Malashri (born 10 August 1973) is an Indian actress. She has predominantly worked in Kannada films and was the topmost heroine in the 1990s. She has also worked in Telugu and Tamil cinema. Malashri was popular for playing diverse roles in women-centric movies many of which were highly successful at the box-office. She was popularly called Kanasina Rani ("Dream Girl") in the media.[2]

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Malashri at sp bhaargavi shooting kantheerava studio
Sri Durga

(1973-08-10) 10 August 1973 (age 49)
Other namesMalashree
Years active1979–present
(m. 1997; died 2021)
RelativesSubhashri (sister)

Malashri made her debut as a heroine with the Kannada film Nanjundi Kalyana (1989). Her portrayal of a haughty, shrewish woman won her accolades and heralded her as a top actress of Kannada Cinema. She established herself as the topmost heroine in Kannada cinema with films like Gajapathi Garvabhanga (1989), Policena Hendthi (1990), Kitturina Huli (1990), Rani Maharani (1990), Hrudaya Haadithu (1991), for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress, Ramachaari (1991), Belli Kalungura (1992), Solillada Saradara (1993) and Gadibidi Aliya (1995).

In 2015 she won her first Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress[3] for her action-oriented role in Ganga. In 1992, 19 movies starring her were released. With that, she broke the 24-year-old record of highest releases in Kannada in lead role in a single year surpassing Rajkumar who had 16 releases in 1968.[4]


Child artisteEdit

Malashri began her career as a child artiste and appeared in 35 films in Tamil and Telugu and she played the role of a boy in 26 of them.[5] In a talk show, Majaa Talkies, she said that as a child, she was a fan of actor Amitabh Bachchan and would dress up like him, which prompted directors to cast her as a boy, in 1979 films like Imayam and Neela Malargal.[6]

Lead rolesEdit

Writer and lyricist Chi. Udaya Shankar introduced Malashri to the Rajkumar family when they were on the look out for a fresh face opposite their son Raghavendra Rajkumar who was gearing to make his debut. Parvathamma Rajkumar decided to cast her in Nanjundi Kalyana (1989) and rechristened her from Durga to Malashri. Malashri went on to act in two other films with Vajreshwari Combines, Gajapathi Garvabhanga opposite Raghavendra again, and Mruthyunjaya with Shiva Rajkumar.

In 1990 Malashri took on the famous double role in Rani Maharani (immortalized by Sridevi in Chaalbaaz) and won a huge fan following with her powerhouse performance. Her next film Hrudaya Haadithu where she played a young woman inflicted with a heart problem won her acclaim from the masses and critics alike as well as the Filmfare Best actress award for 1991. As she churned out hit after hit even the stalwart V. Ravichandran, who till then believed only in importing heroines from other states, cashed in on her popularity by casting her in Ramachaari (a remake of Tamil Hit Chinna Thambi). The move paid off, enabling him to come out of the financial crisis he faced due to the debacle of Shanti Kranti.

In later part of the 90s, Malashri had a string of less successful films like Prema Khaidi, Snehada Kadalalli, Megha Mandara, Arishina Kumkuma, and Solillada Saradara. She took brief hiatus after marriage and made comeback in the new millennium with "angry woman" roles in Chamundi (2000), Kannadada Kiran Bedi (2009), Shakti (2012), Veera (2013) and Ganga (2015).

Personal lifeEdit

Malashri was born and brought up in Chennai (Chennai).[7] She shot to fame with Nanjundi Kalyana in 1989 but her personal life hit an all-time low the same year when her mother died in a road accident. She was in a relationship with actor Sunil, her co-star of many films.[8] But in 1994 they met with a car accident and while Malashree suffered multiple injuries, Sunil died on the spot. It was rumoured that they had been planning to get married.[9] She was married to film producer Ramu in 1997 and they had a daughter together, Ananya (b. 2001).[10] Her sister Subhashri was also an actress, who appeared in South Indian films. Her husband Ramu died on 26 April 2021 due to Covid.[11]


