Rajesh (Kannada actor)
Vidyasagar (born 15 April 1932), known by his stage name Rajesh, is an Indian actor who appears in Kannada films. Known as 'Kala Thapswi', Rajesh is an ardent fan of literature. Vidyasagar is the original name of Rajesh. He appeared in many films as the lead in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but later on started appearing in character roles.
15 April 1932
|Children||5, including Asharani|
|Relatives||Arjun Sarja (son-in-law)|
He is the father of film actress Aasha Rani who had acted in the film Rathasapthami with Shivrajkumar and the father in law of popular Kannada and Tamil actor Arjun Sarja. He has acted in over 150 films. "Kalathapasvi Rajesh Athmakathe" is the biography of Rajesh. In 2014, he was awarded the Dr. Rajkumar Cultural Endowment Award by the Kannada Sahitya Parishat.
Rajesh was born as Vidyasagar in 1935 in Bangalore, India. He grew up watching then stars such as Thyagaraja Bhagavatar, Rajakumari and T. R. Mahalingam. He developed interest in theatre from his childhood and joined Sudarshana Nataka Mandali without his parents' knowledge. In the name of tuition he was going for practice and the first role he got was ‘Sri Rama’. From pamphlets, his parents came to know that he has joined theatre troupe. He currently lives in Vidyaranyapura, Bangalore.
Rajesh initially worked as a typist in government offices. Later he formed the Shakti Nataka Mandali, staging many popular plays. One fine day he got up from the sleet and started writing a play on unemployment. It was titled as ‘Nirudyogi Baalu’. The play he directed later. Got good appreciation. ‘Badavana Baalu’ was his next and it continued like that. Playwright Basheer asked to him act in plays and he was in Visha Sarpa, Nandadeepa, Chandrodaya and Kittur Rani Chennamma. Thackeray role was well received.
His theatre performances eventually progressed to film roles. It was veteran director Hunsur Krishnamurthy who introduced Vidyasagar in Veera Sankalpa. He applied for 15 days leave to his job and went to Madras. While acting in this film he got offer for ‘Sri Ramanjeneya Yuddha’. Dr Rajakumar was Sri Rama and he was Bharatha, Udayakumar was Anjaneya. It was a successful film. While acting in his second film he got offer from BR Panthuluji for ‘Gange Gowri’. Dr Rajkumar was ‘Shiva’ and he was ‘Maha Vishnu’. For some politics he rejected the offer in ‘Jeevana Tharanga’. he kept quiet for two years and came back to Bangalore. But Narayan Seth from Mumbai came in touch with him and took him to CV Shivashanker. That was the new beginning of his life. Vidyasagar became Rajesh and the film was ‘Namma Ooru’. He was not only good at acting but also a good singer.
The turning point was Namma Ooru in 1968. Directed by C.V. Shivashankar, it was a runaway hit and then Finance Minister Ramakrishna Hegde gave it a 100 per cent tax exemption. It was the film's producer B.S. Narayan,Late Shri Suryanarayan Rao & Late J N Shetty who rechristened Vidyasagar as Rajesh and after that, he was flooded with offers, the song "Hoogadhiri Soohdarare" of the film Namma Ooru is a famous Hit. He recently acted in Nanna Gopala, a children film directed by Lakshman. Though he started little late compared to the Kumars - Udaykumar, Rajkumar and Kalyan Kumar, they were all contemporaries. In that competitive period, Rajesh stood strong for his terrific performance on silver screen in Kannada cinema. In the charged up roles similar to what counterpart Sivaji Ganesan was doing the stellar performance of Rajesh was well received. He was not only good in acting but also in singing.
