Notable for his work in the Kannada film industry, this Indian actor appeared in dozens of movies, including Sindhoora Thilaka (1992) and Kotigobba (2001), and also directed a number of feature films, including Jodi No.1 (2009) and Vishnu (2012). On the small screen, he served as the host of the television program Aksharamaale.
He rose to prominence through playing the villain in the 1990 Kannada movie College Hero.
A playback singer as well as an actor, he performed on the soundtracks of the movies Samarasimha Nayka (2005) and Amareshwara Mahatme (2013).
He was born and raised in Karnataka, India. His marriage to Rohini Abhijith resulted in children named Balaji, Karthikeya, and Shilpashree.
He and Vishnuvardhan were both in the cast of the 2000 feature film Yejamana.