Taarak Ponnappa or Taarak Ponnappa is an Indian model and actor, who has worked predominantly in Kannada film industry . She is best known for appearing as Daya in the popular pan-India film sequels KGF: Chapter 1 (2018) and KGF: Chapter 2 (2022).
Tarak Ponnappa was born on Friday, 7 June 1991.age 31 years; by 2022), and he is from Bengaluru, Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Gemini.
He attended BEL school. Taraka Ponnappa was passionate about acting since childhood, but knowing the uncertain nature of an acting career, he pursued engineering from Acharya Institute of Technology, Bangalore. He also holds a Master’s degree in Highway Technology from Resource Center for Asphalt and Soil Training Academy (RAASTA), Bangalore.
Height: 6′ 2″
Hair Color: black
Eye Colour: black
parents and siblings
Tarak Ponnappa’s father, Prabhu KN Ponnappa, works in India Fritz Werner, and his mother is a self-employed beautician. His sister’s name is Loshik Ponnappa.
wife and children
Tarak Ponnappa’s wife’s name is Radhika Nanaiah.
Taraka Ponnappa traces its roots to Kodagu (also known as Coorg) in Karnataka and belongs to the ethno-linguistic group Kodava.
Taarak Ponnappa entered the entertainment industry as a model. Early in his career, he was associated with Prasad Bidapa Model Management. She has walked the ramp at various events like Karnataka Fashion Week (2013) and Femina Wedding Show (2015) and has modeled for various brands like John Players, Knockout Soda and Shashi Vangpalli Couture.
Before starting his career as an actor, he worked as a model for four years.
In 2017, he made his debut with the Kannada comedy romance film ‘Ajaramara’, in which he played the protagonist Ranaveer, a multi-talented orphan with no goals in life.
He appeared in the 2018 Indian Kannada comedy-drama film ‘Jupiter’, in which he played an antagonist named Ronnie. A remake of the Tamil-hit Velaiila Pattathari (VIP), the film follows an unemployed graduate who successfully overcomes various obstacles before and after finding employment.
In 2018, he starred in the Kannada film ‘Kannada Deshadol’, in which he played the role of a police inspector named Vikram Nayak. In the 2018 Kannada drama film ‘6 to 6’, he played the role of the protagonist. The film narrates an incident that takes place over a span of 12 hours, during which a man is forced to walk through forests to reach his destination after his bus goes missing. As the story unfolds, the man runs into a woman who looks distressed and is chased by a group of thugs.
In 2019, he played the negative role of O Ullas in the Kannada film ‘Adyaaksha Mein America’, in the popular pan-India film sequels KGF: Chapter 1 (2018) and KGF: Chapter 2 (2022), he played a negative role. Mercy.
He played the role of Inspector Krishnamurthy in the 2021 Kannada suspense thriller film Moksha.
In 2021, he played the role of Vasudev Murthy, a software engineer married to a girl named Sapna, in the Kannada drama film ‘Amrit Apartments’. In the film, a couple approaches a lawyer after a year of marriage to file for divorce but a tragedy in their apartment takes the couple by surprise.
In 2022, he played the lead role in the dark romantic comedy film ‘Gilky’. The film revolves around three differently labeled characters who suffer from cerebral palsy, mental illness and visual impairment. In the film, Gilky works in a garage and is completely isolated from the society while his family also ignores him.
Other films in which he appeared include Kotigobba 3 (2021), Triple Whammy (2021), and Yuvaratna (2021). Taarak Ponnappa ventured into Telugu cinema in 2021 when he was cast in the Telugu film ‘CSI Sanatan’, in which he played the role of Vikram Chakraborty, a business tycoon who is capable of doing anything for monetary gains.
He became a household name with the Kannada romantic TV show ‘Raja Rani’ (2018), in which he played the protagonist Omkar, who is married to a young clumsy girl named Chukki. Aired on Colors Super, the show follows Omkar, an army officer who returns home after an injury and starts looking after his coffee business.
In 2021, he made his debut in the Telugu TV industry with the show ‘Ravoi Chandamma’, in which he played the role of Veeraswamy, who falls in love with a girl who doesn’t like him due to her harsh nature.
In 2019, he starred in the critically acclaimed Kannada short film ‘Aavat’, in which he played the lead role of Anthony, a young gangster. The story follows Anthony, who seeks to make a name for himself in the world of crime, murdering a bygone don.
Facts / Trivia
- A fitness enthusiast, Ponnappa follows a healthy diet and a strict fitness regime.
- Early in her modeling career, she used the moniker Jeffrey Ponnappa. He is often referred to by his friends and family as Jeffrey and Jeffy.
- Actor Taraka Ponnappa’s love for the culture and heritage of Karnataka persuaded him to play a role in ‘Kannada Deshadol’. In an interview he said,
I wanted to do this role as the film throws light on the culture of the state and depicts the beauty of the language.”
- He secured the role in the film ‘Kannada Deshadol’ when its director Aviram Kanteerva saw Ponnappa’s look in another film ‘Moksha’, in which he played the role of Inspector Krishnamurthy.
- A native of Coorg, he is well versed in the Kodava language. She learned Telugu during the shooting of the TV show ‘Ravoi Chandamma’ (2021).
- He is the recipient of SIIMA Short Film Award (2019) in the category of Best Actor Male.
- In an interview, he revealed that he had seen monkeys to capture the nuances of his character in the film Gilky.’ He said,
I had to lose weight and nail Gilky’s signature smile. For this, I watched the monkeys learn nuances like raising their eyebrows properly.”
- Apart from his passion for acting, he is also passionate about singing.
- His Instagram bio states that he is an enthusiast of flora and fauna.
- Tarak Ponnappa considers Indian actor as his idol Sonu Sood,