Devaraj

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Devaraj
Devaraj.jpg
Born (1953-09-20) 20 September 1953 (age 65)
NationalityIndian
Other namesDevraj
Devu
OccupationActor
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Chandralekha[1]
ChildrenPrajwal Devaraj
Pranam Devaraj

Devaraj (born 20 September 1953)[2] is an Indian actor and theatre actor who works in South Indian film industries. He has largely featured in Kannada films performing various roles as a lead character, supporting character and villainous character. He has also featured in Telugu and Tamil films.

Having worked in over 200 feature films, Devaraj is popularly referred to as a "Dynamic Hero" in the Kannada film industry.[3] Prior to acting in films, Devaraj performed in stage plays under the guidance of Shankar Nag and B. Jayashree. Devaraj has won several awards and accolades including the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal as the protagonist in the film Veerappan in 1991.[4]

Early life[edit]

Devaraj was born on 20 September 1953 to Ramachandrappa and Krishnamma in Lingarajpuram, a locality in Bangalore, in the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka). His father worked in ITC Factory, Welfare department. Devaraj lost his father when he was 3 months old as he was suffering from Maleria. In 1976 due to his family's financial problems Devaraj decided to work in HMT Watch factory, Case & Dial Section, where he worked for 9 years, and it was suggested he should act in dramas by his senior colleague HMT Govindaraju.[5] Firstly Devaraj joined R.Nagesh's theatre group, Later he joined B. Jayashree's theatre group SPANDANA and later on with Shankar Nag's SANKET.[3] His film debut was as a supporting actor in 'Trishula'. He continued to appear as a supporting actor, then acted in leading roles.

Career[edit]

Devaraj auditioned for Trishula with Avinash, both of whom were part of a same theatre troupe. Both got through the auditions and the film was his debut as an actor. However, the film did not release.[4][6] His first released film was 27 Mavalli Circle in 1986. After the success of 27 Mavalli Circle Devaraj acted in many more films mainly in supporting roles. His notable performances include: Aaganthuka, Navabharatha, Indrajith among others.

After the year 2000, Devaraj switched over to character roles and debuted in Tamil and Telugu film industries. He worked in highly acclaimed films such as Naan Kadavul, Malaikottai and Villu in Tamil and Yagnam, Sri in Telugu.[7]

Personal life[edit]

In 1986, Devaraj married actress Chandralekha, whom he had met on the sets of his film Sikku.[1] Following this, they appeared together in the 1992film Kendada Male.[6] After their marriage, Chandralekha quit acting. They have two sons, Prajwal and Pranam. Both sons are active in the Kannada film industry, with Prajwal having established himself as a lead actor.[8]

Notable filmography[edit]

Kannada[edit]

