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Devaraj (born 20 September 1953) is an Indian actor and theatre actor who works in South Indian film industries. He has largely featured in Kannada films performing various roles as a lead character, supporting character and villainous character. He has also featured in Telugu and Tamil films.
|Other names||Devraj |
|Children||Prajwal Devaraj |
Having worked in over 200 feature films, Devaraj is popularly referred to as a "Dynamic Hero" in the Kannada film industry. Prior to acting in films, Devaraj performed in stage plays under the guidance of Shankar Nag and B. Jayashree. Devaraj has won several awards and accolades including the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor for his portrayal as the protagonist in the film Veerappan in 1991.
Devaraj was born on 20 September 1953 to Ramachandrappa and Krishnamma in Lingarajpuram, a locality in Bangalore, in the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka). His father worked in ITC Factory, Welfare department. Devaraj lost his father when he was 3 months old as he was suffering from Maleria. In 1976 due to his family's financial problems Devaraj decided to work in HMT Watch factory, Case & Dial Section, where he worked for 9 years, and it was suggested he should act in dramas by his senior colleague HMT Govindaraju. Firstly Devaraj joined R.Nagesh's theatre group, Later he joined B. Jayashree's theatre group SPANDANA and later on with Shankar Nag's SANKET. His film debut was as a supporting actor in 'Trishula'. He continued to appear as a supporting actor, then acted in leading roles.
Devaraj auditioned for Trishula with Avinash, both of whom were part of a same theatre troupe. Both got through the auditions and the film was his debut as an actor. However, the film did not release. His first released film was 27 Mavalli Circle in 1986. After the success of 27 Mavalli Circle Devaraj acted in many more films mainly in supporting roles. His notable performances include: His First Hero Leading Role In Hatyakanda In 1990. Upnext Aaganthuka, Navabharatha, Indrajith among others.
After the year 2000, Devaraj switched over to character roles and debuted in Tamil and Telugu film industries. He worked in highly acclaimed films such as Naan Kadavul, Malaikottai and Villu in Tamil and Yagnam, Sri in Telugu.
In 1986, Devaraj married actress Chandralekha, whom he had met on the sets of his film Sikku. Following this, they appeared together in the 1992film Kendada Male. After their marriage, Chandralekha quit acting. They have two sons, Prajwal and Pranam. Both sons are active in the Kannada film industry, with Prajwal having established himself as a lead actor.
|Year||Movie Name||Additional Details|
|1987||Aaganthuka||Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|1987||Dance Raja Dance|
|1988||Sambhavami Yuge Yuge|
|1988||Elu Suttina Kote|
|1988||Nee Nanna Daiva|
|1988||Meenakshi Mane Meshtru|
|1990||S. P. Sangliyana Part 2|
|1991||Ide Police Belt|
|1991||S. P. Bhargavi|
|1991||Veerappan||Winner Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actor|
|1993||Hosa Love Story|
|1997||Sangliyana Part 3|
|2003||Ay Naan Bhishma Kano|
|2003||Yaardo Duddu Yellammana Jathre|
|2004||Avale Nanna Gelathi|
|2009||IPC Section 300|
|2016||Nithya Jothe Sathya|
|2016||Santhu Straight Forward|
|2017||Once More Kaurava|
- 20va Shatabdam (1990)
- Prema Yuddham (1990)
- Neti Siddhartha (1990)
- Yerra Mandaram (1991)
- Bangaru Bullodu (1993)
- S. P. Parasuram (1994)
- Anna (1994 film) (1994)
- Samarasimha Reddy (1999)
- Yagnam (2004)
- Sri (2005)
- Raam (2006)
- Yogi (2007)
- Evadaithe Nakenti (2007)
- Lakshyam (2007)
- Bharat Ane Nenu (2018)
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