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Sudeep Sanjeev (born 2 September 1974), better known mononymously as Sudeep or Kichcha Sudeep, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, television presenter and singer, who primarily works in Kannada cinema, in addition to appearances in a handful of Telugu, Hindi and Tamil films.

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Sudeep in 2013
Sudeep Sanjeev

(1974-09-02) 2 September 1974 (age 45)[1]
ResidenceBangalore, Karnataka, India
Other namesKichcha Sudeep, Multi Star Sudeep
EducationDayananda Sagar College of Engineering
  • Actor
  • director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • TV presenter
  • singer
Years active1997–Present
Priya Radhakrishna (m. 2001)

Sudeep is known for his performances in the Kannada films Sparsha (2000), Huchcha (2001), Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swathi Muthu (2004), My Autograph (2006), Mussanjemaatu (2008), Veera Madakari (2009), Just Maath Maathalli (2010), Kempe Gowda (2011) and the Telugu-Tamil bilingual Eega (2012).[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 lifeEdit

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).

Director and producerEdit

He has directed Kannada movies like My Autograph, #73 Shaanthi Nivaasa, Veera Madakari, Just Math Mathalli, Kempe Gowda and Maanikya. He also wrote the script for Just Maath Mathalli.[11]

He owns a film production company named Kiccha Creations, which is credited with My Autograph (2006).[12][13]


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,[14][15] 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.[16] He continued to host the second season on Asianet Suvarna.[17] Colors Kannada (formerly ETV Kannada) regained the rights to the show in 2015 with Sudeep signing a five-season deal[18][19] to host the show which was estimated to be around 20 crore (equivalent to 23 crore or US$3.3 million in 2018) which was a landmark deal in Kannada television industry.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

Sudeep is the captain of Karnataka Bulldozers cricket team that competes in the Celebrity Cricket League.[20]

Sudeep met Priya Radhakrishna in Bengaluru, in 2000 and they married in 2001.[21] Priya worked in an airline company and then in a bank, prior to their marriage.[22] Their only child, Saanvi, was born in 2004.[23] In 2013, Sudeep launched Stage 360°, an events management company, that his wife took an active part in.[24] The couple split in September 2015,[25][21][26] and reconciled[27]

In the mediaEdit

Sudeep recording for TeachAIDS

Sudeep has been described by the critics as one of the most talented actors in Kannada cinema.[28] He was listed first in the Times 25 Most Desirable Men in Bangalore in 2012.[29] In 2012, he was given a title, "Abhinaya Chakravarthy", by a Kannada organization, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike.[30]

In 2012, Sudeep was signed as the Brand Ambassador of Joyalukkas, a Jewellery Retail Chain.[31][32] In 2013, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Bangalore Traffic Police Department and Income Tax Department.[33] In 2014, he was appointed as the Brand Ambassador for Intex Technologies (India) Mobiles & Paragon Footwear.[34]

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.[35]

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.[36]


