Tara (Kannada actress)
|Member (nominated) of Karnataka Legislative Council|
10 August 2012
|President of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy|
15 March 2012 – June 2013
4 March 1973 [a]
Bangalore, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India
|Political party||Bharatiya Janata Party|
|Spouse(s)||H. C. Venugopal (m. 2005)|
Anuradha (born 4 March 1973), known by her stage name Tara, is an Indian actress and politician. As an actress, she is known for her work in Kannada cinema. She joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2009 and is currently a nominated member of the Karnataka Legislative Council.
Tara made her debut in films in 1984 with the Tamil film Ingeyum Oru Gangai. Her Kannada film debut came in 1986 with Thulasidala and has since portrayed many author-backed roles. Her notable performances came in films such as Krama (1991), Munjaneya Manju (1993), Kanooru Heggadithi (1999), Mathadana (2001), Hasina (2005), Cyanide (2006) and Ee Bandhana (2007). Her performance in Hasina won her the National Film Award for Best Actress.
After joining BJP, she was elected as the president of the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy in 2012 and held the position for a year. In the same year, she was nominated as a member of the Karnataka Legislative Council, the upper house of the legislature of Karnataka.
Tara made her first appearance on screen for a Tamil film Ingeyum Oru Gangai directed by noted actor, Manivannan, in 1984 which also featured Murali in the lead. Followed by this, she featured in her first Kannada film Thulasidala in 1985. However, she got the big break of her career through a Rajkumar starrer Guri in 1986 and thereafter she has acted in several movies as a leading lady and mainly as supporting actress. Her performance in Girish Karnad's Kanooru Heggadithi brought her widespread recognition. She received her first ever award as best actress for the Kannada movie Krama(1991), directed by debutant director Asrar Abid. In the late 1980s, she featured in Mani Ratnam's two of the biggest blockbuster Tamil films, Nayagan and Agni Natchathiram as a supporting actress.
Tara paired with almost all the leading male co-stars in the 80's and 90's including Rajkumar, Shankar Nag, Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Ananth Nag, Ravichandran, Shashikumar, Tiger Prabhakar, Shivarajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Murali, Karthik, Sunil, Devaraj among others. She also received her second "best actress" state award for the movie Kaanooru Heggadithi and also "best supporting actress" award for the movie Munjaneya Manju.
In 2005, she was cast by Girish Kasaravalli in his film Hasina, for which she won a National Award from the Indian Government. Subsequently, her role in Kannada movie Deadly Soma was appreciated. Then came her another breakthrough performance in the movie Cyanide. In 2007, Tara received her third Best Actress award. Beside acting, she produced Hasina, directed by Girish Kasaravalli and she has also announced an intent to direct films as well.
Tara married cinematographer H. C. Venugopal in 2005. They have a son (b. 2013) together.
- "ತಾರಾ ಜನ್ಮ ರಹಸ್ಯ" [The Secret of Tara's Birth]. Kannada Prabha (in Kannada). 4 March 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "Tara delivers a baby boy at 48!". The Times of India. 2 February 2013.
- "Saif, Tara win National awards". rediff news. 13 July 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- "It's better late than never, says Tara". The Hindu. 15 July 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- Muthanna, Anjali (16 June 2013). "Tara officially resigns as Film Academy head". The Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
- "Cyanide Review – Kannada Movie Review by RGV". Nowrunning.com. 20 March 2006. Retrieved 12 July 2012.
- "Kumaraswamy happy with resurgent Kannada cinema". The Hindu. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 23 January 2009.
- "Tara – from actress to director". Indiaglitz. 25 February 2005. Retrieved 23 January 2009.