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Sudeep Sanjeev

(1971-09-02) 2 September 1971 (age 52)
Other namesDeepu,[1] Kichcha
EducationDayananda Sagar College of Engineering (BE)
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • Television presenter
  • singer
Years active1997–present
Priya Radhakrishna
(m. 2001)

Sudeep Sanjeev (born 2 September 1971),[2][3] also known as Sudeepa or Kichcha Sudeep, is an Indian actor, director, producer, screenwriter, television presenter and singer, who primarily works in Kannada films. He has also worked in Hindi, Telugu and Tamil films. He is one of the highest paid actors of Kannada Cinema and is one of the first Kannada actors to be listed in the Forbes list of top 100 celebrities of India since 2013. He has received several awards including four Filmfare Awards South, one Karnataka State Film Award and one Nandi Award.

Sudeepa began his acting career with a supporting role in Thayavva (1997) and Prathyartha (1999), followed by his breakthrough with a leading role in Sunil Kumar Desai's romance Sparsha (2000). He established himself in the critically acclaimed role in Huchcha (2001). He starred further in several commercially successful films including Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swathi Muthu (2003), My Autograph (2006), No 73, Shanthi Nivasa (2007), Mussanjemaatu (2008), Veera Madakari (2009), Just Maath Maathalli (2010), Vishnuvardhana (2011), Kempe Gowda (2011), the Telugu-Tamil bilingual Eega (2012), Maanikya (2014), Ranna (2015), Kotigobba 2 (2016), Hebbuli (2017), The Villain (2018), Pailwaan (2019), Telugu-Hindi bilingual Rakta Charitra and the Hindi film Dabangg 3 (2019).[4]

He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for three consecutive years for his films Huchcha, Nandhi and Swathi Muthu. Since 2013, he has been hosting the television reality show Bigg Boss Kannada.[5] His performance in the 2001 film, Huchcha, earned him the nickname Kichcha Sudeepa by his fans.

Early life

Sudeepa was born on 2 September 1971 to Sanjeev Manjappa and Saroja in Shimoga in Shimoga district of present-day Karnataka as Sudeep. The family had migrated to Shimoga from Narasimharajapura, Chikmagalur district. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial and production engineering from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore.[2] He represented the college in under-17 cricket.[citation needed] He attended the Roshan Taneja School of Acting in Mumbai, where he overcame his 'shyness'.[6]



Sudeep began his film career in Thayavva (1997). He then played a supporting role in Prathyartha, directed by Sunil Kumar Desai, and a lead role in the same director's Sparsha. In 2001, a role in Huchcha gave him his first big following. In 2008 he made his Bollywood debut in Phoonk.[7] He has also starred in Ram Gopal Varma's movies Rann, Phoonk 2 and Rakta Charitra.

Starting from Veera Parampare (2010), he changed his stage name from Sudeep to Sudeepa per S. Narayan's advice and after the film's success he decided to keep the name.[8] His subsequent films, Kempe Gowda and Vishnuvardhana (2011), also were successes.

Sudeepa made his debut in Telugu cinema in 2012, with S. S. Rajamouli's Eega, a fantasy film in which he portrayed an industrialist who, on falling for an NGO worker (played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu), kills her alleged lover, who begins to haunt him in the form of a housefly. The film and Sudeepa's performance were highly acclaimed.[9]

In 2013, Bachchan and Varadanayaka were released. His next film was a drama titled Maanikya that he also directed, a remake of the Telugu film, Mirchi (2013) which was a huge hit. In 2015 he starred in Ranna, a remake of the Telugu film, Attarintiki Daredi,[10] which again was a blockbuster and played a cameo role as a Persian arms trader in Baahubali: The Beginning, directed by S. S. Rajamouli—the year's highest-grossing film.[11]

He frequently sings in his screen roles, including Vaalee (2001), Chandu (2002), Ranga SSLC (2004), Nalla (2004), #73, Shaanthi Nivaasa (2007), Veera Madakari (2009), Kempe Gowda (2011), Bachchan (2013)[12] and also for others movies such as Mandya to Mumbai (2014), Ring Road Shubha (2014) and Raate (2015).

In 2019, Sudeepa was seen in the Hindi film Dabangg 3 where he played the archenemy of Salman Khan's Chulbul Pandey.[13] He also plays Avuku Raju in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy.

Sudeepa completed his 26 years in film industry.[14]

Sudeepa's next Vikrant Rona, directed by Anup Bhandari, featured Nirup Bhandari and Neetha Ashok.[15] He is also set to play an extended cameo as Bhargav Bakshi in the upcoming Pan India movie Kabzaa starring Upendra.

