Vinayak Damodar Karnataki (19 January 1906 – 19 August 1947) commonly referred to as Master Vinayak was an Indian actor and film director of the 1930s and 1940s.

Vinayak Damodar Karnataki
Born(1906-01-19)19 January 1906
Died19 August 1947(1947-08-19) (aged 41)
Other namesMaster Vinayak
  • Film actor
  • director

Personal life edit

Master Vinayak was born in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, India. He married Sushila. The couple's children are late actress Nanda and film producer and director, Jayaprakash Karnataki who is married to actress Jayshree T.

Master Vinayak was related to many personalities in the Indian film industry. His brother Vasudev Karnataki became a cinematographer while noted film personalities Baburao Pendharkar (1896–1967) and Bhalji Pendharkar (1897–1994) were his half-brothers. He was also a maternal cousin of legendary film director V. Shantaram.[1] Master Vinayak was a good friend of the Mangeshkar family and introduced Lata Mangeshkar to the film industry[2] in his movie Pahilee Mangalagaur.[1]

He co-founded Huns picture in 1936. Amongst his work, he is best remembered for the 1938 Marathi film Brahmachari. It was considered controversial by audiences at the time for having the leading lady (played by Meenakshi Shirodkar) in a bathing suit.

Vinayak died in Mumbai in 1947.[3] He is survived by his daughter the late actress Nanda, his grandson Swastik Karnatki and his great grandson Karan Gurbaxani both of whom are directors in Mumbai.

Filmography edit

Director edit

  • Mandir (1948)
  • Jeevan Yatra (1946)
  • Subhadra (1946)
  • Badi Maa (1945)
  • Mazhe Bal (1943)
  • Sarkari Pahune (1942)
  • Amrit (1941)
  • Ardhangi (1940)
  • Ghar Ki Rani (1940)
  • Lagna Pahave Karun (1940)
  • Brandichi Batli (1939)
  • Brandy Ki Botal (1939)
  • Devata (1939)
  • Brahmachari (1938)
  • Jwala (1938)
  • Dharmaveer (1937)
  • Chhaya (1936)
  • Nigah-e-Nafrat (1935)
  • Vilasi Ishwar (1935)

References edit

  1. ^ a b Gavankar, Nilu N. (26 July 2011). The Desai Trio and the Movie Industry of India. ISBN 9781468599817. Archived from the original on 14 October 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ R.K. Murthi. Encyclopedia of Bharat Ratnas. Pitambar Publishing. p. 208. ISBN 978-81-209-1307-3. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  3. ^ Death of Nanda's father Archived 29 March 2014 at the Wayback Machine; accessed 30 March 2014.

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