S. Siddalingaiah

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Born15 December 1936
Died12 March 2015 (aged 78)
Bangalore, India
Occupation(s)Writer, film director and producer
Years active1969–1999
ChildrenS. D. Murali (elder son)
S.D. Suresh (younger son)
RelativesAdharvaa (grandson)

Siddalingaiah (15 December 1936 – 12 March 2015) was an Indian film director, scriptwriter and producer who worked mainly in the Kannada films. He was well known for his distinct film-making style, and the industry knew him as a master of social themes and rural subject matter.[1] He was one of the most commercially successful directors in the Kannada industry. He began his film career in 1964 as a director with Mayor Muthanna (1969).[2] In a career that spanned 30 years, he directed over 20 films.[3]

His most well-known films usually starred matinee idol Rajkumar. They have collaborated 7 times. His most popular works include Bangaarada Manushya, Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu, Nyayave Devaru, Biligiriya Banadalli, Doorada Betta and Bhoolokadalli Yamaraja.[4] In 1993, he was awarded the Puttanna Kanagal Award for his contribution to the Kannada film industry as a director.[5]

Family and early life[edit]

Siddalingaiah joined the film industry as both a floor and a spot boy for Navajyothi studios. He became an assistant for director Shanker Singh and later worked as junior actor and assistant as the protégé of B. Vittalacharya.

Siddalingaiah's son Murali was an actor in Tamil films. Murali died on the morning of 8 September 2010 in Chennai due to a massive heart attack. His grandson Atharvaa started his acting career in Baana Kaathadi in 2010.


Siddalingaiah directed Mayor Muthanna in 1969 starring Rajkumar, Bharathi and Dwarakish in his film debut. He cast the same lead pair in Baalu Belagithu, Namma Samsara, Thayi Devaru and Bangaarada Manushya.

After Bangaarda Manushya, he worked with other actors including Vishnuvardhan, Ananth Nag, Lokesh and Srinivasa Murthy. He introduced his son Murali in the 1983 romantic drama Prema Parva. He also directed a Tamil film Puthir in 1986 with Murali as the lead actor. His last film, Prema Prema Prema, was released in 1999 after which he retired from directing.


Siddalingaiah died on 14 March 2015 in Bangalore where he had been hospitalized for treatment of H1N1 influenza.[6]


Year Film Title Sources
1969 Mayor Muthanna
1970 Baalu Belagithu
1971 Namma Samsara
1971 Thayi Devaru
1971 Nyayave Devaru
1972 Bangaarada Manushya
1973 Doorada Betta
1974 Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu
1977 Hemavathi
1979 Bhoolokadalli Yamaraja
1980 Narada Vijaya
1980 Biligiriya Banadalli
1981 Naari Swargakke Daari
1981 Koodi Balidare Swarga Sukha
1982 Parajitha
1983 Prema Parva
1985 Ajeya
1986 Puthir Tamil film
1988 Sambhavami Yuge Yuge
1990 Baare Nanna Muddina Rani
1992 Baa Nanna Preethisu
1994 Bhootayi Makkalu
1999 Prema Prema Prema [7]


  1. ^ "Puttanna and Siddalingaiah – The Social Directors". Filmysphere.
  2. ^ "History 51 – Siddalingaiah Enters Industry". Chitraloka.
  3. ^ "Siddalingaiah at Belli Hejje". IndiaGlitz. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Popular Hero Passes Away". Behindwoods.
  5. ^ "SR Puttanna Kanagal Awards!". Supergoodmovies. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Veteran Kannada film director Siddalingaiah dies". Indian Express. 12 March 2015.
  7. ^ "Reviews - Deccan Herald".

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