Tarak Ponnappa is an Indian model-turned-actor, who is known for his works in the Kannada film industry. He is popular for playing the role of Daya in the famous pan-India film sequels K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) and K.G.F: Chapter 2 (2022).Although acting intrigued Tarak since childhood, he pursued engineering knowing the uncertain nature of an acting career. A childhood picture of Tarak Ponnappa with his father and sister.Around 2013, Tarak Ponnappa started his career as a model while he was attending the Acharya Institute of Technology. At the beginning of his career, he worked as a freelance model and was associated with the modelling agency Prasad Bidapa Model Management. A picture from Tarak Ponnappas first portfolio shoot.Tarak has modelled at numerous fashion events like Karnataka Fashion Week (2013) and Femina Wedding Show (2015). He has also worked as a model for various brands like John Players, KnockOut Soda, and Sashi Vangapalli Couture. Tarak Ponnappa modelling Arup Nanjappas collection of unisex lungis at Orion Festival of Giving (2015).After working as a model for four years, he ventured into the Kannada film industry with Ajaramara (2017). The film follows a talented young man with no career plans whose life takes an unexpected turn when he falls in love with a beautiful independent woman.The 2018 Indian Kannada comedy-drama film Brihaspathi, featured Tarak in the role of the antagonist Ronnie. Tarak Ponnappa as Ronnie in Brihaspathi (2018).His admiration for the culture and heritage of Karnataka convinced him to take up a role in the 2018 Kannada film Kannada Deshadol in which he appeared as Vikram Nayak, a police inspector. In an interview, he said, I wanted to do the role as the film throws light on what is the culture of the state and showcases the beauty of the language. He secured the role in Kannada Deshadol after its director, Aviram Kanteerava, saw Taraks work in the then-upcoming film Moksha..In 2018, he played the lead role in the Kannada drama film 6 to 6. The film follows a man, who, after missing his bus, is forced to walk through the forests to reach his destination. On his way, he encounters a distressed lady who is being chased by a group of thugs.He appeared in the negative role of O Ullas in the Kannada film Adyaksha in America (2019).He struck stardom with popular pan-India film sequels K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) and K.G.F: Chapter 2 (2022) in which he starred in the negative role of Daya. Tarak Ponnappa as Daya in K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018).