Rangayana Raghu

Kotturu Chikkarangappa Raghunath (born 17 April 1965),[1] known by his screen name Rangayana Raghu, is an Indian film and stage actor, known for his work in Kannada cinema. Portraying mostly comic and negative-shaded characters, he has appeared in over 250 films. Prior to acting in films, he worked as a stage actor with B. V. Karanth's theatre group Rangayana, from 1988 to 1999. He made his debut in films in 1995 with Suggi, which got shelved.

Rangayana Raghu
Rangayana Raghu During the shoot of Ishtakamya.jpg
Raghu during the shoot of Ishtakamya, 2015
Born (1965-04-17) 17 April 1965 (age 55)
Kotturu, Pavagada, Tumkur, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
Years active1995–present

Raghu got his major break in films after appearing as an antagonist in Dhumm (2002). He is best noted for his performance in the 2007 film Duniya which won him his second Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actor. His other notable roles came in Cyanide (2006), Raam (2009), Olave Mandara (2011) and Jayammana Maga (2013). In 2014, his wife Mangala and he started Sanchari Theatre, a theatre training institute for children.[2][3]

Early life and careerEdit

Raghu was born as Kotturu Chikkarangappa Raghunath on 17 April 1965, as the ninth child to Chikkarangaiah and Veeramma, in a village Kotturu, in Pavagada taluk of the Tumkur district of the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka).[1]

Raghu began his acting career as a theatre artist when he joined the Rangayana theatre group in Mysore in 1988, where he received 800 as the monthly salary.[4] He made his film debut in the 1995 Kannada-language film Suggi directed by Hamsalekha that eventually got shelved. He then appeared in the 2002 film Dhumm followed by minor roles in Megha Banthu Megha and Aryabhata. His major breakthrough was Yogaraj Bhat's debut directorial venture Mani. He received critical acclaim for his performances in films like Ranga SSLC, Duniya, Alemari,Modalasala, and Director's Special.[5][6]

Raghu made his debut in Tulu films in 2018 with My Name is Annappa.[7]


Awards and nominationsEdit

Karnataka State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2011: Best Actor in a Negative Role (Kannada): Sanju Weds Geetha
  • 2012: Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Kannada): Romeo
  • 2012: nominated, Best Comedian (Kannada): Shiva
  • 2013: nominated, Best Comedian (Kannada): Jayammana Maga
  • 2015: nominated, Best Comedian (Kannada): Power***
  • 2016: nominated, Best Comedian (Kannada): Rana Vikrama
Udaya Film Awards
  • 2010: Best Supporting Actor
  • 2012: Best Comedian: Mr. 420
Suvarna Film Awards
IIFA Utsavam
  • 2015: nominated, Best Performance In A Supporting Role – Male (Kannada): Krishna Leela
  • 2015: nominated, Best Performance In A Comic Role (Kannada): Rana Vikrama
Innovative Film Awards
  • 2010: Best Supporting Actor[8]


  1. ^ a b Raghu, Rangayana (19 January 2016). Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 8 - January 17, 2016 - Full Episode (in Kannada). Zee Kannada. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Building bonds via theatre". Deccan Herald. 20 December 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Kannada Hero Vijay Beats Stalwarts to Win National Award". The New Indian Express. bangalorefirst.in. Archived from the original on 7 March 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Rangayana Raghu Take up Plays". supergoodmovies.cpm. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Duniya Review". nowrunning.com. 24 February 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  6. ^ "A dialogue with greed". The Hindu 2 June 2013. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  7. ^ Daithota, Madhu (20 July 2018). "Rangayana Raghu makes Tulu film debut". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Innovative Film Awards, star studded, star oriented". chitratara.com. 3 May 2010. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013. Retrieved 28 January 2017.

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