D. Rajendra Babu

D. Rajendra Babu (30 March 1951 – 3 November 2013) was an Indian filmmaker and screenplay writer in Kannada cinema. He has directed over 50 films in various genres, most of them being sentimental films. He wrote and directed numerous blockbuster films, though many of them are re-makes. Apart from Kannada films, he directed a Malayalam and a Hindi film each. He is considered one of the most revered directors of the Kannada film industry.

D. Rajendra Babu
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Rajendra Babu in November 2013
Born(1951-06-12)12 June 1951
Died2 May 2013(2013-05-02) (aged 62)
Other namesBabu
Years active1984–2013
(m. 1980)

Some of the notable works of Babu are Nanu Nanna Hendathi (1985), Olavina Udugore (1987), Ramachaari (1991), Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru (1990), Halunda Thavaru (1994), Appaji (1996), Diggajaru (2000), Amma (2001), Encounter Dayanayak (2005) and Bindaas (2010).

Early careerEdit

Babu joined the Kannada film industry in the early 1980s as an actor, but later on became a filmmaker. He worked as an associate to many top directors such as Rajendra Singh Babu, K. S. R. Das and V. Somashekhar.

Babu became an independent director with Jiddu, starring Tiger Prabhakar and Jayamala. Though the film was not a big success, his subsequent films such as Swabhimaana and Naanu Nanna Hendthi were massive silver jubilee hits. He has so far directed 50 films including a Hindi film, Pyaar Karke Dekho (1987).

Personal lifeEdit

Babu was married to Sumithra, a multi-lingual actress. They have two daughters – Umashankari and Nakshatra. Nakshatra has made her acting debut in a Tamil film Doo.


Babu was admitted to M. S. Ramaiah Hospital on 2 November 2013 after he complained of abdominal pain. He died of a heart attack in the hospital on the morning of 3 November.[1]


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Screenplay
1984 Jiddu  Y  ? Kannada
1984 Kalinga Sarpa  Y  ? Kannada
1984 Hosa Ithihaasa  Y  ? Kannada
1985 Swabhimana  Y  Y Kannada
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi  Y  Y Kannada
1986 Asambhava  Y  Y Kannada
1986 Rekthabhishekam  Y  ? Malayalam
1987 Olavina Udugore  Y  Y Kannada Also co-produced
1987 Pyaar Karke Dekho  Y  Y Hindi
1989 Yuga Purusha  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Karz
1989 Samsara Nouke  Y  Y Kannada
1990 Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru  Y  Y Kannada
1990 Chakravarthy  Y  Y Kannada
1991 Kaala Chakra  Y  Y Kannada Also story
1991 Ramachaari  Y  N Kannada Remake of Chinna Thambi
1992 Entede Bhanta  Y  Y Kannada Based on novel by Sudarshan Desai
1992 Sriramachandra  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Kalyanaraman
1993 Annayya  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Beta
1994 Haalunda Thavaru  Y  Y Kannada Also dialogues
1994 Karulina Koogu  Y  Y Kannada
1996 Appaji  Y  Y Kannada
1996 Jeevanadhi  Y  Y Kannada
1997 Jodi Hakki  Y  Y Kannada Also writer
Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
1998 Kurubana Rani  Y  Y Kannada Also writer and dialogues
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve  Y  N Kannada Remake of Tamil film Kadhal Kottai
1999 Habba  Y  Y Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
2000 Devara Maga  Y  Y Kannada
2000 Krishna Leele  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai
2000 Preethse  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Hindi film Darr
2000 Yare Nee Abhimani  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Hindi film Aaina
2001 Amma  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Telugu film Amma Rajinama
2001 Diggajaru  Y  N Kannada Remake of Natpukkaga
2002 Nandhi  Y  Y Kannada
2002 Naanu Naane  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Raja Hindustani
2003 Swathi Muthu  Y  N Kannada Remake of Telugu film Swathimutyam
2005 Encounter Dayanayak  Y  N Kannada Based on the life of encounter specialist Daya Nayak[2]
2005 Auto Shankar  Y  N Kannada
2006 Uppi Dada MBBS  Y  Y Kannada Remake of Hindi film Munnabhai MBBS
2008 Bindaas  Y  Y Kannada Based on Telugu film Dhana 51
2008 Bombaat  Y  Y Kannada
2014 Aryan  Y  Y Kannada Also writer and dialogues
Posthumously released
2018 Kuchiku Kuchiku  Y  Y Kannada Posthumously released

Awards and honorsEdit


  1. ^ "Kannada film director Rajendra Babu dead". The Hindu. 3 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Police-underworld skirmishes". The Hindu. 13 February 2005. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  3. ^ 'Prasad' gets best film award for 2011
  4. ^ Rajendra Babu Elated

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