Dayal Padmanabhan

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Dayal Padmanabhan
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Born (1970-06-14) 14 June 1970 (age 52)
Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, India
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, producer
Years active2000 to present
Spouse(s)Meena Dayal

Dayal Padmanabhan is a noted Indian film writer, director and producer, mainly working in Kannada cinema who is a two times Karnataka State award winner. Most of his films are experimental in the genre of Rom-Com and Thriller.

His most notable films are Baa Baro Rasika (2004), Yeshwanth (2005), Circus (2009), Haggada Kone (2014), Actor (2015), Aa Karaala Ratri (2018), Ranganayaki (2019). His first film as a director was OK Saar OK. He starred in Gaalipata, where his Dracula character received critical and public acclaim.[1] His film Haggada Kone and Aa Karaala Ratri received widespread critical acclaim and he won Karnataka State awards for the those films under Best Director & Best Film Category in the year 2014 & 2018 respectively.[2] DayalPadmanabhan competed in the television show Bigg Boss House for Bigg Boss Kannada Season 5, and was eliminated on his 21st day.[3][4][5] His next kannada movie is Ombattane Dikku starring "Loose Mada" Yogi. [6] In 2020, Dayal, has ventured into tollywood with "Anaganaga O Athidi", a remake of his own directorial cult hit Aa Karala Ratri.

Personal life[edit]

Dayal Padmanabhan hails from Villupuram town of Tamil Nadu. His parents were Radha and Padmanabhan. His father had worked in Tamil Nadu electricity board. He completed his Diploma in Civil Engineering from Muthiah polytechnic, Chidambaram. Later he finished his B.E from the B.M.S. College of Engineering, Bangalore. He worked for 15 years in Indian Institute of Science (1988 to 2002). He is married and has two children.

Film career[edit]

As a Writer[edit]

Dayal Padmanabhan entered the Kannada industry as a writer in the year 2000. His first movie as a writer was Om Ganesh starring "Dialogue King" Sai Kumar and directed by Thriller Manju. He went on to write for many films including Hudugigage,H2O,Gattimela. He has written the story, Screenplay & Dialogues for most his movies. He is also known for adopting Kannada plays and Novels to make as films. While his film Haggada Kone and Aa karala Ratri are based on Kannada plays written by Parvathavani and Mohan Habbu respectively. Ranganayaki was based on his own Kannada short Novel. He was one of the nominees' by the Times of India Film Awards 2011 for the best screenplay writer for his film Yogaraj.[citation needed]

As a Director[edit]

He directed his first film OK saar OK in 2003 and went on to direct ten more Kannada films including the hits like Baa Baaro Rasika,[7]Circus ,Masala, Sri Harikathe and 'Haggadha Kone'. His another film was Circus starring Ganesh.[8][9] He has also starred in Gaalipata where he played a mute character called "Dracula". His movie "Haggada kone" released to rave reviews.[10] His last release was a rom-com titled Satya Harishchandra. He ventured into commercial filmmaking zone after a long time with this movie. Sharan is played the lead in the movie. His latest release was the critically and commercially successful Aa Karaala Ratri starring Jayaram Karthik and Anupama Gowda. The two completed films are Tryambakam and Ranganayaki. The film is which was supposed to be released in June 2020, has been delayed due to the pandemic. Dayal then moved on to his debut Telugu directorial, "Anaganaga O Athithi, a remake of his 2018 hit Aa Karala Ratri. The Telugu version was a straight to OTT release and was premiered in AHA ott platform. [11]

As a Producer[edit]

He also turned to production with this film where he was the executive producer. He has also produced Circus[12] and Co produced Shriharikathe under his own production house D Pictures.[13] He is the Producer for the under production project Ondu Rupayalli Eradu Preethi. He is the producer for the films Circus and Yogaraj. He Co-produced the film Shriharikathe,. All the above projects were executed under his own production house D Pictures.

He believes the turning point of his film career came with the movie Gaalipata. His movie Yogaraj But,starring Naveena Krishna & Neethu which released mid-2011. The movie released to positive critical response in Rediff, IBN,ChitralokaA,Times of India and others,[citation needed] with critics rating the movie 3 to 4 stars.[citation needed] After the reception, Dayal boldly quoted " Once again i have made a movie that was appreciated but not a hit".[14] Dayal padmanabhan also worked as an executive producer for the Tamil movie Brahman starring Sasikumar.

As a Distributor[edit]

On 14 January Dayal announced that he is foraying into distribution with the Kannada film "RANKAL RAATE" through his company D+ Distributors.[15]

Role in Karnataka film industry bodies[edit]

On 26 September 2011, Dayal won in the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce election as a member of Producer Sector. Dayal Padmanabhan won the election purely on the reputation he had earned as a general member in the KFCC working body.


Film Awards[edit]

Dayal filed a petition against a prestigious film award for not nominating his film even after it had received widespread critical acclaim. His petition was accepted by Bangalore City civil court and the organizers/Jury were ordered to add nominations for his movie on four different categories, Best Actor (Male), Best Director, Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (male).[16]

Petition Against Multiplexes[edit]

The Karnataka state budget 2016 - 2017 was scheduled to be proposed on 18 March. Ahead of this major event Dayal padmanabhan started a petition requesting the state government to cap the movie ticket prices to 120 Rs at multiplexes in the state.

