Shweta (born 31 March 1983), known by her stage name Rakshita, is an Indian television personality, film producer and former actress. Since 2017, she has judged on the television competition Comedy Khiladigalu. She is well known for her career as an actor predominantly in Kannada films between 2002 and 2007.

Rakshitha in 2004 film, Kalasipalya

(1983-03-31) 31 March 1983 (age 38)[1]
  • Television personality
  • film producer
  • actress
(m. 2007)

In addition to Kannada, Rakshita worked has worked in Tamil and Telugu language films after having made her debut in the 2002 Kannada film Appu. She had a brief stint in politics, between 2012 and 2014.

Early lifeEdit

Rakshita was brought up in Bangalore. Her father B. C. Gowrishankar was a cinematographer and mother Mamatha Rao, an actress, both of who worked in Kannada films. Rakshita underwent an acting course under Krishnamurthy Kavathar's tutelage for about 15 days before entering films. Pursuing a bachelor's degree in computer applications (BCA) from Sri Bhagawan Mahaveer Jain College in Bangalore at the time, she discontinued during the first year before enrolling in a correspondence course for a bachelor of arts degree in 2001. During this time, she was signed to play the lead opposite Puneeth Rajkumar in Appu (2002) by producer Parvathamma Rajkumar who gave her the name Rakshita.[2]



Rakshita started her career with the Kannada movie Appu with Puneeth Rajkumar. She also acted in remakes of the same movie in Telugu titled Idiot and in Tamil titled Dum alongside Silambarasan. She became a top Kannada heroine when Kalasipalya became a big hit. Apart from Puneeth Rajkumar, she formed a successful pair with all the top Kannada heroes of the time - Upendra, Sudeep, Darshan and Aditya. She has also acted with big time heroes such as Vishnuvardhan (actor), V. Ravichandran, shivarajkumar, Nagarjuna Akkineni, Vijay (actor), Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Jagapathi Babu, Ravi Teja, Chiranjeevi,and Silambarasan

After her marriage to director Prem, she cut down on her acting assignments and took over film-making. She turned producer for the prestigious Jogayya directed by Prem, starring Shivarajkumar in the lead (100th movie).


Rakshita announced that she had joined the Badavara Shramikara Raitara (BSR) Congress in March 2012, after politician B. Sriramulu announced of founding it, which eventually happened in 2013.[3] She served as the President of the women's wing of the BSR Congress till April 2013, when she quit the party citing differences with the party members over contesting elections from a constituency of her choice at the Karnataka Legislative Assembly election. In the same month, she joined the Janata Dal (Secular).[4] She again had differences with the party over its ignoring her plea for a ticket to contest from Mandya at the 2014 general election, and quit in March 2014, joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[5] Following this, she became subject to media and public ridicule, and was called a "party-hopper", having changed 3 political parties in two years.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

She likes reading books, listening to music and traveling. Her favourite authors are Agatha Christie and Sidney Sheldon. She is married to film director Prem since 2007.[7]


As producerEdit

Title Year Language Notes Ref.
Jogayya 2011 Kannada
DK 2014 Kannada
The Villain 2018 Kannada
Ek Love Ya 2021 Kannada Filming [8][9]

As actressEdit

Year Title Language Role Notes Ref.
2002 Appu Kannada Suchitra
Idiot Telugu Suchitra
Dhumm Kannada Preethi
2003 Dum Tamil Suchitra
Pellam Oorelithe Telugu Raji
Nijam Janaki
Shivamani Pallavi
Gokarna Kannada
Vijayasimha [10]
2004 Love Ganga
Lakshmi Narasimha Telugu Dancer Special appearance
Andhrawala Rakshita
Madhurey Tamil Anitha
Avale Nanna Gelathi Kannada [11]
2005 Kalasipalya Priya
Kashi From Village
Deadly Soma Jyothi
Andarivaadu Telugu Cheetila Chinni / Janki
Jagapathi Lavanya
Yashwanth Kannada


2006 Suntaragaali Manju
Neenello Naanalle
Mandya Paaru
Hubli Priya
Tananam Tananam Vanaja
2007 Ee Rajiv Gandhi Alla
Thayiya Madilu Last movie before marriage [13]
2021 Ek Love Ya Kannada TBA Filming
Special appearance
also film producer


  • 2010 – Swayamvara – host(Suvarna TV Kannada)
  • 2014 – Thaka Dhimi Tha Dancing star – Judge (ETV Kannada)
  • 2015 – Putani Pantru Season 2 – Judge (Suvarna TV Kannada)
  • 2017 – Comedy Khiladigalu – Judge (Zee Kannada)
  • 2017 – Dance Karnataka Dance- Family War -Judge (Zee Kannada)
  • 2018 – Comedy Khiladigalu Season 2 -Judge (Zee Kannada)
  • 2018 – Dance Karnataka Dance Little Masters - Judge (Zee Kannada)
  • 2018 – Comedy Khiladigalu Championship -Judge (Zee Kannada)
  • 2019 - Dance Karnataka Dance - Family War (Season 2) - Judge (Zee Kannada)
  • 2019 - Comedy Khiladigalu Season 3 - Judge (Zee Kannada)

As dubbing artistEdit


  1. ^ https://chiloka.com/celebrity/rakshita
  2. ^ Srinivasa, Srikanth (5 May 2002). "Like mother, like daughter". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 23 October 2002. Retrieved 9 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Kannada Star Rakshita Set to Join Sriramulu's Party". Daijiworld. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Rakshita now joins Janata Dal (S)". The Hindu. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Rakshita joins BJP". The Hindu. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Rakshitha termed to be a party hopper!". Sify.com. 22 March 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Prem, Rakshita to tie the knot on March 9". The Hindu. 14 February 2007. Archived from the original on 18 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Rakshitha returns to acting with 'Ek Love Ya'". Times of India. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Director Prem grabs attention with catchy title for next". The New Indian Express. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  10. ^ https://kannadamoviesinfo.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/vijayasimha-2003/
  11. ^ https://kannadamoviesinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/avale-nanna-gelathi-2004/
  12. ^ https://www.filmibeat.com/kannada/movies/yeshwanth.html
  13. ^ "Rakshitha begins shoot for TV show". thetimesofindia. 5 January 2014.
  14. ^ "Rakshitha to make a special appearance in Prem's Ek Love Ya". Cinema Express. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  15. ^ "Rakshitha returns to acting with 'Ek Love Ya'". Times of India. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Director Prem grabs attention with catchy title for next". The New Indian Express. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2019.

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