Kannada films boasts of some of the hot and great actresses, the likes of Pooja Gandhi, Ramya, Meera Jasmine, Shruthi, Parvathi Menon, Sanjana Galrani, Umasri and several others. These stars with their bright performances have over the years brought glory and fame to Kannada films.
Pooja Gandhi the gorgeous actress who began her acting career with a Bengali film ‘Tomake Salam’ is today one of the most beautiful stars in Kannada films. She began her journey into Kannada films with ‘Mungaru Male’ starring opposite comedy-time Ganesh. The movie became a big hit and her dazzling performance was hailed by critics and film audiences alike. Her wonderful performances in films like ‘Krishna’, ‘Hani Hani’, ‘Tata Birla’, ‘Accident’, ‘Kodagana Koli Nungitha’ and ‘Budhivanta’ have made her one of the busiest actresses in Kannada films today.
Ramya also known as Divya Spandana is an outstanding actress in Kannada films. She made her debut in ‘Abhi’ starring with Puneet Rajkumar. Ramya known as the golden girl has since appeared in a number of Kannada films that went blockbusters at the box office. Her acclaimed films include ‘Aakash’, ‘Arasu’ both starring Puneet Rajkumar. Her performances as a wife in ‘Amrithadhare’ & ‘Jothe Jotheyali’ and as streetwalker in ‘Prarambha’, and as depressed girl in ‘Mussanjemaatu’ have been widely applauded.
Meera Jasmine, the stunning beauty with girl-next-door looks took a plunge into Kannada films in 2004 with ‘Maurya’ starring Puneet Rajkumar. Meera then went on to win the hearts of Kannada film audiences with her brilliant performances in films like ‘Arasu’ starring Puneet Rajkumar, ‘Ijjodu’ starring Anirudh and ‘Devaru Kotta Thangi’ starring Shivarajkumar.
Shruti the famous Kannada film actress is an intense performer who has won multiple awards. She has appeared in several hit films like ‘Rasika’, ‘Alimayya’, ‘Bombat Hendthi’, ‘Muddina Maava’, ‘Rama Shama Bama’, ‘Aasegobba Meesegobba’, ‘Akka Thangi’ and ‘Avva’.
The latest entrant Parvathi Menon the top Malayalam actress first sizzled in ‘Milana’ starring Puneet Rajkumar. The movie became the biggest blockbuster hit of the year in 2007. She later appeared in her next film ‘Male Barali Manju Erali’.
Sanjana, the promising actress who sizzled in ‘Ganda Hendathi’ has appeared in a suspense thriller ‘Sloka’ with two heroes in tow, and in ‘Kempegowda’ she is starring alongside Sudeep.
Rakshitha another beautiful actress has given magnificent performances in Kannada films such as Suntaragali’, ‘Mandya’, ‘Ninello Naanelle’, ‘Tananam Tananam’, ‘Hubballi’, ‘Thaieya Madilu’, ‘Odauttidavalu’ and many others. She has also proved her mettle in several Tamil and Telugu films.
Famous Kannada Girls
Karnataka has given gorgeous stunning beauties to the world of entertainment that have become cult figures in their own right. Aishwarya Rai, the ageless beauty who won 1994 Miss World later became a world famous bollywood actress and international supermodel. She campaigned for leading international brands like L’Oreal, Longines watches, Pepsi and Fuji Films. Her amazing acting talents that saw number of Hindi films becoming blockbuster hits have indeed made her an iconic actress. Her performances in critically acclaimed bollywood films like ‘Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam’, ‘Mohabbatein’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Dhoom 2’, ‘Guru’ ‘Jodhaa Akbar’ and English films like ‘Bride & Prejudice’, ‘Mistress of Spices’, ‘The Last Legion’ and ‘The Pink Panther 2’ have won billions of hearts across the world.
Deepika Padukone, the Indian supermodel-turned-bollywood actress hails from Bangalore and is the daughter of world famous badminton player Prakash Padukone. Deepika began modeling while in college and quickly rose to become an international supermodel endorsing big brands like Kingfisher Swimsuit Calendar, Maybelline, Levi Strauss, Liril, Close-Up Toothpaste, Limca and several others. Deepika’s acting career began with a Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’. She later headed to bollywood where she bagged the leading lady role in Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Om Shanti Om’. Playing a dual role in ‘Om Shanti Om’ the gorgeous beauty Deepika Padukone gave a marvelous performance winning multiple awards and accolades. She then continued her streak of successes in several films like ‘Bachna Ae Haseeno’ with Ranbir Kapoor, ‘Chandni Chowk to China’ with Akshay Kumar and so on.
Anushka Shetty the sensational beauty hailing from Mangalore rose to fame in Telugu films with her scintillating performances in films like ‘Super’ starring Nagarjuna, ‘Vikramarkudu’ with Ravi Teja, ‘Chintakayala Ravi’ with Venkatesh, and a sizzling solo performance in ‘Arundhati’ and several other films. A yoga freak, Anushka keeps her sensuous curvaceous body in perfect shape.
Anushka Sharma the Bangalore beauty realized her dreams of becoming a model when Wendell Rodricks discovered her at a shopping mall in Bangalore at the age of fifteen. She later enrolled herself at Elite Modeling Agency and quickly rose to fame in the modeling world. She walked the ramp for several celebrity fashion designers and as well campaigned for leading brands like Silk & Shine, Fiat Palio, Whisper and Nathella Jewelry. Anushka’s fame in the modeling world has quite naturally spread to bollywood; and she made her debut in Yash Raj Banners’ Shahrukh Khan-starrer ‘Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi’. The movie became a big hit and Anushka Sharma’s sterling performance received rave reviews from the critics. She is now teaming up with Shahid Kapoor in her second movie to be shot under Yash Raj Banners again. Surprisingly these beautiful actresses Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Shetty and Anushka Sharma have not appeared in a single Kannada film, while Deepika Padukone made her debut with a Kannada film ‘Aishwarya’.
There are several other celebrities hailing from Karnataka; the likes of Shilpa Shetty, bollywood actress and a celebrity Big Brother winner; Lara Dutta who hails from Bangalore is a former Miss Universe 2000 & famous model-turned-bollywood actress, and Amrita Rao who comes from Chitrapur in Karnataka is a dazzling model & sizzling bollywood actress. The list of Kannada beauties making a name nationally and internationally is just unending.
There are many other actresses who have rendered brilliant performances in Kannada films like Umasri. Her performance in Girish Kasaravalli’s ‘Gulabi Talkies’ and several other hit movies won her accolades and honors from the Kannada film audiences and critics as well.
Popular Kannada Actress