Sadhu Kokila

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Sadhu Kokila
Born Sahaya Sheelan Shadrach[1]
(1966-03-24) 24 March 1966 (age 50)
Bangalore, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
Nationality Indian
Other names Kokila Sadhu
Occupation Musician, actor, film director, producer
Years active 1992–present
Spouse(s) Saleena
Children 2
Relatives Layendra (brother)
Website Personal website

Sahaya Sheelan Shadrach (born 24 March 1966)[2] known by his screen name Sadhu Kokila, is an Indian musician, actor, film director and producer, and an occasional screenwriter and lyricist who works in Kannada cinema.[3] Having trained in music at a young age, he is today considered one of India's fastest musical keyboard players.[4] He began his career as a composer before taking to acting in films, appearing mostly in comic roles. He has also directed ten Kannada films, the notable one being Raktha Kanneeru (2003).

As a composer, he is a two-time recipient of the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director, which he won for Rakshasa (2005) and Inthi Ninna Preethiya (2008). As an actor, he has received multiple nominations and awards in the category of Best Comedian in the South Indian International Movie Awards.

Early life and career[edit]

Sadhu Kokila was born as Sahaya Sheelan on 24 March 1966 into a Christian family of Natesh and Mangala in Bangalore in the Indian State of Mysore (now Karnataka).[2] He was born to a family of musicians with father being a violinist in a music band of Karnataka Police Department, his mother and sister being playback singers. Sadhu Kokila's brother Layendra is also an actor. Kokila studied in St. Joseph's Indian High School, Bangalore. He was given the stage name Sadhu Kokila by Upendra, He is the best comedian in Kannada film industry, the music director of Sheelan's debut film Shhh!.[1]

Kokila began his career as a musician after he was taken to musician Kasturi Shankar by his brother. He is also one of the fastest keyboard players in India.

Personal life[edit]

Kokila married Saleena in 1993. They have two children together, Suraag and Srujan.[1]

Filmography[edit]

As actor[edit]

Years Film Role Notes
1992 Sorry
1993 Shhh! Cameo appearance
1995 Om Shankar
1999 Bombat Halva
2000 Khiladi
Ekangi
2001 Vaalee
Jipuna Nanna Ganda
2002 Chandu Thimma
Nagarahavu Vishwanath Sharma
2003 Laali Haadu
Raktha Kanneeru Also director
2004 Saagari
Mellusire Savigaana
Rama Krishna
Maurya
Kalasipalya
2005 Kanchanaganga
Anna Thangi
Gowramma
Rakshasa Also director
Nammanna
Sakha Sakhi
2006 Hubli
Aishwarya
Suntaragaali Also director
Matha
2007 Parodi
Sixer
Anatharu Also director, screenwriter and composer
Snehana Preethina
2008 Meravanige
Mast Maja Maadi
Kaamannana Makkalu
PUC
Nee Tata Naa Birla
Sangama
2009 Gilli
Lift Kodla
Devaru Kotta Thangi
Tabbali
Dubai Babu
Raam
Vayuputra
Savari
Male Barali Manju Irali
Devru
Rajani
2010 Super Chaddi brother
Deadly 2
Prithvi
Kari Chirathe
Shourya Jimson
Mr. Theertha Also director
Hoo
Porki
Hendtheer Darbar
Aithalakkadi
Veera
Ullasa Utsaha
Jothegara
O Manase
Hara
2011 Aata
Dudde Doddappa
2012 Yaare Koogadali Shishupala SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Kannada)
Romeo
Jaanu
Anarkali
Mr. 420
Lucky
Snehitaru
Gokula Krishna
2013 Victory
Bhajarangi
Dilwala
Googly Musthafa Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
Sweety Nanna Jodi
Loosegalu
Auto Raja
Myna Beggar in train
Ninnindale Lucky
Election
Bachchan
Aane Pataaki
Madarangi
Devarane
Bangari
Shravani Subramanya Govinda
2014 Maanikya Veeraprathapa Simha
Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Manche Gowda IIFA Award for Best Comedian (Kannada)
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Kannada)
Chandralekha
Brahma Sadhu
Gajakesari
Khatarnaak
Savaari 2
2015 Mythri
Ranna Bhaskar
Aatagara Sadhu Maharaj
1st Rank Raju
Mr. Airavata
2016 Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole
Shivalinga
Bhale Jodi Also director, composer
Chakravyuha Sadhu
Kotigobba 2

As director[edit]

Years Film Notes
2003 Raktha Kanneeru
2005 Rakshasa
2006 Suntaragaali
2007 Anatharu
2008 Gange Baare Thunge Baare
2009 Devru
2010 Mr. Theertha
2010 Shourya
2011 Police Story 3 Co-director
2014 Super Ranga
2016 Bhale Jodi

As composer[edit]

Year Film Notes
1993 Shhh!
1994 Curfew
1994 Asha Jyoti
1994 Gandugali
1995 Mangalya Sakshi
1995 Savyasachi
1995 Ohhoo
1995 Mother India
1995 Priya O... Priya
1995 Bal Nan Maga
1995 Betegara
1995 Aata Hudugata
1995 Thavaru Beegaru
1995 Nighatha
1995 Nishchithartha
1995 Kavya
1995 Shiva
1995 Emergency
1996 Ibbara Naduve Muddina Aata
1996 Gajanura Gandu
2000 Swalpa Adjust Madkolli
2002 Majestic
2002 H2O
2002 Kitty
2003 Laali Haadu
2003 Raktha Kanneeru
2003 Daasa
2004 Rowdy Aliya Guest composer
2005 Rakshasa Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
2005 Deadly Soma
2006 Suntaragaali
2006 Thangigagi
2008 Inthi Ninna Preethiya Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director
2009 Devru
2010 Aithalakkadi
2010 Hendtheer Darbar
2010 Shourya
2011 Sanju Weds Geetha Background score only
2011 Police Story 3 Background score only
2012 Edegarike Also playback singer for song "Neenondu Mugiyada Mouna"
Udaya Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer
2013 Myna Background Score only
2013 Tony
2014 Anarkali
2015 Rathavara
2016 Bhale Jodi
2016 Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu

Awards and nominations[edit]

Karnataka State Film Awards
South Indian International Movie Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kokila, Sadhu (28 October 2014). Sadhu Kokila - Event - 10.4.13. India: Suvarna. 
  2. ^ a b Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 13 - February 06, 2016 - Full Episode. Retrieved 16 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Sadhu Kokila profile". kannadamoviesinfo.wordpress.com. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sadhu Kokila is one of the fastest keyboard players in India". The Times of India. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016. 

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