Radhika Pandit

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Radhika Pandit
Radhika Pandit.jpg
Casual photo taken at Pandit's residence
Born Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Residence Bengaluru
Nationality Indian
Occupation Actress
Years active 2007–present
Spouse(s) Yash (m. 2016)[1]
Website radhikapandit.in

Radhika Pandit is an Indian film and former television actress. She has established a career in Kannada cinema as a leading actress. She is the recipient of a Karnataka State Film Award and is a three time Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Kannada winner.

Having worked in television soaps such as Nandagokula and Sumangali, Pandit made her feature film debut in Moggina Manasu (2008), for which she was awarded the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress and South Filmfare Award for Best Actress. She won the latter award again for her performances in Love Guru (2009) and Krishnan Love Story (2010).[2]

She rose to fame starring in commercially successful films Hudugaru (2011), Addhuri (2012), Drama (2012), Bahaddur (2014) and Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari (2014).

Early life[edit]

Radhika Pandit was born in Bangalore Palace Nursing Home, in the Malleswaram suburb of Bangalore.[3] Her father Krishnaprasad Pandit belongs to the Konkani Saraswat Brahmin community of Chitrapur Saraswats, with his roots in Shirali, Bhatkal in the Uttara Kannada region of Karnataka, and worked for an insurance company, apart from directing and appearing in plays.[4][5] Her mother, Mangala, is of Goan descent, and is a housewife.[6] Radhika has a younger brother, Gourang. She grew up in her paternal grandfather's house in Malleswaram and continues to live there for "sentimental reasons" as "had bought the house with all the money he had saved."[7] She completed her schooling in Cluny Convent High School, Bangalore, and later pursued a Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com) course at the Mount Carmel College (Bangalore).

Pandit aspired to become a teacher after completing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) course. However, in 2007, during her final year in B. Com, she was persuaded by her friend to audition for a role in a Kannada language television serial, Nandagokula, directed by Ashok Kashyap. Pandit was offered the role without an audition.[8] The same year, she appeared in another soap, Sumangali. When the former neared completion, her photos began circulating in local magazines, which were noticed by film director Shashank who was looking for a female lead for his film 18th Cross, and the makers of Moggina Manasu. She was cast in both the films, and began filming with the former first.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Film debut and critical acclaim[edit]

Pandit faced the camera for the first time in films with the Kannada film 18th Cross in 2007. The film was temporarily stalled following its producer Chikkana's death, only to release theatrically in 2012.[11] This was when she began filming with Moggina Manasu. She was cast as Chanchala, a college-going teenage girl, who with her three friends are faced with problems of ragging and irksome boyfriends. She was paired opposite Yash, who she had previously worked with, in the soap Nandagokula.[12] Released in 2008, Moggina Manasu emerged as a critical success and Pandit's performance received critical acclaim. The reviewer for Rediff.com wrote, "Newcomer Radhika Pandit shines among the four, and is bound to go places."[13] She won the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[14]

Pandit's next role was in the Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar-directed romantic-drama Olave Jeevana Lekkachaara (2009), a film that deals with the deviousness of pseudo-intellectuals. She was cast as Rukmini opposite Balachandra (played by Srinagar Kitty), who cheats her under the influence of misguidance of a pseudo revolutionary lecturer. G. S. Kumar of The Times of India called her performance "classic and lively".[15] Her second release of 2009 was Love Guru, a romantic-drama film dealing with unrequited love and misunderstandings in a corporate setting. She which she was cast as Kushi opposite Tarun Chandra in the film. Critics acclaimed her performance and called her "one of the best actresses to appear on the marquee in the recent times."[16] G. S. Kumar wrote, "Radhika Pandit steals the show with her brilliant expressions, lively action and excellent dialogue delivery."[17] She won her second Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[10]

In her first release of 2010, Krishnan Love Story, Pandit collaborated with director Shashank for the second time after Moggina Manasu. It film saw her play the role of Geetha, a happy-go-lucky girl belonging to a lower-middle-class family, who, for want of money suppresses her ambitions. Shruti Indira Lakshminarayana of Rediff.com wrote of her performance, "Radhika does a detour from her glam city girl image, but it is hard to miss the sophistication in her. She however comes out with a good performance in the second half." With the film, Pandit won her third Filmfare Award for Best Actress along with other awards.[10] In Gaana Bajaana, she portrayed Radha, who gets involved in a romantic love triangle with Krish and Kuttappa (played by Tarun Chandra and Dileep Raj). On her performance, Y. Maheswara Reddy of The New Indian Express wrote that she "walks away with all honours."[18] Pandit next appeared in a comedy-drama film, Hudugaru, a remake of the Tamil film, Naadodigal, in a brief role. She was cast as the only female lead alongside three parallel male lead characters. She played Gayathri, a foodie, the love interest of Prabhu (played by Puneeth Rajkumar).[19] Her performance won her, her fourth Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination.

