Rishab Shetty

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Rishab Shetty
Rishab in 2022
Prashanth Shetty[1]

(1983-07-07) 7 July 1983 (age 40)
Keradi, Kundapura Taluk, Udupi district, Karnataka, India[2]
Alma materVijaya College Jayanagara 4th T Block East, Bengaluru
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • filmmaker
Years active2006–present
Known forKantara
Bell Bottom
Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana
Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale, Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai
Kirik Party
Pragati Shetty
(m. 2017)
  • Y Baskar Shetty (father)
  • Lakshmi Shetty (mother)


Prashanth Shetty,[3] known professionally as Rishab Shetty, is an Indian actor and film maker who primarily works in Kannada cinema. He is known for his critical and commercial blockbuster, Kantara, which he directed and also acted in as the main lead. He is the recipient of several accolades, including the National Film Award for Best Children's Film at the 66th National Film Awards for Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale, Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai(2018).

Early life[edit]

Shetty was born on 7 July 1983 in Kadri neighborhood in Mangaluru City of Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka.[4] He did his schooling from Kundapura in Udupi district, Karnataka and later joined Vijaya College, Bengaluru to pursue B.Com. He started his theatre journey by doing yakshagana plays in Kundapura. He actively participated in plays while studying in Bengaluru. He was appreciated for his work and success in these plays encouraged him to pursue acting as a professional career.[5]

Film career[edit]

After his college, Rishab Shetty worked in several odd jobs like selling water cans, real estate and did hotel work while also parallelly trying his chances in movies.[6][7] While working he also acquired a diploma in film direction from the Government Film and TV Institute in Bangalore.[8] He started working in film industry as a clap boy, spot boy, assistant director etc. He met Rakshit Shetty while working in the industry, they became friends later on.

His first major role was in the movie Tuglak.[9] He played a small role of a police officer in Pawan Kumar's Lucia and then played a key role in the film Ulidavaru Kandante, which was directed by Rakshit Shetty. Then in 2016, his debut directorial movie Ricky starring Rakshit Shetty released which received an average response at the box office. In the same year, he directed Kirik Party, which became an industry hit. After Kirik Party Shetty went on to direct Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale, the movie received a good response from critics and went on to win the National Film Award for Best Children's Film at the 66th National Film Awards.

He debuted as a lead in Bell Bottom (2019 film) which was a wellreceived Kannada movie of 2019. Rishab Shetty's major role after Bell Bottom was of Mangaluru-based Gangster 'Hari' in the film Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana released in the year 2021, the film was a commercial and critical success in which the performance of Rishab Shetty and Raj B. Shetty was widely appreciated by critics.[10]

Kantara and national recognition[edit]

In 2022 Rishab Shetty collaborated with Hombale Films to release the movie Kantara which he directed and starred in. Kantara was the second highest-grossing Kannada movie of all time.[11] Initially released only in the Kannada language and after receiving rave reviews and a massive box office collection, the movie was released in four other Indian languages.[12] The movie garnered nationwide appreciation, with numerous movie critics lauding Shetty's performance as the protagonist. At the 54th IFFI 2023 Kantara won the Silver Peacock - Special Jury Award.[13]


Denotes films that have not yet been released

As actor[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
2012 Tuglak Villain
2013 Attahasa Undercover Cop
Lucia Police Constable
2014 Ulidavaru Kandanthe Raghu
2016 Ricky Radhakrishna's Friend
2018 Sarkari Hi. Pra. Shaale Inspector Kempraju
Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Film director Cameo appearance
2019 Bell Bottom Detective Divakara Debut as lead
Katha Sangama Mentally Disturbed Person
Avane Srimannarayana Cowboy Krishna Cameo appearance
2021 Hero Hero
SriKrishna@gmail.com Police inspector Cameo appearance
Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana Hari [14]
2022 Mishan Impossible Khaleel Telugu film; Cameo appearance [15]
Harikathe Alla Girikathe Giri & Himself
Kantara Shiva & Shiva's father [16]
2023 Hostel Hudugaru Bekagiddare Senior cameo appearance
2024 Kantara: Chapter 1 TBA [17][18]

