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T. N. Venkatesh (born 23 March 1963), better known by his stage name Rockline Venkatesh, is an Indian film actor, producer and distributor known for his works in Kannada, Tamil, and Hindi cinemas. He is the founder and owner of the production and distribution company, Rockline Entertainments which has produced over twenty five films as of 2012. In 2015 he co-produced Bajrangi Bhaijaan which earned the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment at the 63rd National Film Awards.[1]

Rockline Venkatesh
Rockline Venkatesh at CCL 4 Launch.jpg
Rockline Venkatesh at the launch of CCL 4
T. N. Venkatesh

(1963-03-23) 23 March 1963 (age 56)
ResidenceBangalore, Karnataka, India
OccupationProducer, Actor
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)




Venkatesh began his career as a stuntman, a villain, supporting roles and produced Kannada television serial initially. He started his production venture in 1996 with co production of Ayudha. He has made films with original stories and also remakes from other languages. He has made films with top super stars of Kannada film industry like Dr. Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Ravichandran, Shivaraj Kumar, Upendra, Puneeth, Darshan, Vijay and others and also made a few small budget films. He has used top film directors like Ravichandran, S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu, D.Rajendra Babu, S. Narayan, KV Raju, Om Prakash Rao, MS Rajashekhar, Sadhu Kokila, Dayal Padmanabhan, Meher Ramesh and others. In 2009, When IDBI started financing Kannada films, Rockline Venkatesh one of the initial producers to welcome the bank to Industry.[2] Rockline Productions has now become a brand name in the Kannada film industry which has produced several blockbusters like Preethse, Preethsodh Thappa, Yaare Neenu Cheluve, Ajay, Mourya, Diggajaru, and Dakota Express.

2010 – presentEdit

Rockline Venkatesh at the Inauguration of Karnataka Chalanachitra Kalavidara Sangha, Chamrajapet, Bengaluru, in February, 2018.[3][4][5][6]

In 2010, The ongoing buzz was created when it was said superstar Upendra is directing a movie after 10 years, Rockline Venkatesh produced the movie and its said that they spend lakhs of money on photoshoot itself.[7] And in late 2013, after making films like Super, Preethse and Maurya, Venkatesh was very keen to remake Tamil film Soodhu Kavvum in Kannada.[8] Later it was mentioned that Rohit Shetty from Hindi film industry would direct the Hindi version of the film.[9] Recently Venkatesh has been seen working with superstars from various industries, he made his debut as a Telugu film producer with 2014's Power, starring Ravi Teja, Lingaa starring Rajnikanth which released in various languages and in 2015 he associated with Bollywood's superstar Salman Khan for the film Bajrangi Bhaijaan which emerged as a commercial success grossing over ₹6.25 billion worldwide and in the process and became the third highest grossing Indian film[10] after PK and Baahubali.

On New Year's Eve 2015, Killing Veerappan by Ram Gopal Varma was released. Rockline Venkatesh has keyed well in the prominent role as a police officer (where he has performed police roles in movies such as Agni IPS and Police Story) who becomes one of the victim to the killings of Veerappan.

In mid 2016 Rockline Venkatesh acquired the remake rights of Marathi blockbuster Sairat for four southern languages. Sairat, the critically acclaimed love story is the first Marathi film to gross over ₹100 crore (US$15 million) worldwide.[11] Rinku Rajguru, heroine of the Marathi film Sairat will make Sandalwood debut with the Kannada version directed by S Narayan.[12]

In January 2017, Rockline Venkatesh's first Malayalam film was announced. The film having Mohanlal and Manju Warrier in the lead roles will be directed by B. Unnikrishnan while Tamil actor Vishal has been cast as the main villain.[13][14]


