Upendra Rao Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

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Hometown: Bangalore, Karnataka
Age: 53 Years
Wife: Priyanka Trivedi

Upendra Rao

Other nameUpendra
Profession(s)• Director
• Scriptwriter
• Actor
• Politician
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 42 Inches
- Waist: 28 Inches
- Biceps: 15 Inches
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
DebutAs an actor: Anantana Avantara (1989)
Poster of the film Anantana Avantara (1989)
As a director: Tharle Nan Maga (1992)
Poster of the film Tharle Nan Maga (1992)
Awards, Honours, Achievements 5th SIIMA Awards
2016: Best Director for the film 'Uppi 2'

2nd SIIMA Awards
2013: Critics award for best actor for the film 'Katariveera Surasundarangi'

Karnataka State Film Awards
2012: Best Director and Best film for the film 'Super'

1st SIIMA Awards
2012: Special appreciation award for the film 'Shrimathi'

Suvarna Film Awards
2008: Special Award For Performance for the film 'Anatharu'
2011: Favorite Director Award for the film 'Super'
2011: Favorite Film for the film 'Super'

Hello Gandhinagara Awards 
2004: Best dialogue and Best actor for the film 'Raktha Kanneeru'

47th Filmfare Awards South
2000: Best Director and Best film for the film 'Upendra'

Udaya Film Awards
1999: Best male actor for film 'A'
2003: Best male actor for film 'Nagarahavu'
2011: Best Screenplay for the film 'Super'
2013: Best Male Actor for the film 'Kalpana'

Personal Life
Date of Birth18 September 1969 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2022)53 Years
BirthplaceBangalore, India
Zodiac signVirgo
HometownBangalore, India
College/UniversityAPS College of Commerce, Bangalore
Educational QualificationA bachelor's degree in Commerce
Political InclinationUpendra established the political party Karnataka Pragnyavanta Janata Paksha along with D. Mahesh Gowda; however, on 6 March 2018, he resigned due to some misunderstandings. Later, he formed another party named Uttama Prajakeeya Party (UPP).
Uttama Prajakeeya Party logo
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Marriage Date14 December 2003
Wife/SpousePriyanka Trivedi (Actress who won the title of Miss Kolkata in 1996)
A picture of Upendra Rao with his parents, wife, and children
ChildrenSon- Aayush Rao
Daughter- Aishwarya Rao
Note: Image in the Wife's section
ParentsFather- Manjunath Rao (Cook)
Mother- Anusuya Rao
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SiblingsBrother- Sudhindra Rao ( Worked in Border Security Force; however, after serving for 10 years, he resigned and helped his brother, Upendra, in film production.
Sister- None

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Some Lesser Known Facts About Upendra Rao

  • Upendra Rao is a well-known Kannada filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor who predominantly works in the Kannada film industry. In 2019, he formed a political party named Uttama Prajakeeya Party (UPP).
  • During his school days, he used to participate in theatre, debates, and cultural activities. When he was studying in college, he worked as a writer and later, he became an assistant director to Late Kashinatha Hathwara, an actor and film director who was also his distant relative.

    I was in college when I first met him. I presented him my work, which included poetry and other writings. He asked me to join him at work from the next day. Soon, he gave me an opportunity to write a song. I then began writing dialogues, working as an assistant in various departments and also co-directed a film with him.”

  • After his directorial debut in 1992, he directed Kannada films such as Shhh! (1993), Swasthik (1998), Om (1995), A (1998),  and Upendra (1999). Upendra also acted in these films. He also appeared in several Kannada films including Preethse (2000), Kutumba (2002), Raktha Kanneeru (2003), Aishwarya (2006), Topiwala (2013), Brahma (2014), Super Ranga (2014), Shivam (2015), and I Love You (2019).

    Upendra Rao during his directorial debut with the film 'Tharle Nan Maga' (1992)

    Upendra Rao during his directorial debut with the film ‘Tharle Nan Maga’ (1992)

  • In 1995, he directed a Kannada film titled Operation Antha, which is an extended version of the 1981 film Antha; however, the film was unsuccessful and attracted some controversies.

    Poster of the film Operation Antha (1995)

    Poster of the film Operation Antha (1995)

  • He made his comeback after he directed the film Super (2010). The film turned out to be a blockbuster, broke many box office records upon release and became one of the highest-grossing and critically acclaimed Kannada films of 2010.
  • In an interview, while talking about hardships that Rao faced during his childhood, he said,

     Me and my brother used to do odd jobs such as making paper covers with newspapers and used to supply them to roadside fruit sellers, and also packed parcels to earn money.”

  • Upendra is the brand ambassador of United Breweries and has endorsed many popular brands including Lunars Footwear, Mavalli Tiffin Room (MTR), Emani Navaratna Brand, and Royal Challengers Bangalore.