Year Film Costar Language Notes
1979 Imayam Tamil Credited as Baby Durga
Neela Malargal Tamil
1986 Manakanakku Tamil
1988 Chinababu Telugu
Ramudu Bheemudu Telugu
Varasudochhadu Telugu
1989 Nanjundi Kalyana Raghavendra Raj Kumar Kannada
Gajapathi Garvabhanga Raghavendra Raj Kumar Kannada
Chinnari Sneham Telugu
Chinna Chinna Aasaigal Tamil Credited as Rasika
1990 Prema Khaidi Harish Telugu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu
Policena Hendthi Shashi Kumar Kannada
Mruthyunjaya Shivraj Kumar, Shashi Kumar Kannada
Raja Kempu Roja Raviraj Kannada
Aatha Naan Pass Ayittaen Tamil
Rani Maharani Ambarish, Shashi Kumar Kannada Dual roles
Prathap Arjun Sarja Kannada
1991 Hrudaya Haadithu Ambarish Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Kitturina Huli Shashi Kumar Kannada
Thavarumane Udugore Sridhar Kannada
Readymade Ganda Shashi Kumar Kannada
S. P. Bhargavi Devaraj Kannada
Ramachaari Ravichandran Kannada
Gandu Sidigundu Ambarish Kannada
Rowdy & MLA Ambarish Kannada
Halli Rambhe Belli Bombe Guru Dutt Kannada
Gruha Pravesha Devaraj, Sridhar Kannada
Kollur Kala Shashi Kumar Kannada
Mangalya Sridhar, Sunil Kannada
1992 Belli Kalungura Sunil Kannada
Hatamari Hennu Kiladi Gandu Sridhar Kannada
Shivanaga Arjun Sarja Kannada
Belli Modagalu Ramesh Aravind Kannada
Sindhoora Thilaka Sunil Kannada
Vajrayudha Ramesh Aravind Kannada
Malashree Mamashree Sunil Kannada
Solillada Saradara Ambarish Kannada
Nagaradalli Nayakaru Sunil Kannada
Kanasina Rani Shashi Kumar Kannada
Sahasi Sunil Kannada
Prema Sangama Ambarish Kannada
Megha Mandara Ambarish Kannada
Gruha Lakshmi Sridhar Kannada
Halli Krishna Delhi Radha Sunil Kannada
Snehada Kadalalli Sunil, Arjun Sarja Kannada
Mana Mecchida Sose Sunil Kannada
Marana Mrudanga Sunil Kannada
Belliyappa Bangarappa Kumar Bangarappa Kannada Guest appearance
Kaliyuga Seethe Sunil Kannada
1993 Hendthi Helidare Kelabeku Harish Kannada
Mangalya Bandhana Anant Nag Kannada
Kalyana Rekhe Shashi Kumar Kannada
Navibbaru Namagibbaru Raghavendra Rajkumar Kannada
Paruvu Prathistha Telugu
Akka Chellelu Telugu
Urmila Telugu
Lovers Telugu
Bava Bavamaridi Suman Telugu
1994 Police Alludu Telugu
Allari Police Telugu
Bhale Maavayya Telugu
Bangaru Mogudu Telugu
Thodi Kodallu Telugu
1995 Mutthinantha Hendthi Sai Kumar Kannada
Gadibidi Aliya Shivraj Kumar Kannada
Giddu Dada Ram Kumar Kannada
Lady Police Harish Kannada
Putmalli Sai Kumar Kannada
Hello Sister Shashi Kumar Kannada
Gharana Alludu Krishna Telugu
1996 Sahasa Veerudu Sagara Kanya Venkatesh Telugu
Circle Inspector Devaraj, Sai Kumar Kannada
Arishina Kunkuma Sridhar Kannada
Nirnaya Sanjay Kannada Special appearance
1997 Surya Putrulu Suman Telugu
Ganga Yamuna Shivraj Kumar Kannada
C.B.I. Durga Charan Raj Kannada
Lady Commissioner Kannada
Akka Kannada
Zindabad Kannada
1998 Lady Tiger Kannada
Agni Sakshi Kannada
Goonda Matthu Police Gurudutt Kannada
Tiger Padmini Kannada
2000 Chamundi Kannada
2001 Bhavani IPS Kannada
2004 Durgi Kannada
2009 Kannadada Kiran Bedi Kannada
2012 Shakti Kannada
2013 Veera Kannada
2013 Election Kannada
2014 Gharshane Kannada
2015 Mahakali Kannada
2015 Ganga Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
2016 John Jani Janardhan Kannada Special appearance
2017 Uppu Huli Khara Kannada
TBA Malashree Malashri Kannada Announced[12]


Karnataka State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
Other awards

1990 - Nandi Award for best Supporting Actress - Prema Khaidi


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