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10 Best Sandalwood Actor-Directors

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A director has to be well versed in the technical as well as the non-technical aspects of any movie, because right from the scratch till its release, the movie is his baby. He plays a vital role, for it is his vision that we see on the big screen. We here by, bring 10 best actors of Sandalwood who have turned out to become the most successful directors in the industry.

Firstly, we would like to talk about Kashinath, the actor cum director who has given the maximum number of hits to the Kannada film industry. It was his bold effort to bring in double meaning dialogues in his movies that brought him into limelight and till date these dialogues are remembered as 'double meaning dialogues' by his fans.

But fans will have a tough time forgetting his favourite assistant, actor-director Upendra who has gave the biggest hit movie, 'A' to Sandalwood. In fact, he is more famous than Kashinath. He is popularly called as 'Real Star' by his fans for the inclusion of innovative ideas in his movies.

There are 8 other actors cum directors who has worked for the growth of Kannada film industry. We have S Mahender, S Narayan, Jogi Prem, Pawan Wadeyar and others who have shined as actors as well as directors.

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Actor-director Kashinath is popular for his double meaning dialogues in his movies. The actor has directed more than 5 movies and acted in 50 films. His best movies are Aparoopada Athithigalu,Shhh!, Ajagajantara and others.


Upendra has set a trend in Sandalwood through his movies. Before he made his debut in A, he acted in Kashinath's Shh! The actor is popularly called as Real Star of KFI.

S Narayan

This man has given more than 50 best movies to KFI. He also becomes the one luckiest director who directed the last movie of Appaji aka Dr Rajkumar. S Narayan's Shabdavedi remains as a benchmark to his career.

Yogaraj Bhat

As the tme passed, Yogaraj Bhat has over taken all the other directors of Kannada movies. He is been successful enough to give best movies which are best suitable foe younger generation. His best movies are Paramathma, Drama, Mungaru Male, Gaalipata and more.


Though, he is done less movies Guruprasad has been successful to win the hearts of Kannada audience. His best movies are Mata, Director's Special and Eddelu Manjunatha.

Pawan Wadeyar

The most successful and young director-actor of KFI is Pawan Wadeyar. He has given three blockbusters Govindaya Namaha, Googly and recent release Rana Vikrama.

Jogi Prem

Actor-director Prem who directed Jogi for Shivarajkumar has brought in great effective changes in KFI through his movies. Jogi gave a good exposure to both Shivarajkumar as well as Prem. He has also directed DK and Raaj-The Show Man.

S Mahender

S Mahender also falls in the list of 10 best Sandalwood actors-directors who are evident for the growth of KFI. He has given good family dramas to Sandalwood. In fact he played the lead role in Gatti Mela opposite Shruti

TS Nagabharana

Be it bridge or commercial cinema, Nagabharana is one director who has mastered the art of movie making in Kannada film industry. His films range from Janumada Jodi to Nagamandala and Kalarali Hoovagi, which starred Vijay Raghavendra in the lead role.

Om Prakash Rao

He is the man who gave a huge break to Sudeep through Huchcha. His best movies are Lockup Death and AK 47 which remains as a bench mark in his career in Sandalwood.

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