Dinesh Baboo

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.

Dinesh Baboo
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OccupationFilm 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.


He is appearing in front of camera for the first time as a Police officer in the film Accident which is Directed by Ramesh Aravind.

Personal lifeEdit

Dinesh Baboo had a failed marriage and had divorced his first wife. He married his assistant director Chethana in 2010.[1]



Cinematographer only
Year Film Language Awards and Achievements
1984 Unnai Naan Santhithen Tamil
Nilavu Suduvathillai Tamil
1985 Udaya Geetham Tamil
Geethanjali Tamil
1986 Uyire Unakkaga Tamil
Sathya Jyothi Kannada
Aayiram Pookkal Malarattum Tamil
1987 Paadu Nilave Tamil
Ninaive Oru Sangeetham Tamil
Manithanin Marupakkam Tamil
Unakkaagave Vaazhgiren Tamil
1988 En Uyir Kannamma Tamil
1993 Dhruvam Malayalam
Ammayane Sathyam Malayalam
Chamayam Malayalam
1994 Commissioner Malayalam
Pidakkozhi Koovunna Noottandu Malayalam
Thendral Varum Theru Tamil
1995 The King Malayalam
Ullasappoonkattu Malayalam
1996 Mahathma Malayalam
1997 Bhoopathi Malayalam
Director only
Year Film Credited as Language Awards and Achievements
1987 Ananda Aradhanai Director Tamil
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
1990 Papa Kosam Director Telugu
1997 Amrutha Varshini Cinematographer, Director Kannada Remade in Malayalam as Mazhavillu
Laali Director Kannada
1998 Nishyabda Director Kannada
Hendthigheltini Director Kannada
1999 Premotsava Director Kannada
Mazhavillu Director Malayalam Remake of Amrutha Varshini
2000 Deepavali Director, cinematographer Kannada
Nan Hendthi Chennagidale Director Kannada
2001 Everybody Says I'm Fine! Light Supervisor English
Chithra Director Kannada Remake of Telugu film Chitram
2002 Hollywood Director Kannada
Balagalittu Olage Baa Director Kannada Based on Our Hospitality
2003 Abhi Director Kannada Remade as Abhimanyu
2004 Kanakambari Director Kannada
2005 Magic Ajji Director Kannada
Pandu Ranga Vittala Director Kannada
2006 Neenello Naanalle Director Kannada Remake of Telugu film Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana
2007 Ganesha Director Kannada
2008 Mr. Garagasa Director Kannada Based on 1998 French comedy Le Dîner de Cons (also known as The Dinner Game)
Aakasha Gange Director Kannada
2009 Janumada Gelathi Director Kannada
Mooru Guttu Ondu Sullu Ondu Nija Director Kannada
Accident Actor Kannada
Bellary Naga Director Kannada Remake of Malayalam film Rajamanikyam
2010 School Master Director Kannada
2010 Eradane Maduve [2] 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[3] Director Kannada Based on Primal Fear
2012 Ondu Kshanadalli [4] Director Kannada
2012 Golmal Gayathri Director Kannada
2014 Athi Aparoopa [5] Director Kannada
2016 Priyanka Director , Cinematographer Kannada
2018 Krishnam Director , Cinematographer Malayalam
2018 Preethi Keli Sneha Kaledukollabedi [6] Director Kannada


  • Mane Mane Kathe [7]
  • Akansha
  • Swati Muttu


  1. ^ "Dinesh Baboo marries his assistant Chethana". Sify. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Eradane Maduve Movie Review". The Times of India. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Naanalla Review". IndiaGlitz. 22 October 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  4. ^ "Ondu Kshanadalli Movie Review". The Times of India. TNN. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  5. ^ B S Srivani (12 April 2014). "An Indian love story revisited". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  6. ^ Lokesh, Vinay (1 November 2018). "Preethi Keli Sneha Kaledukollabedi". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  7. ^ Shyam Prasad S (12 October 2015). "Dinesh Baboo on his experience with Priyanka". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2015.

External linksEdit

  1. IMDB page mainly referring to his film career on IMDb
  2. Accident (As an actor) on IMDb
  3. https://m.dailyhunt.in/news/india/malayalam/malayalivartha+new-epaper-malvart/kannadayile+prashastha+sinima+samvidhayakande+makalaya+anjanayum+bijuvum+thammil+pranaya+vivahitharayathin+pinnale+villanayethiyath+achande+sahodhara+puthran+bharthavinde+maranashesham+aabhichara+kriyakalkkum+manthravadhathinumoduvil+yuvathiyude+aduthethi+bijuvinepole+samsarikkukayum+anukarikkukayum+cheyth+thande+dhehath+aathmav+kudiyittundennum+thanan+bijuvennum+parany+vishvasippichu+nigudathakalude+churulazhiyumbol+bijuvine+konnatho+samshayangal+bakkiyakumbol+arunin+anjana+svanthamayath+ingane-newsid-112498788