Prema (actress)

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For the Malayalam film actress, see Prema (Malayalam actress).
Born (1977-01-06) January 6, 1977 (age 37)
Bangalore, India
Other names Prema
Occupation Actress
Years active 1995–present

Prema (born January 6, 1977) is an Indian film actress. She has worked as a lead actress in numerous Kannada and Telugu films besides working in a few Tamil and Malayalam films . She has appeared in many commercially successful and critically acclaimed feature films. She received the Karnataka State Film Award and Filmfare Best Actress awards for her performances in Kannada films. She has featured in Om and Yajamana, which are the two major blockbuster and highest grossing films of their time in Kannada Cinema.

She has shared screen space with legendary super stars of South India like Dr. Vishnuvardhan and Dr. Mohanlal. She has also starred opposite many leading actors such as Shivrajkumar, Ravichandran, Upendra, Saikumar and Ramesh Aravind in her career spanning over two decades.

Early life[edit]

Prema was born in Bangalore on January 6. She studied in Mahila Seva Samaja High School in Bangalore. She completed her PUC in SSMRV college, Bangalore. Her hometown is Coorg. Being 6 feet tall she was an avid sports person during her college years. She was a national level player in high jump and volleyball before joining films.

Film career[edit]

Prema began her career in the Rajkumar camp in 1995 starring with both Rajkumar sons' Shivarajkumar and Raghavendra Rajkumar in Savyasachi and Aata Hudugaata respectively. Though both films did not perform well at the box-office, she was given the lead role in yet another Shivarajkumar starrer Om. This was directed by Upendra and was declared as the biggest blockbuster Kannada film of its time. Prema received rave reviews for her acting prowess and was in much demand among many directors to cast in their films. This film also brought her the much revered Karnataka State Award for Best Actress.

The year 1996 saw her perform in the critically acclaimed Sunil Kumar Desai directed Nammoora Mandara Hoove co-starring Shivarajkumar and Ramesh Aravind. This film also met with commercial success for its content as well as soundtrack by Maestro Ilayaraaja. In the same year, she branched out to Malayalam and Telugu film industries. Her Malayalam debut in The Prince opposite Mohanlal was a high successful venture. Dharma Chakram was her Telugu debut film.

The next two years were not very successful for her as she starred in some commercially failed ventures both in Kannada and Telugu films. Her comeback was noted in the 1999 released Chandramuki Pranasakhi co-starring Ramesh Aravind and Bhavana. She also starred in Upendra in the same year which had 3 other actresses. The same year saw her pairing with the lead actor V. Ravichandran for the film Naanu Nanna Hendthiru . Her Telugu language film, Devi made a collection of Rs. 18 crores and its dubbed version was released in Hindi language.

The year 2000 saw 6 releases of Prema films of which Yejamana turned out to be another huge blockbuster film, breaking all the previous records with respect to box-office collections. It had prema playing the leading lady for Super Star Dr. Vishnuvardhan. The other notable film of her in this year was the Malayalam hit Daivathinte Makan.

2001 year proved again lucky to Prema since she began with a hugely successful film Kanasugara, a remake of Tamil film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, which fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She also won other awards for her portrayal of a simple housewife character. Amma Nagamma also made Prema a household name among the devotional film fans for her portrayal of the serpent God character. She went on to star in more such films but found little success in those films.

From 2001 to 2004, Prema starred in few films which were box-office failures. He main release in 2002 was Sunil Kumar Desai's musical Parva co-starring Vishnuvardhan and Roja Selvamani. In 2003, She was praised by critics for her complex role in the film Singaaravva. In 2004, Apthamitra, a remake of Malayalam superhit Manichitrathazhu by P. Vasu where she had to play the leading lady to Dr. Vishnuvardhan was the only major blockbuster movie after her dull career phase. She starred in the film as a supporting actress while the lead actress Soundarya walked away with many accolades.

She has been lucky enough to act with southern star Dr. Vishnuvardhan quite a few times, most of which being super hit films. She has shared her screen space with the star in films like Yejamana, Apthamitra, Jamindaru, Kshana Kshanam, Ekadantha, Parva, Ellaranthalla Nanna Ganda etc.

