Actor Udaykumar went on to give memorable and sensitive portrayals in a career that spanned four decades in Kannada cinema. Udaykumar, Dr. Rajkumar, and
were fondly called by the industry folk as Kumar-trios. In those days, all the three Kumars were inseparable in Kannada films. It was not possible to imagine any film without one Kumar at least. Udaykumar had acted in 36 films with Kannada actor Dr. Rajkumar. While Dr. Rajkumar was cast in protagonist character, Udaykumar was seen playing antagonist roles in every film. The actor used to act in his terms, and he seemed to appeal to the audiences who seemed to like him for doing negative characters.
The audience simply loved him playing any character. Besides being an actor, he took an interest in producing movies too. He was an excellent writer and even had authored many dramas and books. The actor made his debut in acting in 1956 through a film ‘Bhagyodaya’. This film changed the course of Udaykumar’s life The success of this film led to him being in doing more number of films, and there was no looking back. When three Kumars( Rajkumar, Udaykumar and Kalyan Kumar) were established actor, the three actors shared screen presence in a film ‘Bhoodaana’ and the film was a super hit. His rise to fame turned him into a producer even. He made those films that were unusual in scripts and appeared a bit different from other films. This established him well in Kannada film industry.
He was different from other actors. He was not a superstar but achieved stardom easily. Most of his films fared well at box office and even received critical acclaim too. He acted in the film ‘
’ (1958), which was the first Kannada film to celebrate the silver jubilee. He even appeared in guest roles in some movies. Udayakumar was born in Madras on 5 March 1933. He died at a young age when he was just 52. He passed away on 26 December 1985.