2008 saw actors in Kannada film industry displaying their action prowess rather than their emotive abilities in romantic comedies. All the top line actors had their own fair share of hits at the box office with some of them outperforming others with more than one hit. Definitely, 2008 will linger in the minds of Sandalwood's best actors as one of the memorable years in their career.
The top five Kannada actors of 2008 are:
1. Darshan Darshan had a rocking time this year in Sandalwood and Gaja was the first film in 2008 to be declared a super hit. Darshan's next two releases, Indra and Arjun, were average grossers Navagraha, which was released at end of 2008, again brought him to the top of the chart.
2. Ganesh This year, we saw Ganesh ripping off his image of a soft romantic hero and treading the path of his colleagues to become an action star in Bombaat. But unfortunately, the audience couldn't identify with his new image and completely rejected the film. But Ganesh is strong at the second spot with the super hit Galipata and the average hit Aramane which were released in the first half of 2008. Sangama, released in November, also became a hit.
3. Sudeep With Ram Gopal Varma's Phoonk, Sudeep proved that he is not just confined to Sandalwood, he has the talent and will to go national. The film was a huge hit all over India and he has now become a favorite of Ramu. But Sudeep was not behind anyone in delivering hits on his home front too. Mussanje Maathu became one of the biggest hits of the year with Mast Maja Maadi (released a couple of weeks ago) doing well in the box office.
4. Puneeth Rajkumar Puneeth is the darling of the masses and he has proved it again in 2008. First it was Bindaas which became a hit then came Vamshi which started with one of the biggest opening collection figures of all time. The film, with the right combination of action and music became a rage among the youth and is still running successfully.
5. Upendra This actor-director,s known as a real star among fans, thrilled the audience with Budhivantha. A huge hit, the film presented him in five different get ups; his style and punch dialogues won him many fans. On a lighter note, Uppi also appeared in an item song in Mast Majaa Madi with 10 heroines of Sandalwood.