Dwarakish

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Dwarakish
Native name ದ್ವಾರಕೀಶ್
Born Bungle Shama Rao Dwarakanath
(1942-08-19) August 19, 1942 (age 74)
Hunsur, Kingdom of Mysore, British India
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Years active 1963–present
Spouse(s) Ambuja
Shylaja
Children 5
Relatives Hunsur Krishnamurthy (uncle)

Bungle Shama Rao Dwarakanath, (born August 19, 1942) better known as Dwarakish, is an Indian actor, director and producer in the Kannada film industry. He was given the name Dwarakish by Kannada film maker C. V. Shivashankar.

Early life[edit]

Dwarakish was born to Bungle Shama Rao and Jayamma in Hunsur on August 19, 1942. He grew up in Ittigegud, Mysore. He received his primary education in Sharada Vilas and Banumaiah's school, and he graduated from CPC Polytechnic with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. After completing his education, Dwarakish and his brother started an automotive spare parts business called "Bharath Auto Spares". You can still see this shop in Gandhi Square, Mysore. He was strongly attracted to acting and often asked his maternal uncle, a famous cinema director Hunusur Krishnamurthy, to give him a chance to act in movies. In 1963, he decided to quit business and start acting in movies.[citation needed]

Film career[edit]

In 1966, Dwarakish produced his first film Mamateya Bandhana. In 1969, he independently produced Mayor Muthanna, under the banner of "Dwaraka Films". Rajkumar and Bharathi played the lead roles in this movie. This movie was a great hit.[citation needed] After Mayor Muthanna, Dwarakish gave a series of box office successes to Kannada cinema, one after the other for the next two decades. He became the king of Kannada cinema producers.[citation needed]

Director[edit]

From the year 1985, Dwarakish started directing movies, his first movie as a director was Nee Bareda Kadambari. He went on to direct movies for other producers. Behind the camera, Dwarakish was very successful. As a director, he created movies such as Dance Raja Dance, Nee Bareda Kadambari, ""Shruthi", "Shruthi Haakidha Hejje", Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manege and "KilaadigaLu"[citation needed]

Dwarakish Chitra faced problems after the failure of some movies. With huge losses from box office failures, Dwarakish was written off by his own colleagues and the entire film industry. On Udaya TV, he lamented that he had lost around 32 crores of rupees.[citation needed] Despite failures Dwarakish did not despair. He continued to make movies introducing new faces to Kannada cinema.

As a producer, he has brought many new people to the cinema. Not only actors and actresses—he has given opportunities to new directors and other technicians. They all consider him to be their "Godfather". The support of these people, and his unwavering dedication to cinema, gave Dwarakish his long-awaited moment of success. Dwarakish produced "ApthaMitra" in the year 2004. Apthamitra was a magnificent success. Dwarakish was the first producer to offer Rajanikanth an amount of 24 lakhs of rupees for a Tamil film in 1984. He has been instrumental in the careers of great actors like Vishnu Vardhan, Manjula, and Srinath.[citation needed]. With this success the 'King of Kannada Cinema Producers', Dwarakish, regained his throne in 2005.[citation needed]

Actor[edit]

As an actor, he was often typecast as a comedian. But some of his movies were comic action movies, also starring the actor Vishnuvardhan. He is popularly called 'Kulla' (meaning a short man) in Kannada. He was the first producer to shoot a Kannada film outside India. The film was Singapoorinalli Raja Kulla. It was a milestone in the history of Kannada cinema. He has in total produced 50 Kannada films and acted in more than 300 films. He has many firsts to his credit.[citation needed]


He was the first Kannada producer to bring Kishore Kumar to the Kannada film Industry and the song Aadu Aata Aadu became extremely popular.

