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Born (1962-12-22) 22 December 1962 (age 55)
Yelandur, Mysore, Mysore State (now in Chamarajanagar, Karnataka), India
Nationality Indian
Alma mater University of Mysore
Occupation Actor, professor
Spouse(s) Malavika (m. 2001)

Avinash Yelandur (born 22 December 1962) is an Indian actor who stars predominantly in South Indian language films and notably in the Kannada and Tamil film industries. He has been in the industry for two decades now and has acted in over 2100 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 very young age, he had a very 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, very soon his passion for Theatre took him abroad to train in acting to 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 artistic genius Shankar Nag as part of his famed "Sanketh" for many years.


Films were a natural choice for Avinash after his debut in the National award winning GV Iyer's "Madhvacharya" based on the life & times of the 12th century enlightened master as the protagonist Saint Madhva, a film that won several national & State awards. His debut in mainstream cinema however, was with Shivarajkumar's 'Samyuktha' which went in to become a huge hit among the masses thus 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. K.Balachander, Girish Kasaravalli, T. N. Seetharam, AR Murugadoss, Puri Jagannadh, P.Vasu, Vetri Maran, Suseedran, Yograj Bhat, Suri, Gautham Menon, T. S. Nagabharana, (each of whom have won several national awards & achieved an iconic status as technicians)are among the over 200 directors he has worked with.

As an actor Avinash's memorable roles to date are Girish Kasarvalli's National award winning Dweepa where he played the protagonist opposite actress Soundarya, TS Nagabharana's National award winning Chinnari Muththa, Chiguridha kanasu & Singarrevva, TN Seetaram's National Award winning Mathadana and many more. P.Vasu's super-hit series Chandramukhi, Apta Mitra & Aptarakshaka were high points in his career and have fetched him several national, state & popular awards. '5Ters', an experimental (Computer graphics)children's film in Hindi gave him the opportunity of playing 'Good & Evil' characters and he considers the film to be another high point in his career.

Apart from his diverse repertoire, he has had the privilege of playing major roles alongside doyens such as Rajkumar, Rajnikanth, Mammotty, Vishnuvardhan, Stars such as Nagarjun, Venkatesh, Shivarajkumar, Vijay, Vikram, Ajith, and also including today's 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 Award for Best Supporting actor for Mathadana
  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 Kannada
1989 Tarka Kannada
1989 Yuddha Kaanda Kannada
1990 Ashwamedha Kannada
1992 Mannina Doni Kannada
1992 Sangya Balya Kannada
1993 Chinnari Mutha Kannada
1994 Nishkarsha Kannada
1994 Lockup Death Kannada
1994 Kiladigalu Kannada
1996 Huliya 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 Kannada Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2001 Kotigobba Kannada
2002 Appu Kannada
2002 Ninagagi Kannada
2002 Dweepa Kannada
2003 Singaravva Kannada
2003 Chigurida Kanasu Kannada
2003 Mani Kannada
2003 Thirumalai Tamil
2003 Raja Narasimha Kannada
2003 Khushi Kannada
2004 Apthamitra Kannada
2004 Durgi Kannada
2004 Kalasipalya Kannada
2005 Valmiki Kannada
2005 Sirichandana Kannada
2005 Chandramukhi Tamil
2005 Aakash Kannada
2005 Swamy Kannada
2005 Deadly Soma Kannada
2005 Siddu Kannada
2005 Sye Kannada
2005 Aadi Kannada
2005 Amrutadhare Kannada
2005 News Kannada
2005 Green Signal Kannada
2006 Poi Tamil
2006 Gandugali Kumararama Kannada
2006 Paramasivan Tamil
2006 Vattaram Tamil
2006 Cyanide Kannada
2006 Kuppi Tamil
2006 Sirivantha Kannada
2006 Chellata Kannada
2007 Gunavantha Kannada
2008 Bombaat Kannada
2009 Bellary Naga Kannada
2009 Kavalar Kudiyiruppu Tamil
2010 School Master Kannada
2010 Porki Kannada
2010 Siddhu +2 Tamil
2010 Aptharakshaka Kannada Won, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010 Nagavalli Telugu
2010 Prithvi Kannada
2011 Siruthai Tamil
Doubles Malayalam
Karthik Kannada
7aam Arivu Tamil
5ters: Castle of Dark Master Hindi
Hudugaru Kannada
Paramathma Kannada
2012 Shakti Kannada
Anna Bond Kannada
Romeo Kannada
Rajapattai Tamil
Damarukam Telugu
2013 Sandalwood Sa Re Ga Ma Kannada
Udhayam NH4 Tamil
CID Eesha Kannada
Jataayu Kannada
Kaddipudi Kannada
Madarangi Kannada
2014 Angaaraka Kannada
Ninnindale Kannada
Ugramm Kannada
Shivajinagara Kannada
Kalyanamasthu Kannada
Ragini IPS Kannada
Huchudugaru Kannada
Maryade Kannada
Veera Pulikeshi Kannada
Maanikya Kannada
Hara Kannada
Jasmine.5 Kannada
Aakramana Kannada
Power *** Kannada
2015 Yennai Arindhaal Tamil
Sandamarutham Tamil
Mr. Airavata Kannada
Vedalam Tamil
2016 Gethu Tamil
Khanana Kannada
Moondraam Ullaga Por Tamil
Kotigobba 2 Kannada
2017 Rogue 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.


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