M. G. Srinivas

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M. G. Srinivas
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Madihalli Gopalakrishna Srinivas

(1984-07-09) 9 July 1984 (age 36)
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Shruti. I. L
(m. 2019)
Alma mater Seshadripuram College
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Nickname(s)Srini, MGS

M.G. Srinivas (born 9 July 1984) is an Indian actor, film director and screenwriter who works in Kannada cinemas. He made his debut as a director in the Kannada films with Topiwala (2013), a commercial entertainer starred Upendra.


Srinivas's first rendezvous with the entertainment industry was as an RJ. His show on 93.5 RED FM, Blade Raja made him famous. His short films had also generated an equal amount of buzz in the media circles. While Rules, his first short film, has the distinction of being screened at Australia's Bollywood and Beyond Film Festival, his next project won him the prestigious Platinum Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival. Titled ‘Simply Kailawesome’, the film centers itself around the life and literary works of renowned Kannada writer T P Kailasam. It was also this very film that caught Upendra's attention, following which Topiwala happened. This led to his first feature Topiwala, with Upendra in the lead. [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]

Early life and background

He was educated at Bangalore's Presidency School. After completing his graduation and acquiring his BSc degree from Seshadripuram College he commenced his career as a dance choreographer. Later in 2007, he joined Red FM as a professional radio jockey.

Personal life

He married Shruti IL, Journalist on 30 June 2019 in Mysore. [1]

Film career

Alongside his radio jockey career, MGS started making short films. His first short movie was Rules, grabbed attention for its slapstick comedy inter-twined with satirical tone on speed breakers. This film was officially screened in the Australian Film Festival, Bollywood and Beyond.

Following this stint, MGS, trained at Abhinaya Taranga to learn the nuances of acting. He made his second short film Simply Kailawesome, which was strongly based on TP Kailasam’s works. He even essayed the lead role in the film. Simply Kailawesome’s win of the Platinum Remi Award at the Houston Film Festival, paved way for a formal introduction to Kannada superstar Upendra. MGS then went on to direct Topiwala for Upendra and the film opened to positive response.

Srini next directed a romantic comedy, Srinivasa Kalyana, produced by Bharat Jain under Mars Films. This movie also saw Srini making his commercial movie debut as a lead actor. However, Srini was first seen as an actor in Sudeep directorial, Just Maath Maathalli.In this 2010 Kannada movie, he was seen as Ramya's music freak brother.

Srinivasa Kalyana opened to positive reviews across the state. Deccan Chronicle gave the movie 3/5 and praised the movie for its light hearted comedy and youthful charm which showed a complex philosophical thought in a simple manner. Times of India rated 3.5/5 and praised the sass touch to this candy floss romance. IndiaGlitz gave a rating of 4/5 calling the movie a "jovial journey" and praised Srini for his direction, story and screenplay. The movie released in USA and Australia(Melbourne Sydney) after its critical and commercial success in India.

Srini's next venture was the crime thriller Birbal Trilogy. The first part is, Case 1: Finding Vajramuni, followed by Case No.2 : Avrn bitt, Ivrn bitt, Ivryaru? and the last one is Case No.3 : Turremane. "Birbal Trilogy" - Case No. 1 : Finding Vajramuni, released in January 2019.

Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni, released in January 2019, and starred MGS himself and Rukmini Vasanth in the lead. Sujay Shastry, Suresh Heblikar and Madhusudhan Rao are also, seen in prominent roles. The film ran for over 50 days was a hit among cinema lovers. The screenplay and background score of the film were the topics of discussion among film buffs and students alike. A Bhurka scene shot in the Majestic bus stand is another highlight of the film. The film was rated 8.7/10 on IMDB, 86% on Bookmyshow, 3.5/5 by Filmy Beat, 3/5 by News Minute, Vijaya Karnataka and Times of India.

MGS is currently working on his next film OldMonk and conducting auditions in various cities like Mangalore, Hubli, Mysore, Shimoga and Bengaluru. The actor-director stars opposite Aditi Prabhudeva in this upcoming romantic film.

MG Srinivas is playing a role in sci-fi short film titled Veteran. [8]


YearFilmCredit asRoleNotesRef.
2010RulesYesYesYesMain CharacterShort film
2010 Just Maath Maathalli NoNoYesTanu's brotherActing debut
2010 Chirru NoNoYesCredited as Srini Dilip and Chirru's friend
2010 Simply Kailawesome YesYesYes T.P. Kailasam Short film
2013 Topiwala YesNoNoNAFeature Film Debut as Director
2017 Srinivasa Kalyana YesYesYesSrinivas aka Lakshmi Kantha BaaluDebut as a lead actor
2019 Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni YesYesYesMahesh Das
Ranganayaki NoNoYesMadhav
2021Old MonkYesYesYesTBAFilming [9]
2021 Thimmarusu: Assignment Vali NoYesNo- Tollywood debut; Remake of

Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni


2022 Madhiyaalan No Yes No Tamil Remake of Birbal Trilogy Case 1: Finding Vajramuni


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