Rakshit Shetty

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Rakshit Shetty
Born (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 35)[1]
Udupi, Karnataka, India
Residence Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer
Years active 2009 - Present

Rakshit Shetty (born 6 June 1983)[1] is an Indian actor and filmmaker 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]

Personal 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. Rashmika Mandanna met actor Rakshit Shetty for the first time at the sets of Kirik Party in 2016. They began dating after having worked together; they got engaged on 3rd July 2017 in a private ceremony in her hometown .The couple mutually broke off their engagement during September 2018 citing compatibility issues.Virajpet.[9]


As actor[edit]

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

As director[edit]

As producer[edit]

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[11]
Best Actor Nominated[11]
Best Lyricist Nominated[11]
Director's First Time Best Film Karnataka State Film Awards Won[4]
2017 Best Lyrics KAFTA Awards Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu Won[12]
Performance In A Supporting Role – Male IIFA Utsavam Won[13]
Best Film Kirik Party Won[13]
Performance In A Leading Role – Male Won[13]
Best Lyrics Won[13]
Best Story Nominated[13]
Best Family Entertainer Karnataka State Film Awards Won[14]
Best Actor Filmfare Awards South Nominated[15]
Best Lyricist Nominated[15]
Critics Award for Best Actor – South Won[16]
Best Film SIIMA Awards Won[17]
Best Actor Nominated[17]
Entertainer of the Year Won[17]
  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. ^ "Mirchi Music Awards (MMA 2011): MMA South Awards Kannada, Listeners Choice Awards by Radio Mirchi Kannada". www.radiomirchi.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  11. ^ a b c "Winners of 62nd Britannia Filmfare Awards South". Filmfare. filmfare.com. 27 June 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  12. ^ "#TimesKAFTA: Celebrating film technicians". The Times of India. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Karnataka State Film Award Winners for 2016 - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ "Winners of the 64th Jio Filmfare Awards (South)". Filmfare. 17 June 2017. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  17. ^ 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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