Naveen Kumar Gowda 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.
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. 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).
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.
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. Sources say that Yash best friend Pavan Ranadheera would be directing him and Yash would produce the film. However, the title is been registered as "Shajahan". If everything falls in place then this movie will go floors by 2016.
Yash is also starring in Googly 2, to be directed by Pawan Wadeyar banking on the success of its prequel Googly. His latest released movie Mr And Mrs Ramachari got huge apparication for the role Ramachari in this movie. Dr Vishnuvardhan Fans became fans to Yash after watching the movie. His upcoming movie Masterpiece first look teaser released on the eve of his birthday on Jan 8th 2015. He also signed a untitled new movie under Ugramm fame director Prashant Neel.