Rakshit Shetty

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Rakshit Shetty
Born (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 35)[1]
OccupationActor, filmmaker, producer, screenwriter
Years active2009–present

Rakshit Shetty (born 6 June 1983)[1] is an Indian actor, film producer and screenwriter who is best known for his work in Kannada cinema. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, he worked as a software professional for two years before becoming an actor starting in theatre.[2][3]


Rakshit made his acting debut in films in 2010 with Nam Areal Ondina, which didn't garner much popularity or success to him. Later, the romance-comedy Simple Agi Ondh Love Story (2013) proved to be a breakthrough for him before he directed and starred in the crime-drama Ulidavaru Kandanthe in 2014. The film garnered widespread critical acclaim and won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Director's First Time Best Film and the Filmfare Award South for Best Director.[4] The film holds cult status among Kannada audiences.[5] He followed it by starring in Vaastu Prakaara (2015) and the critical success Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016). Shetty achieved further success with the 2016 comedy Kirik Party that he wrote and produced, a critical and commercial success.[6]

Along with directors Pawan Kumar, Anup Bhandari and others, Rakshit Shetty has been credited by the media and in the Kannada cinema circles as having begun a "new wave of filmmaking". Through his career, he has established himself in the Kannada film industry.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Shetty was born on 6 June 1983[1] in Udupi, Karnataka. He did his initial schooling from Udupi and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte, in 2005. He was employed at Symphony in Bangalore for around two years. However, he resigned and followed his calling for a career in cinema.

Personal life[edit]

Shetty met actor Rashmika Mandanna on the sets of Kirik Party in 2016. They began dating and got engaged on 3rd July 2017 in a private ceremony in her hometown Virajpet. The couple mutually broke off their engagement in September 2018, citing compatibility issues.[9]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Title Year Role Director(s) Notes Ref(s)
Nam Areal Ondina 2010 Arvind Arvind Kaushik
Tughlak 2012 Raaghu Arvind Kaushik
Simple Agi Ondh Love Story 2013 Kushaal and Jerrien Suni
Ulidavaru Kandanthe 2014 Richard "Richie" Anthony Himself Also writer, director and lyricist
Bahuparak 2014 Richie Suni Cameo appearance
Vaastu Prakaara 2014 Kubera Yogaraj Bhat
Jaathre 2015 Himself Raviteja Mudigere Cameo appearance
Ricky 2016 Radhakrishna "Ricky" Rishab Shetty
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu 2016 Shiva V. Rao Hemanth Rao Also lyricist [10]
Jigarthanda 2016 Himself Shiva Ganesh Cameo appearance [11]
Kirik Party 2016 Karna Rishab Shetty Also producer, writer and lyricist [12]
Humble Politician Nograj 2018 Saad Khan Producer [13]
Avane Srimannarayana Film has yet to be released 2019 Narayana Sachin Ravi Also producer and writer; filming [14]
777 Charlie Film has yet to be released 2019 Dharma Kiranraj K Also producer; filming [15]

As distributor[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won 13
Nominations 6
Year[a] Category Award Film Result
2015 Best Director Filmfare Awards South Ulidavaru Kandanthe Won[17]
Best Actor Nominated[17]
Best Lyricist Nominated[17]
Director's First Time Best Film Karnataka State Film Awards Won[4]
2017 Best Lyrics KAFTA Awards Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Won[18]
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male IIFA Utsavam Won[19]
Best Film Kirik Party Won[19]
Performance In A Leading Role – Male Won[19]
Best Lyrics Won[19]
Best Story Nominated[19]
Best Family Entertainer Karnataka State Film Awards Won[20]
Best Actor Filmfare Awards South Nominated[21]
Best Lyricist Nominated[21]
Critics Award for Best Actor – South Won[22]
Best Film SIIMA Awards Won[23]
Best Actor Nominated[23]
Entertainer of the Year Won[23]
  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.


  1. ^ a b c "Read about Rakshit Shetty's book of dreams". The Times of India. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Rakshit Shetty is a BE graduate". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Talking Cinema with Rakshit Shetty". themanipaljournal.com. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Rakshit Shetty bagged state award the best debut director award for Ulidavaru Kandante". The Times of India.
  5. ^ Shivakuar, S. (18 February 2016). "A cult classic, and then…". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  6. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (25 February 2017). "Kirik Party does a Mungaru Male". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Is Rakshit Shetty sandalwood's next superstar?". The New Indian Express. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  8. ^ Barua, Richa (4 January 2017). "Rakshit Shetty the storm that rocked Kannada Film Industry". Asianet. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Rashmika Mandanna calls of engagement with Rakshit Shetty". www.indiatoday.com.
  10. ^ Nathan, Archana (3 June 2016). "Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu: Out to steal your heart". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  11. ^ "INTERESTING: Rakshit Shetty Plays A Cameo In Jigarthanda!". Filmibeat. 1 March 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Rakshit Shetty's 2400-km road trip for Kirik party". The New Indian Express. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  13. ^ Sharadhaa, A. (22 November 2017). "Humble Politician Nograj plans a trip to Bollywood". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Pan-India release for Rakshit Shetty's Avane Srimannarayana". The New Indian Express. 8 October 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  15. ^ R., Shilpa Sebastian (30 November 2018). "Rakshit Shetty: the debonair actor". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Mirchi Music Awards (MMA 2011): MMA South Awards Kannada, Listeners Choice Awards by Radio Mirchi Kannada". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  17. ^ a b c "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. filmfare.com. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  18. ^ "#TimesKAFTA: Celebrating film technicians". The Times of India. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  19. ^ a b c d e "'Janatha Garage', 'Kirik Party' bag top honours at IIFA Utsavam 2017". Business Standard. 30 March 2017. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Karnataka State Film Award Winners for 2016 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  21. ^ a b "64th Filmfare South Awards 2017: Here's Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Tamil nomination lists". International Business Times. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  22. ^ "Winners of the 64th Jio Filmfare Awards (South)". Filmfare. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  23. ^ a b c "Kirik Party sweeps 6 awards at SIIMA - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2017-07-07.

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