Yogaraj Bhat

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Yogaraj Bhat
Bhat in 2012
Mandharthi, Udupi District, Karnataka, India
OccupationDirector, lyricist, producer, screenwriter and actor
Years active2001–present
Spouse(s)Renuka Bhat

Yogaraj Bhat is an Indian Kannada film director,[1] screenwriter,[2] lyricist and producer. He is most known for the 2006 film Mungaru Male. The film recorded the highest box-office collections in the history of Kannada cinema at the time of its release and the longest running film at a multiplex.[3] He is considered as a cult filmmaker in the industry who brought a new wave of freshness to cinemas through his films, dialogues and songs. Bhat is given the credit of introducing some of the very talented technicians and artists to the film industry.[3]

Early life[edit]

Yogaraj Bhat was born in Mandharthi, in the Udupi district in Karnataka.He grew up in Tilavalli, Haveri. He was the youngest of Ramachandra and Jayalakshmi Bhat's seven children. He lost his father to a boat mishap.



His film Mungaru Male collected estimated 50-75 crore,[4][5][6] After his apprenticeship in the Television Industry for half a decade, where he learned the art of writing and directing, Yogaraj Bhat started his film career as an assistant to renowned cinematographer Shri S.Ramachandra, then moving on to assist world renowned Filmmaker Shri Girish Kasaravalli, Sunil Kumar Desai and later V. Ravichandran.

His first film Mani is a critically acclaimed film, winning critics appreciation and Four State Film Awards. The expectation from a newbie Filmmaker was immense. His next film, Ranga SSLC was just an average in the box office.

Mungaru Male, his third film, created history in Southern Film Industry.

Mungaru Male (Monsoon Showers) ran for 464 days – first in any language to run for a whole year continually in a multiplex, beating the records of the biggest Hindi Film Industry records. It naturally brought him many rewards, awards and appreciations, including Nine State Film Awards (including Best Director and Best Film Award) and Four Filmfare Awards (Best Film, Best Music, Best Lyrics and Best Cinematography). The movie has been remade in all South Indian languages & Bengali. The rights for the movie to be made in Hindi has been bought by Shri. Boney Kapoor.

From then on, he has directed eight films and has more often than not proven that Mungaru Male was not a fluke.

His next Gaalipata – Was a runaway hit again and as records confirm, it ran for 45 weeks. The movie won Three Filmfare Awards for Best Actor (Ganesh), Best Music Director (V Harikrishna) and Best Lyricist (Jayanth Kaikini).

The movies that he has directed after Gaalipata are all box office hits.

Manasare – Is both critically and commercially acclaimed movie and is in the process of being made in Hindi. The movie won Best State Film Award.

Pancharangi – His Home production movie created a new space for unconventional films within the commercial parameters. This too became a super hit movie.

Paramatma – Saw the coming together of two biggest stalwarts of Kannada Film Industry – Super Star Puneeth Rajkumar and Yogaraj Bhat. It is considered as a classic.

Drama – The movie, came as a big relief to the Kannada Audience. It was a huge hit in the box office and was critically acclaimed as well. The movie won Two Filmfare awards for Best Lyricist (Yogaraj Bhat), Best Music Director (V Harikrishna).

Vaastu Prakara – His next release was yet another family drama, a movie produced under his home banner Yogaraj Movies. The film deals with beliefs people have in astrology and superstition and how it is being blindly followed overlooking reality and science. This movie won Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress (Sudharani).

Dana Kayonu – The film had created a lot of curiosity among the audience due its candid title. An unconventional film, with Dunia Vijay along with National award winning actress Priya Mani in the lead role. It received immense response from the audience and also from the critics. It was widely appreciated for its un-forgetful story, characters and setting.

Mugulu Nage After Mungaru Male and Gaalipata, this film was a comeback to the duo Yogaraj Bhat and Actor Ganesh after 8 years. This news has created a lot of buzz in the industry and audience. This movie was also liked by the audience once again.

Panchatantra – A new idea again from Yogaraj Bhat which included thrilling Car Race, which had new actors Vihaan and Sonal with Rangaayana Raghu as the pillar of the movie.

Gaalipata 2 is Yogaraj Bhat's next project starring Golden Star Ganesh, Diganth and the director/actor Pawan Kumar yet again a highly expected movie is on its way to start the shooting..


