Mahendar is an Indian film director known for his works in Kannada film industry. He is also a politician with the BJP contesting from Kollegal constituency in Karnataka. He debuted in the cinema with Pranayada Pakshigalu and has directed nearly 30 films. He also acted in Gattimela in the lead role under his own direction. Mahendar was married to actress Shruti who had been cast in many of his films. But they got split and he married Yashoda, in 2012.