The year 2013 has clearly seen the march of the home brigade with plenty of Kannada actresses not only making sensational debuts in Sandalwood, but also grabbing a number of opportunities outside the border.
Names of actresses, such as, Shruti Ramakrishna, Nisha Yogeeshwara, Rachita Ram, Gamya, Akhila Kishore, Nikki Galrani, Sangeetha Bhat, Aishwarya Nag, Sindhu Lokanath and Shwetha Pandith are now commonly heard in the production houses of Gandhinagar, the hub of the Kannada film industry. Slowly but steadily, home-bred actresses are making their entry into movies.
“These days, we are seeing the entry of well-educated girls into the world of glamour. We have several new faces, who have completed their BE and MBAs. They are aware that they need to toil for the first few years. But they are willing to face the grind and this is a welcome development,” points out film publicist Baraguru Manjunatha.
Rachita Ram, a TV-serial actress, earned the biggest break of her life when she was selected as the female
lead opposite superstar Darshan in Bul Bul. The movie was a blockbuster and now Rachita is among the most sought-after actresses in Kannada movies.
Aishwarya Nag debuted a few years ago and took a break to complete her studies. Now, in her second innings, she has been part of several successful movies in the last one year. The same is the case of Shruti Ramakrishna (Sonu Gowda), who has returned to the silver screen, after entering wedlock. The actor is now part of significant projects in Sandalwood. Sindhu Lokanath and Shwetha Pandith have also been gradually climbing the ladder.
Two other actresses, who are making a well-deserved debut in Kannada movies, are Nisha Yogeeshwara and Nikki Galrani. Nisha is the daughter of actor-turned-politician C P Yogeeshwara and she is currently shooting for Ambareesha opposite Darshan. Nikki, the younger sister of multilingual actress Sanjjanaa Archana, has already completed two movies in Kannada and one each in Tamil and Malayalam.
Another actress, who is making waves in Sandalwood, is Sangeetha Bhat. Even as she is waiting for her debut release, the actress is already part of three projects, including a movie being produced by well-known director Yogaraj Bhat’s banner. Other actresses, such as, Shravya, Sonia Gowda, Shruti Hariharan, Parvathy Nair, Shwetha Shrivastav, Milana Nagaraj and Kavya Shetty too have made an impressive start in Sandalwood.
But will the Kannada film producers, who cite “non-availability” of local talent, to cast heroines from other language movies, give this new generation of Kannada-speaking actresses their due?
The answer is “why not if they are talented. The film industry has always promoted local talent. Look at the success of Ramya (Divya Spandana), Radhika Pandith, Aindrita Ray and Kriti Kharbanda. We have preferred them over other language heroines. If the actresses are talented, they will definitely find their place among the galaxy of stars,” contends leading film producer Ha Cha Sathyan.