D. Rajendra Babu

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D. Rajendra Babu
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Born(1951-03-30)30 March 1951
Died3 November 2013(2013-11-03) (aged 62)
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Other namesBabu
OccupationDirector and writer
Years active1984–2013
Spouse(s)Sumithra
ChildrenUmashankari (daughter)
Nakshatra (daughter)

D. Rajendra Babu (Kannada: ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ ಬಾಬು) (30 March 1951 – 3 November 2013) was a Kannada film maker and screenplay writer. He has directed over 50 films in various genres, most of them being sentimental films. He wrote and directed numerous blockbuster films, though many of them are re-makes. Apart from Kannada films, he directed a few Telugu and Tamil films along with a Malayalam and a Hindi film each. He is considered one of the most revered directors of Kannada film industry; "sandalwood".

Some of the notable works of Babu are Nanu Nanna Hendathi (1985), Olavina Udugore (1987), Ramachaari (1991), Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru (1990), Halunda Thavaru (1994), Appaji (1996), Diggajaru (2000), Amma (2001), Encounter Dayanayak (2005) and Bindaas (2010).

Early career[edit]

Babu joined the Kannada film industry in the early 1980s as an actor, but later on became a filmmaker. He worked as an associate to many top directors such as Rajendra Singh Babu, K. S. R. Das and V. Somashekhar.

Babu became an independent director with Jiddu, starring Tiger Prabhakar and Jayamala. Though the film was not a big success, his subsequent films such as Swabhimaana and Naanu Nanna Hendthi were massive silver jubilee hits. He has so far directed 50 films including a Hindi film, Pyaar Karke Dekho (1987).

Personal life[edit]

Babu was married to Sumithra, a multi-lingual actress. They have two daughters – Umashankari and Nakshatra. Nakshatra has made her acting debut in a Tamil film Doo.

Death[edit]

Babu was admitted to M. S. Ramaiah Hospital on 2 November 2013 after he complained of abdominal pain. He died of a heart attack in the hospital on the morning of 3 November.[1]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Screenplay
1984 Jiddu Green tickY Question? Kannada
1984 Kalinga Sarpa Green tickY Question? Kannada
1984 Hosa Ithihaasa Green tickY Question? Kannada
1985 Swabhimana Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1986 Asambhava Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1986 Rekthabhishekam Green tickY Question? Malayalam
1987 Olavina Udugore Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Also co-produced
1987 Pyaar Karke Dekho Green tickY Green tickY Hindi
1989 Yuga Purusha Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Remake of Karz
1989 Samsara Nouke Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1990 Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1990 Chakravarthy Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1991 Kaala Chakra Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Also story
1991 Ramachaari Green tickY Red XN Kannada Remake of Chinna Thambi
1992 Entede Bhanta Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Based on novel by Sudarshan Desai
1992 Sriramachandra Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1993 Annayya Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1994 Haalunda Thavaru Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Also dialogues
1994 Karulina Koogu Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1996 Appaji Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1996 Jeevanadhi Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
1997 Jodi Hakki Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Also writer
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
1998 Kurubana Rani Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Also writer and dialogues
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Green tickY Red XN Kannada
1999 Habba Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
2000 Devara Maga Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2000 Krishna Leele Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2000 Preethse Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2000 Yare Nee Abhimani Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2001 Diggajaru Green tickY Red XN Kannada Remake of Natpukkaga
2002 Nandhi Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2002 Naanu Naane Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Remake of Raja Hindustani
2003 Swathi Muthu Green tickY Red XN Kannada
2005 Encounter Dayanayak Green tickY Red XN Kannada Based on the life of encounter specialist Daya Nayak[2]
2005 Auto Shankar Green tickY Red XN Kannada
2006 Uppi Dada MBBS Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2008 Bindaas Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Based on Telugu film Dhana 51
2008 Bombaat Green tickY Green tickY Kannada
2014 Aryan Green tickY Green tickY Kannada Also writer and dialogues
Posthumously released

Awards & Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kannada film director Rajendra Babu dead". The Hindu. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Police-underworld skirmishes". The Hindu. 13 February 2005. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  3. ^ 'Prasad' gets best film award for 2011
  4. ^ Rajendra Babu Elated

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