For the last six years, his songs have been the chart toppers according to the Air Check List. His songs have helped create huge hits in the Kannada Film Industry and there is a belief, if there is a Yogaraj Bhat song, the success is halfway through. Like his movies, his songs have helped many actors and music composers to build a career in the film Industry.

Mungaru Male, Gaalipata, Junglee, Jackie, Manasaare, Pancharangi, Paramatma, Victory, Hudugaru, Drama, Kaddipudi, Bachchan, Adhyaksha, Gajakesari, Rajahuli name a few. All these movies have benefitted from his lyrics and few of them have succeeded only because of his songs.

He is considered the most versatile writer who has penned lyrics for slow emotional songs such as 'Mungaru Maleye', 'Doora Swalpa Doora', 'Nadheem Dheem Thana', 'Hookanasa Jokali', 'Chendutiya Pakkadali', 'Eradu Jadeyannu', 'Naa Naguva Modalene', 'Hesaru Poorthi Helade'. He has also penned fast songs like 'Hale Paathre', 'Kathlalli Karadi', 'Khali Quarter Bottle', 'Shiva Antha Hoguthidde', 'Pancharangi'.

He has won a Filmfare Award, State Award, as well as many Private Awards for penning the super hit song, 'Bombe Aadsonu' from the film Drama.


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film
Director Producer Writer Lyricist Notes Ref.
2001 Chakra (T.V. serial) Yes Yes
2003 Mani Yes
2004 Ranga S.S.L.C Yes Yes
2006 Mungaru Male Yes Yes Yes
2008 Gaalipata Yes Yes Yes
2008 Inthi Ninna Preethiya Yes Yes
2009 Manasaare Yes Yes Yes
2010 Pancharangi Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 Paramathma Yes Yes Yes
2011 Lifeu Ishtene Yes Yes
2012 Drama Yes Yes Yes Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist – 'Bombe Adsonu'The Bangalore Times Film Awards for 'The Best Lyricist' category for the song 'Bombe Adsonu'.
2013 Dyavre Yes Yes
2014 Vaastu Prakaara Yes Yes Yes Yes
2016 Dana Kayonu Yes Yes Yes
2017 Mugulu Nage Yes Yes Yes Yes
2019 Panchatantra Yes Yes Yes Yes
2021 Gaalipata 2 Films that have not yet been released Yes [7]

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes Ref
2013 Dyavre Bhimsen Lead role [8]
2016 Parapancha Kaalipeeli
2019 Bell Bottom Marakutika
2019 Avane Srimannarayana Guptananda Swamiji Cameo appearance

Yograj Movies[edit]

Bhat started his own banner Yogaraj Movies in 2006. He has been backing up young upcoming new talents by giving them opportunities to direct their movies under his banner. His movies have created a new space for unconventional films, within commercial parameters. Suri, Pawan Kumar (who made Lucia), Pavan Wadeyar, Preetam Gubbi, Ravikiran Vikas, Gadda Viji, and Veerendra started their career under Bhat and now have become successful directors.

Bhat's movies have helped launch the careers of many actors. Ganesh, Yash, Duniya Vijay, Diganth, Neenasam Satish, Pawan Kumar (Director), Pawan Wadeyar (Director), Pooja Gandhi, Aindrita Rai, Nidhi Subbaiah, and Deepa Sannidhi became leading stars after working under him.


Television series[edit]

Bhat was the writer and episode director for the Kannada television serial Saadhane. It was selected for the Best Serial Award for 2000–2001.

He has judged the comedy reality show Comedy Kiladigalu.


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  2. "SouthScope – One Stop Site For South Indian Cinema". SouthScope. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "IndiaGlitz – Mungaru Male National record – Kannada Movie News". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  4. "Ganesh Bal: The outsider on the inside | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis". dna. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. "Will Pancharangi break the records of Mungaru Male?". 7 September 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. "Kannada Fim Industry | Famous Actors | Puneet Rajkumar | Ganesh | Ramya | Sudeep". Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  7. "galipata-2 in timesofindia". 20 January 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  8. Dyavre movie review, Times of India
  9. Filmfare Awards (South): The complete list of winners – IBNLive. (21 July 2013). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.
  10. Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012 goes to... – The Times of India. (19 August 2013). Retrieved on 16 April 2014.

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