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Superstars of the Kannada Film Industry

Kannada Film Industry is finally making its mark in the world of cinema, all thanks to its new breed of talent. Here’s a look at the superstars of Kannada film industry today.

Shivraj Kumar with Sonal Chauhan. Photographs: GoogleShivraj Kumar with Sonal Chauhan. Photographs: Google

The kannada industry has produced
some great actors like Raj Kumar, Ambarish and Vishnuvardhan and is known for making realistic movies. The industry was in its peak during the 70s and 80s. With the coming in of satellite television and video piracy Kannada Film Industry was majorly affected.  But however Kannada Film Industry is finally looking up and the movies are now being appreciated by global audience. Here’s a look at the superstars of Kannada film industry today.

Hattrick Hero – Shivraj Kumar
Shivaraj Kumar is the son of legendary Kannada matinée Dr.Rajkumar. Shivaraj Kumar made his screen appearance in Singeetham Srinivas Rao’s 'Anand'. Shivanna's first three movies ‘Anand’, ‘Rathasapthami’ and ‘Mana Mechchida Hudugi’ all completed silver jubilee and earned him the title "Hatrick Hero - Shivraj Kumar".Till date this record is an exceptional one and not broken yet by any new comer Kannada actor. His movie Jogi was the biggest hit of all time in Kannada films until overtaken in 2006 by Mungaru Male.

In his career spanning over 22 years, he acted in a variety of roles. A number of his movies completed silver jubilee. The most notable movies of his career are Janumada Jodi, Jogi, Anand, Rathasapthami, Nammoora Mandara Hoove, Om, and Chigurida Kanasu. Today with 100 Kannada films to his credit, Shivraj Kumar maintains the standards set by his father to some extent. Shivanna has won year 2005 Best Actor award for his film Chigurida.



Power Star – Puneet Rajkumar
Puneet Rajkumar is the youngest son of late Kannada superstar Dr Rajkumar and the younger brother of Shivaraj Kumar. As a child artist, he appeared in 12 films. He won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist for the film Bettada Hoovu in 1986. After having appeared in films as a child actor in the 1980s, Puneet rajkumar made his film debut in a leading role in Appu. The film was a huge hit. He has been noted for his performances in films like Aakash (2005), Arasu (2007), Milana (2007) and Vamshi (2008) which are his biggest commercial successes so far.
Currently he is the highest paid actor in the Kannada Film Industry.  He has the most commercially successful movie hit rate, and has had 14 movies in a row to have stayed in theatres for at least 100 days. Before entering the film industry, he was actively involved in a Home Banner Vajreshwari Combines' film distribution job in Karnataka, this still continues. He produced some of the movies made for their brothers Shivaraj Kumar as well as Raghavendra Rajkumar. Two TV serials were also produced by him. Puneet involves himself in philanthropic works with his mother Parvathamma Rajkumar and carries this out in an Ashram called Shakti Dhama in Mysooru.



Golden Star - Ganesh
Actor Ganesh shot to popularity with the 2007 blockbuster film Mungaru Male, which became one of the biggest hits in Kannada cinema, earning Rs. 75 crores. The movie was the first in India for any language to be screened for continuously one year in a multiplex. Before entering the film industry he acted in several TV serials, including Yadva Tadva, Vataara and Pa Pa Pandu.  As a TV artist he popularised the television program Comedy Time. Following the success of this TV show, fans started to call him "Comedy Time" Ganesh.

Ganesh's first feature wide-release film, Chellata, was a moderate success and ran up to 125 days in some theatres. Chitra Rekha, who had already acted in quite a few films, acted opposite Ganesh in this film. Then came the 2006 film Mungaru Male, which was a roaring success. His third film as hero, Hudugaata, was released on 8 June 2007. His subsequent films have included Cheluvina Chithara (2007), Gaalipata (2008), Krishna (2008), Aramane (2008), Bombaat (2008), Sangama (2008), Circus (2009), Ullasa Utsaha, and MaLeyali Jotheyali (2009) which have all done extremely well at the Box Office.



