Pavitra Lokesh (born c. 1979) is an Indian film and television actress.[5] She appears primarily in Kannada and Telugu films playing supporting roles. The daughter of stage and film actor Mysore Lokesh, she made her film debut at 16 and has since appeared in over 150 Kannada films. At 5 feet 10 inches she was the tallest actress at that time, but managing to do several noteworthy roles even acting against very shorter heroes.[1] For her performance in the Kannada film Naayi Neralu (2006), she was awarded the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.[6] Her brother Adi Lokesh and husband Suchendra Prasad are actors.[7][8]

Pavitra Lokesh
Bornc. 1979 (age 40–41)[1][2]
Years active1994–present
Suchendra Prasad (m. 2007)

Early lifeEdit

Pavitra was born in Mysore. Her father, Lokesh, was an actor and her mother, a teacher. She has a younger brother, Adi Lokesh. Her father died when Pavitra was in Class nine. Upon securing 80 per cent in her matriculation examination, she aspired to become a civil servant. However, following her father's death, she decided to help her mother who she said was "overburdened with family responsibilities".[2] Initially reluctant to follow her father's footsteps towards a career in acting, she completed her bachelor's degree in commerce from SBRR Mahajana First Grade College, Mysore, and appeared for the Civil Services Examination. After failing to clear the examination in her first attempt, she took to acting before moving to Bangalore.[9]



Pavitra took to acting in 1994 on the advice of actor Ambareesh. She made her debut in Mister Abhishek that saw the latter play the lead role. In the same year, she appeared in Bangarada Kalasha. Having not gained recognition from these films, Pavitra completed her graduation and began working for a human resource consulting company. During the time, T. S. Nagabharana offered her a role in his film Janumada Jodi that released in 1996. Speaking about the phase in a 2006 interview with The Hindu, she said, "I never felt comfortable. I felt lonely. But when Nagabharana insisted, I had to take a decision. I resolved to make films my career - no preparation. The only reason to take a plunge was my circumstances. It has been tough to keep it going without a godfather or a guide. So I just accepted every film that came my way." Not being offered lead roles due to her tallness, she continued playing supporting roles. In the comedy Ulta Palta (1997), she played a vamp.[2]

Pavitra received critical acclaim for her performance in Girish Kasaravalli's period drama Naayi Neralu, a film based on S. L. Bhyrappa's novel of the same name. Impressed by her performance in the television soap Guptagamini, Kasaravalli cast her as a widowed Venkatalakshmi, daughter-in-law and mother of two other characters; the film revolving around these three characters living under one roof, and projecting their own perspectives exposing generation gap in a conflict-ridden society.[10] Her portrayal of a woman caught between tradition and desire won her the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress.


In Nagabharana's television soap Jeevanmukhi, she was cast as a middle-aged widow, a role that was received well. She received recognition for her role in the soap Guptagamini that was aired in the early 2000s. "She played a wife, a mother and a sister caught in the web of human emotions".[11] During the time, she also appeared in other soaps such as Gelathi, Neethi Chakra, Dharitri, Punarjanma and Eshwari.[9][12]

Partial filmographyEdit




  • Ayogya (2019) as Bhavani's mother


  • Jeevanmukhi
  • Eshwari (2004)
  • Swabhimaana
  • Olave Namma Baduku (2007)
  • Punnaga (2017–)[13]
  • Aramane Gili (2019 - present)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Karnataka State Film Awards
Filmfare Awards South
South Indian International Movie Awards


  1. ^ a b Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (17 June 2012). "An eventful career". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Ganesh, K. R. (29 September 2006). "Into the light". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  3. ^ Pavithra Lokesh’s Movies And TV serials
  4. ^ "True To Their Roles". Bangalore Mirror. 30 November 2008. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  5. ^ Rao, Geetha (25 February 2007). ""If I go back to zero, I can start all over again"". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  6. ^ "`Naayi Neralu' best film; Shivrajkumar best actor". The Hindu. 20 September 2006. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Aadi Lokesh is the brother of Pavithra Lokesh". The Times of India. 19 December 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  8. ^ Chowdhary, Y. Sunita (17 March 2015). "Balancing parallel cinema". The Hindu. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  9. ^ a b Srinivasa, Srikanth (25 July 2004). "Donning a new garb". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  10. ^ Warrier, Shobha (27 March 2006). "'The fascination with Bollywood is momentary'". Archived from the original on 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  11. ^ Srinivasa, Srikanth (14 January 2007). "Pavithra says..." Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 25 April 2017. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  12. ^ Srinnivasa, Srikanth (4 July 2004). "Eshwari scales popularity charts". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  13. ^ "'Punnaga's lead characters Anirudh and Punnaga all set to tie the knot in tonight's episode". The Times of India. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  14. ^ "Nominations for the 63rd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South)". Filmfare. 7 June 2016. Archived from the original on 8 October 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  15. ^ "SIIMA 2016 nominations out — here is the list". 27 May 2016. Archived from the original on 20 September 2016. Retrieved 23 April 2017.

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