From rags to Riches - Yash! - an epitome of success

Here is the complete inspiring story of our Pan India star Yash

Original Name

KGF star Yash's original name is Naveen Kumar Gowda.

Family and background

He was born in Boovanahalli, a village in the Haasan district of Karnataka. His father worked in KSRTC and later in the BMTC as a driver.

Drama troop

Yash joined the Benaka drama troupe which was formed by dramatist B. V. Karanth.


Yash came to Bengaluru with just Rs. 300.


Prior to films, he acted in theater and played different roles in television soaps.

First movie

Yash made his film debut in 2007 with Jambada Hudugi, playing a supporting role in the film.


In his second film, Moggina Manasu, he played the male lead opposite Radhika Pandit. The film emerged as a commercial success.


Yash starred in many successful films like Googly, Raja Huli, Gajakesari and many more.


Yash is married to Radhika Pandit. The couple, after being together for several years, got married on 9th December 2016.

Pan India recognition

Yash attained pan-India recognition after the massive success of K.G.F: Chapter 1released in the year 2018.


The consecutive success of both films made him the most popular film star in India.


Yash has solely dedicated six long years for just these two movies and never signed any other films.