Rakshit Shetty

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Rakshit Shetty
Rakshit Shetty

(1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 40)
Alma materNMAM Institute of Technology
  • Filmmaker
  • actor
  • Producer
Years active2010–present
OrganizationParamvah Studios

Rakshit Shetty (born 6 June 1983)[1] is an Indian actor and filmmaker working predominantly in Kannada cinema. He is the recipient of one National Film Award, two Filmfare Awards South, two Karnataka State Film Awards and five SIIMA Awards. He debuted with the film Namm Areal Ond Dina (2010) and got his breakthrough in the cult Blockbuster Ulidavaru Kandanthe (2014) and further established himself as a lead actor in Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2015), Kirik Party (2016), Avane Srimannarayana (2019), 777 Charlie (2021), and Sapta Saagaradaache Ello – Side A (2023), with 777 Charlie becoming the highest-grossing film of his career.[2]

Shetty is widely regarded as "Simple Star" for his style of filmmaking.[3] He owns the production and distribution company named Paramvah Studios.

Early life[edit]

Shetty was born in Udupi on 6 June 1983 in a Tulu-speaking Bunt family.[1][4][5] He completed his schooling at his hometown. During his schooling days he was an avid Pili Nalike dancer, a folk dance in the Tulu Nadu region.[6]

This made him provide a major role for the dancers in his 2014 film Ulidavaru Kandanthe.[7] Before starting his movie career, he completed his bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications engineering at N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, Nitte, Karkala. After graduating, he worked as a software professional for two years before becoming an actor starting in theatre.[8][9]


Debut and breakthrough (2010-2015)[edit]

Shetty made his acting debut as a parallel lead with Nam Areal Ond Dina (2010) directed by Aravind Kaushik. The film starred debutants Anish Tejeshwar and Meghana Gaonkar in lead roles. Though the filming was commenced in 2008, the film underwent several struggles and huddles and released in July 2010.[10] Though critics acclaimed the film for its non-linear narration, it didn't garner much popularity or success to Shetty.[11] Following this debut, Shetty again collaborated with Aravind Kaushik and Meghana Gaonkar in his next release, Tuglak (2012). He essayed the role of Raaghu, an angry young man and garnered positive reviews from critics for his performance. However, the film was criticized for its screenplay and direction.[12] The film also had actor Rishab Shetty in a pivotal role.

Shetty's big breakthrough came with the romance-comedy film Simple Agi Ondh Love Story (2013) directed by Simple Suni and co-starred Shwetha Srivatsav. The film turned out to be a major box-office success and also got critical acclaim.[13] The film's success gave stardom to Shetty and he was fondly called as "Simple Star" and director Sunil Kumar being called "Simple Suni".[14] Following this success, Shetty debuted as a director and screenwriter neo-noir gangster film Ulidavaru Kandanthe (2014). The film was the first in Kannada to be shot entirely in sync sound technology. Upon release, the movie was praised for its regional authenticity in depicting Tulu Nadu and its people. Shetty won multiple awards including Karnataka State Film Award for Director's First Time Best Film and Filmfare Award South for Best Director for his direction[15][16] The film holds a cult following, and thus has become a part of new-age generation Kannada cinema.[17] Following this, in the same year Shetty did a cameo role in Suni's directorial Bahuparak with Srinagar Kitty in the lead role.[18]

Critical acclaim and continued success (2015-present)[edit]

Shetty began the year 2015 by coming out of his friends' circle and teaming up with the popular commercial director Yogaraj Bhat for the satire comedy film Vaastu Prakaara co-starring Jaggesh.[19] Following this, Shetty appeared in a cameo as himself in the film Jaathre.

In 2016, Shetty played the title role in the romantic thriller Ricky, a directorial debut film of his friend Rishab Shetty. The film was a commercial success and Shetty was appreciated for his powerful performance. This was followed by the critical success Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016). Shetty achieved further success with the 2016 college drama Kirik Party which he wrote and produced, it was a critical and commercial success.[20] In 2022, Shetty was seen in 777 Charlie, with his co-star, Charlie, a Labrador; Shetty produced 777 Charlie with the direction of Kiranraj K, under Paramvah Studios and opposite with Sangeetha Sringeri .[a] It was released on the 10th of June, 2022. The shooting process of this film took more than five years. The film focuses on the relationship between pets and pet lovers.[21] In 2023, he starred in Sapta Sagaradaache Ello directed by Hemanth Rao and co-starred Rukmini Vasanth. The film was split into two parts with separate release dates.


