Rashmika Mandanna

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Rashmika Mandanna
Rashmika at a promotional event for Geetha Govindam, 2018
Born (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 22)[1]
Virajpet, Karnataka, India
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2016–present

Rashmika Mandanna (born 5 April 1996), is an Indian model and actress who appears predominantly in Kannada and Telugu films. She starred in the commercially successful 2016 film Kirik Party, and become one of the most popular and highest paid actresses in South Indian cinema and also the recipient of several awards, She popularly dubbed by the media and Kannada film industry as the 'Karnataka Crush'.[2][3] [4] Bangalore Times placed her first place in the list of '30 Most Desirable Woman of 2017'.[5] She is one among very few actresses to enter Tollywood ₹100 crore club in a short span.[6]

Rashmika made her telugu debut with romantic drama Chalo in 2018, the film went on to become a major commercial hit at box office.[7] In the same year, she starred in the romcom film Geetha Govindam, which emerged as one of the highest grossing films of the year, which earned her huge recognition in both telugu states. Her third Telugu venture was multistarer big budget film titled Devadas, which turned out to be a decent hit at Indian box office, It marked her third consecutive hit film in the same year in Telugu film industry, established herself as one of the leading actresses of Telugu cinema.[8]

She starred in the commercially successful films such as Kirik Party (2016), Anjani Putra (2017), Chamak (2017), Chalo (2018), Geetha Govindam (2018) and Devadas (2018). Consecutive success of films, making her one of the most sought-after actresses in South Indian film industry.[9]

Early and personal life[edit]

Rashmika was born on 5 April 1996 as the eldest daughter of Suman and Madan Mandanna in Virajpet, a town in Kodagu district of Karnataka.[10][11] She was educated in Coorg Public School, before she pursued pre-university course in Mysore Institute of commerce and arts, she has bachelor's degree in Psychology, Journalism and English Literature from M.S. Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce, along with her studies she was doing modeling and appeared in a couple of advertisements.[12] She got engaged to actor Rakshit Shetty on 3 July 2017 in her hometown Virajpet. They mutually split on September 2018 citing compatibility issues.[13]


Rashmika began modelling in 2014. She won the Clean & Clear Fresh Face of India title the same year and was made the brand ambassador of Clean & Clear. Then she got the title of TVC in Lamode Bangalore's top model hunt 2015. Her pictures from the competition impressed the makers of the film Kirik Party who then cast her as the female lead for the film in early 2016.

"I was just 19 when I shot for the film. I am more like Saanvi (her character name) in real life, mature beyond my age; so it didn't feel tough."

— Rashmika shared her maiden flick Kirik Party experience.[14]

In an interview with The Times of India, she recalled: "The makers of Kirik Party saw a picture of mine from the Clean & Clear Fresh Face of India 2014 competition — one in which I was dancing during the college round — and approached me to act in the film. So, it really got things going. I always wanted to be in films."[15] She was cast as Saanvi Joseph, a college-goer, and the love interest of Karna (played by Rakshit Shetty).

Kannada debut and breakthrough (2016–17)[edit]

Rashmika made her debut with Kirik Party in 2016, which opened to widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and went on to become highest grossing film of the year by collecting ₹50 crore[16] against production budget ₹4 crore,[17] and completed 150-days in main centers of Karnataka,[18] alongside Rashmika's performance received praise for her performance as Shanvi. The writer Sunayana Suresh of The Times of India states that "Rashmika Mandanna as Saanvi is easy that pin-up girl in college and she breathes her path."[19] The film's reviewer for The New Indian Express wrote, "Rashmika Mandanna has outshone in the film along with the main character".[20] The Deccan Chronicle`s Shashiprasad noted that "Beautiful senior Shanvi played by Rashmika Mandanna, her beautiful and cute portrayal of Shanvi will surely remind all the guys their unforgettable crush from college days."[21] Which won her SIIMA Award for the Best Debut Actress.[22]

In 2017, Rashmika's first release was Harsha's Anjani Putra opposite Puneeth Rajkumar, which went on to become a commercial hit at box office despite getting mixed reviews from both critics and audience, she received critical acclaim for her performance.[23][24] The Times Of India`s Sunayana Suresh wrote that "Rashmika Mandanna as cute as the leading lady and shows that she has comic timing that can be tapped in to."[25] The Cineloka`s writer stated that "Rashmika Mandanna as his love interest plays a good-natured, jaunty girl next door and delivers good performance."[26] The New Indian Express`s Sharadhaa claimed that "This is Rashmika Mandanna’s first movie with Puneeth and she has upped her glam quotient, even while keeping her girl-next-door appeal."[27]

