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Sahaya sheelan shadrach is not too common a name in kannada cinema and even most of the ardent of sandalwood fans would find it hard to recognise the multi-talented artiste who goes by a different screen name. When sahaya sheelan decided to enter movies, he was given a screen name by upendra; a name that has become synonymous with comedy and music in kannada cinema. The name is sadhu kokila and he is one of the best comedians as well as music directors that sandalwood has seen till date; but these two aren’t the only avatars he has aced in cinema... He is also a highly successful director, producer, lyricist and screenplay writer.

the BEGINNING...

BORN AS THE SECOND SON TO A FAMILY STEEPED IN MUSICAL BACKGROUND IN BANGALORE, SAHAYA SHEELAN SHADRACH HAD TO LIVE UP TO A VERY BIG REPUTATION. His elder brother Layendra wanted to nurture his brother as a musician and took him to the famous musician Kasturi Shankar to further his career. However, it was acting that gave Sahaya Sheelan his much needed break in celluloid. The 1992 movie Sorry saw Sahaya Sheelan making his acting debut. The following year saw Shhh! happening, which turned out to be his second acting venture but also debut music directorial. The director of this movie - Upendra christened Sahaya Sheelan as Sadhu Kokila and thus began a new chapter in the history of Kannada cinema.

Claim TO FAME...

SADHU KOKILA HAS NOW BECOME ONE OF THE MOST FORMIDABLE PILLARS ON WHICH KANNADA CINEMA HAS BUILT IT’S FOUNDATION FOR QUITE SOME YEARS. In just about ten years from making his debut as an actor and music director, Sadhu Kokila also turned director, with the 2003 movie Raktha Kanneeru, which was a remake of the cult 1954 Tamil hit movie Ratha Kanneer. Upon release, the movie broke all records in Sandalwood and became the highest grosser of the year and the audio album also became one of the year’s best sellers. In his nearly twenty five year career, Sadhu Kokila has directed ten movies and co-directed another one. In the same time span, he has also composed the musi


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