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Sahaya Sheelan Shadrach|
24 March 1966
Bangalore, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
|Other names||Kokila Sadhu, Sadhu maharaj|
|Occupation||Musician, actor, film director, producer.|
Sahaya Sheelan Shadrach (born 24 March 1966) 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. Having trained in music at a young age, he is today considered one of India's fastest musical keyboard players. 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
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). 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!.
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.
Kokila married saleena in 1993. They have two children together, Suraag and Srujan.
|Jipuna Nanna Ganda|
|Raktha Kanneeru||Also director|
|Raa||Hero's friend||Telugu film|
|Anatharu||Also director, screenwriter and composer|
|Mast Maja Maadi|
|Nee Tata Naa Birla|
|Devaru Kotta Thangi|
|Male Barali Manju Irali|
|Mr. Theertha||Also director|
|2012||Yaare Koogadali||Shishupala||SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Kannada)|
|Googly||Musthafa||Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Comedian|
|Sweety Nanna Jodi|
|Myna||Beggar in train|
|Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari||Manche Gowda||IIFA Award for Best Comedian (Kannada)|
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Comedian (Kannada)
|1st Rank Raju|
|2016||Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna|
|Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole|
|Bhale Jodi||Also director, composer|
|U the end A|
|Jai Maruthi 800|
|Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara|
|Zoom||M.J.||Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada|
|Mungaru Male 2||Nominated SIIMA Award for Best Comedian|
|Bangara s/o Bangarada Manushya|
|2008||Gange Baare Thunge Baare|
|2011||Police Story 3||Co-director|
|1995||Priya O... Priya|
|1995||Bal Nan Maga|
|1996||Ibbara Naduve Muddina Aata|
|2000||Swalpa Adjust Madkolli|
|2004||Rowdy Aliya||Guest composer|
|2005||Rakshasa||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|2008||Inthi Ninna Preethiya||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director|
|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|
|2018||Rajasimha||Background score only|
|2018||Prema Baraha||Background score only|
Awards and nominations
- 2016: Best Performance In A Comic Role: Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
- Kokila, Sadhu (28 October 2014). Sadhu Kokila - Event - 10.4.13. India: Suvarna.
- Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 13 - February 06, 2016 - Full Episode. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
- "Sadhu Kokila profile". kannadamoviesinfo.wordpress.com. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
- "Sadhu Kokila is one of the fastest keyboard players in India". The Times of India. 25 March 2014. Retrieved 22 April 2016.