Upendra is a highly renowned Indian filmmaker, politician, and celebrated actor in the Kannada cinema. He’s having a multitalented personality and besides having brilliant acting skills, he’s also a very good director, scriptwriter, lyricist, and playback singer. Hailing from a middle-class family, Upendra ventured into the film industry as a film director and also worked as an assistant director & Tharle Nanmaga is his first directorial venture. He is one of the highest-paid directors and actors of Kannada Cinema and is also quite popular among the Telugu audience.
Upendra Early Life
Upendra whose full name is Upendra Rao was born on the 18th of September in the year 1968 in Kundapura, Udupi district, the former state of Mysore, India. His parents were Manjunatha Rao and Anusuya who belong to a below-middle class family. He’s the younger son in the family and his elder brother’s name is Sudheendra Rao. During his childhood, he had a serious injury to his eye which resulted in his ability to roll his eyes which he’s showed in many of his films. He completed his degree in the area of commerce from the APS College of Commerce in Bangalore. During his college days, he acted in many plays along with his friends.
Upendra Film Industry Career
Upendra started his film career by working as an assistant director under veteran director Kashinath. He made his first directorial debut through the Kannada film ‘Tharle Nan Maga’ in the year 1992 & this movie went to become a successful hit at the box office and also achieved a cult following.
His second film as a director was ‘Om’ which also became a blockbuster and with two good hits, he then became the most sought-after director of the Kannada film industry. He also made his acting debut in the same film and went on to become and ended up winning the Best Actor Award in his very first film. His next film was titled on his own name ‘Upendra’ and this film also starred the gorgeous Bollywood actress Raveena Tandon and the film was well-received by critics and the audience. He then starred in a film titled ‘Preethse’ alongside Sonali Bendre which happens to be the official Kannada remake of Bollywood film Darr in the year 2000 and was declared a super hit at the box office. Besides acting in the mainstream Kannada films, he also acted in a number of Telugu and Tamil films.
The years 2006 to 2009 were a rough period in his career as most of his films underperformed. He then made a grand comeback with the film ‘Budhivanta and Aishwarya’ starring no other than Deepika Padukon. He’s deemed as one of the best actors and a main pillar of the Kannada film industry and has a huge craze and following among the south film audience.
Upendra married actress Priyanka Trivedi and the couple is blessed with a son named Ayush and a daughter named Aishwarya.