Dinesh Baboo (also known as Dinesh Babu) (born in Trivandrum, India) is an Indian film director, cinematographer, producer, actor and screenwriter. He has worked in both Malayalam cinema and Kannada cinema. His directorial ventures were chiefly with Kannada films. His popularity also is largely as a director rather than a cinematographer due to his many popular films in Kannada, some of which went on to become blockbusters.
|Occupation||Film director, cinematographer, producer, actor, Script-writer|
|Spouse(s)||Sobhana K K|
His career in cinema started as a cinematographer. He stood behind the camera for noted Malayalam films like Dhruvam, King, Ullasa Poonkattu and the blockbuster movie Commissioner which was instrumental in raising Suresh Gopi, currently a superstar in Malayalam movie world to stardom.
Great talent in cinematography was the springboard that launched him to great success in the world of cinema. This also helped him to have first hand knowledge of every technical aspect of cinema, which a director need not be necessarily familiar with. He also directed a Malayalam film named Mazhavillu starring Kunchacko Boban and Preeti Jhangiani. Although his camera skills were widely appreciated in Mollywood, his ambition took him to the world of Kannada films where he chose to direct rather than handle the camera.
His directorial career in the Kannada film world took off with a hugely successful thriller Idu Saadhya in 1989. The movie, featuring eight stars, was actually made on a shoestring budget of just 1.5 million INR and shot at a single location within 48 hours. It set a Guinness record of fastest completion of an Indian film. A drama theatre where the film was shot mingles into the theme and almost becomes a character of the movie. Idhu Sadhya became a trend setter because of its brilliant direction, screenplay and cinematography. His inspiration for this film came from the theme of Michele Soavi's Deliria (film). (Stagefright) must also have been an influencing factor for this film.
Suprabhatha is another major success of Dinesh Baboo. The story revolves around a single location, this time, a gas filling station. A film with Super Star Dr.Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini, became a box office looter creating many records and gave a major boost to the career of Dinesh babu.
As a director, his craftsmanship has been lauded by columnists and reviewers.
Dinesh Baboo had a failed marriage and had divorced his first wife. He married his assistant director Chethana in 2010.
- Cinematographer only
|Year||Film||Language||Awards and Achievements|
|1984||Unnai Naan Santhithen||Tamil|
|Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum||Tamil|
|Ninaive Oru Sangeetham||Tamil|
|1988||En Uyir Kannamma||Tamil|
|Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu||Malayalam|
|Thendral Varum Theru||Tamil|
- Director only
|Year||Film||Credited as||Language||Awards and Achievements|
|1988||Suprabhatha||Director||Kannada||Filmfare Award for Best Director (Kannada)|
|1989||Idu Saadhya||Screenplay, Cinematographer, Director||Kannada||Based on Stage Fright |
Guinness record for fastest completion of an Indian film at that time
|Inspector Vikram||Director||Kannada||Loosely based on Eddie Macon's Run|
|Hendthighelbedi||Director, Writer, Cinematographer||Kannada|
|1997||Amrutha Varshini||Cinematographer, Director||Kannada||Remade in Malayalam as Mazhavillu|
|Mazhavillu||Director||Malayalam||Remake of Amrutha Varshini|
|Nan Hendthi Chennagidale||Director||Kannada|
|2001||Everybody Says I'm Fine!||Light Supervisor||English|
|Chithra||Director||Kannada||Remake of Telugu film Chitram|
|Balagalittu Olage Baa||Director||Kannada||Based on Our Hospitality|
|2003||Abhi||Director||Kannada||Remade as Abhimanyu|
|Pandu Ranga Vittala||Director||Kannada|
|2006||Neenello Naanalle||Director||Kannada||Remake of Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana|
|2008||Mr. Garagasa||Director||Kannada||Based on 1998 French comedy Le Dîner de Cons (also known as The Dinner Game)|
|Mooru Guttu Ondu Sullu Ondu Nija||Director||Kannada|
|Bellary Naga||Director||Kannada||Remake of Malayalam film Rajamanikyam|
|2010||Eradane Maduve ||Director||Kannada||Prequel of Mathond Madhuvena & remade in Telugu as Bhale Mogudu Bhale Pellam|
|2011||Mathond Madhuvena||Director||Kannada||Sequel of Eradane Maduve|
|2011||Bhale Mogudu Bhale Pellam||Director||Telugu||Remake of Eradane Maduve|
|2011||Naanalla||Director||Kannada||Based on Primal Fear|
|2012||Ondu Kshanadalli ||Director||Kannada|
|2014||Athi Aparoopa ||Director||Kannada|
|2016||Priyanka||Director , Cinematographer||Kannada|
|2018||Krishnam||Director , Cinematographer||Malayalam|
|2018||Preethi Keli Sneha Kaledukollabedi ||Director||Kannada|
- Mane Mane Kathe 
- Swati Muttu
- "Dinesh Baboo marries his assistant Chethana". Sify. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Eradane Maduve Movie Review". The Times of India. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Naanalla Review". IndiaGlitz. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Ondu Kshanadalli Movie Review". The Times of India. TNN. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- B S Srivani (12 April 2014). "An Indian love story revisited". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- Lokesh, Vinay (1 November 2018). "Preethi Keli Sneha Kaledukollabedi". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
- Shyam Prasad S (12 October 2015). "Dinesh Baboo on his experience with Priyanka". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
- IMDB page mainly referring to his film career on IMDb
- Accident (As an actor) on IMDb