Kiccha Sudeep
Sudeep is known for his roles in My Autograph, Huccha, Mussanje Maatu, Sparsha, and Just Math Mathalli. He has won the Filmfare Award in the best actor category for three consecutive years and also won Karnataka State Award. His first movie was Thayavva (his first two films O Kusuma Bale and Brahma were abandoned mid-filming); he then played a supporting role in the Sunil Kumar Desai-directed movie Prathyartha and landed leading actor role in the same director's Sparsha.

In 2003, Sudeep acted in the hit film Huccha, which gave him his first big following. Recently he made his debut in Bollywood with the movie Phoonk. He has also starred in Ram Gopal Varma's movies Rann, Phoonk 2 and Rakta Charitra. He has also produced and directed kannada movies under his company "Kicha Creations". His directorial debut My Autograph was a huge success in Kannada industry. He directed few more movies like #73 Shanti Nivas and Veera Madakari which were not so successful. His recent directorial Kannada film Just Math Mathalli was released in Feb 2010 and received positive reviews but it was an average grosser.



Ramya
Ramya made her acting debut in the 2003 Kannada-language film Abhi, alongside Puneet Rajkumar, following which, she acted in many Kannada films. She was originally supposed to make debut in Rajkumar's first film Appu, for which she, however, was not selected eventually, and was later offered and signed for the lead female role in Abhi, which became a commercial success. The same year, she had another release in Kannada with Excuse Me, which also did well at the box office, and also stepped into Telugu filmdom with the film Abhimanyu.

Kavitha Lankesh's Tananam Tananam, an average grosser that released to mixed reviews, fetched Ramya her first Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She also appeared as a sex worker in a short film Prarambha, directed by Santhosh Sivan, which was made in order to create awareness about AIDS and was part of Mira Nair's AIDS Jaago project.  Her recent release Just Math Mathalli was a huge success and it also received rave reviews. Her role in the film was also very much appreciated. She is currently shooting for Singam Puli opposite Jeeva and Kadhal 2 Kalyanam alongside a newcomer Sathya in Tamil and Sanju weds Geeta opposite Srinagar Kitty.



Pooja Gandhi

Pooja Gandhi  made her debut in the Bengali film Tomake Salam, released in 2003. She moved to the South Indian film industry with the Tamil film Kokki,which did not show promising results at the box office. She entered the Kannada film industry with Mungaru Male, a film that became a big hit in Karnataka. The film was a success, exceeding expectations with box office earnings crossing Rs 75 Crores, 400 days after its release.

This was a national record in India, for a Regional language film. Her next most awaited movie is Ninagagi Kadiruve Opposite Vishal Hegde Directed by Jolly Sebastian. Pooja Gandhi says that she has never done a role of like this in ‘Ninagagi Kadiruve’ in two years of her career.

Source: Wikipedia

Tags: sudeep, ramya, ganesh, kannada fim industry, famous actors, puneet rajkumar, mungaru male

52 comments

Shivakumar.P Jul 04th, 2012 07:48 PM

I think one 

pramod s Jun 20th, 2012 10:31 AM

punit and shivarajkumar was superb ,i am the biggest fan of him and my villagers also big fans of him thank you

pramod s Jun 20th, 2012 10:30 AM

punit and shivarajkumar was superb ,i am the biggest fan of him and my villagers also big fans of him thank you

shanmukha Jun 14th, 2012 12:52 AM

darshen is the great actor in kannada industry among all

shashi Jun 13th, 2012 07:05 PM

i m intersted in graphic designing and poster desiging in film industry.

Veeru pujari Jun 08th, 2012 01:15 PM

I like power star puneeth rajkumar only...... in telugu allu arjun........ In bollywood i like amir khan 

Veeru pujari Jun 08th, 2012 01:14 PM

I like power star puneeth rajkumar only...... in telugu allu arjun........ In bollywood i like amir khan 

Rajshekar May 17th, 2012 06:35 PM

I like sudeep ,i m the big fan of him and i have a dream to meet him in my life and take autogragh...

