Hemanth M. Rao
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter|
Rao took to films after completing his graduation in engineering and brief stint with journalism, in 2005. 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).
He announced his directorial debut in 2013 with Love Churumuri -an youth centric romantic story told in IT background. However, the movie was shelved. 
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.
|| Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2016||Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu|||
|2018||Humble Politician Nograj|
Awards and nominations
- 2017: Raghavendra Chitravani Award for Best Screenplay — Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu
- 2017: Gollapudi Srinivas Award — Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu
- Yerasala, Kyatha (8 June 2016). "Hemanth Rao and the masters of film verse". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- Waseem, Mohammed (24 January 2017). "It's easy to direct intelligent actors". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- Nathan, Archana (16 April 2016). "'I tried to keep my ego out of the equation'". The Hindu. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- "Hemanth Rao's next titled as Kavalu Daari". The Times of India. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
- "Awards for Thithi, Godhi Banna... directors". The Times of India. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
- "Kannada director Hemanth Rao wins 2017 Gollapudi Srinivas award". The Hindu. 16 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.