Kashinath (actor)

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Kashinath
Born Kundapur, Karnataka State, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, producer, director, music director
Children Alok Kashinath
Signature
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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[citation needed]. 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).[1][2][3][4]

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.

Career[edit]

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)

Filmography[edit]

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
1. 1984 Anubhava Abhinaya, Umashri Kashinath 1/5 stars
2. 1987 Anaamika Abhinaya, Swathi Kashinath
3. 1988 Avale Nanna Hendthi Bhavya, Thara S.Umesh
4. 1988 Mithileya Seetheyaru Ravi Poojar Along with Vishnuvardhan, Shankar Nag
5. 1989 Anantana Avantara Anjali Kashinath Producer
6. 1989 Adrushta Rekhe Amruta Renuka Sharma
7. 1989 Thayigobba Tharle Maga Chandrika, Pramila josai Om Saiprakash 3/5 stars
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 3/5 stars
12. 1989 Sura Sundaranga Thara, Kavya, Abhinaya, Sarala. Nagabharana
13. 1989 Singari Bangari Kavya Chandrahasa
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
19. 1991 Ajagajantara Anjana, Sriraksha Kashinath 2/5 stars
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
23. 1993 Shhh! Upendra
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
36. 2004 Super Aliya Kashinath
37. 2005 3Ka (Moorkha) Namratha A.N.Jayaramaiah
38. 2006 Bitti Thaali Gatti Mela Madhuri Rajesh Kumar Shivakumar, Lohithaswa
39. 2007 Appachchi Arpitha, Julie Kashinath Singer
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

Only Direction[edit]

No. Year Film Co-actors Director(s) Notes
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[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kashinath Biography". entertainment.oneindia.in. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kashinath Biography, Profile, Filmography, Movies, Awards, Date of Birth & Age". cine-talkies.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "ACTOR COM DIRECTOR KASHINATH'S LIFE JOURNEY IN HEJJE". youtube.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kashinath (Celeb)". in.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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