Rakshit Shetty

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Rakshit Shetty
Born (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 36)[1]
Udupi, India
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer, lyricist
Years active2009–present
Awards1st Award as “Best Director” from Filmfare Awards South for the performances in the movie Ulidavaru Kandanthe

Rakshit Shetty (born 6 June 1983)[1] is an Indian actor, director, 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]

Early life[edit]

Rakshit Shetty was born on 6 June 1983 in Udupi.[1]


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 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]


As Actor

Year Title Role Director Notes
2010 Nam Areal Ond Dina Aravind Aravind Khoushik
2012 Thuglak Thuglak Aravind Khoushik
2013 Simple Agi Ondh Love Story Kushal Simple Suni
2014 Ulidavaru Kandante Richard Antony Rakshit Shetty
Vaastu Prakara Kubera Yograj Bhat
2016 Ricky Ricky Rishab Shetty
Godhi Banna Sadharana Maykattu Shiva Hemanth Rao
Kirik Party Karna Rishab Shetty
2019 Avane Srimannarayana Narayana Sachin Ravi
2020 777 CharlieFilm has yet to be released Dharma Kiran Raj .K Filming
2023 PunyakotiFilm has yet to be released TBA Rakshith Shetty Pre-Production
2025 Thugs of Malgudi Film has yet to be released TBA Rakshith Shetty Scripting

As Producer

Year Title Director Notes
2016 Kirik Party Rishab Shetty
2018 Humble Politician Nograj Saad Khan
2019 Bheema Sena Nala Maharaja Karthik Saragur
2020 777 CharlieFilm has yet to be released Kiran Raj .K Filming

As Writer

Year Title Director Notes
2014 Ulidavaru Kandante Rakshith Shetty
2016 Kirik Party Rishab Shetty
2017 Richie Gautham Ramachandran Remake of Ulidavaru Kandante.
2019 Avane Srimannarayana Sachin Ravi
2020 PunyakotiFilm has yet to be released Rakshith Shetty Pre Production

Cameo Appearances

Year Title Role Director Notes
2014 Bhauparak Richie Suni
2015 Jaathre Himself Raviteja Mudigere
2016 Jigarthanda Himself Shiva Ganesh
2019 Padde Huli Karna Guru Deshpande

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards won 14
Nominations 8
Year[a] Category Award Film Result
2015 Best Director Filmfare Awards South Ulidavaru Kandanthe Won[11]
Best Actor Nominated[11]
Best Lyricist Nominated[11]
Director's First Time Best Film Karnataka State Film Awards Won[4]
Best Filmaker Kannada Behindwoods Gold Medal Won[12]
2017 Best Lyrics KAFTA Awards Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Won[13]
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male IIFA Utsavam Won[14]
Best Film Kirik Party Won[14]
Performance In A Leading Role – Male Won[14]
Best Lyrics Won[14]
Best Story Nominated[14]
Best Family Entertainer Karnataka State Film Awards Won[15]
Best Actor Filmfare Awards South Nominated[16]
Best Lyricist Nominated[16]
Critics Award for Best Actor – South Won[17]
Best Film SIIMA Awards Won[18]
Best Actor Nominated[18]
Entertainer of the Year Won[18]
  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. ^ "Behindwoods Gold Medal".
  10. ^ "Mirchi Music Awards (MMA 2011): MMA South Awards Kannada, Listeners Choice Awards by Radio Mirchi Kannada". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  11. ^ a b c "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. filmfare.com. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. ^ "Behindwoods Gold Medal".
  13. ^ "#TimesKAFTA: Celebrating film technicians". The Times of India. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Karnataka State Film Award Winners for 2016 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ "Winners of the 64th Jio Filmfare Awards (South)". Filmfare. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  18. ^ a b c "Kirik Party sweeps 6 awards at SIIMA - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 July 2017.

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