Prema (actress)

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Born Neravanda Chetticha Prema
(1977-01-06) 6 January 1977 (age 41)
Bangalore, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1994–2009

Neravanda Chetticha Prema (born 6 January 1977) known popularly as Prema, 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 Vishnuvardhan, Mohanlal, Venkatesh, Jagapati Babu, Mohan Babu, Krishna, Shivrajkumar, V. Ravichandran, Upendra, Saikumar, and Ramesh Aravind. She has also starred opposite many actors in her career spanning over two decades.

Personal life[edit]

Prema was born on 6 January 1977 into Neravanda family, of the Kodava community to Chetticha and Kavery, in Murnad Kodagu. She received high school education in Mahila Seva Samaja High School and completed her Pre-university course in Murnad junior college, Kodagu. As a student she was involved actively in sports and represented her school and college in high jump and volleyball events at the national level.[1] Her younger brother Neravanda Aiyappa is a cricket player who represents Karnataka in Ranji Trophy. Her younger sister Indu NC lives in Dubai.[2] Prema is married to Jeevan Appacchu. She recently filed a divorce petition against him in the Family Court, Bangalore in March 2016.[2][3][4]

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. This film also brought her the Karnataka State Award for Best Actress.

The year 1996 saw her perform in the Sunil Kumar Desai directed Nammoora Mandara Hoove co-starring Shivarajkumar and Ramesh Aravind. In the same year, she branched out to Malayalam and Telugu film industries. Her Malayalam debut in The Prince opposite Mohanlal. Dharma Chakram was her Telugu debut film.

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 Yajamana. It had prema playing the leading lady for Vishnuvardhan. The other notable film of her in this year was the Malayalam Daivathinte Makan.

The year 2001 proved lucky again to Prema since she began with 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.

Her 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 Manichitrathazhu by P. Vasu where she had to play the leading lady to Vishnuvardhan. She starred in the film as a supporting actress.

She has acted with Vishnuvardhan a few times. She has shared her screen space with him in films like Yajamana, Apthamitra, Jamindaru, Kshana Kshanam, Ekadantha, Parva, Ellaranthalla Nanna Ganda.

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.

She made her comeback for Matte Hutti Banda Upendra, Inti Prema remake of Soggade Chinni Nayana



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
1995 Savyasachi Kannada
1995 Om Madhuri Kannada Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress
1995 Aata Hudugaata Kannada
1995 Police Power Kannada
1996 Nammoora Mandara Hoove Suma Kannada Udaya Film Award for Best Actress
1996 Gaajina Mane Kannada
1996 The Prince Swarna Malayalam
1996 Dharma Chakram Telugu
1996 Jagadeka Veerudu Telugu
1996 Adirindi Guru Telugu
1997 Atta Nee Koduku Jagratta Telugu
1997 Korukunna Priyudu Telugu
1997 Chelikaadu Likhita Telugu
1997 Omkaram Telugu
1997 Ellaranthalla Nanna Ganda Kannada
1998 Thutta Mutta Pooja Kannada
1998 Kaurava Kannada
1998 Shanti Shanti Shanti Suzy Kannada
1998 Maa Avida Collector Telugu
1998 Dheerga Sumnagali Bhava Telugu
1998 Kangalin Vaarthaigal Tamil
1999 Chandramukhi Pranasakhi Sahana Kannada Cinema Express Award for Best Actress
1999 Chandrodaya Divya Kannada
1999 Naanu Nanna Hendthiru Manisha Kannada
1999 Upendra Kannada
1999 Z Prema Kannada
1999 Devi Devi Telugu Gemini Film award for Best Actress
1999 Raghavayya Gari Abbayi Telugu
1999 Eetharam Nehru Telugu
2000 Naga Devathe Kannada
2000 Maya Bazaar Kannada
2000 Nuvve Kavali Telugu Cameo appearance
2000 Ammo Okato Taariku Telugu
2000 Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary Nagasulochana Telugu
2000 Nannavalu Nannavalu Kannada Asianet Kaveri Film Award for Best Actress
(also for Yajamana and Chandramuki Pranasakhi)[5]
2000 Chiru Navvutho Telugu
2000 Uttara Dhruvadim Dakshina Dhruvaku Nandini Kannnada
2000 Yajamana Sangeetha Kannada ETV Film Award for Best Actress
2000 Daivathinte Makan Anjali Malayalam
2001 Anjali Geethanjali Anjali Kannada
2001 Kanasugara Kannada Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada
2001 Premi No.1 Kannada
2001 Kothigalu Saar Kothigalu Kannada
2001 Grama Devathe Kaveri Kannada
2001 Neelambari Kannada
2001 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
2003 Janaki Weds Sriram Telugu
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
2005 Ayodhya 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
2017 Upendra Matte Baa Kannada [6]


  1. ^ Lasrado, Richard. "Madikeri: Keen on a Silver-screen Comeback, Talented Prema Trashes Rumours of Illness". Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Prema weds Jeevan!". Sify. 24 March 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Actress Prema files for divorce". ManoramaOnline. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  4. ^ "Kannada actress Prema files for divorce". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  5. ^ "Lifetime Achievement award for Rajkumar". The Times of India. 14 May 2001. Retrieved 2 October 2015. 
  6. ^ Sharadhaa, A. (23 May 2016). "Upendra, Prema combination back after 17 years". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 6 June 2016.