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Born Sudeep Sanjeev
(1973-09-02)September 2, 1973
Shivamogga District, Karnataka, India [1]
Residence J.P. Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Other names Kiccha,
Abhinaya Chakravarthy,
Kiccha Sudeep, Stylish Star
Alma mater Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru (B.E. in Mech) [2]
  • actor
  • director
  • playback singer
  • producer
  • script writer
  • television presenter
  • anchor
  • dubbing artist
Years active 1995 – present
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Television Bigg Boss Kannada – Host (2013, 2014)
Pyate Hudgeer Halli Lifeu - Mentor (2010)
Title Abhinaya Chakravarthy (2012) [3]
Spouse(s) Priya Sudeep
Children Saanvi (daughter) (2004 born)
Parents Sarovar Sanjeev Manjappa
Saroja Sanjeev
Awards Filmfare Awards South :
(2001, 2002, 2003, 2012)
Karnataka State Film Awards : (2002-03)
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Sudeep (Kannada: ಸುದೀಪ್) (born 2 September 1973) also known as Kiccha Sudeep is an Indian film actor, director, producer, script writer, playback singer and anchor who hails from Shivamogga District, Karnataka.[1] A traditional Kannada film actor, he has also been noted for his presence in pan-Indian cinema.

Sudeep is known for his roles in the Kannada films Sparsha (1999), Huccha (2001), Dhumm (2002), Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swaathi Mutthu (2003), My Autograph (2006), Mussanje Maathu (2008), Veera Madakari (2009), Just Maath Maathalli (2010), Kempe Gowda (2011), Vishnuvardhana (2011), Bachchan (2013), Maanikya (2014) and Telugu Blockbuster Eega.[4]

He has won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for three consecutive years for his films Huccha (2001), Nandhi (2002) and Swaathi Mutthu (2003). His acting in the negative role in Telugu Blockbuster movie Eega directed by S.S. Rajamouli has made him enter the Tollywood-Telugu and Kollywood-Tamil Industries. His performance was highly appreciated by several critics and celebrities. His Latest movie Manikya is a Block Buster of 2014

Off Late he has been associated with the Kannada version of Bigg Boss

Personal life[edit]

Sudeep was born to Sanjeev Manjappa and Saroja on September 2, 1973 in Shivamogga District, Karnataka. He studied Mechanical Engineering in Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering and is married to Priya and has a daughter named Saanvi.[1] Sudeep was a university level cricket player and also captain of Karnataka Bulldozers (owned by Ashok Kheny) in Celebrity Cricket League.[5]

He also own a production company called Kiccha Creations where he produced some movies. On 25 May 2013 in 12th RCV awards (Raghavendra Chitra Vani) ceremony, veteran actor Aswath Narayan Honored Kiccha Creations Award[6] and on 31 May 2014 in the 13th RCV awards (Raghavendra Chitra Vani) ceremony, senior actor Honnavalli Krishna Honored Kiccha Creations Award by top star Sudeep.[7] He has started a new event management company called TheStage 360.[8]


Main article: Sudeep filmography


Sudeep started his acting career with a TV serial, titled Premada Kadambari and directed by Sudhakar Bhandari, which was aired on Udaya TV. His first movie was Thaayavva (his first two films O Kusuma Bale and Brahma were abandoned mid-filming [9]); he then played a supporting role in the Sunil Kumar Desai directed movie Prathyartha and landed a leading actor role in the same director's Sparsha. In 2001, Sudeep acted in the hit film Huchcha, which gave him his first big following. In the year 2008 he made his debut in Bollywood with the movie Phoonk.[10] He has also starred in Ram Gopal Varma's movies Rann, Phoonk 2 and Rakta Charitra. His movies Kempe Gowda and Vishnuvardhana released in 2011 were blockbusters.[11]

Sudeep with S.S. Rajamouli and Samantha on the sets of Eega.

His acting in the negative role in Telugu movie Eega directed by S.S. Rajamouli has made him enter the Tollywood-Telugu and Kollywood-Tamil Industries. Eega was a record hit at the Box Office. Sudeep played a major role in the movie and his performance was highly appreciated by several critics and celebrities.[12] His Bachchan and Varadanayaka released in 2013 were super hits. His Maanikya released in 2014 was blockbuster. His next movie is Ranna which is a remake of a telugu super hit Attarintiki Daredi starring power star Pawan Kalyan


Sudeep on the sets of Kempe Gowda.

