Dayal Padmanabhan (born June 14, 1970, Villupuram, Tamil Nadu, India) is an Indian film director and producer. Mainly working in Kannada cinema. Many of his films have been romantic/comedy thrillers, most notably his comedy-thriller Circus. His Debut directorial movie was OK Saar OK and he went on to direct a lot of movies including Circus,ShriHarikathe . He has also starred in Gaalipata, his character Dracula received critical as well as public acclaim.
Dayal Padmanabhan hails from Villupuram town (Villupuram District, Tamil Nadu). His Dad Padmanabhan was an electrician in Tamil Nadu electricity board and mother Radha Padmanabhan was a house wife till he lost his father in his early age. Then his mother continued to work as a sweeper in Tamil Nadu electricity board. They were from a poor background but that didn't deter his passion for acting in movies. He has participated in many extra curricular activities while schooling and proved as a young talent. His role model was Tamil actor Murali. He wished to become an actor like him but destiny made him a writer, Producer and director in Kannada films. He completed his Diploma in Civil Engineering from Muthiah polytechnic, Chidambaram. Later he finished his B.E from the famous B. M. Sreenivasaiah College of Engineering,Bangalore. He worked in Indian Institute of Science (IISC)(1988 to 2002) before entering Kannada films in the year 2000.He is indebted to S. Naga from the Tamil film industry and Hamsalekha, Upendra, S. Mahendar, Actress Shruthi and Madan Mallu from the Kannada film industry for helping him to gain a foothold in the movie industry. He married Meena Varadaraj and has two kids Meera Chitirapaavai and Taragan.
Film career As a Writer:
Dayal Padmanabhan entered the kannada industry as a writer in the year 2000. His first movie as a writer was Om Ganesh starring "Dialogue King" Sai Kumar and directed by "THRILLER" Manju.From there on he went on to write for many films including Hudugigage,H20,Gattimela.He has written the story for most of his movies except OK Saar OK and Sakha Sakhi.
As a Director:
He later on Directed his first film OK saar OK in the year 2003 and went on to direct six more kannada films including the hit Baa Baro Rasika ,Circus and the recent Shriharikathe. His dream project was Circus starring Golden star Ganesh He has also starred in Gaalipata where he played a mute character called "Dracula" that was widely appreciated by the public. He also turned to production with this film where he was the executive producer. He has also produced Circus and Co produced Shriharikathe under his own production house D PICTURES. He believes the turning point of his film career came with the movie Gaalipata.He has two new Kannada projects in the pipeline.One starring the legendary actor Prakash Raj titled Akasmath and another untitled movie starring Mayur Patel.He also plans to remake his Dream project Circus in Tamil .