Actor who is known primarily for his work in Kannada films, such as Shankar IPS (2010), Charminar (2013) and Masth Mohabbat (2016). His television work includes series like Manvantara and Ardha Satya.
He attended Kalyani School before working for Indian Telephone Industries Limited.
He won Filmfare Awards for Best Actor for his performances in Nenapirali (2005) and Charminar.
His father was a power loom weaver.
He and Prajwal Devaraj appeared together in the romantic drama Chowka (2017).