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|Born||Kundapur, Karnataka State, India|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director, music director|
Kashinath is an actor and a director in the Kannada film Industry in India, generally known in the industry as a trend setter. He probably started the trend of acting, directing, music directing and the producing of films. He stunned not just the film industry but also the audience through the success of films, because of his unconventional (some would even tag it 'weird') looks, dialogue delivery and style of movie making. Not only did he make popular movies but he also opened doors for other promising directors like Upendra, Manohar and Sunil Kumar Desai. He is known for giving chances to youngsters who have made names in Kannada Film Industry and beyond. He is known to have an exceptional eye for talent, a trait acknowledged by his well established disciples (Upendra, Manohar, Sunil Kumar Desai to name a few).
His films generally touched subjects which were often regarded as taboo in the Indian society and thus attracted the tag of being vulgar by some critics; In fact, most people associate "double meaning" with Kashinath and many even go to the extent of attributing the decline of Kannada Film quality to him. Despite the criticisms his films have influenced the society as well as the industry. Some of his movie dialogues have entered common lingo; for example the extremely popular phrase of "Mangalooru Manjunatha" (from the film 'Love Madi Nodu'). He directed, produced, and acted in many well known films such as Anubhava, Anantana Avantara, Avale Nanna Hendthi and Hendathi Andhray Haygirabeku. The concept of his film Ajagajaanthara (1991) was also seen in Hindi movie Judaai (1997) starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Urmila Matondkar. His film Avale Nanna Hendthi (1988) was remade in Hindi as Jawani Zindabad (1997) starring Aamir Khan and Farah.
Being studious and inclined to science, as his uncle was scientist in USA, he earned his science graduate degree from Vijaya College, Bangalore. During his college days, due to his fair look, he used to get female characters from Indian mythology based plays. He got exposed to film making by joining troupe called Asima along with contemporary film makers such as Suresh Hubalikar. His first attempt with film making was short film called "Slip", which was appreciated by British film critic among all films presented in Bal-bhavan, Cubban Park in Bangalore. He started his film journey as a director with the movie Aparoopada Athitigalu in the year 1975. He borrowed money from his business man father to produce that movie, which was comedy and was a successful movie as well. His second movie was a suspense thriller Aparichita in the year 1978 which starred well known actors like Suresh Heblikar, Sunderkrishns Urs and others, was also successful. This movie was trend setter movie of the Kannada film industry. He directed the same movie in Hindi titled Be-Shaque starring Mithun Chakraborty. He went on direct 16 movies of varied genres, which were all very successful at the box-office. He first acted in the movie Anubhava, along with debutantes Abinaya and Umashree in the year 1984. The popular song in the movie hodeya doora o jothegara was written by debutanate V. Manohar who later turned to be successful Music director in Kannda Film Industray. Anubhava was remade in Hindi as Anubhav under his direction. Anubhava, was also released three times and was well received each time and second release lasted for 100 days. He also acted in a movie Avale Nanna Hendthi along with Kannada film industry's top actress Bhavya and Tara, in 1988. This movie which touched the prevalent social issue of dowry burning was a big hit. He went to direct comedies like Avane Nanna Ganda and Manmatharaja in 1989, Chapalachennigaraaya in 1990, shhh directed by Upendra and Hello Yama in 1993. He has acted in more than 40 movies in his career. He has directed 2 Hindi movies and several Telugu movies as well. He was one of the popular heroes of 80s in the Kannada Film Industry.
Such was the influence of Kashinath in the Kannada Film Industry that the decade of 1980s is often referred to as Kashinath's yuga (period) as all the hit films given by him are of the 1980s. Kashinath also made many hit movies with Upendra as his assistant director. Upendra himself acknowledges Kashinath as his 'Guru' (Master) and considers working with Kashinath as 'Gurukula' (University) [(Check Hejje Guruthu, produced by TV9 featuring either Kashinath or Upendra/Uppi)].
His recent movie is 12 AM Madyaratri( August 2012) along with his son Abhimanyu( Alok)
He has an aspiration of life time of directing an English film with universal theme/philosophy. He is confident of winning the Academy award for his English film.
