|Dhananjaya KA Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||August 23, 1986|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Dhananjaya KA is an Indian actor, lyricist, and film producer who has predominantly worked in films made in the Kannada language. He has also worked in a few films made in the Telugu and Tamil languages. He is best known for his work in films such as Director’s Special (2013), Rhaatee (2015), Badmaash (2016), Allama (2017), Tagaru (2018), Yajamana (2019), Yuvarathnaa (2021), Pushpa: The Rise (2021), Badava Rascal (2021), and Bairagee (2022). Dhananjaya also produced the Kannada-language action comedy-drama film Badava Rascal (2021). Besides his work as an actor/producer, he has occasionally penned columns on topics such as social issues and human values for some leading Kannada newspapers.
Kalenahalli Adaviswamy Dhananjaya
Daali, Nataraakshasa, Nata Bhayanakara
Kalenahalli, Arsikere, Hassan, Karnataka, India
Bengaluru, Bayaluseemé, Karnataka, India
Dhananjaya had attended St. Mary’s High School in his hometown of Arsikere. He also studied at the Marimallappa High School in Mysore, Karnataka. After his high school graduation, he joined the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Science and Technology University, a private university in Mysore.
Actor, Lyricist, Film Producer
- Father – Adaviswamy (Former Teacher in a Government Primary School)
- Mother – Savitramma
6 ft or 183 cm
76 kg or 167.5 lbs
Race / Ethnicity
- Toned physique
- Side-parted, overgrown, tousled hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a thick beard
Dhananjaya KA Facts
- Dhananjaya used to excel in his studies and had secured the highest number of marks in the entire Hassan District twice – once when he was in 7th grade and then again in the 10th grade.
- He stated in an interview that he grew up watching movies involving Dr. Rajkumar, an Indian actor & singer who predominantly worked in Kannada cinema and is regarded as one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema. This inspired Dhananjaya to participate in dramas, mono-acting competitions, and street plays while he was still in school.
- After completing his studies at the Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara (JSS) Science and Technology University, he landed a job with Infosys, a leading Indian multinational information technology company. However, it was around this time that he started taking acting quite seriously and joined an amateur theatre group called GPIER. He was later also recognized and mentored by renowned German theatre artist Christian Stückl.
- His career in the film industry began after one of his performances in a drama was recognized by noted Kannada film director Guruprasad who offered Dhananjaya a lead role in a feature film.
- He is affectionately called Daali after the character he played in the Kannada-language action thriller film Tagaru (2018) which turned out to be his breakthrough performance. His role as a menacing villain in that film also earned him the nicknames ‘Nataraakshasa’ and ‘Nata Bhayanakara’. Dhananjaya would go on to set up a production house called Daali Pictures.
- For his portrayal of the character of Dhananjaya in his debut film Director’s Special (2013), he won the ‘Best Debut Actor’ award at the 3rd edition of the SIIMA (South Indian International Movie Awards ) Awards.
- A Kannada short film titled Jayanagar 4th Block that he acted in has amassed more than 2.5 million views on YouTube, as of 2022.
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