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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, Telugu, Tulu and Malayalam cinemas.
Sudharani in Bharath Stores, 2012
14 August 1973
At the age of three, Rani was chosen as a child model for a commercial biscuit brand. As a child artist, she acted in Kiladi Kittu (1978), Kulla Kulli (1980), Anupama (1981) Bhagyavantha and Ranganayaki (1981). She debuted as a lead actress at age 13 with Anand (1986). 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) Swathi, Midida Shruti, Aragini, Shreegandha, Kunkuma Bhagya, Kavya, Saptapadi, Munjaneya Manju, Manamecchida hudugi, and Sparsha (2000) among others. She has so far won the Filmfare Awards and Karnataka State Film Awards twice each for her performances.
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 also actively participated in the children shows at the Prabhat Kalavidaru theatre troupe.
Rani was noticed by producer Parvathamma Rajkumar in a thread ceremony video when she was 12 and selected to be the heroine for the film Anand (1986) opposite Shiva Rajkumar. They became a popular pair and she went on to appear in more films as Mana Mechchida Hudugi, Samara, Aasegobba Meesegobba, Anna Tangi, and Midida Shruthi opposite Shiva Rajkumar. She was paired with Ramesh Aravind in over eight films, including Panchama Veda, Shrigandha, Aragini, Ganda Mane Makkalu, Varagala Bete, Balondu Chaduranga, Accident and Anuraga Sangama. Rani dominated the Kannada film industry in the 1990s. Her Tamil films Annakili Sonna Kathai and Vasanthakala Paravai, proved to be commercial successes. She acted in almost 10 Tamil films and was credited as 'Shali'.
At the peak of her career, Rani married a U.S.-based anesthesia specialist, Dr. Sanjay based the US. However citing irreconcilable differences, they parted ways. Later, she married her relative, Govardhan and has a daughter Nidhi, born in 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. She 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.
|1991||Panchama Veda||Karnataka State Film Awards||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress||Won|
|1992||Mysore Mallige||Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress||Won|
|Karnataka State Film Awards||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress||Won|
|2000||Sparsha||Filmfare Awards South||Best Actress||Won|
|2015||Vaastu Prakaara||Filmfare Awards South||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
- All films are in Kannada, unless otherwise noted.
|1978||Kiladi Kittu||Geetha||K. S. R. Das||Credited as Baby Jayashree|
|1980||Kulla Kulli||H. R. Bhargava||Credited as Baby Jayashree|
|1981||Ranganayaki||Puttanna Kanagal||Credited as Baby Jayashree|
|Anupama||Renuka Sharma||Credited as Baby Jayashree|
|Bhagyavantha||B. S. Ranga||Credited as Baby Jayashree|
|1982||Baadada Hoo||K. V. Jayaram||Credited as Sudha|
|1986||Anand||Mala||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao||As lead actress|
|1987||Manamecchida Hudugi||Gowri||M. S. Rajashekar|
|1988||Devatha Manushya||Seetha||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
|Ganda Mane Makkalu||T. P. Gajendra|
|Sambhavami Yuge Yuge||Siddalingaiah|||
|1989||Krishna Nee Kunidaga||Radha||Dwarakish|
|Manmatha Raja||Om Sai Prakash|||
|Avane Nanna Ganda||S. Umesh
|Annakili Sonna Kathai||Gowri||S. Devaraj||Tamil film|||
|Narasimha||Om Sai Prakash|||
|1990||Panchama Veda||Rukmini||P. H. Vishwanath||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress|
|Aasegobba Meesegobba||Asha||M. S. Rajashekar|
|Ashoka Chakra||B. Ramamurthy|
