Four blockbusters, two hits and two flops, yet he remains number one director of Sandalwood. Yes, we are talking about Real Star Upendra, who has been chosen as the number one director in Kannada film industry by our readers.
Oneindia conducted a poll asking our readers to choose top directors of Sandalwood, and they have chosen Uppi as the best among the lot. The most interesting part is that Upendra has won the race with a huge margin.
Upendra has garnered 73.22% of the votes in the poll and his close competitor is Yogaraj Bhat, who has got 12.53% votes. Guruprasad of Mata fame is in the third position by getting 7.56% voting sharing followed by Suri (3.46%) and Prem (3.24%).
Yogaraj Bhat started his career with critically acclaimed Mani but it was Mungaaru Male that made him a star director overnight. Gaalipata, Manasaare, Pancharangi, Paramathma, and Drama are his other directorial films. Though his movies have got mixed reviews, he continues to attract every section of the audience with his family-oriented youthful content.
Guruprasad is just two films old but he is the one filmmaker, who has created his own fan base with his strong storyline. His debut movie Mata, which failed at the Box Office, earned him a big name and his next film Eddelu Manjunatha proved that he was here to stay. His next film is Director's Special.
Suri, a protege of Yogaraj Bhat, tasted success in his first film Duniya starring Vijay. His next movie Junglee was a hit and the success of Jackie made him one of the top directors of Sandalwood. His recent movie Anna Bond was a commercial hit and his next film Kaddi Pudi starring Shivaraj Kumar has already started making news.
Prem, one of the most brilliant director in publicising films, made his debut in Kariya, a gangster film. This movie earned good name for both the director and lead star Darshan. His next Excuse Me was one of the biggest hits of 2004. However, it was Shivaraj Kumar starrer Jogi that made him a household name in Karnataka. However, his next few films like Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melide (his debut film as an actor), Raaj - The Showman and Jogayya failed to meet the audience expectations. Nonetheless, his movies have always generated curiosity.