Rakshit Shetty

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Rakshit Shetty
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Shetty in an interview
Rakshit Shetty

(1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 37)[1]
Udupi, India
Alma materNMAM Institute of Technology
  • Filmmaker
  • actor
Years active2009–present

Rakshit Shetty (born 6 June 1983)[1] is an Indian actor and filmmaker who is best known for his work in Kannada cinema. His films are known for urban legends, Indian folklore, nonlinear storylines, extended scenes of dialogue, references to Indian mythology and a wide variety of other films.

Shetty began his career as a Short Filmmaker with films like Let's Kill Gandhi and many unreleased ventures. Most of the Short films were lost during his career as an actor. He then entered into feature films with Nam Areal Ond Dina and Thuglak both directed by Aravind Kaushik. His first mainstream success was 2013 Simple Agi Ondh Love Story.

The success of Simple Agi Ondh Love Story made director and producer Simple Suni to invest in Shetty's first directorial Ulidavaru Kandanthe (2014). The movie was a moderate hit at the box office but later gained cult-following. The movie was praised for its regional authenticity in depicting Udupi and its people. The movie also paid homage to many of Tarantino's films including Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill, also referring to classics like Scarface and Sholay.

After a gap of 2 years from writing he came back with 2016 college comedy film Kirik Party which created sensation at the box office. Portrayal of Indian colleges in a very subtle and humorous way attained critical acclaim. The soundtrack of the film crossed millions of views in YouTube. He also received a lot of accolades including Karnataka State Film Award.

Early life[edit]

Shetty was born on 6 June 1983 in Udupi in a Tulu-speaking Bunt Tuluva Hindu family.[1] He completed his schooling at his hometown. During his schooling days he was an avid Huli Kunitha dancer, a folk dance in the Coastal Karnataka. This made him provide a major role for the dancers in his 2014 film Ulidavaru Kandanthe. Then studied engineering at N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, Nitte, Udupi. After graduating, he worked as a software professional for two years before becoming an actor starting in theatre.[2][3]


Shetty made his acting debut in films in 2010 with Nam Areal Ond Dina, which didn't garner much popularity or success to him. Later, the romance-comedy 2013 film Simple Agi Ondh Love Story, 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 college drama 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]

Personal life[edit]

Shetty began dating his costar Rashmika Mandanna during making of Kirik Party, and the couple got engaged on 3 July 2017 in a private ceremony in her hometown of Virajpet.[9] The couple mutually broke off their engagement in September 2018, citing compatibility issues.[10]


As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Nam Areal Ond Dina Aravind
2012 Thuglak Raaghu
2013 Simple Agi Ondh Love Story Kushal
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe Richard Anthony
Bahuparak Richie Cameo appearance
2015 Vaastu Prakaara Kubera
Jaathre Himself Cameo appearance
2016 Ricky Ricky
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Shiva
Jigarthanda Himself Cameo appearance
Kirik Party Karna
2019 Padde Huli Karna Cameo appearance
Avane Srimannarayana Narayana
2021 777 Charlie Film has yet to be released Dharma Filming[11]
Sapta Sagaradaache ElloFilm has yet to be released Manu Filming[12]


As director and producer[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe Yes No Yes
2016 Kirik Party No Yes Yes
2018 Humble Politician Nograj No Yes No
2018 Katheyondu Shuruvagide No Yes No
2020 Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja No Yes No Amazon Prime film
2021 Ramarjuna No Yes No
2021 777 Charlie Film has yet to be released No Yes No Filming
TBA PunyakotiFilm has yet to be released Yes Yes Yes Pre-Production
TBA RichieFilm has yet to be released No Yes No

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won 13
Nominations 19
Year[a] Film Award Category Result Ref.
2015 Ulidavaru Kandanthe 62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Director Won [16]
Best Actor Nominated
Best Lyricist Nominated
2014 Karnataka State Film Awards Director's First Time Best Film Won [4]
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Filmaker Kannada Won [17]
2017 Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu KAFTA Awards Best Lyrics Won [18]
IIFA Utsavam Performance In A Supporting Role – Male Won [19]
Kirik Party Best Film Won
Performance In A Leading Role – Male Won
Best Lyrics Won
Best Story Nominated
2016 Karnataka State Film Awards Best Family Entertainer Won [20]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Nominated [21][22]
Best Lyricist Nominated
Critics Award for Best Actor – South Won
6th SIIMA Awards Best Film Won [23]
Best Actor Nominated
Entertainer of the Year Won
  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.


  1. ^ a b c "Read about Rakshit Shetty's books 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. ^ "Rakshit, Rashmika get engaged in Virajpet". Deccan Herald. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Rashmika Mandanna calls of engagement with Rakshit Shetty". www.indiatoday.com.
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  14. ^ "Behindwoods Gold Medal".
  15. ^ "Mirchi Music Awards (MMA 2011): MMA South Awards Kannada, Listeners Choice Awards by Radio Mirchi Kannada". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. filmfare.com. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  17. ^ "Behindwoods Gold Medal".
  18. ^ "#TimesKAFTA: Celebrating film technicians". The Times of India. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  19. ^ "'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. ^ "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. ^ "Kirik Party sweeps 6 awards at SIIMA - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2017.

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