Sudeep is a famous actor in the Kannada film industry who has made a name for himself for acting in performance-oriented roles. In 2008, he debuted in Bollywood with Ram Gopal Varma’s Phoonk that revived the horror genre.
Hailing from Shimoga, his father Sanjeev is a hotelier-turned-film producer. Qualified as a mechanical engineer, Sudeep is now a respectable name in Sandalwood.
With over 25 films, his most memorable films included Thayava (his first film), Prathyartha and Sparsha. However, Sudeep hit it big time with the 2003 film Huccha that gave him a big fan following.
Interestingly, Sudeep dabbled in a television serial before hitting the limelight.
Titled Premada Kadambari and directed by Sudhakar Bhandari, it was aired on Udaya TV, before he went on to act in his home production Sparsha directed by famous director Sunil Kumar Desai.
Later, Sudeep acted in the Kannada version of the Tamil film Autograph and Telugu film Swathi Muthyam. He has got the Filmfare Award for two consecutive years for them.
Soon, the Kannada actor will be working on his second Hindi film starring Amitabh Bachchan. Like Phoonk, this film will also be directed by Ram Gopal Verma. Titled Rann - A News Story, it’s a film on the media and its hold on the political and social life of the country.
The high voltage screen drama will have Sudeep playing the role of Jay Malik, an ambitious young person and the son of the media baron Harshavardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan).
Sudeep wants to make his channel number one because he feels it is a purely business enterprise that has to make profits and grow every year. Raima Sen would be paired with him. The cast also includes Ritiesh Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Manisha Koirala, Rajat Sharma, Gul Panag and Mohnish Behl.
Sudeep is married and has a daughter named Saanvi, which means goddess Lakshmi.
Sudeep is from Shimoga, a district in Karnataka state.
His father is a hotelier turned film producer.
He played a supporting actor's role in his very first film, Thayava.
He has acted in over 25 Kannada films and two Hindi films so far.
He was Ram Gopal Varma's first choice for the lead role in the horror film Phoonk.
Sudeep belongs to an upper class Brahmin family.
He acted in a TV serial before he went on to act in films.
He is now an actor, director and film producer too.
Sudeep's first directorial venture was My Autograph.
Sudeep is a hat trick Filmfare award winner.
The story of ‘Phoonk’ has the potentiality to really scare the audience. It is a different type of film, but will appeal to a large section of film buffs. I think 'Phoonk’ will make you think about many sequences of the film for many days after you have seen it.
I chose Phoonk mainly because it provided an opportunity to work with Ram Gopal Varma. The director got the best out me in the film. After working for nearly 40 days for the film, I felt that many facets of my performance were captured by Varmaji.
(About working with Ram Gopal Varma): I had a 'gala time' working with a director like Ram Gopal Varma. 'There is absolutely no tension on the sets. And the working atmosphere is fine. There is a lot of discipline in the way things move there. Perhaps the environment may be different in other Hindi films, but as far as Varma's films are concerned it will be a professional set up.
I am loved by the people in Karnataka. My roots and my family are in Bangalore. I accepted a Hindi film (Phoonk) only because of my respect for Varma. It is like any professional going on a holiday or taking a break. Going to Mumbai to work in a film has been like a holiday for me. My only regret is that I am not with my family members during this 'holiday'. As for Kannada films, I have to make my stand very clear. I have made a name for myself here with a decent fan base. Why should I leave this industry and try my luck elsewhere?
My decision to act in films has always been dictated by the strength of the script. My judgement may fail sometimes, but I have always valued the script.
Is it wrong to do films that have great potential at the box office? I am never contradicting myself doing a film like Hubballi even after making a film like My Autograph. You should know that I have a family to support. I cannot always work to get some critical satisfaction and talk of passion even when some of my fans are clamouring to see me in action films. I don't regret doing films like Tirupati and Hubballi which may strengthen my career.