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Full Name  Sahaya Sheelan
Relatives  Layendra (brother)
Spouse  Saleena (m. 1993)
Nationality  Indian
Website  Personal website
Siblings  Layendra, Usha Kokila

Other names  Sadhu maharaj
Name  Sadhu Kokila
Children  Suraag, Srujan
Years active  1992–present
Role  Actor
Parents  Natesh, Mangala
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Born  24 March 1966 (age 55), (1966-03-24) Bengaluru
Occupation  Actor, film director, music director,comedian

Similar  Jaggesh, Ganesh (actor), Rangayana Raghu

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Sahaya Sheelan Shadrach (born 24 March 1966) known by his screen name Sadhu Kokila, is an Indian musician, actor, film director and producer, and an occasional screenwriter and lyricist who works in Kannada cinema. Having trained in music at a young age, he is today considered one of India's fastest musical keyboard players. He began his career as a composer before taking to acting in films, appearing mostly in comic roles. He has also directed ten Kannada films, the notable one being Raktha Kanneeru (2003).


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As a composer, he is a two-time recipient of the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Music Director, which he won for Rakshasa (2005) and Inthi Ninna Preethiya (2008). As an actor, he has received multiple nominations and awards in the category of Best Comedian in the South Indian International Movie Awards.

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Early life and career

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Sadhu Kokila was born as Sahaya Sheelan on 24 March 1966 into a Christian family of Natesh and Mangala in Bangalore in the Indian State of Mysore (now Karnataka). He was born to a family of musicians with father being a violinist in a music band of Karnataka Police Department, his mother and sister being playback singers. Sadhu Kokila's brother Layendra is also an actor. Kokila studied in St. Joseph's Indian High School, Bangalore. He was given the stage name Sadhu Kokila by Upendra, He is the best comedian in Kannada film industry, the music director of Sheelan's debut film Shhh!.

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Kokila began his career as a musician after he was taken to musician Kasturi Shankar by his brother. He is also one of the fastest keyboard players in India.

Personal life

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Kokila married Saleena in 1993. They have two children together, Suraag and Srujan.

Awards and nominations

Karnataka State Film Awards
  • 2004–05: Best Music Director: Rakshasa
  • 2007–08: Best Music Director: Inthi Ninna Preethiya
  • South Indian International Movie Awards
  • 2011: Best Comedian: Hudugaru
  • 2012: Best Comedian: Yaare Koogadali
  • 2014: nominated, Best Comedian: Googly
  • 2015: nominated, Best Comedian: Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
  • 2016: nominated, Best Comedian: Ram-Leela
  • IIFA Utsavam
  • 2016: Best Performance In A Comic Role: Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
  • References

    Sadhu Kokila Wikipedia