Rohith Mar 24th, 2012 02:41 PM

Support kannada movies.We are kannadigas.We think about any thing in kannada.So,kannadavannu solalu bidabedi.
Jai kannada

Deepak Mar 12th, 2012 02:25 AM

I can say one thing for sure. the above mentioned actors are all superstars of kannada film industry,but i guess u have made a mistake by not mentioning the names of stalwarts of our film industry like ravichandran,UPENDRA and darshan.without the mentioning of these actors this is an incomplete one.

Koustubha Naik Mar 09th, 2012 10:12 PM

i like ganesh and sudeep i saw all film of both

Nandish Feb 12th, 2012 08:16 PM

No buby can chase punith in kannada film industr.........              pakaa local abhimani.

raghu Jan 27th, 2012 12:30 PM

hi i am a big fan of power star i like his wonderfull dance and action.

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Prashanth Jan 19th, 2012 10:36 AM

Hi.... I love puneeth rajkumar(appu)..he is the pillar for kannada film industry... Some of his best films r Jackie , Milan, arasu, appu, namma basava etc... I love u man n al the best for ur future projects..!!!

Mallikarjun Jan 16th, 2012 11:04 PM

Hi.  i am puneeth big fan

santhosh Jan 16th, 2012 01:11 PM

i like yograj butt sir movies, i know acting very well also looking smart .i want yograj but sir contact,how can i contact to sir.  pls give me a chance sir i will prove my self.

Keerthiraj Jan 04th, 2012 12:47 PM

Hi puneeth is always rock he is the no1 actor in sandalwood...

a.manoj mahindra kumar Dec 21st, 2011 05:02 PM

the kannada flim stars are very lucky.but i am a very un lucky boy in karnataka bcoz i am very intrest to do the movie making,and filling song writing,dilogies,and also i want to work with big director.its my aim and its my future plz r u help me sirrrrrrrrrrrrrrr............plz call the no.8088877077.

shashi Dec 14th, 2011 03:19 PM

hai hegidira 

ramya Nov 12th, 2011 12:33 PM

i like sudeep and ramya in the movie mussanje mathu 

ramya Nov 12th, 2011 12:27 PM

i like sudeep very much i will see all films  of yours i like your movie with me i mean ramya in mussanje mathu 

ramya Nov 12th, 2011 12:27 PM

i like sudeep very much i will see all films  of yours i like your movie with me i mean ramya in mussanje mathu 

IRANNA Nov 06th, 2011 11:53 AM

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IRANNA Nov 06th, 2011 11:52 AM

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laxman Nov 06th, 2011 11:49 AM

Hi i am laxman from belgaum i have completed acting course in mithra sangama film institute (R) banashenkary bangalore
Now i want to act in film plz give me one opportunity for me my contact number 9964046143, 9008289041 this is my personal number thanks friends

Venkatagiri Oct 31st, 2011 11:19 AM

Dear goodness 
 
i am the script writer for fist time i have completed the story for Ajay Rao in Kannada industry its a true lover rool  

Divya Oct 28th, 2011 03:47 PM

Hi this is divya i m big fan of appu the show man i like his stunts&dance so much realy he's an hardworker and me also hard worker

Manu Oct 02nd, 2011 09:26 PM

hi i am sudeep and punith fan i am acting in kannada movi Engegment

sumangali Sep 18th, 2011 12:57 PM

hi i am great fan of Dr rajkumar total family and i present i like appu and shivanna so much

ravikiran Jul 09th, 2011 05:46 PM

golden star ganesh is the best actor in kannda industry, because he is coming from his own streanth, he is dont have any godfathers,thas why i like him so much.powerstar punith,challenging star darshan,sudeep shivrajlumar,and others they are all only stars,but your a father of all stars it means your a superstar.

ravikiran Jul 09th, 2011 05:45 PM

golden star ganesh is the best actor in kannda industry, because he is coming from his own streanth, he is dont have any godfathers,thas why i like him so much.powerstar punith,challenging star darshan,sudeep shivrajlumar,and others they are all only stars,but your a father of all stars it means your a superstar.

