Kannada superstar Naveen Kumar Jodha, better known as Yash, has become a pan-India sensation with the unprecedented success of his latest film KGF: Chapter Two at the box office. Although Yash has become very popular across India With the KGF franchise, the actor rose from humble beginnings. Not many will know that he started as a supporting actor in Kannada TV Shows.
Yash made his small screen debut with the series Nand Gokul, which aired on ETV Kannada in 2004. In 2007, he appeared in Jambada Hudugi directed by Priya Hassan. The film was a commercial success and ran for nearly a hundred days.
In 2008, he acted in the romantic drama Mugina Manasu, for which he won a Filmfare South Award for Best Supporting Actor, which proved to be a breakthrough for the actor.
The turning point in Yash’s career came in 2008 with the movie Rocky. It was his first appearance in a leading role. Although the film did not do well at the box office, Yash caught the industry’s attention for his performance. It was followed by a series of commercially successful romantic flicks and in 2012 he received his first Filmfare Award nomination in the South for Best Actor in a Dramatic Film.
In 2013, he did a college romance film Googly. In 2014, he was seen in the comedy-drama Raja Huli, a Gajakesari work of fiction and a romantic comedy Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari. Yash pursued two action films Masterpiece and Santhu Straight Forward in the next two years.
In 2016, Yash established himself as a bankable actor in the Kannada industry by winning his first Filmfare South Award for Best Actor for Mr. & Mrs. Ramachari.
Despite the steady rise in the Kannada industry, Yash was a regular actor until the arrival of the KGF series. KGF Director Prashanth Neel: Chapter One became the highest-grossing Kannada film of 2018 with a collection of over Rs 250 crore at the box office. Yash also received his second Filmfare South Award for Best Actor for this film. He received more accolades for his role in the sequel, KGF: Chapter 2, which became India’s third highest-grossing film.