G. V. Iyer
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G. V. Iyer

Ganapathi Venkataramana Iyer 3 September 1917 – 21 December 2003, popularly known as G V Iyer, was a well-known Indian film director and actor He was nicknamed "Kannada Bheeshma", and was the only person who made movies in Sanskrit His movie Adi Shankaracharya 1983 won four National Film Award, including Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Audiography His films were well known for their spiritual themes He was born in 1917 in Nanjanagud in Mysore district of Karnataka state in South India His most critically acclaimed films Bhagavad Gita 1993, which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film and was nominated for Best Film at the Bogotá Film Festival And Swami Vivekananda 1998, Mithun Chakraborty won national award for Best Supporting Actor


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Filmography
    • 21 Director, Writer and Producer
    • 22 Actor
  • 3 Awards
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


He started his career at the age of eight when he joined the Gubbi Veeranna theatre group His first role as an actor in cinema was in the film Radha Ramana Besides this he acted in a number of other movies such as Mahakavi Kalidasa, Sodhari, Hemavati, Hari Bhaktha and Bedara Kannapa He is credited with providing breaks to two of the greatest Kannada actors, Dr Raj Kumar and Narasimha Raju in the movie Bedara Kannappa Though Raj Kumar had acted in a single scene in a movie previously, the movie Bedara Kannappa where Mr Iyer cast him as the hero is where he got his break and is regarded generally as his first movie Iyer also produced another critically acclaimed move Vamsha Vriksha Based on an acclaimed novel by S L Bhairappa, it was jointly directed by B V Karanth and Girish Karnad

He soon started directing his own movies The movie Hamsageethe music by Dr Balamuralikrishna, B V Karanth and TG Lingappa was extremely well received and made him famous Iyer wrote scripts, lyrics and produced and directed many commercial Kannada movies Iyer's biggest effort was Ranadheera Kanteerava He continued making commercial movies until 1970

In his younger days, he was a committed to Gandhi and his ideals He stopped wearing footwear from the day Gandhi died and never wore them again He also wore hand-spun clothes colloquially called "Khadi" as was advocated by Gandhi

He was proficient in both Kannada and Sanskrit and was soon to make the first movie in Sanskrit, about the famous philosopher Adi Shankaracharya 1983 The movie received the National Film Awards for Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Audiography and has been known as a master piece It is believed that the movie made a great impact on Iyer

He later went on to make a film on Madhvacharya in Kannada and Ramanujacharya in Tamil He also made a remarkable Sanskrit movie Bhagavad Gita 1993, which won Best Film at the National Film Awards of 1993 The film was also nominated for Best Film at the Bogotá Film Festival

He also produced a television series Natyarani Shanthala, a historical, on the Hoysala Jain queen Shanthala, who was married to a Vaishnava King It was re-made in Hindi as well as in Kannada It was based on several works by Samethanahalli Rama Rao in Kannada

He later went on to make a movie Swami Vivekananda It was an attempt to portray Swami Vivekananda, realistically For this film Mithun Chakraborty won his national award for Best Supporting Actor Mithun Chakraborty made excellent roll of Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa Though it had many famous actors such as Mithun Chakraborty, Hema Malini and Sarvadaman Banerjee, the movie failed to become a commercial success

He was planning a film based on the Hindu epic Ramayana, with Sanjay Dutt playing the role of Ravana, before his sudden death on 21 December 2003 at the age of 87 His last rites took place at his Bharadhwaja Ashrama, near Dodda Aladamara, on the outskirts of Bangalore, near Kengeri


Director, Writer and Producer

Year Film Credited as Language Notes
Director Writer Producer
1954 Bedara Kannapa N Y Y Kannada
1960 Ranadheera Kanteerava N Y Y Kannada
1962 Bhoodana Y Y Y Kannada
1962 Thai Karulu Y N N Kannada
1962 Thayin Karuna Y N N Kannada
1962 Gaali Gopura N Y N Kannada Lyrics only
1963 Bangari Y Y Y Kannada
1963 Saaku Magalu N Y N Kannada Dialogues only
1963 Lawyer Magalu Y Y Y Kannada
1964 Post Master Y Y Y Kannada
1965 Pazhani N Y N Tamil Original story
1966 Kiladi Ranga Y Y Y Kannada
1967 Rajashekara Y Y Y Kannada
1967 Gange Gowri N Y N Kannada Dialogues only
1968 Mysore Tanga Y Y N Kannada
1968 Nane Bhagyavathi Y N N Kannada
1969 Chowkada Deepa Y N N Kannada
1969 Vichitra Samsara Y N N Kannada
1975 Aakhri Geet Y N N Kannada
1975 Hamsageethe Y Y Y Kannada
1977 Nalegalannu Maduvavaru Y N N Kannada
1977 Kudre Motte Y N N Kannada
1983 Adi Shankaracharya Y Y N Sanskrit
1986 Madhvacharya Y Y N Kannada
1989 Ramanujacharya Y N N Tamil
1989 Wall Poster Y N N Kannada
1993 Bhagvad Gita: Song of the Lord Y Y N Sanskrit
1998 Swami Vivekananda Y Y N Hindi Mithun Chakraborty won national award for Best Supporting Actor

2001 Sri Krishna Leele


  • Radha Ramana 1943
  • Bedara Kannappa 1954
  • Sodari 1955
  • Bhakta Mallikarjuna 1955
  • Sadarame 1956
  • Jagajyothi Basveshwara 1959
  • Ranadheera Kanteerava 1960
  • Kantheredu Nodu 1961
  • Vamsha Vriksha 1971
  • Hemavathi 1977


  • 1983: National Film Award
    • Best Film: Adi Shankaracharya
    • Best Screenplay: Adi Shankaracharya
  • 1993: National Film Award
    • Best Film: Bhagavad Gita
  • 1993: Bhagavad Gita – nominated for Best Film at the Bogotá Film Festival in Golden Precolumbian Circle

See also

  • List of Indian film directors


  1. ^ a b "GV Iyer" jointscene 
  2. ^ "31st National Film Awards" India International Film Festival 
  3. ^ "31st National Film Awards PDF" PDF Directorate of Film Festivals 
  4. ^ "GV Iyer Movies Collectors Set" Retrieved 9 March 2012 
  5. ^ "National Film Awards, India," IMDb Retrieved 9 March 2012 
  6. ^ "Manju Bhargavi returns to work in Kannada" Retrieved 9 March 2012 
  7. ^ "GVIyer Is No More" Retrieved 9 March 2012 
  8. ^ "40th National Film Awards" India International Film Festival Retrieved 2 March 2012 
  9. ^ "40th National Film Awards PDF" PDF Directorate of Film Festivals Retrieved 2 March 2012 
  10. ^ "GV Iyer Awards" whosdatedwhocom Retrieved 9 March 2012 

External links

  • G V Iyer on IMDb

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