Rajendra Singh Babu

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S. V. Rajendra Singh is a Kannada film maker and producer. He was born and brought up in Mysore. His father, the late Shankar Singh was one of the great producers in Kannada Film Industry and has produced many films under the banner Mahatma Pictures (Mysore). Rajendra Singh Babu has made movies in various genres. He has written and directed love stories, War, suspense thrillers and comedy movies. Many of his films have been adapted from novels or short stories.[1] He is not only famous in Karnataka, but also across all of India. Babu has won numerous awards for his films and has also directed movies in the Hindi and Telugu languages. His sister Vijayalakshmi Singh is the wife of actor Jai Jagadish.

S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu
M. Venkaiah Naidu at the inauguration of the Indian Panorama, during the 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI-2016), in Panaji, Goa (1).jpg
Rajendra Singh Babu, IFFI (2016)
Mysore, India
Other namesBabu
OccupationFilm director, producer and writer
Years active1975–present
ChildrenAdithya (Son)
Rishika, Amrutha (Daughters)

Early lifeEdit

Rajendra Singh Babu born in Mysore, Karnataka. His father, the late Shankar Singh, was a producer and director of Kannada films. His mother, Prathima Devi, was an actress in Kannada cinema. In an interview, Babu mentioned that his father wanted him to become a doctor, but his own passion for the camera propelled him to the film industry. Hailing from a family of movie makers, Babu was fascinated with films such as The Great escape, Guns of Navarone and Bridge on the river Kwai. He believed that:

Cinema should go near the audience.[2]


Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Screenplay Producer
1975 Nagakanye  Y  Y  Y Kannada Debut feature
1977 Nagara Hole  Y  Y  N Kannada
1978 Kiladi Jodi  Y  Y  N Kannada
1981 Bhaari Bharjari Bete  Y  Y  N Kannada
1981 Antha  Y  Y  N Kannada Remade as Antham Kadidi Aarambam and Meri Aawaz Suno
1981 Simhada Mari Sainya  Y  Y  N Kannada Screened at International Children film festival Corebeil – Essonnes, France[3]
1981 Meri Aawaz Suno  Y  Y  N Hindi film Remake of Antha (film)
1982 Thirugu Baana  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Benaam (1974 film)
1982 Tony  N  N  Y Kannada
1984 Kaliyuga  N  N  Y Kannada
1984 Gandu Bherunda  Y  Y  N Kannada Copy of Mackenna's Gold
1984 Bandhana  Y  Y  Y Kannada Screened at Moscow International Film Festival
1984 Mera Faisla  Y  Y  N Hindi
1984 Sharara  Y  Y  N Hindi
1985 Pithamaha  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Vidhaata
1985 Ek Se Bhale Do  Y  Y  N Hindi
1985 Brahma Vishnu Maheshwara  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Mugguru Mithrulu
1986 Karna  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Saaheb
1986 Krishna Nee Begane Baro  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Souten
1986 Maneye Manthralaya  N  N  Y Kannada
1987 Kurukshetra  N  N  Y Kannada
1987 Yuga Purusha  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Karz (film)
1990 Bannada Gejje  Y  Y  N Kannada
1990 Prema Yuddham  Y  Y  N Telugu Remake of Bannada Gejje
1990 Muthina Haara  Y  Y  Y Kannada
1990 Aag Ka Darya  Y  Y  N Hindi
1990 Sri Sathyanarayana Pooja Phala  N  N  Y Kannada
1992 Mallige Hoove  N  N  Y Kannada
1993 Hoovu Hannu  Y  Y  Y Kannada [4]
1994 Mahakshathriya  Y  Y  N Kannada
1995 Himapatha  Y  Y  N Kannada Based on Kannada novel of same name by T. K. Rama Rao
1995 Kalyanothsava  Y  Y  N Kannada
1997 Mungarina Minchu  Y  Y  Y Kannada Based on Italian movie Quattro passi fra le nuvole (Four Steps in the Clouds)
1998 Doni Saagali  Y  Y  N Kannada
1998 Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga  Y  Y  Y Kannada
2000 Mechanic Mamaiah  Y  Y  Y Telugu
2001 Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu  Y  Y  Y Kannada
2002 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu  Y  Y  Y Kannada Remade as Sandade Sandadi and Shaadi No. 1
2003 Katthegalu Saar Katthegalu  Y  Y  Y Kannada
2004 Love  Y  Y  Y Kannada
2004 Kanchana Ganga  Y  Y  N Kannada
2006 Mohini 9886788888  Y  Y  Y Kannada
2008 Buddhivantha  N  N  Y Kannada Remake of Naan Avanillai (2007 film)
2010 Thipparalliya Tarlegalu  Y  Y  N Kannada
2015 Rebel  Y  Y  N Kannada
2020 Gandugali Madakari Nayaka  Y  N  N Kannada


National Film AwardsEdit

Year Movie Award Refs.
Bandhana Best Feature Film in Kannada [5]
Muthina Haara Best Feature Film in Kannada [6]
Mungarina Minchu Best Feature Film in Kannada [7]

Karnataka State Film AwardsEdit

Year Movie Award Refs.
1981-82 Antha Best Screenplay
1990-91 Muthina Haara Best Film (First)
1993-94 Hoovu Hannu Special Jury Award
1996-97 Puttanna Kanagal Award
1998-99 Doni Saagali Best Film (Third)
1998-99 Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga Best Social Concern Film
1998-99 Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga Best Story Writer
2000-01 Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu Best Film (Third)
2001-02 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Best Screenplay

Filmfare Awards (South)Edit

Year Movie Award Refs.
1993 Hoovu Hannu Best Director – Kannada [8]
1994 Mahakshathriya Best Director – Kannada [9]
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Best Film – Kannada [10]


Rajendra Singh Babu wrote the book titled "Nenanpina Muthina Hara" in memory of the great Kannada actor Vishnuvardhan. The book was a tribute to Vishnuvardhan, where Babu shares his numerous experiences with Vishnuvardhan. The book reveals the special bond Babu claims to have had with Vishnuvardhan. The book also reveals Babu's constant drive to work on meaningful cinema, wanting to make an impact. His endless dreams of making cinemas involving Vishnuvardhan and Dr. Rajkumar and how great those cinemas might have been and how it would have contributed to Kannada Cinema.



Committees Role
Karnataka Film Director's Association (6 times) President
Karnataka Film and T.V. Technicians President
Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (2 times) Executive-Committee
International Film Festival of India, 1992, Bangalore Nominated member by State Govt.
Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy President


  1. ^ Article on Babu's family in The Hindu news paper
  2. ^ " His view on cinema
  3. ^ Babu's Movies in International Film Festival Archived 2 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Movie News in Deccan Herald
  5. ^ "32nd National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  6. ^ "38th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  7. ^ "45th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  8. ^ https://archive.org/download/41stAnnualFilmfareBestTeluguFilmKannadaActorActressDirector/41st%20annual%20filmfare%20best%20telugu%20film%20kannada%20actor%20actress%20director.jpg
  9. ^ https://archive.today/20170207135904/https://archive.org/details/42ndFilmfareKannadaFilmsWinners
  10. ^ "Nuvvu Nenu wins 4 Filmfare awards". The Times Of India. 6 April 2002.
  11. ^ KFDA and KFCC info Archived 24 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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