Rekha to Rakul Preet Singh: actresses who debuted in Sandalwood but who became famous in other industries
Indian cinema has been blessed with the most talented and beautiful actresses since time immemorial, but not many know that several of Bollywood's great actresses began in some regional cinema, especially Kannada Cinema industry. Big names like Rekha, Deepika Padukone, Soundarya, Rakul Preet Singh and even Nithya Menen debuted with Kannada movies and we can’t help but wish to see them in some more of the Sandalwood films as well. While they are doing wonders in bollywood, it would definitely be nice catch a glimpse of Deepika or Rakul doing one a Kannada film. Here’s a look at the beauties of Indian cinema who made their start in Sandalwood but went on to reach new heights of fame in other industries.
Rekha is one of the most successful actresses in Indian cinema, who has acted in films in various languages like Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil. Rekha is a veteran artist who has the ability to adapt to any character. She started her career as a child artist and made her debut as a lead actress from a Kannada movie titled ‘Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999’ with Dr Rajkumar in 1969. Later, she went on to become a great actress in Hindi cinema. In 2010, she was honored with the Padma Shri award by the Government of India for her contribution to Indian cinema.
Soundarya was one of the famous stars across India and is known for being a multi-lingual actress who has acted in Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Hindi films. Soundarya made her acting debut with a Kannada movie ‘Gandharva’ in 1992 and went on to become a superstar in South India. She was also called ‘Modern age Savitri’ in Telugu. She has won two Karnataka State Film Awards as well as Nandi Awards for acting. After the last success of the movie ‘Aaptamitra’ she died in an aircraft crash in Bangalore. She was five months pregnant when she met with this accident. Soundarya died at the age of 31. Over a span of 15 years of acting, she acted in more than 120 movies.
Deepika Padukone is one of the most prominent actresses in India who has done great work in Sandalwood as well as Bollywood. Deepika Padukone is the daughter of badminton player Prakash Padukone , who quit her badminton career and picked acting. Deepika, who was a successful fashion model, made her acting debut through the Kannada film industry with the movie ‘Aishwarya’ starring Upendra in 2006. ‘Om Shanti Om’ was a career breaking movie for her in Bollywood.
Nithya Menen is a very talented actress in South Indian cinemas, who has the ability to take up any kind of role and do justice to it. She made her acting debut as a child artist in the 1998 English film 'The Monkey Who Knew Too Much' and played the lead actress role in a Kannada movie '7O Clock' in 2006. She went on to act in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu industries. Now, she has also stepped into Bollywood through the movie ‘Mission Mangal’. Rakul Preet Singh
Rakul Preet Singh is one of the most successful actresses in Tamil and Telugu who has also acted in Hindi as well as Kannada films. Rakul was a successful model who made her acting debut with a Kannada movie ‘Gilli’ in 2009. She has also won five pageant titles including Femina Miss India, Femina Miss Talented and others.