Sushma K. Rao is a famous Kannada TV actor noted for her beautiful portrayal of Bhavana in the Kannada serial, “”. The 29 year old actress was born on February 23, 1985, and she hails from Koppa, Chikmangaluru district, Karnataka. She initially started her career as a Bharatanatyam dancer with Bharatanjali group of Nrityakalamandiram, and has performed all over India.
Sushma, who is a BSc degree holder in Computer Science from KLE College, also holds a BA Hindi degree from Madras University. Sushma then went on to act in a number of serials like “”, “
Sose Thanda Sowbhagya
” ,and “
Tharle Nan Maklu
”. Sushma’s foray into television was due to her reluctance to take up glamorous roles in Kannada films. She was offered the lead role in the Kannada movie, “Excuse Me”, but refused the offer as she had to wear western outfits.
She made her debut on television by playing a small role in S Narayan’s television serial “Bhageerathi” as Hema Panchamukhi’s sister. Sushma then got her big break as the lead character in the popular serial, “Gupta Gamini”. The serial, which ran for more than 5 years on ETV, made Sushma a household name. Her acting prowess needed no more proof as she was offered a triple role in another popular serial on ETV’s “Yaava Janmada Maitri”. The talented actress won a number of awards including Best actress award from Essel Karnataka's Best Television Award in 2007. Other awards include Best Magalu in Zee Kutumba Award, and Best Kutumba Award for Sose Thanda Sowbhagya, both in the year of 2012.
The popular TV actress married
in 2007. Preetham, who rose to fame with his screenplay for Mungaru Male, then went on to direct few other movies. Their marriage lasted for 6 years as the couple decided to separated in 2013. Sushma has been tight lipped about the break up, but Preetham has been quoted as saying the couple separated due to unresolved misunderstandings. Sushma, who cut back on her acting assignments post marriage, worked as an anchor for ETV game show “Genes”.
Currently, she plays the role of a host for some of the ETV shows aired on the same channel.