He was doing what Chi Udayashanker famous cinema writer was doing in the office. In the ledger books he was keeping the famous novels and reading. Chi Udayashanker was sent out from office for that. Even he also faced the same situation. After he became hero as Rajesh he have acted with Dr Rajakumar again in Devara Makkalu, Prathidwani, Kranthiveera. In ‘Devara Gudi’ he was with Vishnuvardhana in an important role. From 1975 he got various good offers. Devara Duddu, Badhu Bangaravaythu, Beluvaladha Madilalli, Mugiyadha Kathe, which all one after the other became hits. It was a lifetime role for him in ‘Beluvaladha Madilalli’. Kaliyuga, Pitamaha. Satyanarayana Pooja Phale, Karna, and the recent Bhimoos Bang Bang Kids of SV Rajendra Singh Babu he played important roles.
He is of the notion that, in the 1950 onwards Honnappa Bhagavatar, Rajkumar, Udayakumar, Kalyankumar, B.R. Pantulu, K. S. Ashwath, Narasimha raju, Balakrishna, Iyer, B. Saroja Devi, Leelavathi, Pandari Bai, MV Rajamma, Mynavathi, Vandhana, Kalpana, Jayanthi, Bharathi enriched the film industry. But, now Rajesh regrets that Kannada films produced in the recent times have lost their credence in the absence of good story and social commitment. The yesteryear star says "Those films had a message for the society besides providing healthy entertainment. But the films that have come after 1980 lack social commitment and are of cheap taste. The technological development and huge money being spent on films have not been used by filmmakers for the good of the society,"
Honorary Doctorate: For his contribution to Indian Cinema and achievements in the Kannada Film Field for four and a half decades, legendary actor Rajesh was conferred the honorary doctorate by the Karnataka University in the year 2012.
|No||Year||Movie (in Kannada)||Director||Co-stars||Banner|
|1||1964||Veera Sankalpa||Hunsur Krishnamurthy|
|2||1963||Sri. Ramanjanaiah Yuddha||M.S. Nayak|
|3||1967||Gange Gowri||B.R. Pantulu|
|4||1968||Namma Ooru||C.V. Shivshankar||Shailashri, Krishnakumari, Ashwath, Balakrishna, Narasimharaju, Dinesh.||Jayis Productions|
|5||1969||Suvarna Bhoomi||A.M. Sammevulla||Sudarshan, Shailashri, Udaykumar, Balakrishna.||Bava movies|
|6||1969||Broker Bheeshmachari||B.C. Srinivas||Jayanthi, Shailashri, Narasimharaju.||L.B.N. Productions|
|7||1969||Kappu Bilupu||Puttanna Kanagal||Kalpana, Balakrishna, Adavani Lakshmidevi, Sudarshan.||Ravikumar Movies|
|8||1969||Eradu Muka||M.R. Vittal||Jayanthi, Manjula, Narasimharaju, Sampath, Ashwath, Ranga,||Chitrashri International|
|9||1969||Punnya Purusha||K. Janakiram||Chandrakala, Narasimharaju, Pandaribai, Niranjan.||Suvarna Movies|
|10||1969||Kaanike||Satyam||Kalpana, Ashwath, Dwarakish, Shailashri.||Srilakshmi Movietone|
|11||1969||Brindavana||S.P. Rajgopal||Kalpana, Padmanjali, Balakrishna, Ashwath.||Nandi Films|
|12||1969||Bhale Basava||B.S. Ranga||Jayanthi, Udaykumar, Rajashri, Premalatha||Vikram Productions|
