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17 December 1987
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
|Parents||Shivanna Prakash (Father)
Vinaya Prakash (Mother)
Tejaswini Prakash (born 17 December 1987), also credited as Tejaswini is an Indian actress who appears in Kannada films.
Tejaswini Prakash 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.
Tejaswini 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 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.
Tejaswini 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. Tejaswini'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 Tejaswini'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 Tejaswini 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 Tejaswini finally appeared at the celebration party, and accepted the Producers' trophies.
Tejaswini 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.
|2007||Masanada Makkalu||Kamali||SICA Special Jury Award
Kanfida Best Actress Award
|Savi Savi Nenapu||Pallavi|
|Preeti Yeke Bhoomi Melide||Vaishali||Guest appearance|
|Maathaad Maathaadu Mallige||Jaaji|