Year Title Cast Notes
1992 Belli Modagalu Ramesh Aravind, Malashri Co -Producer
Remake of Seetharamaiah Gari Manavaralu
1993 Ananda Jyothi Shivarajkumar, Sudharani Co-Producer and Actor
Based on the novel Maangalya Maale by Kakolu Saroja Rao
1994 Rasika V. Ravichandran Producer and Actor
1995 Himapatha Vishnuvardhan, Suhasini, Jayapradha Producer
Based on the novel of same name by T. K. Rama Rao
1996 Ayudha Saikumar Distributor
1997 Agni IPS Saikumar, Ranjitha Also in a supporting role
1997 Laali Vishnuvardhan, Mohini Producer
1998 Kurubana Rani Shivarajkumar, Nagma Co-written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve V. Ravichandran, Sangita Remake of Kadhal Kottai
1998 Preethsod Thappa V. Ravichandran, Shilpa Shetty Remake of Ninne Pelladatha
1999 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru V. Ravichandran, Soundarya, Prema Remake of Thaikulame Thaikulame
2000 Preethse Shivarajkumar, Upendra, Sonali Bendre Remake of Darr
2000 Krishna Leele Shivarajkumar Remake of Gokulathil Seethai
2001 Diggajaru Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan, Sanghavi Remake of Natpukkaga
2001 Jodi Shivarajkumar, Jaggesh Remake of Darling Darling
2001 Usire V. Ravichandran, Rachana Banerjee Remake of Bharathi Kannamma
2002 Dakota Express Om Prakash Rao Remake of Ee Parakkum Thalika
As actor in lead role
2002 Nagarahavu Upendra, Jyothika Remake of Baazigar
Also in a supporting role
2003 Ondagona Baa V. Ravichandran, Shilpa Shetty Remake of Kalisundam Raa
2003 Dum Silambarasan, Rakshita Tamil movie
Remake of Kannada Film Appu
2004 Maurya Puneeth Rajkumar, Meera Jasmine Remake of Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi
2005 Varsha Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh Aravind Remake of Hitler
2005 Majaa Vikram, Asin, Pasupathy Tamil movie
Remake of Thommanum Makkalum
2006 Ajay Puneeth Rajkumar, Anuradha Mehta, Prakash Raj Remake of Okkadu
2006 Sirivantha Vishnuvardhan Remake of Aa Naluguru
2008 Bombaat Ganesh
2009 Yodha Darshan Remake of Bose
2009 Junglee Duniya Vijay, Andritha Ray, Rangayana Raghu
2009 Devru Duniya Vijay Producer and Actor — Remake of Thalai Nagaram which itself was based on Malayalam movie Abhimanyu
2009 Manasaare Diganth, Aindrita Ray
2010 Super Upendra, Nayantara, Tulip Joshi
2012 Dakota Picture Doddanna, Mukhyamantri Chandru Remake of Malamaal Weekly
As actor in lead role
2013 Power Raviteja, Hansika Motwani Telugu
Remade in Bengali as Power
2014 Lingaa Rajnikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha Tamil Movie
2015 Bajrangi Bhaijaan Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Hindi movie
Similar to Kallarali Hoovagi
Written by K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
2016 Sundaranga Jaana Ganesh, Shanvi Srivastava Remake of Bhale Bhale Magadivoy
2017 Manasu Malligey Nishanth, Rinku Rajguru Remake of Sairat
2017 Villain Mohanlal, Vishal Krishna, Manju Warrier Malayalam movie [15][16]
2018 Brihaspathi Manoranjan Ravichandran, Mishti Remake of Tamil film Velaiilla Pattadhari
2018 Aatagadaraa Sivaa Telugu film
Remake of Kannada film Rama Rama Re...
2019 Natasaarvabhowma Puneeth Rajkumar , Rachita Ram, Anupama Parameswaran


  1. ^ "63rd National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. 28 March 2016. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ "IDBI not keen on financing Kannada films". Rediff.
  3. ^ "Celebs at Karnataka Chalanachitra Kalavidara Sangha". 13 February 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Artist association grand meeting". 12 February 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ "FTII-like institute to come up in Bengaluru". 11 February 2018. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce".
  7. ^ "Upendra, the director returns". Rediff.
  8. ^ "'Soodhu Kavvum' to have Kannada remake". Business Standard.
  10. ^ "Bajrangi Bhaijaan Total Box Office collections – Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Harshaali".
  11. ^ "Success ka effect: Sairat to now be remade in 4 different languages!". DNA India. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Kannada Remake Of Marathi Film Sairat Launched". filmibeat. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  13. ^ "Vishal's role in Malayalam debut revealed?". The New Indian Express.
  14. ^ "Vishal to play the main antagonist in Mohanlal's next?".
  15. ^ "Vishal to make his Malayalam debut in Mohanlal's next". The Indian Express. 27 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Actor Vishal to make Mollywood debut in Mohanlal-starrer".

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