Actor, Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Lyricist,Singer and Great 'Philosopher' Upendra was born on 18 September 1967 in Koteshwara near Kundapura, Udupi district of Karnataka to to Manjunatha Rao and Anusuya. He has elder brother name Sudheendra Rao. He get his Bachelor of Commerce degree from APS College of Commerce, Bangalore.
He started his film career as a writer and an assistant director under director Kashinath. His first directorial venture was Tharle Nan Maga (1992), next he directed a horror suspense thriller called Shhh! in 1993.
Upendra's next venture was a gangster film called Om which was released in 1995 starring Shivrajkumar and had a message of peace. Om became a blockbuster, and went on to be one of the biggest grossing Kannada films of its time and made news at National Level. Upendra became an overnight star director. After he was directed and acted himself successful project like A ( a revolutionary film about exploring deeper meanings of love), Upendra ( a psychological thriller that explored the nuances of ego).
He achived many more awards as a director and actor like Filmfare Award, Karnataka State Film Awards,Suvarna Film Awards,South Indian International Movie Awards,Udaya Film Awards.
Upendra (Uppi) married former Miss Kolkata Priyanka Trivedi on 14th December 2003 who met him first on the sets of south language film Raa and then on the sets of H2O and the couple have two children son named Ayush Upendra and daughter named Aishwarya Upendra
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