Her next and last release was Chamak opposite Ganesh which opened to rave reviews from critics and audience, it turned out to be a blockbuster and ran for 100-days in a couple of theatres,[28][29][30] she receives critical acclaim from critics for her role as Khushi, The Times Of India`s writer Sunayana Suresh stated that "Rashmika has done a good job at ensuring the audience are with them throughout".[31] While Bangalore Mirror`s writer Shyam Prasad claimed that "Rashmika sparkles in acting."[32] The New Indian Express`s Sharadhaa wrote that "Rashmika Mandanna emerges as a good artiste in her third outing. The actress, who comes in two shades has taken responsibility for her character, and it shows."[33] Latter garnered her first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada at 65th Filmfare Awards South. three consecutive films in Kannada language all succeeded at the box office makes her 'hat-trick' heroine in Kannada film industry.[34]

Debut and fame in Telugu: 2018[edit]

She made her Telugu film debut opposite Naga Shourya with the film titled Chalo.[35] which opened positive reviews, it turned out to be major commercial hit and ran for 100-days in couple of theatres,[36] critics have been heaped praise on Rashmika for her performance,[37][7] The First post`s Hemanth Kumar wrote that "Rashmika makes a terrific debut and she’s a joy to watch on screen".[37] While writer of The Hindu`s Srivathsan Nadadhur stated that she makes a "Confident debut".[38] Idlebrain's Jeevi noted that she was "very cute and acts well".[39] The Greatandra stated that "Kannada heroine Rashmika is cute."[40] The 123Telugu stated that "Rashmika makes an impressive debut and suits perfectly in her role."[41] Telugu360's editor wrote that "Rashmika lent good support to Shaurya with her performance. She is bubbly and effervescent in comedy scenes and shows good promise as an actress."[42]

Her next film was Geetha Govindam opposite Vijay Devarakonda, which opened to positive reviews and went on to collect over ₹123 crore[43][44] [45][46] against production budget ₹5 crore,[47] and brought her much recognition, making her very popular in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, alongside she received immense critical appraisal from both critics and audience, Hindustan Times`s Priyanka Sundar noted that "Rashmika have taken this solid plot a notch higher with their delightful performances. Rashmika especially will have you rooting for her throughout the film".[48] The writer of The Times Of India states that "Rashmika too sparkles and the scenes between the two is what makes Geetha Govindam so likeable".[49] The Indian Express claimes that "Rashmika as uncompromising Geetha also does a pretty good job".[50] The Hindu states that "She has an easy screen presence and the potential to handle more well-written parts".[51] First post`s writer noted that "Rashmika and Vijay, who makes it an enjoyable watch. Being paired on-screen for the first time, they performed their respective roles very well".[52].

Her next release was multi-starrer big budget film titled Devadas, she shared a space with Akkineni Nagarjuna and Nani as one of the main lead in the film along Akanksha Singh, which opened to mixed reviews and went on to become a decent hit at Indian box office. It marked her third consecutive hit film in her career in Telugu film industry. She had less screen space, though received critical appraisal for her performance. Chitramala`s writer noted that "Rashmika Mandanna impressed in her role and made her presence felt."[53] The Times Of India`s writer states that "Rashmika deserved better character arc, even though she plays a people of prominence."[54]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Director Language Notes Ref.
2016 Kirik Party Saanvi Joseph Rishab Shetty Kannada [55]
2017 Anjani Putra Geetha Harsha [56]
Chamak Kushi Suni [57]
2018 Chalo L. Karthika Venky Kudumula Telugu [58]
Geetha Govindam Geetha Parasuram [58]
Devadas Pooja Sriram Adittya [59]
YajamanaFilms that have not yet been released TBA Pon Kumaran Kannada Post-production [60]
2019 Dear ComradeFilms that have not yet been released TBA Bharat Kamma Telugu Filming [61]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Award Wins Nominations
South Indian International Movie Awards
1 2
Filmfare Awards
0 1
IIFA Utsavam
0 1
Luv Lavike Readers Choice Award
1 1
Zee Kannada Award
1 1
Awards won 3
Nominations 6


Year Award Language Film Result
2017 South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Debut Actress in leading role Kannada Kirik Party Won
IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Actress Nominated
2018 Luv Lavike Readers Choice Award for Best Actress Anjani Putra Won
Zee Kannada Hemmeya Kannadathi Award for Best Actress
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress Chamak Nominated
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress in Leading Role


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