He explained his intentions behind this petition."Multiplexes in Karnataka price the ticket based on the demand and profit margins. This reduces the occupancy rate. On an average, a cinema hall records only 46% occupancy even for a high profile film as the price is set at a higher range (It can go up to 800 INR). My idea is to reduce the pricing and increase the occupancy. More the patrons, more the patronage. Only this can make the industry healthier."

His Petition went viral and was signed by thousands of people across karnataka.[17]

Complaint against Anup Sa Ra Govind[edit]

Dayal Padmanabhan, who is an active producer-director, had pointed out flaws in the 2019 elections at the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. He contested on the appointment of Anuup Sara Govindu as a member and says it breaks the rules. He wrote a complaint letter to the District Registrar of Societies. Dayal argued that Mr. Anup Gowda failed to meet the eligibility to even contest in the elections as per the bylaws of KFCC.[18]

Petition Against National Film awards[edit]

Dayal Padmanabhan filed a petition with the Karnataka high court against the National Film awards stating that one of the members of the jury was affiliated to film nominated for the awards and, as per regulations, a jury member or chairman should not be associated in any manner to the films submitted for awards.[19]


As Writer[edit]

Title Year of release
Om Ganesh 12 February 2004
Hudugigagi 7 April 2004
Gattimela 2 March 2001
Baa Baaro Rasika 18 June 2004
Yeshwanth 4 February 2005
Masala 8 July 2005
Circus 15 January 2009
Sri Harikathe 12 March 2010
Yogaraj But 22 July 2011
Gharshane 3 January 2014
Haggada Kone 19 December 2014 release
Actor 19 February 2016
Toss 21 July 2017

As director[edit]

Title Year Notes
OK Saar OK 2004
Baa Baaro Rasika 2004
Yeshwanth 2005
Masala 2005
Sakha Sakhi 2005
Circus 2009
Sri Harikathe 2010
Yogaraj But 2011 Won - Times of India film awards for Best Screenplay - Kannada|
Gharshane 2014
Haggada Kone 2014
Actor 2016
Toss 2017
Satya Harishchandra 2017 Official remake of Punjabi film Singh vs Kaur
Aa Karala Ratri 2018 Nominated - SIIMA Award for Best Director - Kannada
Puta 109 2018
Thrayambakam 2019
Ranganayaki Volume 1 : Virginity 2019
Ombattane Dikku In production
Anaganaga O Athidi 2020 Telugu film

As producer[edit]

Film Director Producer
Gaalipata Yograj Bhatt Executive Producer
Circus Himself Producer
Shriharikathe Himself Co-Producer
Yogaraj But Himself Producer
Bramman Socrates Executive Producer
Haggada Kone Himself Producer
Actor Himself Co-Producer
Toss Himself Co-Producer
Santhu Straight Forward Mahesh Rao Executive Producer
Ombattane Dikku Himself Producer

As Distributor[edit]

Film Release Date Notes/Ref
Rankal Raate Feb 2018


Year Movie Award Category Result Ref.
2011 Yogaraj But Times of India film awards Best Screenplay - Kannada Won
2014 Haggada Kone Karnataka State Film Awards Karnataka State Film Award for Best Director & Best Film Won [20]
2018 Aa Karaala Ratri 2018 Karnataka State Film Awards First Best Film Won [21]
Best Director Won
8th SIIMA Awards Best Director Nominated [22]


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  6. no-author (13 September 2019). "ombattane dikku: ಕನ್ನಡದ ಒಂಭತ್ತನೇ ದಿಕ್ಕಿಗೆ ಬಂದ ನಾನ್‌ ಕಡವಳ್‌ ಖ್ಯಾತಿಯ ನಟ ಆರ್ಯ - naan kadavul fame arya claps kannada movie ombattane dikku". Vijaya Karnataka (in ಕನ್ನಡ). Retrieved 10 July 2020.
  7. "Baa Baaro Rasika - film of Ramyakrishna and Sunil Rao".
  8. Hooli, By: Shekhar H. (16 January 2009). "Circus Review".
  9. "Ganesh shines in 'Circus' (Kannada Film Review)". Archived from the original on 11 June 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  10. Lokesh, Vinay (25 July 2013). "Gharshane shoot completed". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
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  12. "Director Dayal turns producer with 'Circus'".
  13. "Dayal Padmanabhan Interview – Sandalwood Kannada Videos".
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  17. "Filmmaker Dayal Padmanabhan starts a petition requesting the Karnataka state government to cap the movie ticket prices to 120 Rs at multiplexes". 13 March 2016. Archived from the original on 13 March 2016.
  18. "Dayal Padmanabhan takes on the KFCC elections this year - Times of India". The Times of India.
  19. "THE WEEK". The Week.
  20. Khajane, Muralidhara (13 February 2016). "Film awards: a balance between main and independent film-making streams". The Hindu.
  22. "SIIMA Awards 2019 full winners list". Times Now. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2020.

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