Chikkanna was born in Ballahalli district of Mysuru city in Karnataka, India. He has been working in the show-business since 2011. He is best known for his works in the Kannada cinema. He has played many comic roles in various south Indian films. He debuted on television in a Mysore-based comedy show, titled Drishya Kalavide.
His second show was a comedy TV series on Udaya TV. Chikkanna did his first film in 2011, titled Kirataka. The movie was a Kannada comedy film by Pradeep Raj. The film starred Oviya and Yash in the lead. The film was a remake of the film, Kalavani (Tamil). Chikkanna did a supporting role and was well appreciated for his work. This movie led to his increased publicity. In 2013, he did a Laskhmisri Combines’ film, titled Raja Huli. The film was directed by Deshpande Guru and produced by K. Manu. The film was a remake of a Tamil flick, Sundarapandian of 2012. Chikkanna shared screen space with Meghana Raj, Harsha, and Yash. He played a comedy role of a boy named Chikka. The movie received a fantastic opening on its release day and gave tough competition to the Bollywood movie, Krrish 3. The moive proved to be one of the major super-hit films of the south Indian cinema. Chikkanna received the SIIMA Award for this film, under the category Best Comedian. His second major hit film was Adyaksha in 2014. The film was a Kannada language comedy by Nanda Kishore. The film was a remake of Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam and also starred Hebah Patel and Sharan. Chikkanna played the role of Narayana, who was the leader of the Chi Thu Sanghar group.
He received his second SIIMA Award for this film under the category Best Comedian. Chikkanna also wrote the lyrics of the song ‘Kuntebille’ of the film Sharpshooter in 2015. Other than being the lyricist, he also played a small supporting role in it. Chikkanna is currently filming his new Kannada romantic comedy, titled Ishtakamya. The film will hit the screens in November 2016. He considers himself to be a natural comedian and loves to entertain his audience both on and off-screen. In a recent interview, during the promotion of his film, he talked about his desire of doing bad-ass characters of villains. He mentioned that he was always fond of becoming the “bad guy” instead of being a comedian in movies.