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Upendra Rao known mononymously as Upendra, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, lyricist and playback singer who works primarily in Kannada cinema.
Upendra first appeared on screen making a appearance in Kashinath's 1989 comedy film, Anantana Avantara.
His first directorial venture was Tharle Nan Maga (1992).
In the late 1990s he directed Om, which portrayed actual Bangalore gangsters, followed by A, which was his debut film as an actor.
Upendra Rao was born on 18 September 1967 in Kundapura, Udupi district in the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka), to Manjunatha Rao and Anusuya.
He obtained his Bachelor of Commerce degree from APS College of Commerce, Bangalore.
During his time at the college, he participated in plays often forming troupes with his friends.
Upendra married former Miss Kolkata Priyanka Trivedi who met him first on the sets of the Telugu movie Raa and then on the sets of H2O.
Upendra and his family reside in Banashankari III Stage in Bangalore.
He is currently one of the highest paid directors and actors in the Kannada cinema.
Upendra has been the Brand Ambassador of United Breweries Group since 1999.