My Father, My Hero

R.N.Jayagopal - Kannada Film Legend

Legendary Kannada film writer and director R.N. Jayagopal – my beloved father – passed away on May 19th, 2008 in Chennai.

He was 72 years old.

He was perfectly healthy – until two months ago. He went from being 100% to 0% – all in a matter of two months.

Dad: All I wanted was to be able to spend some time with you. And talk to you – a lot!

Hopefully we can do that someday – when I see you in heaven.

Until then, have peace knowing that there simply couldn’t have been a greater father than you.

Dad, I will always love you. And I will always miss you. You simply were the very best!

– Ravi Jayagopal
Proud Son of Sri R.N.Jayagopal

17 Replies to “My Father, My Hero”

  1. Hello Sir,
    Its so nice that u have posted such wonderful moments of yours with the your father the legend. Thanks for all your sharings. We also salute the great poet. For sure karnataka has lost one of its greatest gems. What more to add.. you have rightly put it..HE WAS SIMPLY THE BEST ..undoubtedly!!!! Kind regards, Priya.

  2. Hello,

    There are no words express feeling of loss to kannadigas. I have grown up listening to his songs in radio daily at around 2 pm. Kannadigas will be eternally thankful to god for giving us RNJ. His soothing lyrics have healed many minds over the centuries. I have cried literally when i heard the news of RNJ demise. Such legends are born very rarely and wish more great people like RNJ for kannadigas.

    Heartfully yours –

  3. Words just cannot describe the quality of lyrics produced by RN Jayagopal. You are so lucky to
    be his son. The song “Mussanje…” from the recent
    movie Psycho still has the same classic touch.

  4. Ravi,

    It is indeed a great tribute to a great man.

    I was one of the luckiest people to have spent my childhood days with Jayagopal uncle, Lalitha aunty and you. I am yet to come across such an energetic couple with lot of passion in whatever they ventured. Jayagopal Uncle put me on to stage when I was 10 and made me win the Best child artiste in a drama competition. There are several memorable moments in my life which i had spent with Jayagopal Uncle and which are still fresh in my mind. Both your parents were like Godparents to me and I cherish every moment I spent with them. A great soul…… A great personality. It is indeed a personal loss for me and my parents that he is no longer with us today.

    Thank you for creating this blog and giving an opportunity to many of Jayagopal Fans to share their thoughts.

  5. Shekar & Leelashekarll August 12, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Dear Ravi
    You have done a wonderful job in creating a blog about your dear father. Your father was a great family friend of ours for many years. Now we have lost him and we cherish only his memories. He was not only a popular film writer but also a great human being. A friend, philosopher and guideto many of his associates,
    May his soul rest in peace for ever. Shekar @ Leelashekar

  6. It took a while to accept this news. RNJ is no longer, however, his songs are immortal. He has given some of the best classics to the kannada film industry. Songs from the movies like Bandhana, Vij Veera putra, Gejje pooje and many others are matchless. His simple lyrics pregnant with deep meaning have just invaded the hearts of kannadigas since decades. We pray let this poet, actor, director all-in-one proud kannada son be born again to entertain us with his distinctive talent.

  7. Dear Ravi,

    Thanx for creating a blog on your illustrious father who was one of the doyens of kannada Cinema. Could you plz uploda the blog with a list of his songs so that his like me would be really happy.

    With the same hope……..

    Mohan Krishna

  8. @Mohan,

    I’m absolutely planning on publishing a collection of his songs and videos on this web site.

    I’m trying to put together a collection at this time.

    If you (or anyone who is reading this) has a song written by my father, then please email it to me at…

    Ravi at
    (replace the “at” with “@”, and remove the spaces in the middle).

    – Ravi Jayagopal
    Proud Son of RNJ

  9. hello sir

    RN Jayagopal sir was one of the few persons who have inspired me in my life. he was a fantastic person with whatever i have seen him with 8 of years of school in VVV and i am proud to say that i was one of the kannada students in his school in chennai.

  10. hello ravi,

    R n jayagopal sir music is awesome but i have realized lately .And i consider myself to be lucky that i have met him. and i have attended R N J awards function even yesterday i had been to his birthday function which was a grand success.

  11. Roopa C. Sastry October 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    I was listening to one song your father wrote:
    Guttondu Helluve Putaani Makkalle
    It is filled with wise words and I can only imagine how lucky you are to have a father like that.
    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  12. Suresh Bharadwaj January 22, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Dear Ravi,
    Better late than never, I am writing this to you. I am deeply saddened by your father’s death, which was quite unexpected. You may now know this, but we had stayed with your mom and dad way back in 1969 in your house in Madras before you were born. We know them dearly. We pray god for you and your family. I will try to meet your mom when we visit India next time.

  13. Raghavendra Udupa January 5, 2011 at 4:42 am

    RNJ’s songs were different as compared to other stalwarts like Vijayanarasimha, Udayashankar, Ku.Ra.See, b’cos it sounds like more English-inspired poems.. all those songs – manase nagaleke (namma makkalu), kesira kamala songs, Naa mechida Huduga songs, Seeta songs – I like the combination of RNJ and Vijayabhaskar and many more… too good to forget…

  14. He is a legend and his contribution to KFM is immense and no one can forget him.He still lives in the music.

    you should be proud to be his son

  15. I studied the 4-6th standard in vvv shool in chennai. . . . he and his wife was teaching kannada language for only me.

  16. My favorite has been ‘ Nee bandu nintaga’ from Kasturi Nivasa. Miss his songs. I look forward for the collection of lyrics of all songs he penned.

  17. Only today I came to know that RNJ was not only active in Kannada film industry, but also played violin to MS Amma, and also ran a Kannada school in Chennai for 25 years.

    Hats off to you sir.


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