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Sudha Rani

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Occupation  Actress
Children  Nidhi
Role  Actress
Name  Sudha Rani
Years active  1978–present

Sudha Rani smiles while wearing earrings and a red and white shirt

Born  August 14,1973 (age 47) Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Spouse  Dr.Sanjay (m. 1999–2000), Goverdhan
Parents  Gopalakrishna, Nagalakshmi
Movies  Anuraga Sangama, Anand, Manamecchida Hudugi, Mannina Doni, Mane Devru

Similar  Shruti (actress), S P Balasubrahmanyam, Malashri

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Jayashree (born 14 August 1973), known by her screen name Sudha Rani, is an Indian actress, voice artist and a former model. She has primarily worked in Kannada films, though she appeared in a few Tamil (credited as Shali), Telugu and Malayalam cinemas.


Sudha Rani wearing a pink shirt, necklaces, and pair of earrings

At the age of 3, Rani was chosen as a child model for a commercial biscuit brand. As a child artist, she played her first child role in the film Kiladi Kittu (1978). She followed it with films such as Kulla Kulli (1980), Anupama (1981) and Ranganayaki (1981). She debuted as a lead actress at age 12 with the film Anand (1986) opposite Shiva Rajkumar. During the late 1980s and throughout 1990s, she was part of several commercial successes such as Ranaranga (1988), Krishna Nee Kunidaga (1989), Panchama Veda (1989), Mysooru Mallige (1992), Mannina Doni (1992), Mane Devru (1993), Anuraga Sangama (1995) and Sparsha (2000) among others. Her Tamil films, Annakili Sonna Kathai (1989) and Vasanthakala Paravai (1991) were commercial successes.

Sudha Rani wearing a blue printed shirt, a necklace, and pair of earrings

She has so far won the Filmfare Awards and Karnataka State Film Awards twice for her performances.

Sudha Rani wearing a green shirt while carrying a shoulder bag inside a room

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Early years

Sudha Rani smiles while wearing a blue printed shirt, a necklace, and pair of earrings

Sudha Rani was born to Gopalakrishna and Nagalakshmi. She is the niece of popular film personality, Chi. Udaya Shankar and the cousin of actor-director Chi. Guru Dutt. She began modelling in print ads at the age of three. Her mother enrolled her in dance classes at age five. Rani is a Kuchipudi and Bharata Natyam dancer. At age 7, she was roped in by her brother for his short film based on children, titled as Child is Here which won an international award. She was also actively participating in the children shows at the Prabhat Kalavidaru theatre troupe.

Film career

Sudha Rani smiles while wearing a printed shirt, necklaces, and pair of earrings

Rani was noticed by the spouse of actor and singer Rajkumar in a thread ceremony video at the age of 12. Rajkumar selected her to be the heroine of the film Anand (1986). She went on to appear in such films as Mana Mechchida Hudugi, Samara, Aasegobba Meesegobba, Anna Tangi, and Midida Shruthi. In 1989, she made her debut in Tamil with the film Annakili Sonna Kathai and after a gap of 3 years, she starred in Vasanthakala Paravai, which was a commercial success. Following the same she has acted in 10 more Tamil films and in all these films she was credited as 'Shali'. She speaks Tamil very fluently. She paired with Ramesh Aravind in over eight films, including Panchama Veda, Shrigandha, Aragini, and Anuraga Sangama. Rani dominated the Kannada film industry in the 1990s.

Personal life

At the peak of her career, Rani married an U.S. based anesthesia specialist, Dr. Sanjay. However citing understanding differences, she parted ways after having stayed in the US for 5 years. Later, she married her relative, Govardhan. she has a daughter Nidhi born in the year 2001.


Rani was twice awarded the Karnataka State Award for Best Actress: in 1988 for the film Panchama Veda and in 1991 for Mysore Mallige. For the latter film, she also won the Filmfare Best Actress Award.Sudha lives in Bangalore and is actively involved in the films and art industry carefully picking her projects. She is widely respected as a judge of talent competitions and as an actress who has matured with age. She is very selective about the films that she signs


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