Indrajit Lankesh is an Indian filmmaker, producer, and director of Kannada, Telugu and Hindi films. He is also the publisher of the weekly Kannada tabloid Lankesh Patrike. He is the son of iconic writer, journalist and film maker P. Lankesh.
Currently, Indrajit Lankesh is part of Majaa Talkies, a Kannada sketch comedy show as permanent celebrity guest.
Born in Shimoga, Indrajit was raised in Bangalore. He did his schooling at Kumarans and College in St. Joseph College Bangalore.
Indrajit played cricket for Karnataka State Junior Level and South Zone Junior level, moving on to represent 1st division Karnataka League. They were champions then. Indrajit excelled at his sports and was awarded the Best Wicket Keeper Award by C Nagaraj -the then Secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association.
He as a sportsman and son of an iconic writer, journalist P Lankesh, started a Kannada sports weekly –All Rounder. It grew to be the highest selling Sports Weekly in Karnataka with a readership of 5 lakhs.Later in 92-93 he joined Lankesh Patrike as its Sub Editor; For which he is the Publisher and Managing Editor till date.
Lankesh comes from a prominent family of journalists and media publishers. His father P. Lankesh founded the highly successful weekly tabloid Lankesh Patrike. His sister Kavita Lankesh is an acclaimed film maker and his other sister Gauri Lankesh was the chief editor of the tabloid.
Lankesh began his career as a director in 2001. His debut film, Thuntata, was an Aniruddh - Rekha Vedavyas- Chaya Singh starrer, which won him the V. Shantaram Award for Best Debutant Director, along with the Shankarnag Award for the same. Following the success of Thuntata, Lankesh came up with a real life incident based film Lankesh Patrike. Darshan and singer-turned-actor Vasundhara Das featured in this film.
In 2004, Lankesh directed the film Monalisa starring Dhyan and Sadha in the lead roles. This film brought him to the limelight again and he received the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Director and Best Film. Monalisa had a successful run of 25 weeks across karnataka. The film was one of the first Kannada films to be screened in the Multiplexes. The film 'Monalisa' also had a rare distinction of being dubbed in all south indian languages.
In 2006, he directed the film Aishwarya starring Upendra in the lead. This was the debut film for the Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone. The film opened to full houses, and Lankesh won the Filmfare Award for Best Director.
Lankesh then went on to direct the commercial potboiler Huduga Hudugi, with Dhyan in the lead role. Actresses Sadha and Ileana made special appearances in the same film. In 2012, Lankesh’s Diganth and Charmee Kaur starrer, Dev Son of Mudde Gowda released to mostly mixed reviews from the audience and critics alike.
In 2015 Lankesh directed Luv U Alia starring V. Ravichandran, Bhumika Chawla, Sunny leone and Chandan.