Hemanth M. Rao

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Hemanth M. Rao
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter

Hemanth M. Rao is an Indian film director and screenwriter who works in Kannada cinema. He rose to fame following the success of his directorial debut Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016).[1]


Rao took to films after completing his graduation in engineering and brief stint with journalism, in 2005.[1][2] He worked as an assistant director with Girish Kasaravalli in the latter's 2008 film Gulabi Talkies, before working with Jacob Varghese in Savaari (2009) and Prithvi (2010).[3]

He announced his directorial debut in 2013 with Love Churumuri -an youth centric romantic story told in IT background. However, the movie was shelved. [4]

He made his directional debut in 2016 with Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, that tells the story of a son who goes about searching for his missing 66-year-old father, that had Rakshit Shetty and Anant Nag playing the respective roles. The film was received well by audiences and critics alike.[1]

Under his banner Lost & Found Films, he co-produced Humble Politician Nograj - a political satire comedy inspired by The Campaign.[5]

He also won the Filmfare Award and National Film Award in 2019 jointly with other writers for his screenplay contribution to the 2018 Hindi movie Andhadhun.[6]

His second directorial movie Kavaludaari was the maiden venture by actor Puneeth Rajkumar under his home banner PRK Productions.[7] Kavaludaari won Best Movie in "Kannada Cinema Competition" BIFFES 2020[8]


Year Film
Director Screenplay Producer Notes
2016 Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Yes Yes Yes [1]
2018 Humble Politician Nograj No No Yes
2018 Andhadhun No Yes No [9]
2019 Kavaludaari Yes Yes No [10]
2021 Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja No No Yes [11]
2021 Sapta Sagaradaache Yello Yes Yes No [12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Film Award Category Result Ref.
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu 64th Filmfare Awards South Best Film- Kannada Nominated [13]
Best Director- Kannada Nominated
Raghavendra Chitravani Award 2017 Best Screenplay Won [14]
Gollapudi Srinivas Award 2017 First Time Best Director Won [15]
6th SIIMA Awards Best Film Nominated [16]
Best Debut Director Won
Andhadhun 66th National Film Awards Best Adapted Screenplay (jointly) Won [17]
64th Filmfare Awards Best Screenplay (jointly) Won [18][19]
24th Star Screen Awards Best Screenplay (jointly) Won [20][21]
20th IIFA Awards Best Screenplay (jointly) Won [22]
  • 2020: Best Movie in Kannada Cinema Competition BIFFES -Kavaludaari [8]


  1. ^ a b c d Yerasala, Kyatha (8 June 2016). "Hemanth Rao and the masters of film verse". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  2. ^ Waseem, Mohammed (24 January 2017). "It's easy to direct intelligent actors". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  3. ^ Nathan, Archana (16 April 2016). "'I tried to keep my ego out of the equation'". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Love Churumuri Launched - chitraloka.com | Kannada Movie News, Reviews | Image". chitraloka.com.
  5. ^ "Voices of reason in humble politician Nograj". The New Indian Express.
  6. ^ "Nominations for the 64th Vimal Elaichi Filmfare Awards 2019". filmfare.com.
  7. ^ "Rishi as police officer in thrilling Kavalu Daari". The New Indian Express.
  8. ^ a b "Awards :: Bengaluru International Film Festival - BIFFES". biffes.in.
  9. ^ "Sriram Raghavan is 'floored' with audience reaction to Andhadhun". 21 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Hemanth Rao's next titled as Kavalu Daari". The Times of India. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja cooks up a storm".
  12. ^ "Hemanth Rao's next titled as Kavalu Daari". The Times of India. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Winners: 64th Jio Filmfare Awards 2017 (South)". Times of India. 19 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Awards for Thithi, Godhi Banna... directors". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Kannada director Hemanth Rao wins 2017 Gollapudi Srinivas award". The Hindu. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  16. ^ "SIIMA 2017 Day 1: Jr NTR bags Best Actor, Kirik Party wins Best Film". India Today. 1 July 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  17. ^ "66th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  18. ^ "Nominations for the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019". filmfare.com. 12 March 2019.
  19. ^ "Winners of the 64th Vimal Filmfare Awards 2019". Filmfare. 23 March 2019. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2018 complete winners list". Hindustan Times.
  21. ^ "Winners of Star Screen Awards 2018". Bollywood Hungama.
  22. ^ "IIFA 2019 full winners list: Alia Bhatt's Raazi wins big".

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