Sarath Khadri, a former corporate, following his passion, is all set to direct his film Sandalwood Sa Ri Ga Ma - 2013 (Kannada). Sarath, a native of Melkote, Mandya district, is the founder and HR of the Vintage Dreams HR Consultancy. Contrary to the stereotypes, he decided an off-beat career in the film industry. His debut directorial ‘ Mareyalaare’ had to be shelved midway in August 2010, following conflict of interest with the movie hero ' Chetan Kumar', when the latter allegedly wanted to take over the script and change the heroine. Both the films were produced by his wife, Gauri Sarath. Mareyalaare movie is an entertainer with a pinch of romance, written and directed by Sarath Khadri. Na Nina Mareyalaare, the theme song of the film, is well-known for its lyrics. In one of the interviews, we heard him saying that his very first movie project ‘Mareyalaare’ had to be shelved after completing 20% of the schedule due to some internal issues”. This Sandalwood movie is based on a real story which happens in the celluloid world. It’s about a man who quits his job as a techie (corporate) to pursue his dream. The character sketch of the protagonist in the directorial revolves around the real life experiences of Sarath himself.

After working in the Marketing field for a period, Sarath decided to quit to live his dream- filmmaking. Sheer determination and strong willpower propelled his confidence, and he is all set to land up an autobiographic Sandalwood Sa Ri Ga Ma. Having been bounced to altogether a different scenario, the turf hasn't been too much creamy for him. He has witnessed the harsh truth of the industry and the whimsical trends. Unlike others, who did commence their career on a traditional note, he took up the challenge and had vividly showcased the underbelly of the industry through the seamy side of Sandalwood. There's a saying: "Follow your passion. It will lead you to your dreams". It may be justified, since, within a very short span, Sarath has bought the critics praise for his filmography as well as for his acting in films. For sure, he is talented and brave too, having been excelled among his peers, building his top notch consultancy firm and climbing the steep slopes of success in the industry. The movies did reflect his commitment towards work, and he is sure to flourish in the years to come.