Hemanth M. Rao is an Indian director as well as a screenwriter. He works in Sandalwood which is also known as Kannada cinema. Hemanth was born in Bangalore, India. He did his graduation from Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering located in Bangalore. He was a huge Kannada movies' fan since his childhood. He used to watch movies starring famous faces of Kannada cinema like
Anant Nag, Vishnuvardhan,
Shankar Nag, and Dr. Rajkumar. Soon, his love for cinema turned into his passion; however, it took a few years for him to realize his passion and step into the world of Sandalwood.
At first, he chose Engineering as his career and also did a few different jobs. Later on, he decided to give his passion a chance. Because of his immense love for Kannada films and cinema, he entered the film industry and became an assistant director. His career started as an assistant director in the movie named Gulabi Talkies directed by
Girish Kasaravalli in 2008.
Then, he worked with
Jacob Varghese. He assisted Jacob as an assistant director on few projects such as Savaari in 2009, and Prithvi in 2010. He wanted to go independent after working as an assistant in some films. He became an independent director in 2016 with the release of his directional debut. The name of his directional debut is Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu.
He not only directed Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu but also wrote it. His directorial debut gave him instant fame and popularity. His debut success is a story of an old man who goes missing. This movie highlights the struggles of a son who is trying to find his missing father. Anant Nag played the role of father, and
Rakshit Shetty played the role of the son.
Hemanth Rao is also the founder of Lost and Found Films Production House.