Poonam Singh

Celebrations are in order as fans and well-wishers have come together on social media to wish superstar Yash a happy 38th birthday.

Renowned for his iconic role in the blockbuster movie KGF, Yash has carved a niche for himself in the South Indian film industry, becoming one of its biggest superstars and highest-paid actors in the Kannada film industry (KFI). His journey, marked by resilience and determination, is an inspiration for many.

Born on January 8, 1986, in Boovanahalli (Karnataka), Yash faced financial struggles during in his early years. Despite initial family opposition, especially from his father, who worked tirelessly as a bus driver to meet the family's aspirations, Yash remained undeterred in his pursuit of his dreams.

Having left his studies midway, Yash faced disapproval from his family when they learned about his aspirations to become an actor.

Advised to keep his dreams a secret to avoid ridicule, Yash persisted, fuelling his desire to enter the film industry.

His journey took a pivotal turn at the age of 16 when he left his hometown for Bengaluru, the heart of the Kannada film industry. Starting as an unpaid assistant director in 2003, Yash faced early setbacks. 

Undeterred, he worked as a backstage assistant in a theatre company, transitioning to become a stand-in actor. His breakthrough came a year later when he landed roles in television soap operas like Uttarayana and Nanda Gokula.

The path to stardom was not without challenges. Over the years, Yash starred in hit films like Googly, Gaja Kesari, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, Masterpiece, and Santhu Straight Forward.

However, it was the two-part movie series KGF (Chapters 1 and 2) directed by Prashanth Neel that catapulted Yash to unparalleled fame. Despite his initial disbelief in the movie's potential success, KGF became a massive hit, garnering national and international acclaim.

Meanwhile, on the work front, Yash will next be seen in Geetu Mohandas's Toxic which was announced recently.  It is being reported that Kareena Kapoor is being considered for the female lead of the movie.