Kotturu Chikkarangappa Raghunath (born 17 April 1965),known by his screen name Rangayana Raghu, is an Indian film and stage actor, known for his work in Kannada cinema. Portraying mostly comic and negative-shaded characters, he has appeared in over 250 films. Prior to acting in films, he worked as a stage actor with B. V. Karanth's theatre group Rangayana, from 1988 to 1999. He made his debut in films in 1995 with Suggi, which got shelved.
Raghu got his major break in films after appearing as an antagonist in Dhumm (2002). He is best noted for his performance in the 2007 film Duniya which won him his second Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other notable roles came in Cyanide (2006), Raam (2009), Olave Mandara (2011) and Jayammana Maga (2013). In 2014, his wife Mangala and he started Sanchari Theatre, a theatre training institute for children.
Raghu was born as Kotturu Chikkarangappa Raghunath on 17 April 1965, as the ninth child to Chikkarangaiah and Veeramma, in a village Kotturu, in Pavagada taluk of the Tumkur district of the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka).
Raghu began his acting career as a theatre artist when he joined the Rangayana theatre group in Mysore in 1988, where he received ₹800 as the monthly salary. He made his film debut in the 1995 Kannada-language film Suggi directed by Hamsalekha that eventually got shelved. He then appeared in the 2002 film Dhumm followed by minor roles in Megha Banthu Megha and Aryabhata. His major breakthrough was Yogaraj Bhat's debut directorial venture Mani. He received critical acclaim for his performances in films like Ranga SSLC, Duniya, Alemari,Modalasala, and Director's Special .
Raghu made his debut in Tulu films in 2018 with My Name is Annappa.
Puneeth Rajkumar, colloquially known as Appu and Power Star by his fans, is an Indian actor, playback singer, television presenter, and producer who works primarily in Kannada cinema. He has been a lead actor in 29 films; as a child, he appeared in many films. His performances in Vasantha Geetha (1980), Bhagyavantha (1981), Chalisuva Modagalu (1982), Eradu Nakshatragalu (1983), Bhakta Prahaladha, Yarivanu and Bettada Hoovu (1985) were praised. He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his role of Ramu in Bettada Hoovu. He also won Karnataka State Award Best Child artist for Chalisuva Modagalu and Yeradu Nakshatragalu. Puneeth's first lead role was in 2002's Appu.
Milana (transl. Rendezvous) is a 2007 Indian Kannada-language romantic drama film co-written and directed by Prakash, starring Puneeth Rajkumar, Parvathy Thiruvothu and Pooja Gandhi. The film was the latter's debut in Kannada cinema. The supporting cast features Dileep Raj, Sumithra and Mukhyamantri Chandru. Music for the film was composed by Mano Murthy.
Pudipeddi Sai Kumar is an Indian actor, dubbing artist and television presenter who works predominantly in Kannada, Telugu and Tamil Films. He has received two state Nandi Awards and three Filmfare Awards South for his work Kannada, Telugu and Tamil Cinema.
Rajesh Krishnan is an Indian melody playback singer and film actor. Although he is popularly known for his works in Kannada films, he has sung 5000 songs in Kannada, 500 in Telugu and more than 250 songs in Tamil, Hindi and other languages Making his mainstream debut in the film Gauri Ganesha (1991), he has sung for many feature films, devotional albums, theme albums and commercials in a career spanning over almost two decades.
Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige, is a Kannada language film directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar. The film depicts the challenges faced by the people living in rural areas of India.
Nanditha is an Indian singer. Best known as a playback singer in the Kannada film industry, she sings in other languages such as Tamil and Telugu. Nanditha began her playback career from the film Habba (1998). Since then, she has won numerous awards including the Karnataka State Film Awards and Filmfare Awards South for her singing.
Vijay Kumar B.R, known professionally as Duniya Vijay, is an Indian actor who appears in Kannada films. He started off as a junior film artist in the industry playing small roles, before he got his big break in Duniya (2007). He is noted for his performances in films such as Chanda (2007), Junglee (2009), Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam (2011) and Jayammana Maga (2013).
Cyanide is an Indian 2006 bilingual drama film written and directed by A. M. R. Ramesh. Being a bilingual venture, the film was simultaneously shot in Kannada and Tamil languages, with the latter version titled as Kuppi. The plot of the film set in and around Bangalore from 1 to 20 August 1991, deals with incidents surrounding the assassins of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. It stars Ravi Kale as Sivarasan, the mastermind of the assassination. Malavika Avinash, Tara, Rangayana Raghu in pivotal roles. The supporting cast features Avinash, Nassar and Suresh Heblikar.
