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Sudeep Sanjeev

(1973-09-02) 2 September 1973 (age 46)[1]
Other namesKichcha Sudeep
EducationDayananda Sagar College of Engineering
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • TV presenter
  • singer
Years active1997–Present
Priya Radhakrishna (m. 2001)

Sudeep Sanjeev (born 2 September 1973), better known mononymously as Sudeep or as Kichcha Sudeep, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, television presenter and singer, who primarily works in Kannada language films, in addition to appearances in Telugu, Hindi and Tamil language films.

Sudeep is known for his performances in the Kannada films Sparsha (2000), Huchcha (2001), Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swathi Muthu (2003), My Autograph (2006), No 73, Shanthi Nivasa (2007, also the director), Mussanjemaatu (2008), Veera Madakari (2009), Just Maath Maathalli (2010), Kempe Gowda (2011), the Telugu-Tamil bilingual Eega (2012) and the Hindi film Dabangg 3 (2019).[2]

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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Sudeep was born to Sanjeev Manjappa and Saroja in Shimoga in Shimoga district, Karnataka. The family had migrated to Shimoga from Narasimharajapura. He obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial and production engineering from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore.[4] He represented the college in under-17 and under-19 cricket.[citation needed] He attended the Roshan Taneja School of Acting in Mumbai, where he overcame his 'shyness'.[5]



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.[6] He has also starred in Ram Gopal Varma's movies Rann, Phoonk 2 and Rakta Charitra. They were followed by Kempe Gowda and Vishnuvardhana (2011).

Sudeep 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 Sudeep's performance were highly acclaimed.[7] 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). In 2015 he starred in Ranna, a remake of the Telugu film, Attarintiki Daredi,[8] 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.[9]

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) [10] and also for others movies such as Mandya to Mumbai (2014), Ring Road Shubha (2014) and Raate (2015).

In 2019, Sudeep was seen in the Hindi film Dabangg 3 where he played the archenemy of Salman Khan's Chulbul Pandey.[11]

Director and producer[edit]

He has directed Kannada movies like My Autograph, #73 Shanthi Nivaasa, Veera Madakari, Just Math Mathalli, Kempe Gowda and Maanikya. He also wrote the script for Just Maath Mathalli.[12]

He owns a film production company named Kiccha Creations, which is credited with My Autograph (2006).[13][14]


Sudeep 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,[15][16] which was an immediate success. Endemol Shine Group's flagship show Big Brother was adapted to Kannada as Bigg Boss Kannada and Sudeep was the chosen to play the host for the first season which was aired on ETV Kannada.[17] He continued to host the second season on Asianet Suvarna.[18] Colors Kannada (formerly ETV Kannada) regained the rights to the show in 2015 with Sudeep signing a five-season deal[19][20] to host the show which was estimated to be around 20 crore (equivalent to 24 crore or US$3.4 million in 2019) which was a landmark deal in Kannada television industry.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Sudeep is the captain of Karnataka Bulldozers cricket team that competes in the Celebrity Cricket League.[21]

Sudeep met Priya Radhakrishna in Bengaluru, in 2000 and they married in 2001.[22] Priya worked in an airline company and then in a bank, prior to their marriage.[23] Their only child, Saanvi, was born in 2004.[24] In 2013, Sudeep launched Stage 360°, an events management company, that his wife took an active part in.[25] The couple split in September 2015,[26][22][27] and reconciled[28]

In the media[edit]

Sudeep recording for TeachAIDS

Sudeep has been described by the critics as one of the most talented actors in Kannada cinema.[29] He was listed first in the Times 25 Most Desirable Men in Bangalore in 2012.[30] In 2012, he was given a title, "Abhinaya Chakravarthy", by a Kannada organisation, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike.[31]

In 2012, Sudeep was signed as the Brand Ambassador of Joyalukkas, a Jewellery Retail Chain.[32][33] In 2013, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Bangalore Traffic Police Department and Income Tax Department.[34] In 2014, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Intex Technologies (India) Mobiles & Paragon Footwear.[35]

