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  • Birth Name: Naveen Kumar Gowda
  • Date of Birth: 08, Jan 1986
  • Residence: Bhuvanahalli, Hassan


Naveen Kumar Gowda (born 8 January 1986) known mononymously by his screen name Yash, is an Indian actor who works in Kannada films. Prior to films, he appeared in theater plays and television soaps.[4][5]

Yash made his film debut 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 was a success and earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to star in many commercially successful films including Rajadhani (2011), Kirataka (2011), Drama (2012), Googly (2013), Raja Huli (2013), Gajakesari (2014), Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari (2014) and Santhu Straight Forward (2016). His rise to success in Kannada cinema has been well documented by the media, and has been often rated as one of the most popular actors in Karnataka.[6][7]


Early life[edit]

Naveen Kumar Gowda was born on 8 January 1986 in Bhuvanahalli, a town in Hassan district of Karnataka.[8] His father, Arun Kumar J., formerly worked in the BMTC transport service, and his mother, Pushpa, is a homemaker.[9] He has a younger sister, Nandini. His childhood days were spent in Mysore where he did his schooling in Mahajana High School. Soon after his studies, he joined the BeNaKa drama troupe which was formed by noted dramatist B. V. Karanth.[10]


Early days[edit]

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.[11] He had a small role in a 2007 film directed by Priya Hassan, Jambhada Hudugi. He then acted in Moggina Manasu directed by Shashank in 2008, where he appeared in a supporting role alongside his Nanda Gokula co-star Radhika Pandit. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film.[12] Yash then starred in lead roles in the films Rocky (2008), Kallara Santhe (2009), Gokula (2009).

In 2010, Yash starred in Modalasala which became his first commercial solo hit. His next film was Rajadhani in 2011, which got good reviews[13] and his performance was critically acclaimed[14] although the film's return was below average at the box office. The same year, his next film Kirataka was a commercial success. Yash received positive reviews[15] for his performance in the village comedy film.[16][17] In 2012 Yash had two major releases, Lucky (opposite Ramya) and Jaanu, both of which met with mixed response[18] upon release and became average grossers at the box office.[19][20][21] His next film of the same year, the romantic comedy Drama directed by Yograj Bhat was a commercial success. The film was one of the major grossers of 2012.[22]

2013 - present (success and stardom)[edit]

His next movie Googly opposite Kriti Kharbanda and directed by Pawan Wadeyar released on 19 July 2013. Gajakesari, directed by Krishna, was released on 11 April 2014. In the first weekend itself movie had collected approximately 5.5 crores at the box office.[23] Yash's next movie Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari opposite Radhika Pandit had its theatrical release on 25 December 2014, and opened to positive reviews and collected approx. 20 crores [24][25][26] In 2015, he acted in Masterpiece, which opened to mixed reviews by the critics.[27] In 2016, he starred in Santhu Straight Forward which did not perform well at the box-office in spite of creating so much buzz in the industry.[28]

Personal life[edit]

It was speculated in the media that Yash had been in a relationship with actress Radhika Pandit for long, and especially after their film, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, that saw them portray the lead pair, and their third time together in films.[29] Before the two disclosed it in public, their engagement took place in Goa in August 2016.[30] They married in December 2016 in a private ceremony in Bangalore.[31]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
2007 Jambada Hudugi   Supporting role
2008 Moggina Manasu Rahul  
2008 Rocky Rocky  
2009 Kallara Santhe Somu  
2009 Gokula Raja  
2010 Thamassu Imran Special appearance
2010 Modalasala Karthik  
2011 Rajadhani Raja  
2011 Kirataka Nandisha  
2012 Lucky Lucky / Vikram  
2012 Jaanu Siddharth  
2012 Drama Venktesa  
2013 Chandra Himself Special appearance in song "Tasse Otthu"
2013 Googly Sharath  
2013 Raja Huli Raja Huli  
2014 Gajakesari Krishna  
2014 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Ramachari Also playback singer for song "Annthamma"
2015 Masterpiece Yuva Also playback singer for song "Annange Love Aagide"
2016 Santhu Straight Forward Santhu  
2017 KGFFilms that have not yet been released   Filming


YearTitleAired onNotes
2004 Uttarayana Udaya TV  
  Nanda Gokula ETV Kannada  
2006 Preethi Illada Mele ETV Kannada  
2007 Male Billu ETV Kannada  
  Shiva DD Chandana, DD9  

Awards and nominations[edit]


2009 Moggina Manasu Filmfare Awards South Best Supporting Actor Won[32]
2013 Drama Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Nominated[33]
2014 Googly Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Won[34]
SIIMA Awards Best Actor Nominated[35]
2015 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Won[36]
SIIMA Awards Best Actor Won



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