|Years active 2006–present|
Name Preetham Gubbi
Spouse Sushma K. Rao (m. 2007)
|Born 14 JanuaryKarnataka, India|
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Relatives Gubbi Veeranna (grandfather)
Movies Dil Rangeela, Jaanu, Maleyali Jotheyali, Nam Duniya Nam Style, Johny Mera Naam Pr
Similar People Dhananjay, Ganesh, V Harikrishna, Rangayana Raghu, Yogaraj Bhat
Preetam Gubbi (Kannada: ಪ್ರೀತಮ್ ಗುಬ್ಬಿ) is an Indian film screenwriter turned director who works in Kannada film industry. He made his debut as a script writer for the Blockbuster Kannada film Mungaru Male in 2006. He debuted as a director for the film Haage Summane in 2009.
Preetham is the grand son of the legendary theater artist Gubbi Veeranna. He is considered to be one of the successfully emergent associates of Yogaraj Bhat.
Preetham made his debut with the film Mungaru Male. He wrote the script and co-wrote the screenplay with the director Yograj Bhat. The film had a simple story, that of the love and sacrifice of a young, carefree man. The movie went on to create box office history in the industry. Preetam followed it up with two more simple tales - Geleya, directed by the long-time choreographer Harsha and the Ganesh starrer Aramane. While both did not attain the success of his first film, Preetam won a lot of critical acclaim for his scripts. His films are usually characterized by having a simple, yet relating story line. He has also written the story for his directorial debut, Haage Summane.
Preetam was supposed to have directed the sequel to the hit Mungaaru Male. The film was supposed to have Ganesh and Ramya in the cast, however both leads rejected the script that resulted in the shelving of the project. Preetam then picked up the script of Haage Summane for his debut, he cast relative newcomers as his lead pair - Kiran Srinivas and Suhasi. The technical team - the cinematographer Krishna, the editor Deepu S Kumar, music director Mano Murthy, lyricist Jayant Kaikini were all part of the original Mungaru Male team. The film released on Dec 26, 2008. It opened to a largely negative critical response, that Preetam had served Mungaaru Male again. However, Krishna's cinematography was largely praised and he won the Filmfare Award for the Best Cinematographer.
Undaunted by the commercial failure, Preetam went on to direct his second directorial Maleyali Jotheyali starring Ganesh in the lead in 2009. The film opened to the mixed response and was declared a sleeper hit. His next release was Johny Mera Naam Preethi Mera Kaam starring Duniya Vijay and Ramya in the lead roles. The film was again a sleeper hit in the box-office.
In 2012, Preetham had one release:Jaanu starring Yash and Deepa Sannidhi. The film was declared hit and was one among the top grossers for the year. His next script was based on bromance involving 3 youngsters and their love lives. Preetham cast an entire group of emerging actors including the child-artist turned Radio Jockey, Vinayak Joshi among others. He titled the film as Nam Duniya Nam Style. With this film, Preetham turned himself as producer and produced the venture under the banner name of "Gubbi Talkies".
Preetam admires the popular directors of Bollywood romances, Karan Johar, Yash Chopra and Aditya Chopra.