Dr Rajkumar, A R Rahman, Ghulam Ali, Bhimsen Joshi and Jagjit Singh.
Poornachandra Tejaswi, Da Ra Bendre, Mirza Ghalib, Mark Twain, Jayant Kaikini
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Himachal Pradesh, Germany, Switzerland
Yogaraj Bhat is a Kannada film director, writer (Lyrics, story, screenplay), Playback singer & producer with more than 10 movies to his credit. Yograj became famous after his box office super hit Mungaru Male.
Childhood, Family & Personal Life
Yogaraj Bhat was born on Monday, 8 October 1973 in Thilavalli, Haveri, Karnataka to Jayalakshmi Bhat(Mother) & Ramachandra Bhat(Father). His parents are basically from Dakshina Kannada. His parents have a hotel business.
He has six siblings. Prakash bhat is one of his elder brothers ,he is an Engineer by profession.
He is married to Renuka Bhat & has two children, a son named Punarvasu Bhat and a daughter named Panchami Bhat.
Yogaraj Bhat family: wife Renuka Bhat and daughter Punarvasu Bhat.
Education: He was good at studies, his elder brothers wanted him to study Diploma after SSLC, but Yogaraj Bhat's appetite for food did not let him leave his home to go to the city to study. He is a graduate with expertise in both Kannada & Hindi. He joined for M.A in Mysore, but later discontinued. He wanted to do M.A & L.L.B, he was influenced by the writing of one of his favorite writers & gave up further studies.
Yogaraj Bhat had a friend Suresh (L.L.B) in Mysore (when he was studying M.A) who introduced him to the English movies. Yogaraj bhat was already a fan of English Literature, he watched numerous good movies of Hollywood with subtitles & liked the idea of getting into movies.
Yogaraj Bhat came to film industry at the age of 22, he wanted to be a Cameraman initially, he was very much into cinematography.
When he was 28 he was given the opportunity to direct the TV serial Chakra(2001). Saadhane was another serial he wrote & directed.
He has also been a judge in the comedy reality show "Comedy Kiladigalu".
Yogaraj Bhat was an associate director in the film Kraurya(1996), itwas directed by Girish Kasaravalli.
Movie Debut: Mani(2003) was Yogaraj Bhat's debut movie, it was a romantic movie starring Radhika Kumaraswamy, Mayur Patel. It was a critically acclaimed movie with 4 state awards.
He has diercted corporate films & documentaries in between.
Mungaru Male(2006) is his most popular movie so far. It has been one of the biggest grosser in the entire South India, not just Kannada film industry.
He started his acting career with the film Dyavre directed by one of his assistants.
Yogaraj Bhat is popular for his simplicity, his humorous dialogues, uniqueness of characters are his specialities.
Lyrics & Writing: starting from his first movie Mani Yogaraj started writing Lyrics, Mungaru Male songs brought him the popularity. He frequently writes lyrics for his movies. Almost all his movies feature at least a song of his.
His lyrics are often humorous, melodious, with message, sometimes without message, contradictory. Simple contemporary language with the capacity to make the audience feel special about it are his positives.
Yogaraj Bhat and Duniya soori are very good friends & can be seen collaborating with each other's works.
Yogaraj Bhat: Photos, Pictures
(All Yogaraj Bhat Photos) Kannada director yogaraj bhat family wife renuka bhat and daughter Punarvasu bhat.
Mano murthy with yograj bhat and jayanth kaykini
Yogaraj Bhat started a production team under the name "Yogaraj Movies"
He likes candid acting which are realistic and don't look like it is being made but as if it was captured in a hidden camera.
He made Audio CDs from school text books with music to formulas, to help them memorize the lines.
He has worked under directors Girish Kasaravalli, Suni Kumar Desai and B Suresh as an assistant.
Yogaraj Bhat was nickname "Goggayya" by some of his actors.
He tried growing pigs in Sakaleshpura, where he had a farm.
Yogaraj Bhat prefers local talents for the sake of ease of dialogue delivery & timing that only locals can perfect.
Bhagyada Lakshmi Baramma (1986), Duniya(2007), Seven Samurai(1954), Dil Chahta Hai(2001), Titanic(1997), Before Sunrise are among his favorite movies.
Yogaraj Bhat considers his father "Ramachandra Bhat" as his inspiration. For his simplicity & adherence to Vedic philosophy.
Mungaru Male is the first movie to run for an year continuously in a Multiplex.
His father died in a boat accident.
Duniya Soori, Pawan Kumar , Pavan Wadeyar, Preetam Gubbi, Ravikiran Vikas, Gadda Viji, Veerendra are among the famous directors in the industry who worked under Yogaraj Bhat.
There is a scene in Manasaare where the hero tries to generate electricity from the vehicles running on road. It was actually influenced by Yogaraj Bhat's real life.
He was good at sports, especially Volleyball.
Yogaraj Bhat used to write stories in Newspapers & Magazines. One of his friends suggest him to write movie stories.
After Mungaru Male Yogaraj Bhat got 40+ offers, he gave them to his assistants & colleagues. Yogaraj Bhat wants to bring new talents to foresight so that there can be a generation of good directors who can lift the industry together.
Mungaru Male is said to have accumulated more than 70 Crores officially, unofficially it is said to have grossed 100 crores.