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Yash (actor) Biography

Born Naveen Kumar Gowda
8 January 1986 (age 28)
Bhuvana Halli, Hassan, Karnataka, India
Residence Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Naveen
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Home town Paduvaaralli, Mysore city, Karnataka
Parents Arun Kumar
Family Nandini (sister)
Yash (actor) Biography
Yash (actor) Biography

Naveen Kumar Gowda (born 8 January 1986), known mononymously by his screen name Yash, is an Indian film actor who primarily works in Kannada films. Prior to films, he appeared in acted in theater plays and television soaps.

Following this, Yash made his film debut in in 2007 with Jambada Hudugi, playing a supporting role in the film. In his second film, Moggina Manasu (2008), he played the male lead opposite Radhika Pandit. The film emerged as a commercial success and earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Yash went on to star in many commercially successful films such as Modalasala (2010), Rajadhani (2011), Kirataka (2011), Lucky (2012), Jaanu (2012), Drama (2012), Googly (2013), Raja Huli (2013) and Gajakesari (2014). With a successful track record of hits, Yash established himself as one of the bankable stars of Kannada cinema.

Early life
Yash was born in Bhuvana Halli, a village in the Hassan district of Karnataka state, as Naveen Kumar Gowda to Arun Kumar and Pushpa on January 8, 1986. His father is employed with BMTC as a Bangalore city bus driver, and has an younger sister, Nandini. He studied at Mahajana High School, in Mysore. Yash started acting theater career in BeNaKa drama team, which was started by B. V. Karanth. Yash acted in theater play director by T. S. Nagabharana in BeNaKa and acted in other stage plays like Jokumaaraswamy, Kattale Belaku, Tabarana Kathe and many more. He appeared in many tele-serials before becoming full fledged actor in Kannada cinema.[2]

Yash started his acting career with the teleserial Nanda Gokula directed by Ashok Kashyap, which aired on ETV Kannada. He went on to appear in several other teleserials such as Malebillu and Preeti Illada Mele. His performance in Preeti Illada Mele was much appreciated.[3] Yash stepped into the Kannada silver screen with a small role in the Priya Hassan directed film, Jambhada Hudugi in 2007, which went unnoticed by a large section of the audience. He then acted in Moggina Manasu directed by Shashank in 2008, where he was paired opposite his Nanda Gokula co-star Radhika Pandit. It was not a full fledged role, however the role brought him much recognition. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film. Yash then starred in lead roles in critically acclaimed films like Rocky (2008), Kallara Santhe (2009), Gokula (2009).


A Cut-out of Yash and the crowd gathered at Santhosh Theater in Bangalore screening Googly in 2013
In 2010, Yash starred in Modalasala which became his first commercial solo hit. Yash's performance in the lover boy role was well received. His next film was Rajadhani in 2011, which got good reviews and Yash's performance was critically acclaimed although the film was below average at the box office. The same year, his next film Kirataka was a huge success and turned out to be his first Commercial Super Hit. Yash received positive reviews for his performance in the village comedy film. The film made Yash popular among the masses. In 2012 Yash had two major releases, Lucky (opposite Ramya) and Jaanu, both of which were much anticipated but met with mixed response upon release and became average grossers at the box office. His next film of the same year, the romantic comedy Drama directed by Yograj Bhat released with a grand opening and was a major commercial success. The film was declared as a blockbuster and was one of the major grossers of 2012. The film elevated Yash to Star Status and established a loyal youth fan following for the actor, including many female fans. His next movie Googly opposite Kriti Kharbanda and directed by Pawan Wadeyar released on 19 July 2013. The film recorded a huge opening and emerged as a blockbuster at the box office. The film's opening and success proved that Yash has a huge fan base among the youngsters and is emerging as the next big star of Sandalwood. Yash's much anticipated Raja Huli, directed by Guru Deshpande and with music direction by Nadabrahma Hamsalekha released on 1 November 2013 on the Kannada Rajyothsava Day. A remake of Sasikumar's Tamil movie Sundarapandian, the movie went on to be a big hit, mainly due to the Mandya-Kannada Slang being used successfully to perfection in the movie. Raja Huli is on the lines of his earlier hit, Kirataka.

Yash's most awaited film much anticipated Gajakesari, directed by Krishna released on 11 April 2014. Be it in single screen or multiplex, gajakesari was most sought after movie by the cine-goers, since the lead actor yash is the most happening star in sandalwood. Getting released in more than 180 screens, Gajakesari has done wonderful business by breaking all the previous records of early kannada movies. In the first weekend itself movie had approaximately collected 5.5 crores at the box office.[4] Yash is also starring in Mr & Mrs Ramachari directed by Debutent Director Santosh Aananddram, with his hit pair & Drama and Moggina Manasu co star Radhika Pandit as a Female lead.[5] Yash is also starring in Googly 2, to be directed by Pawan Wadeyar banking on the success of its prequel Googly.
Sl. No. Year Film Role Director Language Notes
1 2007 Jambada Hudugi Priya Hassan Kannada Debut film/Supporting role
2 2008 Moggina Manasu Rahul Shashank Kannada Won, Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor
3 2008 Rocky Rocky S K Nagendra Urs Kannada
4 2009 Kallara Santhe Somu Sumana Kittur D Kannada
5 2009 Gokula Raja Prakash Kannada
6 2010 Thamassu Imran Agni Shridhar Kannada Cameo
7 2010 Modalasala Karthik Purushottam C Kannada
8 2011 Rajadhani Raja K V Raju Kannada
9 2011 Kirataka Nandisha alias Gooli V Somashekar Kannada
10 2012 Lucky Lucky / Vikram Dr. Suri Kannada
11 2012 Jaanu Siddharth Preetham Gubbi Kannada
12 2012 Drama Venktesa Yogaraj Bhat Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
13 2013 Chandra Himself Roopa Iyer Kannada Special appearance in a song
14 2013 Googly Sharath Pawan Wadeyar Kannada Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Actor
Nominated, SIIMA Award for Best Actor
15 2013 Raja Huli Raja Huli Guru Deshpande Kannada
16 2014 Gajakesari Krishna Krishna Kannada
17 TBA Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Ramachari Santhosh Ananddram Kannada Filming
18 TBA Masterpiece Manju Mandavya Kannada Announced
Television serials[edit]
Sl. No. Year Serial TV Channel Director Language Notes
1 2004 Uttarayana Udaya TV Kannada Lead Role Roja[8]
2 Nanda Gokula ETV Kannada Ashok Kashyap Kannada Co-Star Radhika Pandit[8][9]
3 2006 Preethi Illada Mele ETV Kannada Vinu Balanja Kannada Co-Star Ananth Nag[8][10]
4 2007 Male Billu ETV Kannada T N Seetharam Kannada Story: Srinath Vasishta[8]
5 Shiva DD Chandana, DD9 Kannada

Filmfare Awards
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada - Moggina Manasu (2008)
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada - Drama (2012)
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