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S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu - Director Excellence

Updated on : Oct 25, 2010



S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu - Director Excellence

S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu has created wave in the Kannada cinema in the 1980’s and showed his supremacy in novel based films, comedy and sentiment films with right approach. From the family of producer and director father Shanker Singh and reputed actress mother Protima Devi the flamboyant director of Kannada has many firsts to his credit.
S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu is not only popular in Karnataka but also in the entire country. From ‘Antha’ the first political cinema in India he created sensation and spate of films like Bandhana, Muthina Hara became milestones from the gifted craftsman. Singh Babu had the rare efficiency of directorial skill. He mixed the sophistication and technique in his films. The first film of Singh Babu ‘Nagara Hole’ was complicated one and he is also known for couple of children films.
S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu most of the films were in the combination with Dr Vishnuvardhana and the hit pair given some lovely films like Nagara Hole, Bandhana, Muthina Hara, Mahakshatriya and Himapatha. Singh Babu son is Aditya the famous actor today in Kannada cinema and his sister Vijayalakshmi Singh is actress, director and producer. His brother in law is Jai Jagdesh is also famous actor, director and producer in Kannada cinema.
In 2010 daughter of SV Rajendra Singh Babu has been launched as heroine in ‘Kanteerava’ and the top of the list for SV Rajendra Singh Babu is to produce and director 100th film under ‘Mahatma Pictures’ that is over six decades old in Kannada cinema.
Singh Babu journey to Hindi was also successful and he directed top artists like Dilip Kumar and Hema Malini in his career.
Some of the noted films of this national acclaimed director are – Visha Kanye, Nagara Hole, Kiladi Jodi, Antha, Simhada Mari Sainya, Barjari Bete, Ganda Berunda, Bandhana, Bannada Gejje, Muthina Haara, Hoovu Hannu, Mahakshatriya, Himapatha, Mungarina Minchu, Dhoni Sagali, Bhumi Thayi Chochala Maga, Kurigalu Kurigalu, Kotigalu Kothigalu, Kathegalu Kathegalu, Love, Kanchana Ganga, Mohini.

S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu the acclaimed director, producer and owner of the reputed Mahatma
Pictures now feel in the present socio-economic condition the cinema should go the audience house.
•       I have 50 years association with the media. From a child I was seeing media very closely in my family in Mysore.
•       I grew up in life seeing the film reels, film boxes was my pencil box in the house. Seeing Benhur, Kagaz Ke Phool and my father's films I was fascinated towards cinema.
•       I was given the car driver job by my father Shanker Singh. The fascination to drive car moved me very close to cinema. I was picking artists for my father's films.
•       Appa wanted me to be a doctor. He had the quota of a Political sufferer as he stayed in the prison for six months.
•       When my father started Mahatma and Nehru touring talkies with Vishwanath Shetty the things were different.
•       In those days my father came from Hassan with Rs.35 lakhs to become an exhibitor by buying Prabhat theatre. But on the way met a director became a producer.
•       My father objected to shift to Madras from Mysore while Vittalacharya and others went to settle in other languages. My father never repented for not going to other languages.
•       All good films are made in Mysore. Other places the creativity was not adjusting.
•       When 'Krishnaleele' was bad experience it is Hunsur Krishnamurthy came up with subjects.
•       The first Kannada film that changed the economics of film was Jaganmohini. For 80000 Rs.17 lakhs profit was earned.
•       Dr.Rajakumar for Rs.30 payment first applied grease paint from Srinivasa Kalyana.
•       The positioning of shivalinga in my father's 'Shivasharane Nambiyakka' by my mother Protima Devi earned good response from the audience.
•       In those days in our family in the first floor my father was staying. Next was Hunsur Krishnamurthy, HL Narayana Rao, Make Up subbanna the favorite of my father was staying. In the morning he was doing make up and in the evening he was specialist in preparing 'Koli Saar' that was immensely liked by my father.
•       At that time there was a tussle between my father and Panthulu on the film 'Shivasharane….
•       I took up direction from Nagarhole. It became a history. In the list joined Ganda Berunda, Bandhana, Muttina Hara, Antha etc.
•       Antha was liked by Puttanna but not by KCN Chandrasekhar. After four days of success the same KCN called me up and congratulated me. Rs.250 was black ticket in Alankar theatre in KG Road for 'Antha'.
•       Ambi wanted to do Bandhana but Vishnu did it (the right was taken from Kalpana) and Vishnu should have done Antha but Ambi did it.
•       Today content is most important. Discipline in making is missing.
•       My father's banner that contributed so much did not get the right share of recognition. Awards should come to us but not by asking it should come to us.
•       We have to develop infrastructure. The market of Kannada films have to increase.
•       Today 250 crore for non Kannada films is from Karnataka.
•       Having only 450 theatres is a shame for all of us.
•       We should also contemplate for release of DVD's along with theatre screenings.

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