The top five Kannada actresses of 2008 are:
1. Pooja Gandhi
2008 was a memorable year for the sizzling Pooja Gandhi whose Taj Mahal (directed by debutant R.Chandru) became the surprise hit of 2008. Termed the reigning queen of Sandalwood, Pooja had many releases this year including Accident, Kamannana Makkalu, Nee Tata Naa Birla, Budhivantha and Maharshi.
Ramya had a good time in 2008 with 3 releases and 3 more in the making. Mussanje Maathu (Ramya-Sudeep) became one of the biggest hits of the year. Her other releases Bombaat and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu were average grossers.
This bubbly girl debuted in Kannada with Vamshi which went on to become the biggest hit of the year. She has grabbed a few big-budget films with topline producers and is described as the future queen of Sandalwood.
4. Navya Nair
Malayalee actress Navya debuted in Sandalwood with Gaja opposite Darshan, which was the first super hit of 2008. She is also acting with Dr. Vishnuvardhana in Nam Yejamanru which is set to release soon.
5. Aindrita Ray
This model-come-actress debuted with Meravanige opposite Prajwal Devaraj and was instantly recognized for her sultry looks and hidden talent. Meravanige surprised many to become a hit and Aindrita was rewarded with several exciting offers in her kitty.
In 2008, Sandalwood was dominated by hero-oriented films with action and violence. But several actresses shone and displayed their talent and beauty through their mind-blowing performances in certain films. It's not easy to select just five actresses from the pool of buzzing talents in Sandalwood. 2008 saw a large number of actresses debuting in Kannada; all of them are equally talented and beautiful. But there are quite a few actresses who stole the show even with hero-oriented plots.