No. of films produced: 11- Kannada, 1-Hindi, 1-Telugu (Total-13)
The following is the filmography of Kashinath.
|No.||Year||Film||Co-actors||Director(s)||Notes||Family Safety[further explanation needed]|
|1982||Amara Madhura Prema||Suresh Heblikar, Shoba||Ramdas Naidu||Music L Vaidyanadhan|
|3.||1988||Avale Nanna Hendthi||Bhavya, Thara||S.Umesh|
|4.||1988||Mithileya Seetheyaru||Ravi Poojar||Along with Vishnuvardhan, Shankar Nag|
|6.||1989||Adrushta Rekhe||Amruta||Renuka Sharma|
|7.||1989||Thayigobba Tharle Maga||Chandrika, Pramila josai||Om Saiprakash|
|8.||1989||Avane Nanna Ganda||Sudharani, Vanitha Vasu||S. Umesh|
|9.||1989||Preyasi Preethisu||Sagarika||B. Mallesh|
|10.||1989||Love Madi Nodu||Srilatha||Subramanya||Along with Master Manjunath|
|11.||1989||Manmatha Raja||Sudharani||Om Saiprakash||Along with Jaggesh|
|12.||1989||Sura Sundaranga||Thara, Kavya, Abhinaya, Sarala.||Nagabharana|
|15.||1990||Kaliyuga Krishna||Amrutha, Thara||Sukumara Perwodi|
|16.||1990||Poli kitti||Manjula Sharma||K.V.Jayaram|
|17.||1990||Chapala Chennigaraya||Vanithavasu, Kalpana, Abhinaya.,||Bhargava|
|18.||1990||Kempu Surya||Suman Ranganathan, Amrutha||AT Raghu||Produced by M P Shankar|
|20.||1992||Athi Madura Anuraga||Panchami, Vathsala||P.H. Vishwanath|
|21.||1993||Love Training||Thara, Abhinaya, Rupa, Anjali.||B Ramamurthy|
|22.||1993||Aatanka||Anjana, Arathi||Om Sai Prakash||Music Hamsalekha|
|24.||1995||Hendathi Endare Heegirabeku||Akshatha||Kashinath|
|25.||1996||Bangarada Mane||Sithara, Hema, Padmavasanthi,||Bhargava|
|26.||1997||Baduku Jatakabandi||Swetha, Pooja, Roopika, Silk Smitha||S. Umesha|
|28.||1998||Hello Yama||Bhavyashree Rai, Ramya,||A.R.Babu|
|29.||1998||Chorguru Chandala Sishya||Charulatha||A.R.Babu||Music by Sadhu Kokila|
|30.||1999||Rambe Urvashi Menake||Akila, Madura, Nisha, Ramya||Arjun|
|31.||1999||Meese Hotta Gandasige Demandappu Demandu||Vidyasri||Kashinath||Singer|
|32.||2000||Sundara Neenu Sundari Naanu||Ruchita Prasad||Anil Baindoor|
|33.||2000||Mava Mava Maduve Maado||Archana||Arjun|
|34.||2004||Naari Munidare Gandu Parari||Taara||G K M Raju|
|35.||2004||Aha Nanna Tangi Maduve||Anu Prabhakar||Kashinath|
|38.||2006||Bitti Thaali Gatti Mela||Madhuri||Rajesh Kumar||Shivakumar, Lohithaswa|
|40.||2012||12AM Madhyarathri||Abhimanyu, Alok Kashinath||Prabhakar||Along with His Son|
|41.||2016||Zoom||Ganesh, Radhika Pandit||Prashant Raj|
|42||2017||Chowka||Prem, Vijaya Raghavendra, Diganth, Prajwal"||Tharun Sudhir|
|1.||1976||Aparoopada Athithigalu||Suresh, Anand Darwar, Mamata Shenoy||Kashinath||Not Acted, First Direction|
|2.||1978||Aparichita||Suresh Heblikar, Srilalitha, Shobha||Kashinath||Remade as Be-Shaque|
|3.||1981||Be-Shaque||Mithun Chakraborthy, Ambrish, Yogeeta Bali||Kashinath||Remake of Aparichita|
|4.||1986||Anubhav (Hindi)||Padmini Kolhapure, Shekar Suman||Kashinath||Remake of Anubhava (film)|
|5.||1987||Aadhyate Anubhavam||Kashinath||Remake of Anubhava (film)|
List of Films made in other languages
Aparichita was remade in Hindi as Be-Shaque. Anubhava (film) was remade in Hindi as Anubhav and in Malayalam as Aadhyate Anubhavam. Avale Nanna Hendthi was remade in Hindi as Jawani Zindabad . The Concept of Ajagajaanthara was seen in the Hindi movie Judaai.
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