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Kiran Kumar (born 22 October 1976),[1] known by his screen name Prem called as Jogi Prem is an Indian film director and actor in Kannada cinema. He is also an occasional singer and lyricist. He is also Producer and runs his own banner called Preamdreamspictures. He is considered one of the star directors in the Kannada film industry.[2] He started his film career from Hello yama doing a small role. Making his debut as director in the 2003 released Kariya, he directed back-to-back three successful films and is popularly addressed as Hatrick Director. He made his acting debut in Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide in the year 2008.

Kiran Kumar

(1976-10-22) 22 October 1976 (age 42)
ResidenceBangalore, India
Other namesJogi Prem, Byre Gowda
OccupationFilm director, actor, playback singer, lyricist, Producer
Years active2003 – present
Rakshita (m. 2007)
ChildrenSoorya P Gowda (b. 2009)
Parent(s)Rajappa Gowda, Bhagyamma Gowda


Personal lifeEdit

Prem was born as Kiran Kumar on 22 October 1976 in Maddur, in the Mandya district of the Indian State of Karnataka, to Rajappa and Bhagyamma.[1] He is married to actress-turned-producer Rakshita and they have a son named Surya.


Prem started his career as assistant director in few Vishnuvardhan movies for Sunil Kumar Desai. Later, Prem became director in 2003 with Kariya, a gangster romance film starring Darshan in the lead. The film was critically acclaimed and appreciated by the audience. Prem was lauded for his casting of real life big dons to act in his movie. The soundtrack and cinematography was also widely appreciated. Darshan played a gangster struggling to express his love. The same year he directed a light-hearted romantic film Excuse Me with Ajay Rao, Sunil Raoh and Ramya in the lead roles. The film turned out to be a musical hit with many of its songs composed by R. P. Patnaik becoming the chart busters.

In 2005, Prem came up with his biggest blockbuster film Jogi starring Shivarajkumar, Jennifer Kotwal and Arundhati Nag in the lead roles. The film went on to make recording collections at the box-office. The mother-son sentiment theme was widely applauded and was considered as Shivarajkumar's biggest comeback film.

Following three back-to-back super hit films, Prem tried his hands on acting besides directing the film Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide in 2008. The film's pre-release promotions were held with much media attention and the expectations from the film was high rising. Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat made her debut in South Indian films with a special appearance. The film was widely popular for its melodious sound tracks. But the film was huge flop.

Prem next directed the film Raaj the Showman in 2010. The film starred Puneeth Rajkumar and Priyanka Kothari. The film is remembered mostly for its soundtrack by V. Harikrishna and cinematography. The movie was an average grosser at the box office despite the presence of the heavy-weights Puneeth Rajkumar and V. Harikrishna.

Prem, for the first time without himself directing, accepted to play the lead role in the controversial film titled Prem Adda, a remake of the Tamil blockbuster hit Subramaniapuram with music by V.Harikrishna directed by Mahesh Babu. Film made average collection in box office. Under his production house Premdreams he produced DK movie in 2014. Also done acting in the same movie.


Year Film Director Actor Singer Lyricist
2003 Kariya Yes
2003 Excuse Me Yes Yes Yes
2005 Jogi Yes Yes Yes
2007 Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Yes Yes Yes Yes
2009 Raaj the Showman Yes Yes Yes
2011 Jogayya Yes Yes Yes
2012 Prem Adda Yes Yes
2013 Dasavala Yes
2015 DK Yes Yes Yes
2018 The Villain Yes Yes Yes
2018 Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Yes


Year Song(s) Film Composer Notes
2003 "Brahma Vishnu Shiva"
"Thottilu Thugolige"
Excuse Me R. P. Patnaik Sang with chorus
Co-sang with Madhukar
2005 "Beduvenu Varavannu"
"Hodi Maga"
Jogi Gurukiran Solo
Co-sang with Gurukiran and Gururaj Hoskote
2007 "Magalu Doddavaladalu"
"Ee Preethi Yeke"
Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide R. P. Patnaik Co-sang with C. Ashwath and Kalpana
2009 "Raajaa Heluvagella" Raaj the Showman V. Harikrishna Co-sang with Shreya Ghoshal
2011 "Odole" Jogayya V. Harikrishna Co-sang with Shreya Ghoshal
2012 "Baadigege" Prem Adda V. Harikrishna Co-sang with Shreya Ghoshal
2013 "Davva Davva" Jataayu Vinay Chandra Solo
2015 "Sesamma"
"Banda Banda"
DK Arjun Janya Co-sang with Mamta Sharma
2018 "Tick Tick Tick"
"Love Aagoythe"
"Rana Rana Raavana"
The Villain Arjun Janya Co-sang with Kailash Kher, Vijay Prakash, and Siddharth Basrur
Co-sang with Shreya Ghoshal


  1. ^ a b Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 1 - December 26, 2015 - Full Episode (in Kannada). Zee Kannada. 26 December 2015. Event occurs at 8:30. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Happy Birthday Prem". Retrieved 12 July 2015.