Year Movie Name Additional Details
1985 Thrishula Unreleased
1986 Mavalli Circle
1986 Preethi
1987 Aaganthuka Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 Anthima Theerpu
1987 Ravana Rajya
1987 Kendada Male
1987 Dance Raja Dance
1987 Bandha Muktha
1987 Sangrama
1987 Aapadbhandava
1988 Arjun
1988 Sambhavami Yuge Yuge
1988 Navabharatha
1988 Elu Suttina Kote
1988 Samyuktha
1988 Jana Nayaka
1988 Sangliyana
1988 Anjada Gandu
1988 Ramanna Shamanna
1988 Krishna Rukmini
1988 Daada
1988 Nee Nanna Daiva
1988 Meenakshi Mane Meshtru
1989 Yuddha Kanda
1989 Tarka
1989 Hrudaya Geethe
1989 Jockey
1989 Amanusha
1989 Avathara Purusha
1989 Indrajith
1989 Deva
1989 Hendthighelbedi
1989 C.B.I. Shankar
1989 Idu Saadhya
1989 Poli Huduga
1990 Nammoora Hammera
1990 Ranabheri
1990 S. P. Sangliyana Part 2
1990 Thrinetra
1990 Aavesha
1990 Bannada Gejje
1990 Policena Hendthi
1990 Prathap
1990 Utkarsha
1990 College Hero
1990 Poli Kitty
1991 Hathyakanda
1991 Sundara Kanda
1991 Kadana
1991 Ide Police Belt
1991 Rollcall Ramakrishna
1991 S. P. Bhargavi
1991 Veerappan Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor
1991 Aranyadalli Abhimanyu
1991 Shwetagni
1991 Veera Dheera
1991 Gruha Pravesha
1991 Mathru Bhagya
1991 Nagini
1992 Chitralekha
1992 Pruthviraj
1992 Goondarajya
1992 Nanna Thangi
1992 Police File
1992 Bhale Keshava
1992 Roshagara
1992 Prajegalu Prabhugalu
1992 Gharshane
1993 Bahaddur Hennu
1993 Rajakeeya
1993 Sidukabeda Singari
1993 Abhijith
1993 Golibaar
1993 Vijaya Kranthi
1993 Mojina Maduve
1993 Jailer Jagannath
1993 Hosa Love Story
1994 Time Bomb
1994 Adhipathi
1994 Gold Medal
1994 Looti Gang
1994 Mayor Prabhakar
1994 Lockup Death
1994 Vijaya Kankana
1994 Curfew
1994 Hettha Karulu
1994 Indian
1994 Nyayakkagi Saval
1995 Kidnap
1995 Killer Dairy
1995 Mother India
1995 State Rowdy
1995 Samara
1995 Police Power
1995 Revenge
1996 Emergency
1996 Veera Bhadra
1996 Circle Inspector
1996 Huliya
1996 Simhadri
1996 Bangarada Mane
1996 Kempu Mugilu
1997 Choobana
1997 Gandedhe Bhaira
1997 Yuddha
1997 Sangliyana Part 3
1997 Manava 2022
1998 High Command
1998 Jai Hind
1998 Agnisakshi
1998 Dayadi
1998 Karnataka Police
1999 Tharikere Yerimele
1999 Mr. X
1999 Habba
1999 Garuda
1999 Aaryabhata
1999 Durga Shakti
1999 Om Shakti
2000 Minchu
2000 Dandanayaka
2000 Asthra
2000 Bhoomi
2000 Billa Ranga
2000 Naxalite
2000 Bannada Hejje
2001 Mathadana
2001 Prema Rajya
2001 Jenu Goodu
2001 Kanoonu
2001 Sathyameva Jayathe
2001 Kotigobba
2001 Neelambari
2001 Haalu Sakkare
2002 Dharma Devathe
2002 Kambalahalli
2003 Ay Naan Bhishma Kano
2003 Yaardo Duddu Yellammana Jathre
2003 Lankesh Patrike
2003 Tada Khaidi
2003 Prathidwani
2003 Thalwar
2003 Market Raja
2003 Inspector Jayasimha
2003 Khakhi
2004 Avale Nanna Gelathi
2004 Devasura
2004 Crime Story
2004 Gowdru
2004 Maurya
2004 Jyeshta
2005 Deadly Soma
2006 Nidhi
2006 Chellata
2006 Kallarali Hoovagi
2007 Bhanamathi
2008 Gaja
2008 Prachanda Ravana
2008 Nanda Deepa
2009 Veera Madakari
2009 IPC Section 300
2010 Anischitha
2010 School Master
2010 Porki
2010 Aparadhi
2010 Meshtru
2010 Gandedhe
2010 Gang Leader
2010 Deadly-2
2011 Jolly Boy
2011 Chinnada Thali
2011 Aidondla Aidu
2011 Aacharya
2011 Jarasandha
2012 Dashamukha
2013 Cauvery Nagara
2014 Mr. Duplicate
2015 Ranna
2015 Arjuna
2016 Preethiyalli Sahaja
2016 Nithya Jothe Sathya
2016 Run Anthony
2016 Karvva
2016 Kotigobba 2
2016 Mukunda Murari
2016 Santhu Straight Forward
2016 Sundaranga Jaana
2017 Jindaa
2017 Yugapurusha
2017 Tarak
2017 Once More Kaurava
2017 Mufti
2018 Hebbet Ramakka
2018 Tagaru
2019 Yajamana
2019 Amar

Telugu[edit]

Tamil[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nina C George. "Long-lasting love". Deccanherald. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  2. ^ Devaraj. Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 7 - January 16, 2016 - Full Episode. Zee Kannada. ozee.com. Event occurs at 3:38. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Friday Review Bangalore : Hero, villain, two in one". The Hindu. 23 June 2006. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Welcome to". Sify.com. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 Episode 7 - 16 January, 2016". www.zee5.com. Zee Digital. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ a b Devaraj (28 October 2014). Nam Kathe Nim Jyothe - Episode - 3 - 5.4.14. India: Zee Kannada.
  7. ^ "Devaraj". IMDb.com. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  8. ^ Sharadhaa, A (7 October 2014). "Devraj Brothers Share Screen Space". Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  9. ^ R, Shajini S (4 March 2018). "Mahesh Babu starrer 'Bharat Ane Nenu's' interval bang to be a major highlight". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 March 2018.

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