Uday Kiran (born Vajpeyajula Uday kiran, 26 June 1980 – 5 January 2014) was a winning actor, who primarily worked in the . His first three films, , and , were successful hits, earning him the title "Hat-trick Hero". film is the last hit in his career.
In 2001, he won the for the film , and became the youngest winner of the best actor award after . He is the only Telugu actor to have his first four films remade into all regional languages. In 2006, he made his debut with the film , directed by veteran . Subsequently, he starred in romantic films including and . His other performances have been in the films , Avunanna Kaadanna, and .
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. And he did schooling in K V Picket, near Jubilee Bus Stand. Kiran was engaged to 's daughter Sushmitha in 2003, but the engagement was broken. He married Tamil speaking Vishitha on 24 October 2012.
Kiran started modelling while in college. He made his Tollywood debut under his mentor, cinematographer turned film director in the year 2000 with the film , in which he played the 17-year-old lead character.
This film, followed by two others, and , made him among the very few actors in to deliver three consecutive successful films. His performance as a hot-blooded youngster in Nuvvu Nenu won him the in the year 2001.
In his fourth film, , he displayed his dancing skills through the songs, "Udayinchina" and "Cheliya Cheliya". In his fifth film, he ventured into an action oriented story of a youngster aspiring to become a top cop. 2002 saw him in , another blockbuster movie of that year for which he was nominated for for the second time.
In 2005, he ventured into Tamil with the film directed by . He then did two more films, and in , the latter being the story penned by , which did moderately well at the box office.
Kiran died by committing suicide on 5 January 2014. ln the film industry that renowned actor Uday's engagement with Chiranjeevi's daughter had been called off earlier. After breakup,he tried in Tamil with his own production. Kiran had suffered from depression due to financial crisis for almost a year. A district attorney in Hyderabad filed a case with human rights commission against undisclosed film personalities of Telugu film industry for against Uday Kiran.
On 6 January 2014, Uday Kiran's body was kept at the Andhra Pradesh Film Chamber of Commerce and several film personalities including D Rama Naidu, Dasari Narayana Rao, Venkatesh, D Suresh Babu, Srikanth, Shivaji, Tanikella Bharani, Chalapathi Rao, Tammareddy Bharadwaja, (Ex) MLA Jaya Sudha, Parachuri Gopalakrishna, Parachuri Venkateshwara Rao, Shivaji Raja, Anup Reubens, Samadra, Kadambari Kiran, Sunil and Anita Chowdary were among those who paid their last respects to the actor, before being taken to the cremation grounds. According to AP police, a young fan of Uday Kiran allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree at Komatapalli junction in Bobbili sub-division in Vizianagaram.