Jaggesh is an Indian actor, politician, director, and film producer. He predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. He is the BJP’s spokesperson in Karnataka and was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka in 2022. 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 is Eshwar Gowda Deccan Herald on Sunday, 17 March 1963 (age 60 years; as of 2023) in the 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
Family & Caste
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is 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 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 many films including Deadly Soma (2005).
Jaggesh Shivlingappa follows Hinduism.
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. Later, he appeared in many films including Bhanda Nanna Ganda (1992), Shwetha Gulabi (1985), Hosa Neeru (1986), Narasimha (1989), Neer Dose (2016), and Raghavendra Stores (2023).
Jaggesh Shivlingappa has appeared as a celebrity judge in many comedy shows and hosted several reality shows like Kaiyalli Koti Helbittu Hoderi (2012), Sye to Dance (2017), Comedy Khiladigalu (2016- 2022), Weekend with Ramesh, Khiladi Kutumba (2017), Comedy Khiladigalu Championship (2017), and Kannadada Kanmani (2019).
Jaggesh Shivlingappa has directed two films, Guru in 2012, and Melkote Manja in 2017.
In 2004, Jaggesh Shivlingappa contested his first assembly election from the Turuvekere constituency but lost. In 2008, he contested again from the same constituency and won. During Operation Lotus in 2008, he resigned as an MLA from the Karnataka Legislative Assembly and joined the BJP. He later became a member of the Legislative Council and served as the vice-chairman of the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (K.S.R.T.C.). In the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections, Jaggesh lost the election from the Yeshwanthpur constituency. Hindustan Times
Parimala’s father filed six cases against Jaggesh for Child Marriage
21-year-old Jaggesh got married to Parimala when she was 16. In 1984, 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 Shivlinga tattoo inked on the left side of his chest.
- Jaggesh has got a picture of his mother inked on his left arm.
- 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. TV9 Kannada
He suffered from back pain for many years