Chakravarthy Chandrachud is an Indian writer, journalist, director, and actor. In 2021, he participated as a wild card contestant in the TV reality show “Bigg Boss Kannada 8.”
Chakravarthy Chandrachud was born on Tuesday, 15 August 1978 (age 42 years; as of 2020) in Devanur, Chikmagalur District, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Leo. He studied B.E. in Instrumentation Technology at Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in Mysore, Karnataka. Later, he did M.A. in Psychology at the University of Mysore.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
He was born in a Vishwakarma Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
There is not much information about his parents.
Relationships, Wife & Children
Earlier, he was married to Manjula, and the couple has a daughter named Chukki. In 2013, he got married to the South Indian actress and politician Shruthi in Kollur, Udupi. Shruthi is famous for winning the TV reality show ‘Big Boss Kannada 3.’ She was divorced from her first husband S. Mahendar at that time, and the couple has a daughter Gowri. In an interview, Chandrachud talked about getting married to Shruthi, he said,
I’ve known Shruthi for over 25 years. We’re from the same taluk in Hassan, we’re both Vishwakarma and our mothers are related. But it is not these similarities that got us together. We are soulmates.”
Within a year, troubles brewed between the duo when Chandrachud’s first wife Manjula revealed in the media that without getting divorced from her, Chandrachud got married to Shruthi. After considering the whole matter, even Shruthi decided to support Manjula. Later, in the court, Chandrachud’s second marriage was considered null and void, and Shruthi got separated from Chandrachud.
As a Journalist
At the beginning of his career, he worked as a journalist for the weekly Kannada newspaper ‘Lankesh Patrike.’
As an Actor and Director
Chakravarthy has worked as a director and writer for many Kannada films like ‘Janma’ (2013). He has acted in various Kannada films including ‘Ranganayaki’ (2019) and ‘Melobba Maayaavi’ (2020). In 2021, he participated in the TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss Kannada 8’ as a wild card contestant.
As a Social Activist
Since his college days, he was attracted to the social work of the Indian water conservationist and environmentalist Rajendra Singh. He then studied the work history of the social activists Rajendra Singh and Anna Hazare. Thereafter, he followed the footsteps of Rajendra Singh for his contribution towards water conservation. Later, he published his first book ‘Jala Jana Kranti’ in Kannada, to promote water conservation in Karnataka. His book received great appreciation and was well received by the readers. In 2014, he published his second book ‘Khali Shilube’ (Empty Cross) followed by his two other poetry books ‘Mailu Tutta’ and ‘Saava Kolluvavarige Shikshe Illa.’ In 2017, he released a documentary “Mahamarana” which is based on the Kalasa Banduri Issue (dispute over the distribution of Mandovi river’s water). He has also conducted many social events through his organization Darvesh Chauki.
In 2014, post his separation from his second wife, Shruthi, he was accused of spying on her. While talking to the reporters, in an interview, Shruthi said,
The problem began when I found out that my maid Shobha was spying on me for Chandrachud. He employed her during the time I got busy with elections. After I returned from campaigning, I found out that Shobha was reporting everything that happened in my house to Chandrachud. I should have immediately complained against her, but she pleaded with me so I didn’t complain, but I did sack her.”
Talking further about Chakravarthy Chandrachud, she said,
Soon, Chandrachud rented a house right opposite mine and began harassing me and my daughter. He would come home drunk every night and ask me to open the door; he threatened to scream and create a fuss if I didn’t speak to him. He would even follow my daughter to her school bus stop and harass her. Living in our own house got difficult for us as Chandrachud always kept track of what we were doing. He, along with his journalist friends, would chat and smoke in front of my house till after midnight. He would often say, ‘I will ensure that bad things are written about you,’ but I ignored this as I didn’t think that he was serious. A month and a half after removing my maid, I got to know that she filed a complaint against me, claiming that I had hit her and that I locked her daughter in a room.”
- He is popularly known as D J Chakravarthy Chandrachud.
- While in college, he was an active member of the student unions DYFI and SFI.
- Chakravarthy is a fitness freak and regularly works out in the gym.
- Chakravarthy Chandrachud owns a Skoda Laura car.
- He loves to play the flute in his leisure time.
- He is an animal lover and has a pet dog.
- Chakravarthy Chandrachud follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- In 2017, he was investigated in the murder case of the senior journalist and activist Gauri Lankesh.
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