Actor, Director, Writer, Dialogue writer

Born: Kundapura, Udupi, Karnataka, India


Kashinath is an actor and a director in the Kannada film Industry in India, generally known in the industry as a trend setter. He probably started the trend of acting, directing, music directing and the producing of films. He stunned not just the film industry but also the audience through the success of films, because of his unconventional (some would even tag it weird) looks, dialogue delivery and style of movie making. Not only did he make popular movies but he also opened doors for other promising directors like Upendra, Manohar and Sunil Kumar Desai. He is known for giving chances to youngsters who have made names in Kannada Film Industry and beyond. He is known to have an exceptional eye for talent, a trait acknowledged by his well established disciples (Upendra, Manohar, Sunil Kumar Desai to name a few).His films generally touched subjects which were often regarded as taboo in the Indian society and thus attracted the tag of being vulgar by some critics; In fact, most people associate double meaning with Kashinath and many even go to the extent of attributing the decline of Kannada Film quality to him. Despite the criticisms his films have influenced the society as well as the industry. Some of his movie dialogues have entered common lingo; for example the extremely popular phrase of Mangalooru Manjunatha (from the film Love Madi Nodu). He directed, produced, and acted in many well known films such as Anubhava, Anantana Avantara, Avale Nanna Hendthi and Hendathi Andhray Haygirabeku. The concept of his film Ajagajaanthara (1991) was also seen in Hindi movie Judaai (1997) starring Anil Kapoor, Sridevi and Urmila Matondkar. His film Avale Nanna Hendthi (1988) was remade in Hindi as Jawani Zindabad (1997) starring Aamir Khan and Farah.

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