He is a man of many talents. He is an actor, politician, mime artist and an activist. He is an extremely multifaceted actor best known as a villain. He is the best supporting actor in Kannada Film Industry with over 300 movies. One of his best roles is that of the landlord in Ganeshana Maduve named
, a comic character.
He is the only man with the title Mukhyamantri which means “chief minister”. Mukhyamantri, the prefix to his name, is from the famous Kannada drama by Kalagangotri (a Kannada troupe) of the same name in which he played the lead, which brought him into the limelight. He holds the position of President of Kannada Abhivriddhi Pradhikara, (a rank equivalent to a Cabinet Minister of the Karnataka Government), a Government agency that administers the work of Kannada language implementation.
He debuted on the silver screen with the film Chakravyuha as a fraudulent politician. He entered politics in 1985.