Success and acclaim (2012–present)[edit]

The year 2012 saw theatrical releases of six of her films. In the first, Alemari, a drama film based on real-life incidents, she portrayed the role of Neeli, a girl from a middle-class family who falls in love with Mohan, a milkman (played by Yogesh). Of her performance, IBNLive wrote, "Radhika Pandit is as brilliant as ever with her plain Jane looks and high voltage performance in emotional sequences."[20] In Breaking News, a film that deals with commercialization of the media industry, she played the role of Shraddha, the cheerful daughter of the Karnataka Lokayukta, who intends on fooling around with a journalist, played by Ajay Rao. The film opened to mixed reviews, however, Pandit's performance received praise. Rediff.com wrote, "It is Radhika Pandit's superb and light-hearted performance that livens up the proceedings."[21] In her next release, Addhuri, a romance film, she was paired opposite debutant Dhruva Sarja. The film and Pandit's performance received positive reviews from critics. India Today wrote, "[Pandit] ... has once again proved why she is regarded as one of the awesome talents in the industry. She charms the young hearts, but at the same time can make audience emotional with her performances."[22] The performance fetched Pandit her fifth Filmfare Award for Best Actress nomination among others.

Pandit's first film, 18th Cross released in August 2012, received mixed reviews; however, critics praised her performance in the role of Punya, the love interest of Jeeva (played by Deepak), who gets wrongly implicated in a murder case, framed by an underworld don. The Times of India wrote of her performance, "Radhika Pandith hasn't changed much since her debut movie and has given an excellent performance."[23] She was cast as Kajal in her next film, Sagar, opposite Prajwal Devaraj, alongside Haripriya and Sanjjanaa, a film that critics, a "commercial entertainer". Daily News and Analysis praised Pandit's performance in the film and wrote that she "walks away with the honours."[24] Her final release of 2012 was Yogaraj Bhat's Drama, a comedy film that featured an ensemble cast of Pandit alongside Yash, Sathish Ninasam and Sindhu Lokanath, the former three of who play students of a government-owned degree college. The film and Pandit's performance as Nandini earned unanimous praise from critics. IBNLive wrote, "Radhika Pandit is superb as a performer and her beautiful looks and style has added a special charm to the film."[25] She also co-sang a track, "Drama Hitavachana" in the film, which featured her rapping in parts.[26]

In Kaddipudi, Pandit was cast as Uma, a junior artiste in films, opposite Kaddipudi (played by Shivaraj Kumar), a former underworld don who tries to renounce a life of violence, but in vain. Her performance as a girl from a poor family having lost her parents and living with her grandmother, and playing the love interest of Kaddipudi was received well. Muralidhara Khajane of The Hindu wrote, "Radhika Pandit excels and puts in a mature performance and brings dignity to the character."[27] In her second release of 2013, she was cast opposite Sumanth Shailendra in Dilwala, a romantic film that opened to largely negative reviews. Pandit's performance was however praised by critics and she received her second nomination of SIIMA Award of Best Actress.[28][29] She next starred in the romance film, Bahaddur as Anjali, the love interest of Ashok (played by Druva Sarja), a descendant of a royal family. G. S. Kumar wrote that she "wins your heart with her brilliant expressions and dialogue delivery."[30] Despite having received mixed reviews, the film turned out to be a commercial success.[31] Santhosh Ananddram's Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari saw Pandit work with Yash for the third time. She was cast as the girlfriend of a stubborn brat, played by Yash, who idolizes actor Vishnuvardhan and has an easygoing attitude towards life. Kumar felt that Pandit delivered a "winsome performance".[32] The film emerged as a massive commercial success.[33]

In her first release of 2015, the romance-thriller Endendigu, Pandit, paired opposite Ajay Rao for the third time, played the role of his wife with schizophrenic tendencies who foresees his death among other dreams. The film received mixed reviews, with her performance receiving praise.[34]

Personal life[edit]