In 2013, on World AIDS Day, Sudeep teamed up with Vijay Raghavendra and other actors to record voiceovers for the TeachAIDS interactive software, developed at Stanford University.[36]

In 2015, Sudeep appeared in advertisements in the Kannada language for, along with the veteran Kannada actor, Anant Nag. He had previously appeared in ads with Sadhu Kokila for the same company.[37]


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "#BaadshahSudeepBdayCDP: Fans start wishing Kiccha Sudeep in advance - Times of India". The Times of India. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Fame flies for Sudeep". The Hindu. 2 August 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Kichcha Sudeepa (@KicchaSudeep) | Twitter". Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  4. ^ Sudeep (24 April 2016). Weekend with Ramesh Season 2 - Episode 33 - April 23, 2016 - Full Episode (in Kannada). Event occurs at 16:35. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Sudeep Sanjeev – 'Sparsha' of the Kannada film industry". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ Phoonk (2008) at IMDb
  7. ^ K Rajani Kanth and Varada Bhat (10 July 2012) Eega 'flies high' at box office. Business Standard.
  8. ^ Ranna (2015) at IMDb
  9. ^ Here’s why SS Rajamouli ‘Baahubali’ is India’s biggest blockbuster. Indian Express (17 July 2015).
  10. ^ Sudeep Filmography, Sudeep Movies, Sudeep Films.
  11. ^ "Salman Khan Introduces Dabangg 3 Villain Kiccha Sudeep with New Video". News18. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Just Math Mathalli is for die-hard romantics". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  13. ^ My Autograph at IMDb
  14. ^ #73, Shanthi Nivasa at IMDb
  15. ^ "Sudeep to host reality show". 10 May 2010.
  16. ^ Actor Sudeep to anchor ‘Pyate Hudgeer, Halli Lifu’ on Suvarna Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (8 May 2010).
  17. ^ Sudeep to host Bigg Boss Kannada. (28 February 2013).
  18. ^ "Suvarna sets high hopes with Bigg Boss Kannada 2". Indian Television Dot Com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  19. ^ IBTimes. "'Bigg Boss Kannada': Kiccha Sudeep Turns 'Salman Khan of Sandalwood', Gets Record Offer to Host Show on Small Screen". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  20. ^ "OMG! What Is Sudeep's Remuneration To Host Bigg Boss?". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  21. ^ "Karnataka Bulldozers". Celebrity Cricket League. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  22. ^ a b "Sudeep, Priya call it quits after 14 yrs". Bangalore Mirror. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Kerala, Karnataka actors are sidelined in Bollywood: Sudeep". The Hindu. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  24. ^ "Sudeep's going strong at 40!". The Times of India. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  25. ^ "Launch of Kannada star Sudeep's event management company Stage 360° at Bangalore". The Times of India. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  26. ^ "Bengaluru: Actor Sudeep, Priya to end their 14-year marriage". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  27. ^ "Actor Sudeep, Priya to End Their 14-Year Marriage". The New Indian Express. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  28. ^ Murthy, T. N. Vasudev (6 July 2016). "Sudeep-Priya's marriage back on track". Asianet. Archived from the original on 9 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
  29. ^ "Sudeep: Back with My Autograph". Rediff. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  30. ^ "Bangalore Times Most Desirable Men 2012 - Top 25". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Sudeepa now Abhinaya Chakravarthy". Chitraloka. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  32. ^ Joyalukkas India Pvt. Ltd. (15 May 2013).
  33. ^ Sudeep to endorse jewellery brand – Times Of India. (15 December 2012).
  34. ^ Sudeep All Set for the Real Act (17 December 2013)
  35. ^ "Intex targets revenue of Rs 6500 crore by 2016; to focus on south India". 16 August 2014.
  36. ^ A. Sharadhaa (21 November 2013). "For a cause, Sandalwood lends its voice". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  37. ^ "Sudeep teams up with Anant Nag for OLX ad". 3 November 2015.

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