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 classics.
|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 Suprabhatha - a film with Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini which became a box office hit creating many records and gave a major boost to the career of Dinesh babu. His next movie was the hugely successful thriller Idu Saadhya in 1989. The movie, featuring eight stars, was made on a shoestring budget of just 1.5 million INR and shot at a single location within 36 hours  then creating a record for the fastest completion of an Indian film. He followed it up with the comedy cop thriller - Inspector Vikram - which was a first of its kind in Kannada cinema at that time. Though an average success at the time of its release, the movie has gained cult following among the viewers over the years. As a director, his craftsmanship has been lauded by columnists and reviewers - especially for his screenplay which revolves around very few locations and for successfully blending the comedy and thriller genre.
- 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||Director, Writer, Cinematographer||Kannada||Based on Stage Fright |
Guinness record for fastest completion of an Indian film at that time
|Inspector Vikram||Director, Writer, Cinematographer||Kannada||Loosely based on Eddie Macon's Run|
|Hendthighelbedi||Director, Writer, Cinematographer||Kannada|
|Maheshwara||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|
|2018||Nanagista||Director||Kannada||Loosely based on Perfume |
- Mane Mane Kathe 
- Swati Muttu
- "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 at IMDb
- Accident (As an actor) at IMDb