A Gold Medalist from FTII, Pune, Girish has made 14 films in a career spanning 4 decades. All his films have won national, international and Karnataka state awards.
He has won the President’s Lotus award 17 times and is the only South Indian Film Director and the fourth Indian Director (the other two being Satyajit Ray Mrinal Sen and Buddhadeb Dasgupta) to win the Presidents Golden Lotus Award four times.
His maiden venture Ghatashraddha had the distinction of being shown in Museum of Modern Art, New York and has been voted as one of the 20 best films made in the 100 years of Indian cinema by the Film Critics and Film lovers of India. His 14 films have picked up 25 national awards 45 state awards and 21 international Awards so far, and the President of India has conferred Padmashree to him for his service to Indian Cinema.