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Vinayak Joshi is an Indian film, television, web-series and theatre actor, Winner of best director in Thespo8. Former Radio jockey, Former Head of Digital communication at Flipkart, host of Saregamapa season 6, lead host of IPL 2019 in Starsports kannada. He has been a host in more than 1000 live events across 20 countries. Currently he is a corporate media consultant and an independent film maker. He recently acted, directed, produced and wrote a web-series called Joshelay. It features more than 28 stories of differently abled talents. First ever motivational web-series in India. It has collectively made a million views on youtube leaving the viewers motivated.  He was born on 25 August 1987, Bangalore. His ancestral roots trace back to Dharwad district.
He started as a child artiste from the 1996 Superhit movie Nammoora Mandara Hoove, by Sunil Kumar Desai, starring Shivrajkumar, Ramesh and Prema. Before his radio career, he had been acting in the Kannada industry since he was 7 years old.
Vinayak has been featured in more than 75 films and 70 television shows. He was also a participant in the opening season of the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada, aired in April, 2013. He was also a semi-finalist in a reality dance show called Dancing star 3 on Colors Kannada.
He has won two Karnataka State Film Awards. At the age of 19, Vinayak won the National Award as the best director for a play, Shraddha (THESPO 8). He is one amongst the youngest directors to have won this award.
Vinayak is actively involved in executing films and has produced 4 films/shorts under the banner "Joshi Chitra".
He is a graduate from National College, Bangalore, Jayanagar.
He is a fitness enthusiast who once weighed 123 kg, is now just 90 kg. He has inspired many lives by losing close to 41 kg only by running. (2012) He has several marathons to his name. In 2014, Vinayak ran 100 km to raise funds for 21-year-old Akshay, suffering from kidney problems.
Vinayak Has a successful career as a host in Radio. His show Aithalakadi Morning on Radio city 91.1 was the No. 1 trending show in Bangalore with more than (approx) 3.5 million weekly listeners. One of the highest heard RJ in the country. later he worked with Radio Mirchi 98.3 as senior producer and creative head. He has a successful spell of 7 years in radio.
He is also known for television shows like Kuniyonu Baara, Saregamapa Li'l Champs Season 6, ETV film awards, TV9 film awards etc. He has hosted more than 1000 live shows.
He is also an active member of the running community. He has run more than 9,000 km over the last eight years (as of 2018).
He is currently Directing, Acting & Producing a Kannada web series called JOSHELAY under his home production banner. Joshelay is available to watch for free on Sakkath Studio's YouTube channel. So far the biggest Independent project in South India, collaborating with more than 120 artists and technicians across the country. He ran 500 km over 50 days to raise funds for the project.
- Nammoora Mandara Hoove (1997)
- Amrutha Varshini (1997)
- Simhada Mari (1997)
- Laali (1998)
- Aryabhata (1999)
- Kurigalu Saar Kurigalu (2001)
- Chitra (2001)
- Appu (2002)
- Panchali (2003)
- Kiccha (2003)
- Baa Baaro Rasika (2004)
- Sakha Sakhi (2005)
- Nanna Kanasina Hoove (2006)
- Meravanige (2008)
- Govindaya Namaha (2012)
- Nam Duniya Nam Style (2013)
- Ambara (2013)
- Namo Bhoothathma (2014)
- Ninnindale (2014)
- Jaguar (2016)
- Raju Kannada Medium (2018)
- Joshelay (2018) - Web Series
- Dubbing artist
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