Kalpana - Kannada

Other names of Kalpana - Kannada: Sharat Lata, Minugu Taare

Kalpana was a veteran actress in South Indian Screen and had predominantly acted in Kannada films and was considered a style icon. She set a trend in dresses, jewels and even saris that she had worn on the screen which ultimately became a fashion in the consumer world. She was an actress who had dominated the screen with feminist characters that sent a message to the society and even film fraternity too. She made a successful pair with Dr Rajkumar and after getting huge success in Kannada films, she even had acted in Tulu, Tamil and Telugu languages too. She debuted in Kannada film industry and paired with Rajkumar in ‘Saaku Magalu’ which was an instant hit in 1963. Then, she emerged as a star in Sandalwood. Later on, she acted along with almost all leading heroes and under the top banners.

In her contract, she used to mention that only singers like S. Janaki or P. Susheela be allowed to sing, and she made a clause in the contract that she would not wear any dirty costumes if she did not like. Hence, full sleeve blouses trend followed in the film industry and became a huge acceptance even in the society. She also asked for author-backed roles from moviemakers, and it stood a stiff competition with other heroines like Jayanthi, Bharathi, Aarathi and Manjula. To retain her top position as an actress, she formed a good equation with prominent director Puttana Kanagal and their association made some milestone Kannada films. But when this association broke away, she got faded soon despite her films were hit but it did not contain the same magic that she provided in author-backed roles.

Her prominent co-stars include Udaya Kumar, Anant Nag and Gangadhar too. Some notable films that remain highly acclaimed films in Kannada market include Sharapanjara, Gejje Pooje, Belli Moda, Eradu Kanasu, Kappu Bilupu, etc. After her exit from the camp of Puttana Kannagal, she diverted her attention towards the stage, drama and even acted in Tamil and Telugu films. When her star image was diminishing, she met with financial debts that brought her lot of sufferings in her personal life. From a high-paid actress, her earning came down to mere Rs 800 during late 70’s. She wanted her brother to become a film cameraman but could not fulfill the dream as she was under debt. She even married an owner of a drama company Gudigeri Basavaraj and had committed suicide due to some misunderstanding. She was very much depressed before the night she committed suicide, and it is said that she consumed 14 sleeping pills and a diamond from her ring to end her life.

She passed away on May 12, 1979. Her death sent ripples of shock amidst the film fraternity. Now a Kannada film ‘ Abhinetri’ based on her life and tragic death was released in 2015 which succeeded in telling the story of this actress to the audiences.

Chindodi Leela Kannada Actress

Chindodi Leela

Chindodi Leela was a renowned Indian Actress on television and stage. She was a great writer for Karnataka and a politician from the same state. She started her journey from 1928, and was there in the profession for almost 80 years, played different roles in 32 films. From the teenage onwards, even though her personal interests lies acting in real life situations, she played number of shows related to historical events and mythological tales as well. It includes Janapada, Tipu Sultan and Gunasagari. Her play in Polusana Magalu, which means a police officer’s daughter, was a great one in her journey. This famous Drama Show entered into Guinness book of records had screened for 4500 shows. It was about a love story between the daughter of a police officer and the villain, where she finally caught shooting the villain at the end of the movie. Leela got an acting opportunity at the age of five, when she played a role in Halli Hudugi. She got huge exposure in Kannada cinema for her leading roles in movies like Sharapanjara (1971), Kittur Chennamma (1962), Rani Chanamma (1962), Gaali Gopura (1962), Krishnadevaraya. She was the producer for Hamsalekha, a film about a blind musician called Panchakshari Gavaayi. This movie gave her various awards from state and central Governments. She was also a Member of Legislative Council from Karnataka for a term of six years. For more than three decades, she ran the Karnataka Nataka Academy and received various awards like the Sangeet Natak Academy award, the PadmaShri for his outstanding efforts as an Actress in Kannada film industry. She also won Sri Krishnadevaraya Award from the Andhra Pradesh Government. The Karnataka Government recognized her efforts to the film industry and presented her with Dr. Gubbi Veeranna Award, which was the highest level of honour in Karnataka state for any theater personality. For Leela theatre means a temple to worship. In all her life, she worked very hard to implement the education in theatre in all the government schools. Her message to all the lovers of theatre was to keep the culture and the moral values of our country and pass down to our future generations. She died on 21st January, 2010 due to heart attack, after which she was cremated near Davanagere.

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Mynavathi

Mynavathi was a veteran actress who was born in Bengaluru on July 26, 1935. She has appeared in many television series and even have acted with legendary actor Rajkumar in her career. Her father, Ranga Rao, was a musician. She is also the younger sister of prominent actress Pandari Bai. She acted over 100 films. She played the lead role in many of the films that had Rajkumar as a hero. In Tamil cinema, she acted with thespian Sivaji Ganesan. This actress made her debut as a child artiste in ‘Santa Sakku’. Her break as a heroine was with veteran actor Rajkumar in the film ‘Bhatkta Vijaya’(1856). Later, she went to act one more mythological film Hari Bhakta. In Kannada films, he also acted with other leading actors too such as Udaya Kumar and Kalyan Kumar. She normally acted in many films that were produced by her sister Pandari Bai. Later she moved in doing character roles which were received with great appreciation by masses. Her prominent films include Rayara Sose, Naane Bhagyavathi, Anuradha, etc. She later ventured into TV production which helped her to launch her son. She appeared in TV serials such as Amma, Manetana, Mahayagna, and Sumangali. She even launched her own media house ‘Yantra Media" in the 1980s with her sons. As an actress, she was gifted and even acted with prominent artiste like Prem Nazir, Savithri, B. Saroja Devi, etc. She was in a depressive mood as one of her son Shyamsundar had passed away due to cardiac arrest. Her son Guru Dutt is a small screen actor. She passed away on November 10, 2012, After her marriage, she had quit films. She had been a very religious person in her personal life and considered to be a great devotee of Lord Krishna and Goddesses Durga.

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Mynavathi Kannada Actress