Sudeep Sanjeev, better known mononymously as Sudeep or Kichcha Sudeep, is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter and television presenter, who primarily works in Kannada cinema, in addition to appearances in a handful of Telugu, Hindi and Tamil films.
Sudeep is known for his performances in the Kannada films Sparsha (2000), Huchcha (2001), Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swathi Muthu (2004), My Autograph (2006), Mussanjemaatu (2008), Veera Madakari (2009), Just Maath Maathalli (2010), Kempe Gowda (2011) and the Telugu-Tamil bilingual Eega (2012).
He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for three consecutive years for his films Huchcha, Nandhi and Swathi Muthu. Since 2013, he has been hosting the television reality show Bigg Boss Kannada.
Sudeep was born to Sanjeev Manjappa and Saroja in Shimoga in Shimoga district, Karnataka. The family had migrated to Shimoga from Narasimharajapura. He obtained a bachelor degree in Industrial and production engineering from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bangalore. He represented the college in under-17 and under-19 cricket. He attended the Roshan Taneja School of Acting in Mumbai, where he overcame his 'shyness'.