Actor Vimal Karnataki featured in Marathi and Hindi films from the 1950s to the 1970s. Films that he acted in include Bhakt Damaji (1942), Bahirji Naik (1943), Gokul (1946), Galyachi Shapth (1949), Gokulach Raja (1950), Kakvacha Dhani (1951), Gokul Ka Raja (1954), and Nasti Uthathev (1973).
Karnataki featured alongside Shanta Apte, Keshavrao Date, Chittaranjan Kolhatkar, and others in the Datta Dharmadhikari-directed Kakvacha Dhani. In Nasti Uthathev also directed by Datta Dharmadhikari he featured alongside a cast comprising Raja Gosavi, Sarla Yeolekar, Prakash Inamdar, and Mala Sakeshwarkar. His Gokul, produced by Prabhat Film Company Poona, was directed by Vasant Painter and starred Anant Marathe, Sapru, Boot Kashar, Yashwant Sule, Kamla Kotnis, and others. Galyachi Shapth which he acted in was directed by R V Rane and featured Damuanna Malvankar, Kusum Deshpande, and others. His Bahirji Naik was directed by Bhalji Pendharkar and also featured Shanta Jadhav. Bhakt Damaji saw him acting alongside Leela Chandragiri, Lalita Pawar and others. The film was directed by Bhalji Pendharkar.