D. Rajendra Babu (Kannada: ರಾಜೇಂದ್ರ ಬಾಬು) (30 March 1951 – 3 November 2013) was a Kannada film maker and screenplay writer. He has directed for over 50 films in various genres, most of them being sentimental films. He has written and directed numerous blockbuster films, though many of them are re-makes. Apart from Kannada films, he has directed a few Telugu films along with a Malayalam and Hindi film each. He is considered one of the most revered directors of Kannada film industry.
Babu joined the Kannada film industry in early 1980s as an actor but later on became a filmmaker. He worked as an associate to many top directors like Rajendra Singh Babu, K. S. R. Das and V. Somashekhar.
Babu became an independent director with Jiddu starring Tiger Prabhakar and Jayamala. Though the film was not a big success, his subsequent films like Swabhimaana and Naanu Nanna Hendthi were massive silver jubilee hits. He has so far directed 50 films including a Hindi film, Pyaar Karke Dekho (1987). Rajendra Babu died of heart attack at MS Ramaiah hospital, Bangalore on Sunday Nov 03, 2013. He was 62.
Babu is married to Sumithra, a multi-lingual actress. They have two daughters – Umashankari and Nakshatra. Nakshatra has made her acting debut in a Tamil film Doo.
Babu was admitted to M. S. Ramaiah Hospital on November 2, 2013 after he complained of abdominal pain. He died of heart attack in the hospital on the morning of November 3.
Year Film Title Notes
1984 Kalinga Sarpa
1984 Hosa Ithihaasa
1985 Naanu Nanna Hendthi
1986 Rekthabhishekam Malayalam film
1987 Olavina Udugore
1987 Pyaar Karke Dekho Hindi film
1989 Yuga Purusha Remake of Karz
1989 Samsara Nauka
1990 Ramarajyadalli Rakshasaru
1991 Kaala Chakra
1991 Ramachaari Remake of Chinna Thambi
1993 Annayya Remake of Beta
1994 Haalunda Thavaru
1994 Karulina Koogu
1997 Jodi Hakki
1997 Kurubana Rani
1998 Yaare Neenu Cheluve Remake of Kadhal Kottai
1999 Habba Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay
2000 Devara Maga
2000 Krishna Leele Remake of Gokulathil Seethai
2000 Preethse Remake of Darr
2000 Yaare Nee Abhimani
2001 Diggajaru Remake of Natpukkaga
2002 Naanu Naane Remake of Raja Hindustani
2003 Swathi Muthu Remake of Swati Mutyam
2005 Encounter Dayanayak Based on the life of encounter specialist Daya Nayak2005 Auto Shankar
2006 Uppi Dada MBBS Remake of Hindi film Munna Bhai M.B.B.S
2008 Bindaas Remake of Telugu film Dhana 51
2013 Kuchiku Kuchikku Delayed
2013 Aryan Filming
Awards & Honors
2011 – Karnataka State Award for Lifetime Achievement.
2012 – Puttanna Kanagal Award for Outstanding contribution in Kannada cinema.