Popular and sometimes controversial actor and director of Kannada films like Om, Super, and the self-titled Upendra.
His 1999 self-titled film Upendra was one of the highest-grossing Kannada films of its time, shattering previous box office records.
His 2000 film Preethse featured Bollywood actress Sonali Bendre.
He started his career as a writer and assistant director to Kashinath.
He married former Miss Kolkata Priyanka Trivedi in 2003.