Upendra was born in a poor family. But he belongs to the Kota Brahmin community. He once said that their home was the size of a small rectangle and gestured a small box. Upendra has endorsed United Breweries, Lunars Footwear and Emani Navaratna Brand. He has done many triple role films and all his films have a violent streak in them. He blames that to his upbringing where violence was a day-to-day thing. He started his career as a writer under the director Kashinath and later as an assistant director. His first directorial venture was Tharle Nan Maga.