S. K. Bhagavan Wiki, Age, Death, Wife, Family, Biography & More

S. K. Bhagavan


S. K. Bhagavan (1933-2023) was a renowned Indian filmmaker, producer, and actor who worked with B. Dorairaj in directing several Kannada films under the banner Dorai-Bhagavan. On 20 February 2023, S. K. Bhagavan passed away due to old-age ailments.


Srinivas Krishna Iyengar Bhagavan was born on Wednesday, 5 July 1933 (age 89 years; at the time of death) in Bengaluru, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Cancer. He did his schooling at Bangalore High school.

Physical Appearance

Hair Colour: Dark Brown (Semi-bald)

Eye Colour: Light Brown


Parents & Siblings

There is not much information about his family.

Wife & Children

S. K. Bhagavan has two sons and a daughter. One of his sons’ names is Jothinder Bhagwan.

S. K. Bhagavan’s son Jothinder Bhagwan with Jothinder’s wife and daughter


Sahakar Nagar, Bengaluru



Bhagavan paved his way into acting by joining a theatre group, Hirannaiah Mitra Mandali. In 1956, he worked as an assistant director to the Kannada film writer Kanagal Prabhakara Shastry for the film Bhagyodaya. In 1967, he co-directed the Kannada film Rajadurgada Rahasya alongside A. C. Narasimha Murthy.

Poster of the film Rajadurgada Rahasya (1967)

Later, he teamed up with director B. Dorairaj and formed a duo Dorai-Bhagavan. The Dorai-Bhagavan was popularly known for directing many blockbuster Kannada films including Kasturi Nivasa (1971), Eradu Kanasu (1974), Bayaludaari (1977), Chandanada Gombe (1979), Gaalimaatu (1981), Hosa Belaku (1982), and Benkiya Bale (1983).

Poster of the film Benkiya Bale (1983)

The duo also directed James Bond-style films such as Goa Dalli CID 999 (1968), Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 (1969), and Operation Diamond Racket (1978). The duo’s last film was Baalondu Chaduranga (1995), starring Saikumar and Sudharani. In 2019, Bhagavan made his comeback and directed his 50th film ‘Aaduva Gombe,’ starring Sanchari Vijay and Anant Nag.

Poster of the film Aaduva Gombe (2019)


Bhagavan has appeared in several Kannada films including Hosabelaku, Bhagyodaya, Mangalasootra, Vasantha Geetha, Haalu Jenu, Jeevana Chaithra, and Bangalore Mail. In 2016, he was featured in a show titled #BoooMyShow, which premiered on YouTube.

S. K. Bhagavan featured in the show #BoooMyShow (2016)


In 2017, he was conferred with Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award.


In December 2022, he was hospitalized due to old-age ailments. On 20 February 2023, he passed away in Bengaluru.


  • Bhagavan’s directorial debut was Sandhya Raga (1966); however, the film’s direction was officially credited to A. C. Narasimha Murthy.
  • The duo Dorai-Bhagavan directed more than 25 films, most of which starred Dr Rajkumar.

    S. K. Bhagavan and B. Dorairaj

  • After Dorai Raj’s demise in 2000, Bhagavan took a long break from filmmaking.
  • In an interview, Bhagavan revealed that people only recognized him as a director and not as an actor.