccan Herald. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "From reel love to real love". The Times of India. 3 January 2001. Retrieved 2 March 2014.
  3. ^ "A taste of Mollywood". The New Indian Express. 22 March 2011. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  4. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/report/vedam-wins-big-at-filmfare-awards-2011/20110704.htm

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