Naveen Kumar Gowda, known by the stage name Yash, is an Indian film actor from Kannada cinema. He is known for his roles in the movies Rajadhani, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, Kirataka, Googly (film) and K.G.F: Chapter 1. His latest film, K.G.F: Chapter 2.

Yash made his feature film debut with Moggina Manasu (2008) he played the male lead opposite his future wife Radhika. The film was a success and earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to star in many commercially successful films, including Modalasala (2010), Rajadhani (2011), Kirataka (2011), Drama (2012), Googly (2013), Raja Huli (2013), Gajakesari (2014), Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari (2014), Masterpiece (2015) and K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018). His rise to success has been well documented by the media, and he has been rated one of the popular actors in South India.


Real Name Naveen Kumar Gowda
Nick Name Yash
Profession Actor, Playback Singer
Famous for  Kannada actor
Date of Birth 08-Jan-86
Age(as in 2020) 34 Years
Birth Place Bhuvanahalli, Hassan, Karnataka
Nationality Indian
Home Town Bhuvanahalli, Hassan, Karnataka
School Mahajana High School, Mysore, Karnataka
College/University Not Known
Educational Qualification Not Known
Religion Hindu
Address Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Height 180 cm
Weight 75 kg
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Hobbies Singing
Smokes? Not Known
Drinks Alcohol? Not Known

Birth & Early Life

Naveen Kumar Gowda was born on 8 January 1986. He was born to Kannada speaking community in Bhuvanahalli is a village near by Hassan city Hassan district of Karnataka. His father, Arun Kumar J. worked in the KSRTC transport service, and later in the BMTC transport service as a driver, and his mother, Pushpa latha, is a homemaker. He has a younger sister, Nandini. His childhood days were spent in Mysore, where he did his pre university course (PUC) in Mahajana Education Society (MES), and after finishing his studies, he joined the Benaka drama troupe which was formed by noted dramatist B. V. Karanth.



Yash started his acting career with the teleserial Nanda Gokula directed by Ashok Kashyap, which aired on ETV Kannada. He went on to appear in several other teleserials such as Malebillu and Preeti Illada Mele. He acted in Moggina Manasu directed by Shashank in 2008, where he appeared in a supporting role alongside his Nanda Gokula co-star Radhika Pandit. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film. Yash then starred in lead characters in the films Rocky (2008), Kallara Santhe (2009), Gokula (2009).

In 2010, Yash starred in Modalasala which became his first commercial solo hit. His next film was Rajadhani in 2011, which got good reviews and his performance was critically acclaimed although the film’s return was below average at the box office. The same year, his next film Kirataka was a commercial success. Yash received positive reviews for his performance in the village comedy film. In 2012 Yash had two major releases, Lucky (opposite Ramya) and Jaanu, both of which met with mixed response upon release and became average grossers at the box office. His next film of the same year, the romantic comedy Drama directed by Yograj Bhat was a commercial success. The film was one of the major grossers of 2012.

2013–2016: Success and stardom
In his first release of 2013, Googly, a romance-drama he played a Young and dynamic businessman Sharat who falls for Swati (played by Kriti Kharbanda). Directed by Pavan Wadeyar, the film performed well, and was one among the highest-grossing Kannada films of the year. In 2014, he starred in Gajakesari, which was directed by Krisha, and became commercially successful at the box office.

Yash’s next film Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari opposite Radhika Pandit had its theatrical release on 25 December 2014, and opened to positive reviews and collected an estimated ₹50 crore and went on to become one of the highest grossing Kannada cinema, and which made him one of the highest-paid actors in Sandalwood.Ramachari was a wholesome entertainer which the perfect blend of romance action and comedy.Yash stamped his authority as one of the Superstars of Kannada Film Industry with this film. In 2015, he acted in Masterpiece, which emerged as a commercial hit at the box office.His looks and dialogues in the film were highly appreciated. In 2016, he starred in Santhu Straight Forward which performed fairly well at the box-office by collecting ₹30 crore.

In 2018 he starred in KGF, which was released in Kannada along with dubbed versions in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam, had the highest production budget in the Kannada cinema industry, and emerging as highest Grossing film in Kannada industry, collecting over ₹250 crore.KGF has a cult following among film lovers all across India.The Character Rocky Bhai played by Yash is one of the most loved film characters in recent times.

Favorite things of Yash

Favorite Film Not Known
Favorite TV Show Not Known
Favorite Singer Not Known
Favorite Sport Cricket

Marital Status and More

Marital Status Married
Marriage Date 09-Dec-16
Controversies Not Known
Salary (Approx.)
Net Worth

Social Media Presence


Personal Life


It was speculated in the media that Yash had been in a relationship with actress Radhika for long, and especially after their film, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, that saw them portray the lead pair, and their third time together in films. Before the two disclosed it in public, their engagement took place in Goa on 12 August 2016. They married on 9 December 2016 in a private ceremony in Bangalore, while Yash had openly invited everyone from Karnataka for their reception at Bangalore Palace. Their first child, a baby girl Ayra was born on 2 December 2018.

Other Work

In 2017 Yash along with his actress wife Radhika Pandit founded an organization and named it as Yasho Marga Foundation which marks their contribution towards the betterment of the society. As a first step, the foundation took up the water crisis issue in Koppal district of Karnataka by reportedly investing ₹4 crores towards the desiltation of the lakes and providing pure drinking water to the drought affected areas.

Some Facts about Yash

  • He was cast opposite Kirti Kharbanda in the superhit film Googly which released in the year 2013.
  • Thus far, he has won 3 Best Actor award for his performance in films like Googly, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari and KGF: Chapter 1.
  • He made his feature film debut in 2007 and played a supporting role in the film Jambada Hudugi.
  • In 2009, he won the Filmfare Awards South for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada for the film Moggina Manasu.
  • His film KGF was made with a budget of 80 Crores which is thus far the highest production budget of any Kannada film.
  • He and his wife Radhika Pandit have worked together in 3 films.