Uday Kiran (born Vajpeyajula Uday kiran, 26 June 1980 – 5 January 2014) was a Filmfare Award winning Indian film actor, who primarily worked in the Telugu cinema. His first three films, Chitram, Nuvvu Nenu and Manasantha Nuvve, were successful hits, earning him the title “Hat-trick Hero”. Nee Sneham film is the last hit in his career.
In 2001, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Telugu for the film Nuvvu Nenu, and became the youngest winner of the Filmfare best actor award after Kamal Haasan. He is the only Telugu actor to have his first four films remade into all regional languages. In 2006, He made his Tamil debut with the film Poi, directed by veteran K. Balachander. Subsequently, he starred in romantic films including Nee Sneham and Kalusukovalani. His other performances have been in the films Sreeram, Avunanna Kaadanna, Nuvvekaddunte Nenakkadunta and Jai Sriram.
Uday Kiran was born on 26 June 1980 to Telugu-speaking family of VVK Murthy and Nirmala. He graduated in commerce from Wesley College, Secunderabad. Kiran was engaged to Chiranjeevi’s daughter Sushmitha in 2003, but the engagement was broken He married Tamil speaking Vishitha on October 24, 2012.
Kiran started modeling while in college. He made his Tollywood debut under his mentor, cinematographer turned film director Teja in the year 2000 with the film Chitram, in which he played the 17-year-old lead character.
This film, followed by two others, Nuvvu Nenu and Manasantha Nuvve, made him among the very few actors in Telugu cinema to deliver three consecutive successful films. His performance as a hot-blooded youngster in Nuvvu Nenu won him the Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) in the year 2001.
In his fourth film, Kalusukovalani, he displayed his dancing skills through the songs, “Udayinchina” and “Cheliya Cheliya”.In his fifth film, Sreeram he ventured into an action oriented story of a youngster aspiring to become a top cop. 2002,saw Nee Sneham another blockbuster movie of that year for which he was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award (Telugu) for second time.
In 2005, he ventured into Tamil with the film Poi directed by K.Balachander. He then did two more films, Vambu Sandai and Pen Singam in Tamil, the latter being the story penned by M. Karunanidhi, which did moderately well at the box office.