Upendra (Kannada:ಉಪೇಂದ್ರ, popularly known as Uppi) (born 18 September 1967) is a Kannada cinema director, actor and script writer. Born in a lower middle classs family, Upendra started his career off with film director Kashinath as a writer and an assistant director. His first directional venture was 'Tharle Nanmaga'.
In the late 90's he broke into the scene with the extremely violent Om, which also starred actual Bangalore gangsters. He followed this up with A, in which he starred. Upendra, his next film, starred Raveena Tandon, a popular Bollywood actress.Films acted and directed by him "A" and "Upendra" can be said to be excellent.These two films explores human emotions in a new dimension. It portrays how humans change according to situation,self becomes above all at that time.Technically these movies are good by any standards.Upendra's script writing skills can be seen in narration and flow of these films. Narration of his movies are unusual in the film making context.