Post her marriage in 2006, Prema acted in very few films as a supporting character and completely stopped acting after her last release Shishira in 2009. She has, thus far, acted in more than 70 movies in Kannada and more than 28 movies in Telugu.


Personal life[edit]

Prema is married to Jeevan Appachu, a Coorgi (Kodava) Software Placement Consultant / Business Man. They got married on Thursday, July 6, 2006. Prema, on the lines of some well-known actresses of the yesteryear, has the credit of having stayed away from controversies and affairs and enjoys a high reputation among movie-goers, especially the womenfolk.


Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Savyasachi Kannada Debut film as actress
1995 Om Madhuri Kannada Won, Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
One of the highest block bluster movie in Kannada industry.
1995 Aata Hudugaata Kannada
1995 Police Power Kannada
1996 Nammoora Mandara Hoove Suma Kannada Won, Udaya Film Award for Best Actress
1996 Gaajina Mane Kannada
1996 The Prince Swarna Malayalam
1996 Dharma Chakram Telugu
1997 Atha nee koduku Jagratha Telugu
1997 Korukunna Priyudu Telugu
1997 Omkaram Telugu Remake of Kannada movie Om
1997 Ellaranthalla Nanna Ganda Kannada
1998 Thutta Mutta Pooja Kannada
1998 Kaurava Kannada
1998 Shanti Shanti Shanti Suzy Kannada
1998 Maa Avida Collector Telugu
1999 Chandramuki Pranasakhi Kannada Won, Cinema Express Award for Best Actress
1999 Chandrodaya Kannada
1999 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Prema Kannada
1999 Upendra Kannada
1999 Z Prema Kannada
1999 Devi Devi Telugu One of the biggest Hits of the year
Gemini TV film fare award for Best Actress in 1999.
2000 Naga Devathe Kannada
2000 Maya Bazaar Kannada
2000 Nuvve Kavali Telugu Cameo appearance
2000 Ammo Okato Taariku Telugu
2000 Nannavalu Nannavalu Kannada
2000 Chiru Navvutho Telugu
2000 Uttara Dhruvadim Dakshina Dhruvaku Nandini Kannnada
2000 Yejamana Kannada E-TV Film Fare Award for Best Actress for this highest grosser
Highest Blockbuster hit of Kannada cinema
2000 Daivathinte Makan Anjali Malayalam
2001 Anjali Geethanjali Anjali Kannada
2001 Kanasugara Kannada Won, Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada
2nd time prema received karnataka state film fare award in 2001 for Best Actress.
2001 Premi No.1 Kannada
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Kannada
2001 Grama Devathe Kannada
2001 Neelambari Kannada
2000 Prematho Raa Sandhya Telugu
2001 Devi Putrudu Goddess Telugu
2002 Balarama Kannada
2002 Chelvi Chelvi Kannada
2002 Tapori Kannada
2002 Jamindaru Kannada
2002 Marma Sudha Kannada
2002 Parva Suma Kannada
2002 Kambalahalli Kannada
2002 Mutthu Kannada
2002 Prema Prema Kannada
2002 Singaaravva Singaravva Kannada
2003 Mooru Manasu Nooru Kanasu Kannada
2003 Ai Naan Bhishma Kano Kannada
2003 Sri Renuka Devi Kannada
2003 Ananda Nilaya Kannada
2003 Vijayadashami Kannada
2003 Thaye Bhuvaneshwari Tamil
2003 Lavve Pasagali Kannada
2004 Apthamitra Soumya Kannada
2004 Azhagesan Nandhini Tamil
2005 Inspector Jhansi Jhansi Kannada
2005 Ranachandi Kannada
2005 Pandu Ranga Vittala Kannada
2005 Devi Abhayam Telugu
2006 A Aa E Ee Kannada
2007 Ekadantha Bhakti Kannada
2007 Kshana Kshana Phalguni Kannada
2007 Dhee Telugu
2008 Sundarakanda Seetha Telugu
2008 Krishnarjuna Telugu
2009 Anjani Putrudu Telugu
2009 Shishira Kannada