Directors Pawan Kumar, Anup Bhandari, Prashanth Neel, Hemanth M. Rao, Manjunatha Somashekara Reddy (Mansore), Rishab Shetty, and Raj B. Shetty along with Rakshit have been credited by the media and in the Kannada film industry as having begun the new wave of filmmaking. Through his unconventional body of works, he has established himself as one of the prominent film makers in the Kannada film industry.[22][23]

Personal life[edit]

Shetty began dating his co-star Rashmika Mandanna during the making of Kirik Party, and the couple got engaged on July 3, 2017 in a private ceremony in her hometown of Virajpet.[24] The couple mutually broke off their engagement in September 2018, citing compatibility issues.[25]


Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2010 Nam Areal Ond Dina Aravind
2012 Tuglak Raaghu
2013 Simple Agi Ondh Love Story Kushal
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe Richard "Richie" Anthony
Bahuparak Richie Cameo
2015 Vaastu Prakaara Kubera
Jaathre Himself Guest appearance
2016 Ricky Ricky
Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Shiva
Jigarthanda Himself Guest appearance
Kirik Party Karna
2019 Padde Huli Karna Cameo
Avane Srimannarayana Inspector Narayana
2022 777 Charlie Dharmaraj "Dharma" Dattana
2023 Vasantha Kokila Bharath Kannada version, guest appearance
Sapta Saagaradaache Ello - Side A Manu
Sapta Saagaradaache Ello - Side B
2024 Richard Anthony: Lord of the Sea Richard "Richie" Anthony Sequel of Ulidavaru Kandanthe

also Director


Other crew positions[edit]

Year Title Director Producer Writer Lyricist Presenter Notes
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe Yes No Yes Yes No
2016 Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu No No No Yes No
Kirik Party No Yes Yes Yes No
2018 Humble Politician Nograj No Yes No No No
Katheyondu Shuruvagide No Yes No No No
2019 Avane Srimannarayana No Yes Yes No No
2020 Bheemasena Nalamaharaja No Yes No No No
2021 Ramarjuna No Yes No No No
Garuda Gamana Vrishbha Vahana No No No No Yes
2022 Sakutumba Sametha No Yes No No No
777 Charlie No Yes No No No
Gargi No No No No Yes
2023 Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare No No No No Yes
Sapta Saagaradaache Ello - Side A No Yes No No No
Sapta Saagaradaache Ello - Side B No Yes No Yes No
2024 Bachelor Party No Yes No No No
2025 Richard Antony: Lord of the Sea Yes No Yes Yes No

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won 17
Nominations 24
Year[b] Film Award Category Result Ref.
2015 Ulidavaru Kandanthe 62nd Filmfare Awards South Best Director Won [28]
Best Actor Nominated
Best Lyricist Nominated
2014 Karnataka State Film Awards Director's First Time Best Film Won [16]
Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Filmmaker Kannada Won [26]
2017 Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu KAFTA Awards Best Lyrics Won [29]
IIFA Utsavam Performance In A Supporting Role – Male Won [30]
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 [31]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Nominated [32][33]
Best Lyricist Nominated
Critics Award for Best Actor – South Won
6th SIIMA Awards Best Film Won [34]
Best Actor Nominated
Entertainer of the Year Won
2021 Avane Srimannarayana 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film Nominated [35]
Best Actor Nominated
Critic's choice Best Actor Won
2022 777 Charlie 69th National Film Awards Best Regional Film Award- Kannada Won
SIIMA Awards 2023 Best Feature Film Won [37]
Special Award - Best Actor Won


  1. ^ Rakshit Shetty established Bangalore Based VFX studio called "Pinaka Studios". /@pinakastudios.com
  2. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.


