Sathish Ninasam

Shiva,[1] known by his screen name Sathish Ninasam, is an Indian actor who appears in Kannada films. Having made his film debut with Madesha (2008), Sathish appeared in small but significant roles in films like Manasaare (2009), Pancharangi (2010), Lifeu Ishtene and Drama (2012). He shot to fame after his performance in the 2013 film Lucia received critical acclaim.[2]

Sathish Ninasam

June 20
Yaladahalli, Mandya, Karnataka, India
Other namesSathish Ninasam
OccupationActor, Producer, Singer, Lyricist
Years active2008–present

Early lifeEdit

Sathish hails from a village, Yaladahalli in Mandya district, Karnataka. He was born into a family of farmers. Having been interested in cinema since childhood, he would often run away from home to nearby theatres and was soon followed by a worried mother to take him back home."[3] He started his career as a theatre actor in Ninasam, a cultural organisation based in Heggodu in the Sagara, Shimoga district of Karnataka, where prior to acting, he completed a two-year diploma course in acting.[4] Inspired by the work B. V. Karanth, Poornachandra Tejaswi, U. R. Ananthamurthy, Girish Karnad and William Shakespeare, Sathish realised the importance of work to lead a "meaningful life".[3] Following the course, he performed in plays across Karnataka before landing in Bangalore in 2006. There, he became a part of the Samashti Theatre Group that performed plays.



Following his theatre career, Sathish appeared in Kannada TV soaps such as Paramapada, Takadimitha and Silli Lalli.[3] After his stint in television for a year, he started his career in films in 2008, when he was offered a cameo role in Madesha. He then appeared in small but significant roles in films like Manasaare, Pancharangi, Lifu Ishtene and Drama. His role in Drama won him a nomination for SIIMA Award for Best Comedian. However, it was for his role in the critically acclaimed psychological drama film Lucia, in 2013, that won him praise from critics and audience alike. It premiered at the London Indian Film Festival in July 2013, and his performance won him accolades.[4] In the film, he plays the role of Nikki, who works in a movie theater as an usher/"torch-shiner" and suffering from Insomnia. He resorts to a drug named Lucia, which on consumption induces sleep and lets him dream of a life he always yearned for.[5] In the same year, he appeared in Dyavre, in which his performance was praised.[6]

Sathish's first release of 2014 was Anjada Gandu, a romantic drama film set in a rural backdrop, with him playing the role of Santhu. In his next, Kwatle Satisa, he played a comic role of a patient suffering from temporary memory loss, which won him praise from critics.[7][8]

His next film Love in Mandya was released on November 28, 2014 which won the hearts of the audience. He was nominated for Best Actor SIIMA 2015, IIFA Utsavam Awards 2015 for Best Actor and won the Santhosham Award 2015 for Best Hero. In 2015 November, he made his mark as a producer with the release of his film Rocket under the banner Sathish Picture House. He also played the lead in the film which won him the SIIMA Award 2016 for Best Actor (Critics).


In 2014, Sathish started his film production company, Sathish Picture House. It was revealed in September 2014, that the first film under the banner was titled Rocket. It was directed by debutant Shivashashi.[9] He also played the lead role in the film opposite Aishani Shetty.[10] The film was released on November 27, 2015. Next, the banner produced a short film, 'Chowkabara', directed by Raghu Shivamogga and won the State award for 'Best Short Film'.


As actorEdit

  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Notes
2008 Madesha Uncredited Ravi Srivatsa
2009 Manasaare Uncredited Yogaraj Bhat
2010 Pancharangi Uncredited Yogaraj Bhat
Eno Onthara Uncredited Mussanje Mahesh
2011 Paramathma Car Driver Yogaraj Bhat
Lifeu Ishtene Shivakumar "Shivu" Pawan Kumar
Puttakkana Highway Uncredited B. Suresha
Kaanchaana Uncredited
Gun Uncredited Harish Raj
2012 Anna Bond Uncredited Duniya Soori
Drama Satisha Yogaraj Bhat Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Comedian
2013 Lucia Nikhil / Nikki Pawan Kumar Lead Actor
Dyavre Chinkara Gadda Viji
2014 Anjada Gandu Santhu Pradeep Raj
Kwatle Sathisha Satisha Mahesh Rao
Love in Mandya Karna Arasu Anthare Santhosham Award for Best Hero
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor
Nominated, IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Actor
2015 Rocket Rakesh Shivasashi SIIMA Award for Best Actor (Critics)
Mukunda Murari Himself Nanda Kishore Guest Appearance
2016 Beautiful Manasugalu Prashanth Jayatheertha
Tiger Galli Vishnu / Shiva Ravi Srivatsa
2018 Ayogya Siddegowda Mahesh Kumar.S Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor - Kannada
Nominated- City Cine Award for Best Actor - Kannada

Nominated- SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Male) - Kannada
Nominated- Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Kannada

2019 Chambal Subhash Jacob Verghese
Brahmachari Ramu Chandra Mohan [11]
2020 Godhra  TBA K S Nandeesh Post-production [12]
Pagaivanuku Arulvai  TBA Anis Filming; Tamil film[13]
My Name Is Siddegowda  Siddegowda Sathish Ninasam Filming[14]
Parimala Lodge  TBA Vijay Prasad Filming[15]
Vaitarani  TBA Aravind Shastry Filming[16]

As producerEdit

Year Film Notes
2015 Rocket
2016 Chowkabara Won the State award for 'Best Short Film'
2018 Kaaji short film

As singerEdit

Year Film Song
2014 Anjada Gandu "Anjada Gandu"
2015 Rocket "Rangi Rangi"


  1. ^ "Sathish Neenasam celebrates his birthday today". The Times of India. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Chasing new frontiers". The Hindu. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Silver lining after a storm". Deccan Herald. 24 November 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b "'Irfan Khan loved my acting in Lucia'". 16 August 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Lucia – Movie Review". 15 October 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  6. ^ "Dyavre review". The Times of India. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Movie review: Kwatle Satisha". Bangalore Mirror. 19 April 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Kwatle Sathisha review". The Times of India. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Satish Neenasam's home production titled Rocket". The Times of India. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 25 September 2014.
  10. ^ "Sathish to Get a Makeover in Rocket". The New Indian Express. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Sathish Ninasam goes the 'Brahmachari' way". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  12. ^ "ಕರ್ನೂಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನೀನಾಸಂ ಸತೀಶ್, ಶ್ರದ್ಧಾ ಜೋಡಿ". Vijaya Karnataka (in Kannada). 16 May 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Satish Ninasam Tamil debut title to be launched in Switzerland - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  14. ^ "Kannada actor Sathish Ninasam to don director's cap". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Sathish Ninasam-Vijayaprasad's film titled Parimala Lodge". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Sathish Ninasam and Sharmiela Mandre unite for a murder mystery - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 December 2019.

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