|13||1970||Arishina Kumkuma||K.S.L. Swamy||Kalyankumar, Kalpana, B.V. Radha, Dwarakish.||Gurubhakthi Films|
|14||1970||Mooru Muthugalu||Aaruru pattabhi||Srinath, Pandaribai, Radha, Mainavathi.||Sriranganatha Productions|
|15||1970||Boregowda Bangalorige Banda||B.a. Urskumar||Leelavathi, Vandana, Srinath.||Sri Mallikarjuna Enterprises|
|16||1970||Namma Mane||Bangara raju||Kalpana, B.V. Radha, Ashwath, Dinesh, Pandaribai.||Yeshwanth Films|
|17||1970||Suka Samsara||Vijaya Satyam||Udaykumar, Srinath, Rajashri.||Venugopal|
|18||1970||Aaaru Mooru Vambathu.||K.S.L. Swamy||Udaykumar, Srinath, Ramesh, Ravi, Ashwath, Radha,||Raghunandan|
|19||1970||Devara Makkalu||Y.R. Swamy||Rajkumar, Kalpana, Jayanthi, Narasimharaju.||Bharath Enterprises|
|20||1971||Poornima||R. Dayananda Sagar||Srinath, Udaykumar, B. Sarojadevi.||Dayananda Productions|
|21||1971||Betaala Gudda||B.A. Urskumar||Udayachandrika, Shankar, Dwarakish, Eesh.||Sri Gajanana Films|
|22||1971||Namma Baduku||M.N. Aaradhya||Vijayakala, Purnima, Narasimharaju.||Vijaya Karnataka|
|23||1971||Bhale Adhrushtavo Adrustha||K.S.L. swamy||Gangadhar, Kalpana, Dwarakish, Srinath, Chi.Udayshankar, Shivram, Radha.||Raghunandan Movies|
|24||1971||Bhale Bhaskara||R. Ramamurthy||Rajesh, Gangadhar, Anitha, Narasimhraju, Udaykumar, Jayakumari.||Srirama Enterprises|
|25||1971||Hennu, Honnu, Mannu||"Basavaraja kesturu, Baradaraj"||Udayachandrika, Shankar, B.R.Jayaram, Shakthi Prasad, Toogudeepa Srinivas||Triveni Films|
|26||1971||Prathidhwani||Dorai-Bhagvan||Rajkumar, Aarathi, Shankar, Dinesh.||Anupama Movies|
|27||1972||Vishakanye||Hunsur Krishnamurthy||Ashwath, Jayanthi.||Karnataka Movies|
|28||1972||Subhadra Kalyana||Kangal Prabhakar Shastri||Kalpana, Gangadhar, Vajrmuni, B.V.Radh, Vijayakala, Narasimharaju.||Chamundeshwari Studios|
|29||1972||Ondu Hennina Kathe||B.R. Pantulu||Jayanthi, Rajamma, B.V.Radha, Sudarshan.||Padmini Pictures|
|30||1972||Kranti Veera||R. Ramamurthy||Rajkumar, Jayanthi, Radha, Dwarakish.||Srirama Enterprises|
|31||1972||Bhandavya||Ratnakar-Madhu||Gangadhar, Pandaribai, B.V.Radha, Ashwath.||Deepak Films|
|32||1972||Mareyada Deepavali||R.Sampath||Kalpana, Sampath, Ashwath.||S.V.N. Movies|
|33||1973||Sahadarmini||Satyanarayana||B. Sarojadevi, Shubha, Pramila Josai.||Shashiraj Movies|
|34||1973||Bidugade||Y.R. Swamy||Rajkumar, Kalpana, Bharathi, Kala.||Ramesh Movies|
|35||1974||Urvashi||Tipturu Raghu||Rajashri, Shivram, Dinesh, Balakrishna, Shakti prasad.||Kalpataru Films|
|36||1974||Grihini||"Vijay, Satyam"||B.Sarojadevi, Ramgopal, Vijayakala.||Samudra Movies|
|37||1975||Devara Gudi||R. Ramamurthy||Bharati, Vishnuvardhan, Manjula, Shivram, Manorama.||Srirama Enterprises|
|38||1975||Kasturi Vijaya||Srikanth||Jayanthi, Shivram, Chandrashekar, Balakrishna.||Mukambika Films|
|39||1975||Mane Belaku||Y.R. Swamy||Chandrakala, Ashwath, Chandrashekar, Balakrishna, Radha.||Sovereign Cine Enterprises|
|40||1975||Sarpa Kaavalu||S.N. Singh||Anitha, B.V. Radha, Tugudeepa Srinivas.||Malleshwari Pictures|