As actorEdit

  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Language Notes Ref.
1997 Brahma Unknown Kannada Unreleased [37]
O Kusuma Baale Unknown Kannada Unreleased [37]
Thayavva Ramu V. Umakanth Kannada
1999 Prathyartha Sudeep Sunil Kumar Desai Kannada Based on Nick of Time (film)
2000 Sparsha Sudeep Sunil Kumar Desai Kannada
2001 Huchcha Sachidananda "Kichcha" Om Prakash Rao Kannada Remake of Tamil film Sethu (film)
Vaalee Shiva / Deva S. Mahendar Kannada Remake of Tamil film Vaali (film)
2002 Chandu Chandrashekar "Chandu" P. A. Arun Prasad Kannada
Dhumm Varadharaj M. S. Ramesh Kannada Remake of Tamil film Dheena
Nandhi Nandhi D. Rajendra Babu Kannada
2003 Kiccha Krishna Mohan "Kichcha" P. A. Arun Prasad Kannada Sudeep got his title "Kiccha" after this film
Partha Partha Om Prakash Rao Kannada Remake of Tamil film Run (2002 film)
Swathi Muthu Shivayya D. Rajendra Babu Kannada Remake of Telugu film Swati Mutyam
2004 Ranga (S.S.L.C) Ranga Yogaraj Bhat Kannada
Nalla Prashanth "Pachhi" V. Nagendra Prasad Kannada Remake of Tamil film Moondram Pirai
2005 Maharaja Surya Sai Prakash Kannada Remake of Tamil film Per Sollum Pillai
Kashi from Village Kashi Om Sai Prakash Kannada Remake of Tamil film Bagavathi
Sye Chakri P. A. Arun Prasad Kannada Remake of Tamil film Dhill
Nammanna Muttanna N. Shankar Kannada Remake of Telugu film Anna (1994 film)
2006 My Autograph Shankar Sudeep Kannada Also producer
Remake of Tamil film Autograph (2004 film)
Thirupathi Thirupathi Shivamani Kannada
Hubli Ajay Kumar Om Prakash Rao Kannada
2007 No 73, Shanthi Nivasa Raghu Sudeep Kannada Remake of Bengali film Galpa Holeo Satyi
2008 Gooli Gooli P. Satya Kannada
Mussanjemaatu RJ Pradeep Mussanje Mahesh Kannada
Kaamannana Makkalu Rama Chi. Guru Dutt Kannada Remeka of Malayalam film Thommanum Makkalum
Phoonk Rajiv Ram Gopal Varma Hindi Debut Hindi film [38]
Mast Maja Maadi ACP Prathap R. Ananth Raju Kannada Remake of Hindi film Dhamaal
2009 Veera Madakari Muttatti Sathyaraju / Madakari Sudeep Kannada Also screenwriter
Dubbed for Surya Narayan
Remake of Telugu film Vikramarkudu
2010 Rann Jay Malik Ram Gopal Varma Hindi
Just Maath Maathalli Siddharth Sudeep Kannada Also credited for story and dialogues
Mr. Theertha Theertha Sadhu Kokila Kannada Remake of Malayalam film Spadikam
Phoonk 2 Rajiv Milind Gadagkar Hindi [39]
Kiccha Huccha Krishna Murthy Chi. Guru Dutt Kannada Remake of Tamil film Chithiram Pesuthadi
Rakta Charitra 1 DCP Mohan Prasad Ram Gopal Varma Telugu, Hindi
Veera Parampare Teja S. Narayan Kannada
Rakta Charitra 2 DCP Mohan Prasad Ram Gopal Varma Telugu, Hindi
2011 Kempe Gowda Kempe Gowda Sudeep Kannada Also screenwriter
Remake of Tamil film Singam
Vishnuvardhana Vishnuvardhana "Vishnu" Pon Kumaran Kannada
2012 Eega Sudeep S. S. Rajamouli Telugu Bilingual film
Naan Ee Sudeep Tamil
2013 Varadhanayaka Varadanayaka Ayyappa P. Sharma Kannada
Bachchan Bharath Shashank Kannada
2014 Maanikya Vijay Sudeep Kannada Also screenwriter
Remake of Telugu film Mirchi (film)
2015 Ranna Bhargava Chandra/Chandu Nanda Kishore Kannada Remake of Telugu film Attarintiki Daredi
Baahubali: The Beginning Aslam Khan S. S. Rajamouli Telugu [40]
Puli Thalapathy Jalatharangan Chimbu Deven Tamil [41]
2016 Kotigobba 2 Sathya / Shiva K. S. Ravikumar Kannada Bilingual film
Mudinja Ivana Pudi Satyam / Shivam Tamil
Mukunda Murari Murari Nanda Kishore Kannada Remake of Hindi film OMG – Oh My God! [42]
2017 Hebbuli Ram S. Krishna Kannada [43]
2018 Ambi Ning Vayassaytho Young Ambareesh Guruduth Ganiga Kannada Remake of Tamil film Pa Paandi
The Villain Ram Prem Kannada
2019 Pailwaan Krishna S. Krishna Kannada
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy  Avuku Raju Surender Reddy Telugu Filming [44]
Kotigobba 3  TBA Shiva Karthik Kannada Filming
Also story writer
Dabangg 3  Sikander Bhardwaj Prabhu Deva Hindi Filming [46]
2020 Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham  Priyadarshan Malayalam Filming [47][48]

