Rakesh Adiga is an Indian actor, screenwriter, director, and rapper. He primarily works in the Kannada cinema. He is also an accomplished playback singer and supporting actor. In August 2022, he came into the limelight after he participated as one of the contestants of the Kannada reality show Bigg Boss OTT.
Rakesh Adiga was born on Friday, 6 June 1986 (age 37 years; as of 2023) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. His zodiac sign is Gemini. He completed his school education at Janaseva Vidya Kendra residential school, Bangalore. He was born and brought up in the well-respected Adiga family of Karnataka, which is the owner of many hotels and restaurants across Karnataka. When he was studying in college, he was associated with a music band at college. In 2019, this band composed two songs for the Kannada movie – Harikatha.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Wife & Children
Rakesh Adiga is not married.
Soon after completing his college studies, he established his own hip-hop music band named “Urban Lads” along with his friends and started rapping. Upon this, he became the first rapper from Kannada. His band was launched by Suraj Sarja.
In 2009, Rakesh Adiga marked his acting debut with the film Jhoshh. The film gave him high recognition in the Kannada film industry and was successful at the box office.
Rakesh Adiga then went on to appear in several Kannada movies including Raja Loves Radhe, Yaare Koogadali, Nanda Gokula, Mandahasa, and Karnataka Ayodhyapuram. He was then cast in a romantic film Mandahaasa in 2010, but it was delayed. In 2011, he appeared in the film Alemaari as a villain. Thereafter, he was cast in the film Manasology as a lover boy. Later, Rakesh Adiga worked as a villain in more than 13 Kannada movies. Rakesh Adiga worked in the movie Parie in 2012, and this film was a big failure at the box office.
In 2019, Rakesh Adiga began working as a director in the Kannada film industry. His first film as a director was Night Out.
In 2021, Rakesh Adiga started working as a musician and released his first music video Free Spirit in the same year.
Awards and Achievements
In 2009, he was honoured with the Best debut actor award by Asianet Suvarna for the film Jhoshh. In 2021, Rakesh Adiga was honoured with the certificate of achievement for the Best feature film from the Indo-French International Film Festival.
- Rakesh Adiga enjoys drinking alcoholic beverages on various occasions and gatherings.
- According to Rakesh Adiga, he follows a non-vegetarian diet. Reportedly, in 2013, he had to shoot a scene for a film while eating a non-vegetarian food item. However, he refused to eat non-veg and shoot the scene while pretending to eat the same.