Belonging to the community of Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmins, Pandit maintains that she is a non-practicing Brahmin, and that she is not religious. In a 2010 interview with The New Indian Express, she said that she however loves visiting the Chitrapur Math in Uttara Kannada, where she has her roots, as she "feel[s] good after spending some time" and "believe[s] there are positive vibrations there." On her religious and spiritual beliefs, she said:

"I am not a religious person ... According to me, God is nothing but a positive energy ... that is a must for mankind to lead a happy and content life ... I offer no pujas at home. I believe in the power of prayers. I think the prayer is the best way to connect with God than offering pujas or participating in rituals. Prayer needs no rituals."[4]

Pandit met actor Yash for the first time at the sets of her tele-serial Nandagokula in 2007. They began dating after having worked together in films, but kept their relationship private for years and away from the attention of media, before getting engaged in August 2016.[35] They got married in December in a private ceremony in Bangalore.[36]

In the media[edit]

Pandit is considered one of the most versatile actresses in Kannada cinema.[37] In a 2015 Bangalore Times poll, she was voted as one of the most popular actresses in Kannada cinema.[38] In a 2016 poll conducted by Vijaya Karnataka, she was again voted the most popular actress.[39]

Between 2013 and 2014, Pandit and Puneeth Rajkumar worked as brand ambassadors for Right to education in Karnataka, having been chosen by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.[40] In addition to this, she has endorsed brands in the past such as KLF Nirmal Coconut oil and Orra Jewellery.[41] She was a part of Gillette's Shave India Movement.[42]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Notes
2008 Moggina Manasu Chanchala
2009 Olave Jeevana Lekkachaara Rukmini
2009 Love Guru Kushi
2010 Krishnan Love Story Geetha
2010 Gaana Bajaana Radha (Radhe)
2011 Hudugaru Gayathri
2012 Alemari Neeli
2012 Breaking News Shraddha
2012 Addhuri Poorna
2012 18th Cross Punya
2012 Sagar Kajal
2012 Drama Nandini
2013 Kaddipudi Uma
2013 Dilwala Preethi
2014 Bahaddur Anjali
2014 Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Divya
2015 Endendigu Jyothi
2016 Zoom Naina Also playback singer for song "Hey Diwana"
2016 Doddmane Hudga Usha / Nisha
2016 Santhu Straight Forward Ananya

Television[edit]

  • Nandagokula
  • Kadambari

Awards[edit]

Year[a] Category Award Film Result
2009 Best Actress – Kannada Filmfare Awards South Moggina Manasu Won[43]
2010 Best Actress Innovative Film Awards Olave Jeevana Lekkachaara Won[44]
2010 Most Popular Actress Suvarna Film Awards Olave Jeevana Lekkachaara Nominated[45]
2010 Best Actress – Kannada Filmfare Awards South Love Guru Won[46]
2010 Best Actress South Scope Cine Awards Love Guru Nominated[47]
2010 Best Actress Karnataka State Film Awards Moggina Manasu Won[48]
2011 Most Entertaining Heroine of the Year BIG Kannada Entertainment Awards Krishnan Love Story Won[49]
2011 Best Actress Suvarna Film Awards Krishnan Love Story Won[50]
2011 Best Actress – Kannada Filmfare Awards South Krishnan Love Story Won[51]
2011 Best Actress Udaya Film Awards Krishnan Love Story Won[52]
2012 Best Actress TV9 Sandalwood Star Awards Hudugaru Nominated[53]
2012 Best Actress – Kannada Filmfare Awards South Hudugaru Nominated[54]
2012 Best Actress The Bangalore Times Film Awards Hudugaru Nominated[55]
2013 Best Actress – Kannada Filmfare Awards South Addhuri Nominated[56]
2013 Best Actress Udaya Film Awards Addhuri Won[57]
2013 Best Actress (Kannada) South Indian International Movie Awards Addhuri Nominated[58]
2013 Best Actress The Bangalore Times Film Awards Addhuri Nominated[59]
2014 Best Actress (Kannada) South Indian International Movie Awards Dilwala Nominated[60]
2015 Best Actress – Kannada Filmfare Awards South Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Nominated[61]
2015 Best Actress (Kannada) South Indian International Movie Awards Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Won[62]
2016 Best Actress – Kannada IIFA Utsavam Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Won[63]
2016 Best Actress IBNLive Movie Awards Mr. and Mrs. Ramachari Nominated[64]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.

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