Rakshit Shetty (born 6 June 1983) is an Indian actor and filmmaker in Kannada cinema. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from N.M.A.M. Institute of Technology, he worked as a software professional for two years before becoming an actor starting in theatre.
Shetty made his acting debut in films in 2010 with Nam Areal Ondina. The romance-comedy Simple Agi Ondh Love Story (2013) proved to be a breakthrough for him before he directed and starred in the crime-drama Ulidavaru Kandanthe in 2014. The film garnered widespread critical acclaim and won him the Karnataka State Film Award for Director's First Time Best Film and the Filmfare Award South for Best Director. The film holds cult status among Kannada audiences. He followed it by starring in Vaastu Prakaara (2015) and the critical success Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu (2016). Shetty achieved further success with the 2016 comedy Kirik Party that he wrote and produced, a critical and commercial success.
Along with directors Pawan Kumar, Anup Bhandari and others, Shetty has been credited by the media and in the Kannada cinema circles as having begun a "new wave of filmmaking". Through his career, he has established himself in the Kannada film industry.
Early and personal life
Rakshit Shetty was born to Tuluva community in Udupi, Karnataka on 6 June 1983. Rakshit has done his initial schooling from Udupi and graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering degree
in Electronics & Communication Engineering from NMAM Institute of Technology, Nitte in 2005. Rakshit was employed at Symphony in Bangalore for around 2 years. However, he resigned and followed his calling for a career in Cinema.>
Rakshit is most successful as an actor as well director has received the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Debutant Director for the film Ulidavaru Kandanthe as well received Filmfare Award for Best Director.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2010||Nam Areal Ondina||Arvind|
|2013||Simple Agi Ondh Love Story||Kushaal "Jerrien"|
|2014||Ulidavaru Kandanthe||Richard "Richie" Anthony||Also director, screenwriter|
|2016||Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu||Shiva V. Rao|
|2016||Jigarthanda||Hero Rakshit Shetty||Cameo appearance|
|2016||Kirik Party||Karna. P||Also producer, writer|
|2017||Avane Srimannarayana||Also screenwriter
Awards and nominations
|2015||Best Director||Filmfare Awards South||Ulidavaru Kandanthe||Won|
|2015||Best Actor||Filmfare Awards South||Ulidavaru Kandanthe||Nominated|
|2015||Best Lyricist||Filmfare Awards South||Ulidavaru Kandanthe||Nominated|
|2015||Director's First Time Best Film||Karnataka State Film Awards||Ulidavaru Kandanthe||Won|
|2017||Best Actor||IIFA Utsavam||Kirik Party||Won|
|2017||Best Supporting Actor||IIFA Utsavam||Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu||Won|
|2017||Best Lyricist||IIFA Utsavam||Kirik Party||Won|
|2017||Best Story||IIFA Utsavam||Kirik Party||2017||Best enertaining movie||Karnataka State awards||Kirik Party||Nominated|