Komal (actor)

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Komal Kumar (born 4 July 1973), known mononymously as Komal, is an Indian actor and film producer known for his work in Kannada cinema. He made his acting debut with Super Nan Maga in 1992. Since his debut, Komal has acted in over 100 films, initially in comedic roles as a supporting actor before playing lead roles.[2] He is the younger brother of actor Jaggesh, with whom he has frequently collaborated professionally.

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Komal in 2016 film, Deal Raja
Born (1973-07-04) 4 July 1973 (age 47)[1]
OccupationActor, film producer
Years active1992–present
RelativesJaggesh (brother)

Komal has won Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as a supporting actor in the film Thavarige Baa Thangi in 2003. He has also won the South Filmfare Award for his performance in Neenello Naanalle in 2006.

Early life and familyEdit

Komal was born into a well-to-do family of industrialists. He completed his studies in Ooty and was interested in taking up the civil service examinations before he lost interest in academics. He subsequently wanted to pursue a course in cinematography at the Film and Television Institute in Pune, but was unable to do so "owing to my academic background in arts." He then took to acting "doing small roles". His brother, Jaggesh, is an established actor in Kannada cinema.[3] Komal's nephews Gururaj and Yethiraj are also actors. His wife Anasooya Komal Kumar is a producer who has produced the film Kal Manja. The couple released the film under their home banner Soundarya Lahari Combines.[4]


Komal made his film debut playing a supporting role in his brother's 1992 film Super Nan Maga. In Military Mava (1993), he was cast in a lead role. In an interview to Deccan Herald in 2003, he recalled, "Unfortunately, the [latter] film flopped miserably and I lost interest in acting. But my brother kept encouraging me to take up more acting assignments. He would always advice me not to give up." He added, "My role of a villain in Soma (1996) against my brother Jaggesh and Subhashri, who is Malashri's sister, was appreciated so much by Malashri that she cast me for her brother's role in her next movie Lady Commissioner." After a string of other films that he acted in failed to do well or failed to fetch him recognition, it was in Thavarige Baa Thangi (2002) that he received appreciation for his performance. He was subsequently cast in Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu (2003).[3]

Komal played a lead role in Mr. Garagasa (2008). However he got a break as a lead actor in the 2009 released Chamkayisi Chindi Udaisi produced by his brother-in-law and his wife. Since then he acted as a solo hero in films such as Maryada Ramanna and Kal Manja.

His 2012 film Govindaya Namaha has been declared a blockbuster catapulting him to the stardom status. The song "Pyarge Aagbittaite" featuring Parul Yadav and himself went viral on the internet. After a string of commercial failures, Komal starred in the horror–comedy Namo Bhootatma, a performance that was received well by critics. Shyam Prasad S. of Bangalore Mirror felt that "Komal does his job well" and that "[t]here are no histrionics with everything cut to the point."[5] Prior to the film's release, Komal had stated that he would quit Kannada films if it failed commercially.[6] After being typecast as an actor who could only play comedic roles,[7] Komal starred in the cop film Kempegowda 2 (2019), the eponymous role that he shed 26 kilograms (57 lb) to play.[8]

Partial filmographyEdit

  • All films are in Kannada, unless otherwise noted.
Year Film Role Notes
1992 Super Nan Maga
1993 Military Mava
1996 Soma (1996 film)
1996 Pattanakke Banda Putta
1996 Shivanna
1997 Lady Commissioner
1999 Drona
2000 Shukradese
2000 Jipuna Nanna Ganda
2000 Khiladi
2001 Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu Ice Candy Gopala
2002 123 Thief
2002 Ninagoskara Thief
2003 Thavarige Baa Thangi Nandeesha Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
2003 Make Up
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu Komi
2005 Gowramma Bunty
2005 7 O' Clock Thief
2005 Love Story
2006 Neenello Naanalle Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada
2006 Mohini 9886788888
2006 Chellata
2006 Odahuttidavalu
2006 Student
2006 Thandege Thakka Maga
2006 Tenali Rama
2006 Aishwarya Bunk Seena
2006 Honeymoon Express
2006 Dattha Tingu
2006 Sevanthi Sevanthi Malavalli
2007 Manmatha
2007 Govinda Gopala
2007 Hudugaata Thief Madesha
2007 Tamashegaagi
2007 Sathyavan Savithri
2007 Cheluvina Chittara
2007 Arasu
2008 Akasha Gange
2008 Satya in Love
2008 Vamshi
2008 Mast Maja Maadi Mylari
2008 Meravanige
2008 Mr. Garagasa Muniya "Mr. Garagasa"
2008 Shivani
2008 Sangama Kama
2008 Dheemaku
2009 Parichaya
2009 Male Bille
2009 Chamkaysi Chindi Udaysi Bot Seena
2009 Jaaji Mallige
2009 Rajani
2009 Mooru Guttu Ondu Sullu Ondu Nija Siddu
2010 Aithalakkadi
2010 Appu Pappu
2010 Nannavanu Thief
2010 Tipparalli Tharlegalu
2010 Lift Kodla
2010 Aptharakshaka Dr. Srinath
2010 Yaksha
2010 Vaare Vah
2011 Maryade Ramanna Ramu
2011 Sihi Muttu
2011 Kal Manja "Kal" Manja
2012 Govindaya Namaha Govinda Nominated—SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
2012 Nandeesha
2013 Lakshmi
2013 CID Eesha
2013 Veera
2013 Radhan Ganda Krishna
2013 Pyarge Aagbittaite
2014 Karodpathi Banti Babu
2014 Pungidasa
2014 Aindhaam Thalaimurai Sidha Vaidhiya Sigamani Tamil film
2014 Namo Boothatma Karthik
2015 Goa Swamy
2015 Lodde Narasimha "Lodde"
2016 Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna Puttanna
2016 Deal Raja "Deal" Raja
2019 Kempegowda 2 Kempegowda


  1. ^ "Komal Kumar: Movies, Photos, Videos, News, Biography & Birthday". The Times of India. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  2. ^ "Chamkaisi Chindi Udaisi (2009)". www.movies.buzzintown.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Dinesh, Chethana (13 April 2003). "Smile saar, smile". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 3 February 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. ^ "Komal Kumar signs films simultaneously". www.realbollywood.com. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2012.
  5. ^ Prasad S., Shyam (29 November 2014). "Film Review: Namo Bhootatma". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Komal Threatens to Quit Sandalwood". The New Indian Express. 8 October 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  7. ^ George, Nina C. (15 September 2020). "Will attend to flooding, says new BBMP administrator". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 12 October 2020.
  8. ^ Sebastian R., Shilpa (8 August 2019). "Komal goes from being overweight to a fit cop in Kempegowda 2". The Hindu. Retrieved 12 October 2020.

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