Records and Awards[edit]

Apthamitra created records in Kannada Cinema. It was the

  • First Kannada movie to celebrate screening for one year in two theaters, Santosh in Bangalore and Ranajith in Mysore.[citation needed]
  • First Kannada movie to successfully complete one year of screening with four shows daily.[citation needed]
  • First movie in the history of 52 years of film awards to win all the awards given to films of a specific language.[citation needed]
  • Produced First Kannada movie to be shot outside India [1]

Filmography[edit]

As Director and Producer[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Producer
1966 Mamatheya Bandhana Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1969 Mayor Muthanna Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1972 Kulla Agent 000 Red XN Green tickY Kannada Based on Danish movie Operation Love Birds (Slå først, Frede!)/(Strike First Freddy)
1973 Cowboy Kulla Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1977 Bhagyavantharu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Dheerga Sumangali - Tamil
1977 Kittu Puttu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Anubavi Raja Anubavi - Tamil
1978 Singaporenalli Raja Kulla Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1979 Preethi Madu Thamashe Nodu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Kadhalikka Neramillai - Tamil
1980 Kulla Kulli Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1980 Manku Thimma Red XN Green tickY Kannada Renake - Mastana - Hindi
1981 Guru Shishyaru Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Paramanandayya Sishyula Katha - Telugu
1981 Mane Mane Kathe Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Ramayanamlo Pidakala Veta - Telugu
1982 Pedda Gedda Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1982 Adrushtavantha Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Evariki Vaare Yamuna Theere - Telugu
1982 Nyaya Ellide Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Sattam Oru Iruttarai - Tamil
1983 Gedda Maga Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Moondru Mugam - Tamil
1983 Ananda Bhairavi Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1983 Adutha Varisu Red XN Green tickY Tamil Remake - Raja Jani - Hindi
1984 Prachanda Kulla Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1984 Police Papanna Red XN Green tickY Kannada
1984 Indina Ramayana Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Oorukku Upadesam - Tamil
1984 Gangvaa Red XN Green tickY Hindi Remake - Malaiyoor Mambattiyan - Tamil
1985 Nee Bareda Kadambari Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Remake - Pyaar Jhukta Nahin - Hindi
1985 Nee Thanda Kanike Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Remake - Sharaabi - Hindi
1985 Madhuve Madu Tamashe Nodu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Dowry Kalyanam - Tamil
1985 Brahma Gantu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Gopurangal Saivathillai - Tamil
1986 Naan Adimai Illai Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Remake - Pyaar Jhukta Nahin - Hindi
1986 Africadalli Sheela Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1986 Kizhakku Africavil Sheela Green tickY Green tickY Tamil Remake - Africadalli Sheela
1987 Sheela Red XN Green tickY Hindi Remake - Africadalli Sheela
1987 Dance Raja Dance Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1987 Onde Goodina Hakkigalu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Samsaram Adhu Minsaram - Tamil
1987 Ravana Rajya Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Ankush - Hindi
1988 Ganda Mane Makkalu Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Veedu Manaivi Makkal - Tamil
1989 Jai Karnataka Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Remake - Mr. India - Hindi
1989 Krishna Nee Kunidaga Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1990 Shruthi Green tickY Red XN Kannada Remake - Pudhu Vasantham - Tamil
1991 Gowri Kalyana Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1992 Hosa Kalla Hale Kulla Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1993 Rayaru Bandaru Mavana Manege Green tickY Red XN Kannada Remake - Chithram -Malayalam
1994 Rasika Green tickY Red XN Kannada
1994 Kiladigalu Green tickY Red XN Kannada
1995 Kidnap Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1995 Giddu Dada Green tickY Red XN Kannada Based on Victoria No. 203
1996 Hrudaya Kallaru Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1997 Shruthi Hakida Hejje Green tickY Red XN Kannada
2001 Majnu Green tickY Red XN Kannada Remake - Lovetoday - Tamil
2005 Apthamitra Red XN Green tickY Kannada Remake - Manichitrathazhu - Malayalam
2011 Vishnuvardhana Red XN Green tickY Kannada Reported to be based on Handphone[2]
Remade in Bengali as Bachchan
2012 Chaarulatha Red XN Green tickY Tamil, Kannada Remake - Thai horror film Alone
2015 Aatagara Red XN Green tickY Kannada Based on Agatha Christie's mystery novel And Then There Were None
2017 Chowka Red XN Green tickY Kannada Released

As actor[edit]

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