Jaggesh is an Indian actor, politician, and director. He predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. He is a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha and the spokesperson of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Karnataka. He is known for portraying sharp comical roles in movies like Thrinethra (1990), Ranadheera (1987), Narasimha (1989), and Thothapuri: Chapter 2, Raghavendra Stores (2023). In 40 years of his film career, he has acted in 150 films.
Jaggesh Shivlingappa was born as Eshwar Gowda on Sunday, 17 March 1963 (age 75 years; as of 2023) in Mayasandra village of Tumkur District in Karnataka, India. His zodiac sign is Pisces.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 70 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name was Nanjamma Shivalingappa. There is not much information about his mother. He has an elder sister, Mahadevi, and a younger sister, Dr. Vijayalakshmi.
Wife & Children
On 22 March 1982, Jaggesh got married to Parimala, a health specialist and a motivational speaker. The couple has two sons Gururaj and Yathiraj. Gururaj is five years older than Yathiraj. Yathiraj is a prominent child artist and has acted in 15 movies including Deadly Soma (2005).
Jaggesh Shivlingappa follows Hinduism.
Jaggesh Shivlingappa’s caste is Vokkaliga.
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Jaggesh Shivlingappa started his career with the Kannada film Ibbani Karagithu (1983). For almost 10 years, he worked in several films as a supporting actor. Tharle Nan Maga (1993) directed by Upendra was the first movie in which he worked as a lead actor. Bhanda Nanna Ganda (1992), a Kannada film directed by Raj Kishor was the first film of his film career with the highest gross rate.
- Ibbani Karagithu (1982)
- Sangrama, Ranadheera (1987)
- Bhoomi Thayane, Sangliyana, Ranaranga (1988)
- Yuddha Kaanda Manmatha Raja, Parashuram, Poli Huduga, Raja Yuvaraja, Krishna Nee Kunidaga, Narasimha (1989)
- Ranabheri, Kempu Gulabi, Rani Maharani, Prathap, Challenge, Thrinethra (1990)
- Neer Dose (2016)
- Thothapuri: Chapter 2, Raghavendra Stores (2023)
Jaggesh Shivlingappa was the celebrity judge in the comedy shows and a host in several reality shows.
- Kaiyalli Koti Helbittu Hoderi (2012)
- Comedy Khiladigalu (2016- 2022)
- Weekend with Ramesh, Khiladi Kutumba (2017)
- Comedy Khiladigalu Championship (2017)
- Kannadada Kanmani (2019)
Jaggesh Shivlingappa directed two films, Guru in 2012 and Melkote Manja in 2017.
In 2004, Jaggesh Shivlingappa contested his first Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections from the Turuvekere segment but lost the election. In 2008, he contested again from the same segment and won the elections. During Operation Lotus in 2008, he resigned from the Legislative Assembly and joined the BJP as a member of the Legislative Council as the vice-chairman of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (K.S.R.T.C.). In the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, Jaggesh received the third position with 60,000 votes as the BJP’s candidate from the Yeshwanthpur constituency.
Parimala’s father filed six cases against Jaggesh for Child Marriage
21-year-old Jaggesh married Parimala when she 16. Parimala’s father, who was a politician, filed six cases against Jaggesh for marrying his underage daughter. In an interview, Parimala talked about her marriage and said,
We decided to have a registered marriage then and when I turned 18, to make it official to my parents. So after my lab exams, on the pretext of going for a graduation party, we went to the Registrar Office and got married. I was underage, but the rules were relaxed then and no age proof was required.”
Due to the complaint filed against him, Jaggesh and Parimala had to go through a police inquiry and could not meet each other until Parimala turned 18. Parimala was later shifted to Chennai for further studies by her father.
Unfortunately, a friend who was a witness to our marriage got cold feet and told my parents. My dad was furious and lodged a police complaint against Jaggesh. The police arrested my husband and beat him up. I too was taken to the police station. We had to write a letter stating we wouldn’t contact each other again and only after that, Jaggesh was released. My father had me transferred to a school in Chennai and I had to move immediately. I had to stay in Chennai for a year. There was no contact with my husband during that period. I was not even sure what he was doing and whether he was still in love with me. People thought this would be the end of the Jaggesh love story. As for me, I was sure about him and had no doubts that we could reunite after I turned 18, so I just continued with my daily activities.”
In 2016, Jaggesh Shivlingappa was nominated for the SIIMA Award for Best Actor Kannada – Lead role (Male) for the film Neer Dose (2016).
- Jaggesh has got a picture of his diety, Raya, inked on his right arm.
- Before entering the film industry he changed his name from Eshwar Gowda to Jaggesh Shivlingappa.
- He has earned the name ‘Navarasa Nayaka’ for portraying unique comical roles in Kannada films.
- He was suffering from back pain for many years following which he started receiving his medical treatment in Bengaluru. His pain got serious after he injured his leg during his trek to Kedarnath in 2023. Due to this, his case was shifted from Bengaluru to Delhi. He conveyed the message regarding his health through his social media and said,
I had back issues. I was somehow managing it by opting for exercises for many years. It is when I trekked Kedarnath for five kilometers without slippers that it aggravated, and the weather was 6 degree Celsius. I was not prepared for it, which led to L4L5 compression. I will be resting completely now.”
- Jaggesh is an animal lover and has a pet dog named Surya.