Duniya is a 2007 Indian Kannada-language film written and directed by Soori. It was successful with both critics and audience.
Suri/Soori known as Duniya Suri or Sukka Suri is an Indian movie director. He became known as Duniya Suri in the wake of the success of his debut movie Duniya, for which he won the 2006–2007 Karnataka State Film Awards in the Best Screenplay category. Suri came to fame after the Duniya release, for its realistic style. The work brought a different dimension to Kannada movies.
Olave Mandara is a 2011 Indian Kannada road movie written and directed by Jayatheertha, and starring debutantes Srikanth and Aakanksha Mansukhani in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Rangayana Raghu, Veena Sundar, Nassar and Sadhu Kokila.
Modalasala is a 2010 Indian Kannada romantic drama film written and directed by Purushottham C. Somanathapura in his debut, produced by Yogesh Narayan and Mallikarjun Sankangoudar Gadag and stars Yash and Bhama in the lead roles. Rangayana Raghu, Tara, Avinash and Sharan feature in supporting roles.
The Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award is and award presented annually by the Filmfare magazine as part of its annual Filmfare Awards South for Kannada films. It is given in honor of an actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a supporting role while working within the Kannada film industry. Although the awards for Kannada films started in 1970, awards for the best supporting actor category started only in 2007. At the 54th Filmfare Awards South ceremony held in 2007, Rangayana Raghu was the first winner of this award for his role in Cyanide. Since its inception, the award has been given to eight actors. Achyuth Kumar has received the most awards in this category with three awards.
Rambo is a 2012 India comedy film written and directed by M S Sreenath. It was produced by Atlanta Nagendra and Sharan. Sharan and Madhuri Itagi played the leading roles. This is the 100th film of actor Sharan; it was released in September 2012. Arjun Janya is the music director for the film.
Jayammana Maga is a 2013 horror thriller Kannada film directed and written by Vikas, marking his debut venture. Duniya Vijay, besides acting, makes his debut as a producer with this film along with his friend Ramesh for the "Duniya Talkies" production house. The other primary cast include Dr. Bharathi, Rangayana Raghu, Kalyani Raju, N. L. Narendra Babu amongst others.
Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga is a 1998 Indian Kannada drama film directed and written by Rajendra Singh Babu. It features Shiva Rajkumar and Ramesh Aravind in the lead roles along with Vijayalakshmi and Shilpa in other pivotal roles. The film won several laurels and awards upon release including the Karnataka State Film Awards. The film featured an original score and soundtrack composed and written by V. Manohar.
Wing Commander Harihar Gundurao Dattatreya AE(L) (Retd.), popularly known as Dattanna, is an Indian actor who has appeared in more than 204 films and several plays. Alongside his career as an actor, he served in the Indian Air Force as a commissioned officer for over 20 years and also occupied academic positions with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). He is best known for his work in Kannada cinema, in which he appears in mostly supporting roles. In a film career of almost three decades, he has won two National Film Award – Special Jury Awards, one National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and two Karnataka State Film Awards. He is known for his performances in Munnudi (2000), Bettada Jeeva (2011) and Bharath Stores (2012).
Avva is a 2008 Indian Kannada language drama film directed by Kavitha Lankesh and produced by Pyramid Saimira. The film stars Shruti, Duniya Vijay and Smitha in the lead roles. The film released to wide critical acclaim and won multiple awards at the Karnataka State Film Awards for that year. The musical score was composed by Issac Thomas Kottukapalli.
Pavitra Lokesh is an Indian film and television actress. She appears primarily in Kannada and Telugu films playing supporting roles. The daughter of stage and film actor Mysore Lokesh, she made her film debut at the age of 16 and has since appeared in over 150 Kannada films. At 5 feet 10 inches she was the tallest actress at that time, but managing to do several noteworthy roles even acting against shorter heroes. For her performance in the Kannada film Naayi Neralu (2006), she was awarded the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress. Her brother Adi Lokesh and husband Suchendra Prasad are actors.
Padmaja Rao is an Indian film actress, TV serial director and producer in Karnataka, India. She is a versatile actor known for playing a wide variety of character roles in various film genres. Some of the notable films of Padmaja Rao as an actress include Hatavadi (2006) Mungaru Male (2006), Gaalipata (2008), Ugramm (2006). She has also forayed into tulu film industry with the blockbuster Chaali Polilu (2014)