He has also directed Kannada movies and his directorial debut My Autograph . He has directed a few more movies, namely #73 Shaanthi Nivaasa, Veera Madakari, Just Maath Maathalli, Kempe Gowda and Maanikya.[13]


He made his debut in television with Premada Kadambari and also appeared as a mentor in the reality show Pyate Hudgeer-Halli Lifu season 1 which was aired in Asianet Suvarna.[14][15] He was the host for the Kannada version of the reality show Bigg Boss season 1 which aired on ETV Kannada[16] and season 2 on Asianet Suvarna.


He also produced My Autograph which was a huge success in Kannada industry.

Playback singer[edit]

Apart from acting, Sudeep also had a singing career. He sang for his movies Vaalee (2001), Chandu (2002), Ranga SSLC (2004), Nalla (2004), #73, Shaanthi Nivaasa (2007), Veera Madakari (2009), Kempe Gowda (2011), Bachchan (2013) [17] and also for others movies such as Mandya to Mumbai (2014), Ring Road Shubha (2014).

Dubbing artist[edit]

He also worked as dubbing artist for his movie Veera Madakari.


Sudeep at TeachAIDS recording session in Bangalore, India (2013).

Sudeep is considered as one of the most popular actors in Kannada cinema. He was listed 1st in the Times 25 Most Desirable Men in Bangalore for the year 2012.[18] Karnataka Rakshana Vedike (KaRaVe) gave the Abhinaya Chakravarthy title to Sudeep for his contribution to cinema industry in the presence of a large number of fans.[19] He is the highest paid Kannada actor. Sources say that he signed for 6 crore for Tamil movie starring Tamil actor vijay.

Brand Endorsement[edit]

In 2012, he was signed as the Brand Ambassador of Joyalukkas, a Jewellery Retail Chain.[20][21] In 2013, he was appointed as the brand Ambassador for Bangalore Traffic Police Department and Income Tax Department.[22] In 2014, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Intex Technologies (India) Mobiles & Paragon Footwares.[23]

Social Cause[edit]

On the occasion of World AIDS day, Sudeep and Vijay Raghavendra has given voice over for the Teach AIDS animation. It is reported that the animation video Kannada Teach AIDS is a conversation between the doctor and a student is about the prevention of AIDS.[24]


Main article: Sudeep filmography

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "sudeep biography". 
  2. ^ Kiccha Sudeep Kksfa(R). Kiccha Sudeep Kksfa.
  3. ^ Sudeep is 'Abhinaya Chakravarthi'. (2012-06-30).
  4. ^ The Massive Star Cast of Rann. (2008-11-11)
  5. ^ Celebrity Cricket League (CCL)-the Official Website "ccl". 
  6. ^ "Raghavendra Chitravani Awards 2012". 25 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "13th RCV Awards on May 31". May 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Launch of Kannada star Sudeep's event management company Stage 360° at Bangalore". Nov 18, 2013. Retrieved Nov 18, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bramha Faces Trouble". 5 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Phoonk (2008) – IMDb
  11. ^ Six Super Toppers – Kannada Cinema 2011 – Part 1. (2011-12-21).
  12. ^ K Rajani Kanth and Varada Bhat (2012-07-10) Eega 'flies high' at box office. Business Standard.
  13. ^ "Just Math Mathalli is for die-hard romantics". 2010-02-05. Retrieved 2011-03-10. 
  14. ^ "Sudeep to host reality show". May 10, 2010. 
  15. ^ Actor Sudeep to anchor ‘Pyate Hudgeer, Halli Lifu’ on Suvarna. (2010-05-08).
  16. ^ Sudeep to host Bigg Boss Kannada. (2013-02-28).
  17. ^ Sudeep Filmography, Sudeep Movies, Sudeep Films.
  18. ^ Bangalore Times Most Desirable Men 2012 – Top 25 – Times Of India. (2013-05-21).
  19. ^ Sudeepa now Abhinaya Chakravarthy - | Kannada Movies | Latest Kannada Film News, Reviews | Stills, Images, Actress, Actors, Pictures. (2012-06-30).
  20. ^ Joyalukkas India Pvt. Ltd. (2013-05-15).
  21. ^ Sudeep to endorse jewellery brand – Times Of India. (2012-12-15).
  22. ^ Sudeep All Set for the Real Act (2013-12-17)
  23. ^ "Intex targets revenue of Rs 6500 crore by 2016; to focus on south India". 16 Aug 2014. 
  24. ^ Sudeep-Vijay Raghavendra Join Hands For AIDS Awareness (2013-12-03)

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