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Kannada Girls Who Made It Big In Other Languages

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The richest Indian film industries like Bollywood (Hindi Film Industry), Kollywood (Tamil Film Industry) and Tollywood (Telugu Film Industry) have welcomed new talents to their films without any barriers of languages and states. It will also be a dream of any girl to become the most sought after actress in the films. In this list Karnataka State has its own importance, when we look at the few background of few actresses, who are born and raised in our state.

Earlier in the 70s and 80s, popular actresses like Sridevi, Jayapradha and Vyjayanthimala achieved a successful transition in all three film industries like Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood. Though Sridevi and Jayaprada were from South Indian film industry, they were also considered as the on screen rivals in Bollywood.

Though Sandalwood is still considered to be a traditional and conservative film industry in India, it has given a huge break for few actresses, who are now become an established actors in other languages. Apart from divas making their on-screen debut with Kannada movies, few of them were born and brought up in Karnataka and made it big in the other languages. Though few of the actress are not seen in any Kannada movies in recent days, Kannadigas across the world are still proud to say those actresses are from Karnataka. Click on slide show to view the photos Karnataka girls, who made it big in other languages...

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was born and brought up in Mangalore, the coastal region of Karnataka. The actress ruled the Bollywood film industry from 1991 to 2010.

Shilpa Shetty

The model turned actress made her Bollywood debut with Shahrukh Khan starrer Baazigar in 1993. Shilpa Shetty is a proud girl of Karnataka, who was born in Mangalore.

Deepika Padukone

Bangalore girl Deepika Padukone made her on-screen debut with Kannada movie Aishwarya in 2006. Later the actress forayed into Bollywood and now she is the most sought after actresses.

Anushka Sharma

Though the actress was born in Uttar Pradesh, she completed her graduation from Mount Carmel College, Bangalore. Anushka Sharma made her on-screen debut with Rab Ne Banadi Jodi.

Juhi Chawla

Though Juhi Chawla made her on-screen debut with Bollywood movie Sultanat, her first Kannada film Prema Lokha opposite Crazy Star Ravichandran gave a huge break for her filmdom.


Born in conservative Tamil Brahmin family, Priyamani was raised in our Garden City Bangalore. Now the Priya is the most sought after multilingual actress.

Anushka Shetty

After seeing the list of Karnataka girls in Bollywood, here we come to the girls, who made big in South Indian Languages. Mangalore Girl Anushka Shetty is also a proud Kannadiga, who has huge demand in Telugu and Tamil.

Pranitha Subash

Pranitha made her on-screen debut with Kannada movie Porki opposite Challenging Star Darshan. The actress appearance in Pawan Kalyan's Attarintiki Daredi has made her as the highest paid actress in Tollywood.

Meghana Raj

Meghana Raj, daughter of Sandalwood's ace actors Sundar Raj and Pramila Joshai, Meghana is the popular actress in Malayalam.


Chikkaballapur beauty Haripriya has recently made her comeback to Kannada screen with Ugramm opposite Srimurali. She is the most sought after actress in Tamil and Telugu.

Sharmila Mandre

Bangalore lass Sharmila Mandre is a traditional Kannadiga. The Sajani girl has queued up few couple of movies in Tamil and Telugu.

Sanjjanaa Galrani

Sanjjanaa Galrani made her on-screen debut with Ganda Hendthi And Boyfriend is presently the busy bee in Telugu and Tamil film industry.

Kriti Kharbanda

Bangalore girl Kriti made her acting debut with Telugu movie Boni opposite Sumanth. She completed her schooling and higher studies in Bangalore.

Nithya Menon

Mollywood Queen Nithya Menon was born and brought up in Bangalore. She completed her graduation from Manipal Institute of Communications.

Laskhmi Rai

Lakshmi Rai was born in Bangalore and brought up in Belgaum. Professional model made her acting debut with Tamil movie and also made her appearance in few Kannada movies.

Nikki Galrani

Though Bangalore girl Nikki, younger sister of Sanjjanaa Galrani is a awaiting the huge break in her home, she has already bagged few hits in other film industries.

Catherine Tresa

Catherine Tresa, who is still not seen as a solo heroine in Kannada movies is a former Joshepite. The actress completed her higher education in St Joseph's College, Bangalore.

Shubra Aiyappa

Tollywood's happening actress Shubra Aiyappa is Bangalore Girl, who completed her schooling from Baldwin Girl's High School

Sanam Shetty

Sanam Shetty is proud Kannadiga. Sadly the actress is awaiting the good offer in Kannada, which she would love to do.

Aditi Chengappa

Tollywood actress Aditi Chengappa was born and brought up in Bangalore. Later she went abroad for the higher studies.

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