Yash Biography: Age, Net Worth, Siblings, Children, Wife, Nationality, Movies, Parents

Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Yash is a popular Indian actor who has made a name for himself in the Kannada film industry. He is best known for his portrayal of Rocky, a rebellious and ambitious gangster, in the blockbuster K.G.F film series.

He has also starred in several romantic and action films, winning three Filmfare Awards South for his performances.

He is widely admired for his versatile acting skills, charming personality, and philanthropic activities.


  • Full name: Naveen Kumar Gowda
  • Nickname: Yash
  • Date of birth: January 8, 1986
  • Age: 38 years old
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of birth: Bhuvanahalli, Hassan, Karnataka, India
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Actor
  • Height: 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
  • Parents: Arun Kumar Gowda (father), Pushpa (mother)
  • Siblings: Nandini (sister)
  • Spouse: Radhika Pandit (actress)
  • Children: Ayra (daughter), Yatharv (son)
  • Relationship status: Married
  • Net worth: $10 million

Early Life and Education

Yash was born on January 8, 1986, in Bhuvanahalli, a village in Hassan district of Karnataka. He is the eldest son of Arun Kumar Gowda, a bus driver, and Pushpa, a homemaker.

He has a younger sister, Nandini, who is married to a computer engineer. He belongs to the Vokkaliga caste, a prominent farming community in Karnataka.

Yash completed his schooling from Mahajana High School in Mysore. He has been interested in acting and drama since childhood and has participated in many cultural events and stage shows.

He then moved to Bangalore and graduated from K.L.E. College. He joined the Benaka theatre troupe, founded by the renowned playwright and actor B.V. Karanth, and honed his acting skills under the guidance of various mentors.

Personal Life

Yash met Radhika Pandit, a fellow actress, on the sets of the television show Nanda Gokula in 2007. They became good friends and later fell in love.

They worked together in films such as Moggina Manasu, Drama, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, and Santhu Straight Forward.

They engaged in August 2016 and tied the knot in a lavish ceremony in December 2016. They have two children: a daughter named Ayra, born in December 2018, and a son named Yatharv, born in October 2020. They are among the most loved and celebrated couples in the Kannada film industry.


Yash made his film debut in 2007 with Jambada Hudugi, playing a supporting role. He got his first break as a lead actor in Moggina Manasu in 2008, opposite Radhika Pandit.

He played the role of Rahul, a college student who falls in love with a girl from a different caste. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He then appeared in films such as Rocky, Kallara Santhe, Gokula, Thamassu, and Modalasala. In 2013, he established himself as a bankable star with the romantic comedy Googly, in which he played Sharath, a young man confused about his feelings for his friend Swathi, played by Kriti Kharbanda. The film was a huge hit, earning him rave reviews for his comic timing and chemistry with Kriti.

He continued his winning streak with films like Raja Huli, Gajakesari, Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari, Masterpiece, and Santhu Straight Forward. He experimented with different genres and characters, showcasing his versatility and range as an actor.

He also collaborated with some of the best directors and technicians in the industry, such as Prashanth Neel, Pavan Wadeyar, Harsha, and V. Harikrishna.

He achieved pan-India recognition with the period action film K.G.F: Chapter 1 in 2018, directed by Prashanth Neel. He played the role of Rocky, a poor orphan who rises to become a powerful gangster in the gold mines of Kolar.

The film was a massive success, breaking several box office records and becoming the highest-grossing Kannada film ever. It was also dubbed and released in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam, earning him a huge fan following nationwide. For his performance, he won his second Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

He reprised his role as Rocky in the sequel, K.G.F: Chapter 2, released in 2022. The film was also a blockbuster, surpassing the collections of the first part and becoming one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.

It received positive reviews from critics and audiences alike, who praised Yash’s acting, Prashanth Neel’s direction, and the technical aspects of the film. He won his third Filmfare Award for Best Actor for his performance.

He is working on his next film, My Name is Kirataka, directed by Anil Kumar. It is a sequel to his 2011 film Kirataka, in which he played a village boy who falls in love with a city girl. The film is expected to release in 2024.


Yash has won several awards and accolades for his work in films. Some of the notable ones are:

  • Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Kannada for Moggina Manasu in 2008.
  • SIIMA Award for Best Actor – Kannada for Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari in 2014.

Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari received the 2015 IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role—Male—Kannada.

  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for K.G.F: Chapter 1 in 2018.
  • Zee Cine Award for Best Actor – Male (Viewer’s Choice) – Kannada for K.G.F: Chapter 1 in 2019.
  • Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for K.G.F: Chapter 2 in 2022.

Net Worth

Yash is one of the highest-paid actors in the Kannada film industry. According to some reports, he charges around Rs. 15 crore per film.

He also earns from endorsements, brand promotions, and personal appearances. His net worth is estimated to be around $10 million.


Yash has mostly avoided controversies and scandals in his career. However, in 2019, he was involved in a legal dispute with Vijay Kiragandur, the producer of K.G.F: Chapter 2, over the rights and remuneration of the film.

The producer accused Yash of demanding more money and interfering in the creative process of the film.

Yash denied the allegations and said he had a good rapport with the producer and the director, Prashanth Neel. The matter was resolved amicably later, and the film was released without further issues.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @thenameisyash
  • Twitter: @TheNameIsYash


  • Moggina Manasu
  • Googly
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari
  • K.G.F: Chapter 1
  • K.G.F: Chapter 2

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