Cameo appearances

Year Title Role Director Language Notes
2002 Thuntata Himself Indrajith Lankesh Kannada
2005 Gunna Himself Dwarki Kannada
2006 Jackpot Himself Niranjan Kannada
2006 C/o Footpath Himself Kishan Sreekanth Kannada
2007 Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Extremist Leader Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar Kannada
2009 Meghave Meghave Himself V. Nagendra Prasad Kannada
2010 Aithalakkadi Himself J. G. Krishna Kannada
2011 Police Story 3 Surya Multiple directors[49] Kannada
2013 Action 3D Himself Anil Sunkara Telugu
2014 Rangan Style CCB Officer Krishna Prashanth S. Kannada
2015 Luv U Alia Himself Indrajith lankesh Kannada
2016 Apoorva Himself V. Ravichandran Kannada
2018 Raju Kannada Medium Deepak Chakravarthy Naresh Kannada
2018 Kicchu Forest Officer Pradeep Raj Kannada

Awards and nominationsEdit


  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. ^ "Just Math Mathalli is for die-hard romantics". 5 February 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  12. ^ My Autograph at IMDb
  13. ^ #73, Shanthi Nivasa at IMDb
  14. ^ "Sudeep to host reality show". 10 May 2010.
  15. ^ Actor Sudeep to anchor ‘Pyate Hudgeer, Halli Lifu’ on Suvarna Archived 29 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (8 May 2010).
  16. ^ Sudeep to host Bigg Boss Kannada. (28 February 2013).
  17. ^ "Suvarna sets high hopes with Bigg Boss Kannada 2". Indian Television Dot Com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  18. ^ 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.
  19. ^ "OMG! What Is Sudeep's Remuneration To Host Bigg Boss?". 20 July 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  20. ^ "Karnataka Bulldozers". Celebrity Cricket League. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  21. ^ a b "Sudeep, Priya call it quits after 14 yrs". Bangalore Mirror. Archived from the original on 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  22. ^ "Kerala, Karnataka actors are sidelined in Bollywood: Sudeep". The Hindu. 27 March 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Sudeep's going strong at 40!". The Times of India. 2 September 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  24. ^ "Launch of Kannada star Sudeep's event management company Stage 360° at Bangalore". The Times of India. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  25. ^ "Bengaluru: Actor Sudeep, Priya to end their 14-year marriage". 11 September 2015. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  26. ^ "Actor Sudeep, Priya to End Their 14-Year Marriage". The New Indian Express. 12 September 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  27. ^ 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.
  28. ^ "Sudeep: Back with My Autograph". Rediff. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  29. ^ "Bangalore Times Most Desirable Men 2012 - Top 25". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  30. ^ "Sudeepa now Abhinaya Chakravarthy". Chitraloka. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  31. ^ Joyalukkas India Pvt. Ltd. (15 May 2013).
  32. ^ Sudeep to endorse jewellery brand – Times Of India. (15 December 2012).
  33. ^ Sudeep All Set for the Real Act (17 December 2013)
  34. ^ "Intex targets revenue of Rs 6500 crore by 2016; to focus on south India". 16 August 2014.
  35. ^ A. Sharadhaa (21 November 2013). "For a cause, Sandalwood lends its voice". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  36. ^ "Sudeep teams up with Anant Nag for OLX ad". 3 November 2015.
  37. ^ a b "adith Opens His Mind To Chitraloka — Exclusive". Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  38. ^ "Review: Phoonk". Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  39. ^ "Review: 'Phoonk 2' is a complete letdown". Daily News & Analysis. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  40. ^ "Fame flies for Sudeep". The Hindu. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  41. ^ "Kannada superstar Sudeep opens up about getting to know Vijay and Sridevi on sets of 'Puli'". Daily News and Analysis. 26 September 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2016.
  42. ^ "Rachita Ram and Bhavana dance to Murali lola hai Gopala". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  43. ^ "'I do not listen to detailed story lines'". The Hindu. 1 March 2017.
  44. ^ "Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy teaser out: Chiranjeevi is fierce in period drama". 21 August 2018.
  45. ^ "Kotigobba 3 rolls; Sudeep to double as storywriter". The New Indian Express. 2 March 2018. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  46. ^ "Sudeep works and works out with Salman Khan - Times of India". The Times of India.
  47. ^ "Kiccha Sudeep Joins Mohanlal's Marikkar: Arabikkadalinte Simham". 17 February 2019.
  48. ^ "Dabangg 3: Kichcha Sudeep to begin shooting for the Salman Khan starrer from May".
  49. ^ Citation error. See inline comment how to fix.[verification needed]

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