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Born Tejaswini Prakash
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present
Parent(s) Shivanna Prakash (Father)
Vinaya Prakash (Mother)

Thanishka is an Indian actress who appears in Kannada and Tamil language films.


Thanishka began her career with Masanada Makkalu, an art film that showcased her credentials as a linguistically versatile dramatist. She went on to win a Special Jury Award for her performance at the South Indian Cinema Association. This was followed up by Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige, a social/family drama about water rights issues in remote Indian villages. Her sensitive portrayal of the youngest daughter of the protagonist couple (Suhasini and Vishnuvardhan) earned her much accolade, though the length of the role was not very long.

Thanishka made her foray into mainstream commercial cinema in 2007 with Savi Savi Nenapu, where she played a heart transplant patient who has received the heart of the protagonist's dead wife. Her displeasure with the film's producers for not including her in any of the publicity material was much publicized in the Kannada film press. However, much of the controversy was swept under the rug as the film took off and her performance as the damaged second heroine who gets a new lease on life was received with much praise from critics and audiences alike. She followed it up with a guest appearance in Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide, the much-anticipated acting debut of director Prem. However, as the film severely disappointed at the box office, her performance went largely unnoticed.

Thanishka got another break when she starred opposite Ganesh in his 2008 blockbuster Aramane. In this film, Tejaswini portrayed a small-town girl who tries to play matchmaker between a photographer, Arun (played by Ganesh) and her own sister (played by Roma), eventually falling for Arun herself. Thanishka's depiction of the mischievous, but lovable "Neeta", who suffers silently through heartbreak had audiences in tears, and won her many favorable reviews. Her character's delicate lisp and obscure dialect of Kannada became a fashionable speaking pattern for teenage girls to emulate. Tejaswini alleged that both the film's director (Nagashekhar) and producer (K. Manju) hid from her the fact that her character does not end up with the hero in the end. She claimed she was only informed after several days of filming had passed, and had originally signed the film with the understanding that Neeta marries Arun. Due to Thanishka's family's friendship with K. Manju, she was discouraged from taking the issue to the media. The industry felt that she was being very arrogant, considering she is still a newcomer. However, many industry insiders suspected her displeasure when Thanishka did not mention Aramane in some of her interviews and conspicuously did not attend either the soundtrack release, the film's premiere, or the 50-day celebration party. Her ire and arrogance appeared to have cooled off by the time Aramane had completed a 100-day run however, and Thanishka finally appeared at the celebration party, and accepted the Producers' trophies.

Thanishka then appeared in E-Preeti, directed by Indian-American filmmaker Priyabharati Joshi, and co-starring Diganth. Incidentally, Priyabharati had also launched Tejaswini's Aramane co-star Ganesh in his first film, Guttu.


Year Film Role Other notes
2007 Masanada Makkalu Kamali SICA Special Jury Award
Kanfida Best Actress Award
Savi Savi Nenapu Pallavi
Ee Preethi Yeke Bhoomi Melide Vaishali Guest appearance
Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige Jaaji
2008 Bandhu Balaga Annapurna
Aramane Neeta
Gaja Varalakshmi
2012 E-Preeti Preeti
2013 Nanda Gokula Sathyabhama
2014 Manal Naharam
2014 Kalyanamasthu Radha


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