|41||1975||Kaveri||H.N. Reddy||Bharathi, Ashwath, Sampath, Balakrishna, Surekha.||Sri Sharada Cine Productions|
|42||1975||Viplava vanithe||Chakravarthi||Vijalalitha, B.V. Radha, Gangadhar, Balakrishna.||Kiran Pictures|
|43||1975||Ashirvada||Kunigal Nagabhushan||Udaykumar, Ramgopal, Narasimharaju, Rajashri, Vijayakala.||R. Jayartna Films|
|44||1975||Belavaladha Madilalli||Geethapriya||Kalpana, Chandrashekar, Shantala, Balakrishna, Shakthi prasad, Vankatarao Talageri.||Nirupama Movies|
|45||1976||Baduku bangaravayithu||A.V. Sheshagirirao||Srinath, Ashwath, Jayanthi, Jyothishri, Manjula, Vajramuni,||Bhuvaneshwari Arts Productions|
|46||1976||Mugiyada kathe||Dorai||Sumitra, Balakrishna, Shailashri, Ashwath, Pandaribai, Gangadhar,||Panduranga Productions|
|47||1976||Maya manushya||Kutumbarao||Surekha, Radha, Vadiraj, Shakthi prasad, Shailashri.||Sudarshan Films|
|48||1976||Rajanarthakiya rahasya||B.Harinarayana||Kalpana, Udayakumar, Ramgopal.||Sri Padma Productions|
|49||1977||Devara Duddu||K.S.L. Swamy||Srinath, Jayanthi, Dwarakish, Chandrashekar.||Rani Arts|
|50||1977||Renukadevi mahatme||C.s.rao||B.Sarojadevi, Manjula, Srinath, Dwarakish.||Padmalakshmi Combines|
|51||1977||Sose Tanda Sowbhagya||A.V.Sheshagirirao||Manjula, Vishnuvardhan, Vijayalalitha.||Bhuvaneshwari Arts productions|
|52||1978||Aatma Shakthi||Raja||Vasudeva rao, Shakti prasad, Pratima reddy.||Sri Gurunarasimha Enterprises|
|53||1980||Gurusarvabowma Sri Raghavendra Karune||Hunsur Krishnamurthy||B. Sarojadevi, Gangadhar, Jamuna, Dinesh, Ashalatha, Sri lalitha,||Lakshmi Prakash Combines|
|54||1980||Mayeya musuku||B.Y. Ramdas||Srilalita, Balakrishna, Shashikala, Direndra Gopal.||Kalasri Productions|
|55||1981||Premanubanda||R. Ramamurthy||Srinath, Dinesh, manjula, K.Vijaya.||Srirama Enterprises|
|56||1981||Chadurida chitragalu||N.T. Jayarama reddy||Aarati, Indusri, Ashalata.||Popular Pictures|
|57||1982||Vasanta nilaya||K.V.S. Kutumbarao||Vasantamalini, Su.kru. urs, Shakti prasad.||Kanakadhara Theatres|
|58||1983||Aanand bhairavi||Jandyala||Girishkarnad, Malavika, Kanchana, Mahalakshmi||Dwarakish Films|
|59||1984||Kaliyuga||Rajachandra||Aarathi, Balakrishna, Vijaya, Vijay Kashi||Singh Brothers|
|60||1985||Devara Mane||A.T.Raghu||Ambarish, Tu. Srinivas.||Mani padma Films|
|61||1985||Pithamaha||Ravi||Udaykumar, Ravichandran, Vijayalakshmi Singh.||Singh Brothers|
|62||1986||Thavaru mane||Vijay||Kalyankumar, Bharathi, Charanraj, Bhavya.||Madhu Enterprises|
|63||1991||Thavarumane Udugore||B. Subba Rao||Sridhar, Malashri, Sunil||Suresh Productions|
- "From theatre to celluloid". The Hindu. 9 April 2011.
- "'Quality of Kannada films has declined'". The Hindu. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
- Rajesh: Stunner on Silver Screen
- Rajesh's View on Current Trend in Film Industry
- "Rajesh honarary doctorate - Kannada Movie News". Indiaglitz.com. 4 January 2012. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
- "Doctorate for Rajesh". Supergoodmovies.com. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2014.