Actor who became a childhood sensation with his breakout role in Chalisuva Modagalu (1982) before eventually transitioning to adult roles in films like Rishi (2005) and Snehitaru (2012). He was voted the winner of the first season of the reality show Bigg Boss Kannada in 2013.
He received his acting training in Chennai, India.
He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for his performance in Kotreshi Kanasu (1994).
He married Spandana Ragavendra in 2007. He is the son of film producers Jayamma and S.A. Chinne Gowda.
He directed Sangeetha Bhat in the black comedy Kismath (2018).