Vinay Bharadwaj

Vinay Bharadwaj is an Indian-Singapore-based ex-banker turned filmmaker, television host, motivational speaker, and fashion stylist. After losing a loved one to cancer, he started hosting shows on YouTube called “Let’s Talk with Vinay”. He shot to fame in Karnataka for hosting the stylish Kannada talk show called "Mathu Kathe Vinay Jothe" on Star Suvarna channel and Hot Star.[1]

Vinay Bharadwaj
Vinay Kumar

(1983-07-20) July 20, 1983 (age 39)
Occupation(s)Television Host, Film Maker, Designer
Years active2015–present

He made his international debut as a host with the show called "Salaam Namasthe Singapore" on Colors TV APAC. Since then he has hosted many popular shows on international feeds of Indian channels. His latest show "Star Talk With Vinay - South Meets North" premiered in 130 countries across the world which had some of the biggest names from the movie industry like Vidya Balan, Tabu, Rana Daggubati, Santosh Sivan, R. Balki, Aditi Rao Hydari. He got into film making in 2017 with short films and made his debut as a feature film-maker through the Kannada film 'Mundina Nildana'. After a successful run at the theaters, the film was picked up by Netflix India for an exclusive worldwide digital release. Vinay is also a motivational speaker who does workshops and public speaking at corporates and colleges.

Early lifeEdit

Vinay Bharadwaj was born in Bangalore. He completed his schooling at Kumaran's School (SKCH) and Bachelors of Business Management (BBM) at Bangalore University. At the age of 21, he moved to Singapore to pursue an MBA from the University of Wales and since then he has settled there. Post his MBA he started his corporate career in Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He moved to Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore where he handled various country and global roles for 9 years. In parallel to his corporate career, he started his fashion label.[citation needed]

Fashion careerEdit

Vinay began his fashion label "Shinayele" in Bangalore along with his childhood friend at his garage. His career began with bridal wear and Indian fusion clothing in June 2014. Vinay's designs focus on using Indian fabrics to create western and fusion clothing.[citation needed]

Television careerEdit

His first series 'Bangalore Edition', had 20 guests spanning from different walks of life and fields and was started on YouTube on a weekly basis from January 2016.[2] He had some of the best of Bangalore like Biocon Founder, Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, billiards world champion Pankaj Advani, badminton champion Ashwini Ponnappa, cricketer K. L. Rahul, musician Raghu Dixit, singer and actor Vasundhara Das, Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar and 12 others.

Post this he started the second city'Chennai Edition' in May 2016 on YouTube and hosted 25 stalwarts like Padma Vibhushan Dr.V Shanta, Padma Bhushan Singer Sudha Raghunathan, Actor Padma Shri Vivek, Apollo Hospital granddaughter Upasna Kammineni, Ace music director Devi Sri Prasad, singers Srinivas, Karthik, Chinmayi and 17 more.

His third edition was a Kannada show on one of the Kannada channels of Karnataka, Star Suvarna, with celebrities from Karnataka Film Industry. Along with casual conversations and much entertainment with celebrities, each episode had a short segment with a doctor and patient speaking about different types of illness.

Actress Deepika Padukone's family friend and trustee of her organization (The Live Love Laugh Foundation), Anna Chandy was one of the guests on Bharadwaj's Bangalore Edition. Anna and Vinay collaborated in mid-2016 to do a short web series called 'Mind Check Conversations with Anna' to dispel myths about mental health.[citation needed]

He made his international television debut through a successful show called "Salaam Namaste Singapore" which brought together the best of Indian origin people, places and stories together. The show which was telecasted in 14 countries across APAC region was an instant success which led Vinay to bag a celebrity talk show on StarPlus.[3]

"Star Talk with Vinay[4]- South Meets North" was a concept that Vinay created which featured 12 celebrities who are originally from South India or started their career in South Indian Film Industry. The show which was aired on StarPlus, Star Vijay and Asianet, premiered in 130 countries across the world (outside India).

Year Title Role Channel Notes
2016 Let's Talk with Vinay-Bangalore Edition Host & Concept YouTube Completed
2016 Let's Talk with Vinay-Chennai Edition Host & Concept YouTube Completed
2016 Mind Check-Conversations with Anna Host YouTube-Mind Check Completed
2017 Mathu Kathe Vinay Jothe Host & Concept Hot Star & Star Suvarna Completed
2017 Salaam Namaste Singapore Season 1 Host & Production Colors APAC Completed
2018 Star Talk with Vinay-South Meets North Host & Concept StarPlus, Star Vijay & Asianet Completed
2018 Salaam Namaste Singapore Season 2 Host & Production Colors APAC Completed
2019 Salaam Namaste Singapore Season 3 Host & Production Colors APAC Completed
2019 Vanakkam Singapore Host & Production Colors Tamil APAC Completed
2020 Colors Candid Conversations Host & Concept Colors APAC Completed

Film careerEdit

Vinay Bharadwaj got into the direction in 2017.[5] His first short film was on organ donation and he had one of the finest actresses of Karnataka, Sudha Rani, play the lead role. Since then he has directed short films in India and Singapore, created documentaries for The Akshaya Patra Foundation and designer Manish Malhotra, and conceptualized and directed music videos.[6] He penned and directed his first Kannada feature film titled “Mundina Nildana”. An urban love story set in Bangalore which was released in 2019 and was hugely appreciated by the audience and critics. The movie is now streaming on Netflix for the worldwide audience to see.[7][8]

Year Title Credited as Language Notes
2019 Mundina Nildana Director Kannada Directorial debut in Kannada
2020 #CoffeeShots Director English Web series in Singapore
2021 #WhiteCoatWarriors Director Hindi-English Indian docu-film
2021 Disease X Continuum Director English-Bahasa Global docu-series

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 22 October 2016 - "Best Social Activist for the year 2016" at 3rd CIMB National Awards 2016 hosted by Council for Media and Satellite Broadcasting(CMSB)
  • 10 December 2016 - "Rotary BSE SME National Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship 2016" at 5th AD ASREA 2016 Awards hosted by Rotary Bangalore South East
  • 28 January 2017 - Felicitation as a special guest (Host of the TV show Mathu Kathe Vinay Jothe) at Mrs. India-Karnataka 2016
  • 28 August 2018 - "Finalist-Citizen of the year-2018" Namma Bengaluru Awards
  • In 9th South Indian International Movie Awards nominated best debut director for Mundina Nildana[9][10]


  1. ^ "Topic of cancer a talk in time saves nine". Banglore Mirror. Retrieved 8 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Mathu Kathe Vinay Jothe propose is good". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  3. ^ "Documentary explores lesser-known destinations in India in 12 episodes". The Indian Express. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  4. ^ "A meaningful 'Host' a la vista". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Akkamahadevi's Vachana brought back in a jazzy version". Times of India. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Vachana gets a modern Twist". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Sharath Chandru to be launched as a hero". The Indian Express. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Hit(ha)ting the right notes". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  9. ^ "The 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Nominations for 2019". South Indian International Movie Awards. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  10. ^ "SIIMA 2020: Check Out Full Winners' List". ibtimes. Retrieved 20 September 2021.