|Halliya Surasuraru||Tiptur Raghu|
|Shabarimale Swamy Ayyappa||Parvathi||Renuka Sharma|
|1991||Varagala Bete||Renuka Sharma|
|Vasanthakala Paravai||Pavithran||Tamil film
Credited as Shali
|1992||Mysore Mallige||Padma||T. S. Nagabharana||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
|Midida Shruthi||M. S. Rajashekar|
|Sugamana Sumaigal||R. Parthiban||Tamil film
Credited as Shali
|Mannina Doni||Saubhagya||M. S. Rajashekar|
|Jeevana Chaitra||Lakshmi||Dorai-Bhagavan||Guest appearance|
|Vasanthakala Malargal||A. R. Ramesh||Tamil film
Credited as Shali
|Sapthapadi||H. R. Bhargava|
|Mouna Mozhi||Kasthuri Raja||Tamil film
Credited as Shali
|Belliyappa Bangarappa||Herself||Poorna Pragna||Guest appearance|
|Hosa Raaga||K. V. Jayaram|
|1993||Munjaneya Manju||Meera||P. H. Vishwanath|
|Mane Devru||Janaki||V. Ravichandran|
|Bhagawan Sri Saibaba||Om Sai Prakash|
|Hrudaya Bandhana||B. Ramamurthy|
Credited as Shali
|Ananda Jyothi||Jyothi||Chi. Dattaraj|
|Kumkuma Bhagya||B. Subba Rao|
|Chinnari Mutha||T. S. Nagabharana||Special appearance|
|Bangar Patler||Dr. Richard Castelino||Tulu film|
|1994||Mahakshathriya||Priyadarshini||Rajendra Singh Babu|
|Gold Medal||Om Prakash Rao|
|Vijaya Kankana||Shankar Sugnalli|
|Curfew||H. S. Rajashekar||Guest appearance|
|1995||Srigandha||P. H. Vishwanath|
|Aragini||P. H. Vishwanath|
|Aadyathe Kanmani||Ambika||Rajasenan||Malayalam film|
|Kona Edaithe||B. Jayashree Devi||Guest appearance|
|Mr. Abhishek||N. T. Jayarama Reddy|
|Anuraga Sangama||V. Umakanth|
|Samara||Chi Guru Dutt|
|Vasantha Kavya||Kavya||S. Narayan|
|Stunt Master||V. Chandrahas|
|1999||Naanenu Maadlilla||Dinesh Babu|
|2000||Sparsha||Radha||Sunil Kumar Desai||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada|
|2001||Sri Manjunatha||K. Raghavendra Rao||Also in Telugu;
|Chandana Chiguru||Bharathi Teacher||Abdul Rehman Pasha|
|2003||Preethi Prema Pranaya||Kavitha Lankesh|
|Talikattuva Shubhavele||Jyothi||N. R. K. Vishwanath|||
|2005||Namma Basava||Veera Shankar|
|Anna Thangi||Om Sai Prakash|
|Thunta||Om Prakash Rao|
|Auto Shankar||D. Rajendra Babu|
|Magic Ajji||Nirmala Devi||Dinesh Babu|
|Abhinandane||Kamala||N. Ramachandra Rao|
|Mandya||Om Prakash Rao|
|Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide||Prem||Special appearance|
|2008||Accident||Suguna Shankar||Ramesh Aravind||Guest appearance|
|Mr. Garagasa||Gauri||Dinesh Babu|
|Prachanda Ravana||Srinivas Prasad|
|Navashakti Vaibhava||Goddess Sharadamba||Om Sai Prakash|
|2009||Maleyali Jotheyali||Preetham Gubbi||Special appearance|
|Ghauttham||Rajeswari||K. Rajeev Prasad|
|Bhagyada Balegara||Om Sai Prakash||Guest appearance|
|Eshtu Nagthi Nagu||Chindodi Madhukesh|
|Thamassu||Agni Sridhar||Guest appearance|
|Jolly Boy||D. Sabhapathi|
|2012||Indina Satya||Aditya Chikkanna|
|2013||Bharath Stores||Bharathi||P. Sheshadri|
|2014||Vasundhara||T. S. Nagabharana|
|Sachin! Tendulkar Alla||S. Mohan|
|Vaastu Prakaara||Vandana||Yogaraj Bhat||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|Rebel||Rajendra Singh Babu|
|Love U Alia||Indrajit Lankesh|
|2016||Siganduru Chowdeshwari Mahime||Chowdeshwari Devi||Shashikumar|
|July 22, 1947||Vishal Raj|
|2017||Happy New Year||Varalakshmi||Pannaga Bharana|
|Dada is Back||Santhosh|
|Nibunan||Doctor||Arun Vaidyanathan||Tamil film|
|2018||Life Jothe Ondh Selfie||Thulsi||Dinakar Thoogudepa|
|2019||Premier Padmini||Spandana||Ramesh Indira|
|Vrithra||Gowtham Iyer G|
|Kannad Gothilla||Mayura Raghavendra|
|Padde Huli||Guru Deshpande|
|2020||Maayabazar 2016||Usha||Radha Krishna Reddy|
|Thurthu Nirgamana||Hemanth Kumar||Filming|
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