  1. ^ a b "Read about Rakshit Shetty's books of dreams". The Times of India. 27 January 2015. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Kantara box office: Rishab Shetty's film is 6th biggest Kannada movie ever. See who else in on the list". Hindustan Times. 15 October 2022. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  3. ^ Raghuraman, Shreyas (22 January 2023). "Stars jump borders for South blitz". thefederal.com. Retrieved 19 August 2023.
  4. ^ "Bunts Premiere League cricket tourney from May 24". The Times of India. TNN. 22 May 2019. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Rakshit Shetty, Pruthvi Ambaar, and others pursue Tulu's inclusion in the eighth schedule". The Times of India. 14 June 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2021.
  6. ^ Mangalorean, Violet Pereira, Mangaluru Team (11 October 2016). "Incredible stunts at 'Pili Nalike 3', Polali Tigers Emerge Winners". Mangalorean.com. Retrieved 15 November 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ R, SHILPA SEBASTIAN (19 February 2018). "Rakshit Shetty reveals how he directed Ulidavaru Kandante". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Rakshit Shetty is a BE graduate". The Times of India. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Talking Cinema with Rakshit Shetty". themanipaljournal.com. 26 August 2014. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  10. ^ "This Day That Year: 'Nam Areali Ondina' was released in 2010, introducing Meghana Gaonkar to Sandalwood; actress reminisces the days". The Times of India. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  11. ^ "Nam Areal Ondina: Fast but not furious". Bangalore Mirror. 23 July 2010. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  12. ^ "Review: Tughlaq is not engaging enough - Rediff.com". Rediff.com. 13 February 2012. Retrieved 13 February 2012.
  13. ^ "10 years of 'Simple Agi Ondh Love Story': A film that gave birth to three stars in Sandalwood". Rediff.com. 8 March 2023. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  14. ^ "Rakshit Shetty completes 10 years in Sandalwood; fellow celebrities wish the actor on the occasion". Rediff.com. 23 July 2020. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Ulidavaru Kandante clinches three awards". Times of India. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Rakshit Shetty bagged state award the best debut director award for Ulidavaru Kandante". The Times of India. 24 January 2017.
  17. ^ Shivakuar, S. (18 February 2016). "A cult classic, and then…". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Bahuparak begins shoot". The Times of India. 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Rakshit Shetty: I am scared to act in Yograj Bhat's film". Bangalore Mirror. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  20. ^ Khajane, Muralidhara (25 February 2017). "Kirik Party does a Mungaru Male". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  21. ^ Anandraj, Shilpa (29 July 2022). "Rakshit Shetty takes a 'paws' with 777 Charlie". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  22. ^ "Is Rakshit Shetty sandalwood's next superstar?". The New Indian Express. 3 January 2017. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  23. ^ Barua, Richa (4 January 2017). "Rakshit Shetty the storm that rocked Kannada Film Industry". Asianet. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Rakshit, Rashmika get engaged in Virajpet". Deccan Herald. 4 July 2017. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  25. ^ "Rashmika Mandanna calls of engagement with Rakshit Shetty". www.indiatoday.com.
  26. ^ a b "Behindwoods Gold Medals 2014,2015 - Film Awards for best movies, actors and technicians - Chennai". Behindwoods.
  27. ^ "Mirchi Music Awards (MMA 2011): MMA South Awards Kannada, Listeners Choice Awards by Radio Mirchi Kannada". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  28. ^ "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. filmfare.com. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  29. ^ "#TimesKAFTA: Celebrating film technicians". The Times of India. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  30. ^ "'Janatha Garage', 'Kirik Party' bag top honours at IIFA Utsavam 2017". Business Standard India. 30 March 2017. Archived from the original on 30 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  31. ^ "Karnataka State Film Award Winners for 2016". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  32. ^ "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.
  33. ^ "Winners of the 64th Jio Filmfare Awards (South)". Filmfare. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  34. ^ "Kirik Party sweeps 6 awards at SIIMA". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  35. ^ "The 9th South Indian International Movie Awards Nominations for 2019". South Indian International Movie Awards. Archived from the original on 28 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  36. ^ "SIIMA 2020: Check Out Full Winners' List". ibtimes. Retrieved 20 September 2021.
  37. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2023: Rakshit shetty's '777 Charlie' is best film". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 September 2023.

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