Director and producer

Sudeepa's directorial debut was My autograph in 2006 which went on to complete 175 days and was a commercial success. From then he has directed many Kannada films like No 73, Shanthi Nivasa, Veera Madakari, Just Maath Mathalli, Kempe Gowda and Maanikya. He also wrote the script for Just Maath Mathalli.[16]

He owns a film production company named Kiccha Creations, which is credited with My Autograph (2006), No 73, Shantinivasa (2007), Jigarthanda (2016), Maanikya (2013), Ambi Ning Vayassayto (2019).[17]


Sudeepa made his TV debut in the serial Premada Kadambari, named after a line in the song Bandhana on Udaya TV. He was roped in to play the main host of the reality show Pyate Hudgeer-Halli Lifu, aired on Suvarna,[18][19] which was an immediate success. Endemol Shine Group's flagship show Big Brother was adapted to Kannada as Bigg Boss Kannada and Sudeepa was the chosen to play the host for the first season which was aired on ETV Kannada.[20] He continued to host the second season on Asianet Suvarna.[21] Colors Kannada (formerly ETV Kannada) regained the rights to the show in 2015 with Sudeepa signing a five-season deal[22][23] to host the show which was estimated to be around 20 crore (equivalent to 30 crore or US$3.6 million in 2023) which was a landmark deal in Kannada television industry.[citation needed]

Personal life

Sudeepa is the captain of Karnataka Bulldozers cricket team that competes in the Celebrity Cricket League.[24]

Sudeepa met Priya Radhakrishna in Bengaluru, in 2000 and they married in 2001.[25] Priya worked in an airline company and then in a bank, prior to their marriage.[26] Their only child, Saanvi, was born in 2004.[27] In 2013, Sudeepa launched Stage 360°, an events management company, that his wife took an active part in.[28] The couple split in September 2015;[29][25][30] they later reconciled[31]

In the media

Sudeepa recording for TeachAids

Sudeepa has been described by the critics as one of the most talented actors in Kannada cinema.[32] He was listed first in the Times 25 Most Desirable Men in Bangalore in 2012.[33] In 2012, he was given a title, "Abhinaya Chakravarthy", by a Kannada organisation, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike.[34]

In 2012, Sudeepa was signed as the Brand Ambassador of Joyalukkas, a Jewellery Retail Chain.[35][36] In 2013, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Bangalore Traffic Police Department and Income Tax Department.[37] In 2014, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Intex Technologies (India) Mobiles & Paragon Footwear.[38]

In 2013, on World AIDS Day, Sudeepa teamed up with Vijay Raghavendra and other actors to record voiceovers for the TeachAids interactive software, developed at Stanford University.[39]

In 2015, Sudeepa appeared in advertisements in the Kannada language for OLX.in, along with the veteran Kannada actor, Anant Nag. He had previously appeared in ads with Sadhu Kokila for the same company.[40]

In 2021, Sudeepa along with other celebrities and billionaires participated in the "Checkmate Covid" charity event for the COVID-19 Pandemic where they played in a chess simultaneous exhibition hosted by former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand.[41] In 2022, he was appointed brand ambassador of Karnataka Animal Husbandry Department's cow adoption programme.[42] On 13 June 2021, Sudeep along with Sajid Nadiadwala and Nikhil Kamath, Chief Information Officer and co-founder of Zerodha, cheated during the online charity event against five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand.[43] Chess.com suspended their accounts for violating fair play.[44]

Humanitarian work

Sudeepa is involved in humanitarian works through his organisation Kiccha Sudeepa Charitable Society. The trust helps underprivileged school children, providing them with uniforms as well as scholarships. The society helped senior Kannada film artists, technicians and others by providing them with necessary help during Covid pandemic who were unable to get work.[45][46]

Political affiliations

On 6 April 2023, at a press conference held in Ashok Hotel, Bangalore, Sudeepa openly declared his support for the then incumbent Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and the BJP in the 2023 Karnataka assembly elections. He stated that he would be campaigning for BJP in all the constituencies that he is told by the Chief Minister.[47]


Awards and nominations


As playback singer

Year[a] Song Film Composer Co-singer(s) Notes Ref.
2001 "O Sona" Vaalee Rajesh Ramanath Hariharan [48]
"Vasantha Maasadalli" P. Unnikrishnan
Anuradha Sriram
2002 "Sontada" Chandu Gurukiran [49]
2003 "Pataisu" Black and White Rajesh Ramanath [50]
2004 "Dove Dove Duniya" Ranga SSLC Sandeep Chowta [51]
"Bhoomi Yake" Raju Ananthaswamy
Shamitha Malnad
"Macha Dove Hodiyod" Nalla Venkat Narayan [52]
2007 "Ondu Olle Kathe" No 73, Shanthi Nivasa Bharadwaj Shiva Rajkumar [53]
2009 "Jinta Tha" Veera Madakari M. M. Keeravani [54]
2011 "Hale Radio" Kempe Gowda Arjun Janya Shamitha Malnad Nominated—Times Film Awards Best Singer Male – Kannada [55]
2013 "Onchuru" Bachchan V. Harikrishna Indu Nagaraj [56]
2014 "Kanasige Koneyilla" Ring Road Vani Harikrishna [57]
"Jodi Hakki" Rhaatee V. Harikrishna [58]
2015 "Damaru Bole" Mandya to Mumbai Charan Raj Charan Raj [59]
"Deola Deola" Sangeetha Katti [60]
2016 "Tiger Tiger" Tiger Arjun Janya [61]
"Huna Huna" Kotigobba 2 D Imman Shashaa Tirupathi, Mc Rude
2017 Hatharike Bappa Re Uppu Huli Khara Juda Sandy
"Ivale Nanna Hudugi" Naa Panta Kano S. Narayan [62]


  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the album was released.


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