shambhavi Jun 30th, 2011 11:27 PM

shree nagar kitty is becoming  the best actor in the kannada industry...................... i wish all the very best

chandra Jun 15th, 2011 01:28 PM

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SACHIN Jun 01st, 2011 12:43 PM

HI... SHREE NAGAR KITTY IS THE BEST ACTORE.... PLZ WATCH "INTI NINN PRITIYA'' THEN TALK

VENKATESHA L Apr 08th, 2011 03:11 PM

IM INTREST OF FILM ACTING 

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ARVIND MADAKARI Mar 31st, 2011 01:11 AM

i like it i like it

sagar Mar 26th, 2011 11:35 AM

SUDEEP is the one n only showman in kannada industry who is able to do all kinds of acting, already he is prooved in sprsha huccha vaalee swathimuttu nalla autograph hubli mussanjematu and kempegowda,,,,,,,,, really the punith darshan ganesh ravichandran all will do same acting i think they r waste heroes, plz try to do good acting,,,,,,,,,,,, i think SUDEEP is superb and vjay and shivanna ok,,,,,,,,

prasanna B D Mar 17th, 2011 02:11 PM

hai bother how are you i know you fine

teju Mar 07th, 2011 04:47 PM

Hieee dis s teju.......I like actor Sudeep......He plays a gud Role....I like hm in Huchha movie.......n in many more......He s really a gud actor who do in different role.........M waiting for ur future movies....All the best 4 ur future projects Sudeep........Take care bye........

Prema Feb 12th, 2011 04:45 PM

Hi i m prema. i like raj kiran soooo much.

sonu Feb 08th, 2011 09:10 PM

I AM LIKE GANESH.I AM WATCH GANESH ALL MOVIES

SHAAN Jan 28th, 2011 04:55 PM

sikapate istapate....istapate sikapate...I like it.Just math matali.

suha Jan 26th, 2011 11:59 AM

i like punit very much am big fan of him.....

Prakash DSouza Jan 07th, 2011 01:23 PM

Sudeep is the great actor in kannada industry among all,who can act in different roles.
 
Other actors just for show 

shabir Jan 04th, 2011 06:56 PM

Shivraj kumar is acting well,beautiful presentation.

pramod Dec 27th, 2010 04:37 PM

society 

nutan Dec 09th, 2010 05:21 PM

fine

Sudha Dec 06th, 2010 08:14 PM

Hi i m sudha..I m from Belgaum..I like Puneet Rajkumar and Shiv Rajkumar.Shivrajkumars acting is fentastic.I m watching his pictures from childhood.even i like Puneetrajkumars acting.his acting,dance,fights all is wonderfull.I like Puneetrajkumars all films.One child is in our home.he is now 5 years old,he is studying lkg in hubli and his name is KARTIK.even he likes and loves Puneetrajkumar and his all films.he is try to dance like his favorate hero Puneetrajkumar.he ll saw Puneet's all films more than 3 to 4 times..even recently released jackie film..till he saw that film 6 times.first day first show only he that and he is coming from theator in home he will try to dance like Puneet..even he is like to see Shivrajkumars films..

Prerana Nov 19th, 2010 06:54 PM

I'm interested in acting in movies. I would like to contact Puneet/Shiv Rajkumar. Please give me their contact details.

raj Oct 31st, 2010 12:47 PM

except sudeep no one got the qualties of a hero compared to other young and old super stars of sauth like pritviraj,vijay,ajith,rajni,mohanlal,mamooty,chrinjeevi and others ..
this is truth..we kannadigas have to accept..
wen there was rajni,kamal , jayan,naseer ,ntr era in other states..kannada industry gave equally eligible/competing  heores like raj kumar,vishnuvardan,ambareesh,shankarnag..ravichandran etc..
but can yoi give singe one in kaanda now to cmpete with mohanlal,pritviraj,ajith,surya,vijay etc etc ?

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