Sudeep is known for his performances in the Kannada films Sparsha (2000), Huchcha (2001), Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swathi Muthu (2003), 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, the Kannada version of Bigg Boss.
Sudeep began his film career in Thayavva which released in 1997. He then played a supporting role in the Sunil Kumar Desai directed movie Prathyartha and landed a leading actor role in the same director’s Sparsha. In 2001, Sudeep acted in the hit film Huchcha, which gave him his first big following. In the year 2008 he made his debut in Bollywoodwith the movie Phoonk. He has also starred in Ram Gopal Varma‘s movies Rann, Phoonk 2 and Rakta Charitra. His movies Kempe Gowda and Vishnuvardhana released in 2011 were blockbusters.
Sudeep made his debut in Telugu cinema in 2012, with the S. S. Rajamouli directorial Eega, a fantasy film, that saw him play an industrialist, who on falling for an NGO worker (played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu), kills her alleged lover, who begins to haunt him taking the form of a housefly. The film emerged as a commercial success, also receiving rave reviews from critics with Sudeep’s performance receiving critical acclaim alongside. The year 2013 saw the release of two of his films – Bachchan and Varadanayaka. His next film was a drama titled Maanikya that he directed, a remake of the Telugu film, Mirchi (2013). His first release of 2015 was Ranna, a remake of the Telugu film, Attarintiki Daredi. Later, Sudeep was seen in a cameo role in the S. S. Rajamouli magnum-opus Baahubali: The Beginning as Aslam Khan, a Persian Arms Trader. The movie went on to become highest-grossing film of 2015. Sudeep will be reprising the role of Aslam Khan in a sequel to the movie, titled Baahubali: The Conclusion.
He has also directed Kannada movies and his directorial debut My Autograph . He has directed a few more movies, namely #73 Shaanthi Nivaasa, Veera Madakari, Just Maath Maathalli, Kempe Gowda and Maanikya. He has written script for Just Maath Mathalli.
Sudeep is the captain of Karnataka Bulldozers cricket team that competes in the Celebrity Cricket League. He owns a film production company named Kiccha Creations and a few films have been produced under the banner, including the 2007 No 73, Shanthi Nivasa that stars Sudeep himself.