Hemanth Rao

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Hemanth Rao
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 Awards 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]


Films that have not yet been released | Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film
Director Assistant Director Producer Screenwriter Notes
2008 Gulabi Talkies ☒N ☑Y ☒N ☒N [3]
2009 Savaari ☒N ☑Y ☒N ☒N
2010 Prithvi ☒N ☑Y ☒N ☒N
2016 Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu ☑Y ☒N ☒N ☑Y [1]
2018 Humble Politician Nograj ☒N ☒N ☑Y ☒N
Andhadhun ☒N ☒N ☒N ☑Y [8]
2019 Kavalu DaariFilms that have not yet been released ☑Y ☒N ☒N ☑Y [9]

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  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. ^ a b Nathan, Archana (16 April 2016). "'I tried to keep my ego out of the equation'". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  4. ^ https://chitraloka.com/news/3167-love-churumuri-launched.html
  5. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/kannada/2017/apr/15/voices-of-reason-in-humble-politician-nograj-1593712.html
  6. ^ https://www.filmfare.com/news/bollywood/nominations-for-the-64th-vimal-filmfare-awards-2019_-32898-1.html
  7. ^ http://www.newindianexpress.com/entertainment/kannada/2017/jun/14/rishi-as-police-officer-in-thrilling-kavalu-daari-1616752.html
  8. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/bollywood/sriram-raghavan-andhadhun-audience-reaction-5411378/
  9. ^ "Hemanth Rao's next titled as Kavalu Daari". The Times of India. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Awards for Thithi, Godhi Banna... directors". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Kannada director Hemanth Rao wins 2017 Gollapudi Srinivas award". The Hindu. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.

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