As director, writer and producer[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Writer Producer
2016 Ricky Yes Yes No Debut as director
Kirik Party Yes Yes No
2018 Sa.Hi.Pra.Shaale Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai Yes Yes Yes
2019 Katha Sangama No No Yes Creative head
2021 Hero No No Yes Co-writer
Pedro No No Yes
2022 Shivamma No No Yes
Kantara Yes Yes No [19]
2023 Laughing Buddha † No No Yes
2024 Vaghachipani † No No Yes
Kantara: Chapter 1 Yes Yes No


Film Award Category Result Ref.
Kirik Party 2016 Karnataka State Film Awards Best Family Entertainer Won [20]
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Director Won [21]
2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Director Nominated [22]
6th SIIMA Awards Best Director Won [23]
Times kafta 2016 Best action Choreography Won
Sa.Hi.Pra.Shaale Kasaragodu, Koduge: Ramanna Rai 66th National Film Awards Best Children's Film Won [24]
2018 Karnataka State Film Awards Best Family Entertainer Won [25]
66th Filmfare Awards South Best Film Nominated [27]
Best Director Nominated
8th SIIMA Awards Best Director Nominated [29]
Best Movie Nominated
Chitra sante cinema awards 2018 Best regional film of the year
Bangalore International Film Festival Kannada Best Entertainment Movie
'Atyuthama Katha Lekhakaru' for sarkari,hi,pa,shale
Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana 10th SIIMA Awards Best Actor Nominated [31]
67th Filmfare Awards South Best Actor Nominated [32]


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  2. ^ "From supplying water cans to acting in 'Bell Bottom': Rishab Shetty speaks to TNM". 21 February 2019.
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  4. ^ "From supplying water cans to acting in 'Bell Bottom': Rishab Shetty speaks to TNM". 21 February 2019.
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  7. ^ "Kantara fame Rishab Shetty on his struggle in the Kannada industry". 21 October 2022.
  8. ^ Sharadhaa, A (16 January 2016). "Making Ricky". The Indian Express. Archived from the original on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
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  10. ^ "If you liked Rishab Shetty in 'Kantara', watch his 7 best and highest-rated movies, per IMDb on ZEE5, Voot and more". GQ India. 20 October 2022. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
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  13. ^ "Winners at IFFI54". Press Information Bureau. 29 November 2023. Retrieved 29 November 2023.
  14. ^ "People will be surprised with my role in 'Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana': Rishab Shetty". The New Indian Express. 16 November 2021. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  15. ^ "My role in 'Mishan Impossible' was done out of friendship: Rishab Shetty". Indian Express. Retrieved 17 March 2022.
  16. ^ "Rishab Shetty's Kantara is about the human versus nature conflict - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Rishab Shetty announces 'Kantara 2' launch in 2024; Says it will be a 'Prequel'. Read more here". The Economic Times. 7 February 2023. ISSN 0013-0389. Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  18. ^ "Exclusive | Rishab Shetty shares update on Kantara 2: 'We will start shooting…'". The Indian Express. 7 July 2023. Retrieved 15 August 2023.
  19. ^ "Rishab Shetty's magnum opus titled 'Kantara'". Deccan Herald. 7 August 2021. Retrieved 7 August 2021.
  20. ^ Karnataka State Film Award Winners for 2016
  21. ^ "64th Filmfare Awards 2017 South: Kirik Party is the big winner of the night". The Times of India.
  22. ^ "IIFA Utsavam 2017 (2016) Kannada Full Show, Nominees & Winners". Updatebro.com. Archived from the original on 28 March 2017. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  23. ^ "SIIMA 2017 Kannada winners list — idlebrain.com news". Idlebrain.
  24. ^ "66th National Film Awards" (PDF) (Press release). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  26. ^ "Karnataka State Film Awards 2018: Raghavendra Rajkumar and Meghana Raj Bag Top Honours". News18. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  27. ^ "Nominations for the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
  28. ^ "Winners of the 66th Filmfare Awards (South) 2019". Filmfare. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  29. ^ SIIMA Awards 2019: Here’s a complete list of nominees
  30. ^ "SIIMA Awards 2019 full winners list". Times Now. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  31. ^ "SIIMA WINNER'S 2022".
  32. ^ "67th Parle Filmfare Awards South 2022 with Kamar Film Factory". Filmfare. Retrieved 18 October 2022.

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