R.N Jayagopal was a famous Indian lyricist and a film director. He directed a bunch of Kannada movies and wrote lyrics for more than 12,000 songs. Jayagopal was born on17th August 1935, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. His father, R. Nagendra Rao was also a famous Kannada movie director and an actor. He completed his primary education from Bangalore. B.S Raj Iyengar taught him Carnatic music. Jayagopal was good at playing the Violin. His other siblings are all veteran movie directors, actors, and producers.
Jayagopal entered the film industry in the year 1957 as a lyricist. He wrote the lyrics for the song Tribhuvana Janani Jaganmohini in the movie Premada Putri. The song was produced by his father. The song was a huge hit, and then he wrote lyrics for many songs. Apart from being a lyricist, Jayagopal also wrote scripts and dialogues for many Kannada movies. He then changed his career from being a lyricist and became a director. He consecutively directed sevens films which include the famous Avala Antaranga and Kesarina Kamala.
He even won the Best Dialogue awards in the State Awards for the movie Pallavi Anu Pallavia and Namma Makkalu. He also directed many television serials, but he always preferred writing lyrics for Kannada songs. His lyrics were deep and meaningful and were appreciated by most of the listeners. Jayagopal was hugely influenced by some of the famous writers of his times which included
Hunsur Krishnamurthy, Chi. Udaya Shankar, Sorat Aswath, and
Vijaya Narasimha. He wrote his second song for the movie Sathi Savitri in the year 1965.
He achieved success in the year 1972. In 1972, he composed songs for more than four movies which include some of the famous movies like Naa Mechida Huduga, Mareyada Deepavali, and Bangarada Manushya. After that, Jayagopal did not look back. He became the most famous Kannada lyricist of all times. He wrote songs for some of the biggest hit movies of the Kannada cinema namely Sathyam Shivam Sundaram, Pallavi Anu Pallavi, Maathu Tappada Maga,
Anjada Gandu, Lion Jagapathi Rao, and Jeevanadhi. His most recent work as a lyricist was in the movie Gubbi in the year 2010. Jayagopal directed his first movie named Dhoomketu in the year 1968. He also wrote the screenplay, lyrics, and dialogues for the movie. It did not do well at the Kannada Cinema and received mixed critic reviews. In 1972, he directed Naa Mechida Huduga.
The movie was a success and made Jayagopal a successful movie director. His last movie as a director came out in 1987. The movie was Hrudaya Pallavi. The movie did average business and after that, Jayagopal went back to work as a lyricist. Jayagopal won the Best Dialogue Award for the movie Pallavi Anu Pallavi in 1983 and Namma Makkalu in 1969. He died on 19 May 2008 at the age of 72, due to a Cardiac Arrest.