Rajshri Ponappa is a South Indian actress. She primarily works on Malayalam and Kannada films. She initially worked as a radio jockey before coming to the tele-world. Rajshri was born and brought up in Bangalore. Her parents, MM Ponappa and Jyothi MP, are from Kerala. She currently has a house in Mumbai where occasionally lives. Rajshri began her career as a model but she also wanted to be radio jockey. She auditioned for RJ on a TV Channel where she also got selected to perform in a dance show. She was also a cinematographer and director in her college days and has directed a few documentaries.
After appearing in some reality shows like D for Danger and
, she started getting some recognition. Rajshri became the face of the Zee Kannada TV Channel. After seeing her photograph, various producers were mesmerized and finally her career as an actress kick-started with the 2013 drama film Pithavinum Puthranam Parishudhatmvinum (Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit). Going the unconventional way, she appeared as a troubled nun in this movie. Although supporting in nature, her brave act overwhelmed the critics. Track & Trolly Production, who eventually signed her to a three-film deal, produced the film.
Rajshri appeared on the cover of Outlook Magazine in 2013. Next year she appeared in yet another women-centric drama named Aram (2014). Her de-glamourous avatar again generated rave reviews. However, what turned critics’ heads was her superb twist in the pivotal role in Vasundhara (2014). National award-winning director, T. S. Nagabharana, directed that movie. In 2015, she started in the action-comedy, Rocket, which made her heartthrob of many boys. After that, she played the role of a village girl in the 2016 action-comedy, Mental Police, opposite Shrikanth.
This was her debut movie in the Telugu film industry. In 2017, she landed her most critically acclaimed film till date,
Happy New Year
. The film is an anthology integrated within a movie. It is a slice of life movie depicting the lives of various middle-class people living in a city and circles around the emotions they experience in their lives. Happy New Year holds a 7.5 rating on IMDb. It has already reached the cult status among the young audiences of South India. She is a fan of the Royal Challengers Bengaluru in IPL and Bengaluru F.C in I-League. Her birthday is on 18th February.