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Karnataka has a rich history of producing great personalities. Be it sports, politics or movies, many people from Karnataka have made it big in their respective fields. There are several big superstars in the Kannada film industry. But many superstars and famous actors in other film industry originally hail from Karnataka.
Right from yesteryear director Guru Dutt, who made it memorable movies like Pyaasa and Sahib Biwi Aur Gulam, to Aishwarya Rai, Karnataka has been a land of celebrities. While many have been born in Karnataka, many others have have their roots in Karnataka.
Many of us would rarely know the celebrity was somehow linked to Karnataka. While many of these can't speak Kannada, there are a few like Superstar Rajinikanth who can speak Kannada fluently. [All You Need To Know About Rajinikanth] Not all of them migrate to other film industry willfully. Mostly this happens by luck. Some of these actors have done a few Kannada film out of their love for their Kannada movie.
Here are few famous film celebrities from Karnataka who made it big in the entertainment industry outside Karnataka.
Superstar Rajinikanth needs no introduction. Born in a Marathi family in Bangalore, the actor spent all his childhood in Karnataka and used to work as a Bus conductor. He still considers Marathi and Kannada as his mother tongue. Today he is the highest paid actor in India and he has fans all over the world.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The beautiful actress was born in the Mangaluru in a Bunt family. While she was pursuing to be an architect, she got into modelling. The actress broke into limelight by becoming the runner up in the 1994 Miss India competition. She subsequently won the Miss World title. Today she is an accomplished actress. She has been recognized in Hollywood too!
Born as Prakash Rai to a Hindu Bunt father and Catholic Christian mother in Bengaluru, the actor changed his name to Prakash Raj based on suggestion of Legendary director Balachander. The actor is known for playing the negative role to perfection. His serious demeanor and powerful baritone is an added advantage to his acting skills.
Daughter of a champion badminton player Prakash Padukone, Deepika was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, she was raised in Bangalore since her infancy. The actress made her debut through Kannada movie Aishwarya with Upendra. She is now one of the top most actresses in Bollywood.
She was born as Sweety Shetty in a Mangalore Bunt family. Born and brought up in Bengaluru, this actress is a star in her own right in the Telugu film industry. The actress started of as a Yoga instructor, but soon started working in Telugu movies. Today she is one of the top most actresses in Tollywood.
The actress was born in Mangaluru. She attended college in Mumbai, where she started to do modelling. Soon the actress forayed in to acting and made her debut in the super hit movie Baazigar, opposite to Shah Rukh Khan. The actress has done several movies and many of them like Phir Milenge have been critically acclaimed.
Suniel Shetty was born in Mulki near Udupi. He moved to Mumbai in 1991 to become an actor. The actor made his debut in 1992 with the movie Balwaan. He was famous for his action hero roles. Today the actor has his own production house and has made several movies under his banner Popcorn Motion Picture.
The actress who also goes by the name Raai Laxmi, was born in Belgaum, Karnataka. She is now one of the most sought after actress in Tamil and Telugu film industry. Known for her infectious smile, the actress has delivered hit movies like Muni 2 : Kanchana and Mankatha.
Rohit Shetty is a film director in Bollywood. He hails from Mangaluru. His father M.B. Shetty was an actor and fight master. Rohit Shetty became popular after directing movies such as Golmaal, Singham, Chennai Express, Bol Bachchan and others. Today he is one of the most popular directors in Bollywood.
The actress belongs to a Tulu speaking Mangaluru family. She was born in Hyderabad. The actress is known for her striking resemblance to Aishwarya Rai. She was introduced in Bollywood by Salman Khan in Lucky : No Time For Love. Although she hasn't been successful in Hindi, the actress has made her career in Telugu movies.