Top Kannada Actresses 2016

Kannada film industry, better known as Sandalwood, is making waves in the past threee years with some creattive and off-beat films. Sandalwood boasts of some of the popular actors and actresses who are also very popular in one or more of other South Indian film industries.

Lets find out who were the most popular actresses in the year 2016. List is based more from the presence and popularity of the actresses rather than number of films they did in 2016. Not in particular order, these are the most popular actresses of Sandalwood Kannada films in 2016.

1. Haripriya

Haripriya - Akannada actress

Haripriya is one of the leading actresses in Kannada films for the past 10 years. She is also a model and  trained bharatanatyam dancer. Hariprriya was born as Shruthi in Bangalore, but was brought up in the town of Chikkaballapur, Karnataka. In 2016 she appeared in threee films in a leading role:

  • Ricky
  • Bhale Jodi (Cameo appearance for a song)
  • Ranatantra
  • Neer Dose

2. Shruthi Hariharan

Shruthi Hariharan kannada actress

Sruthi debuted in the 2012 Malayalam film Cinema Company and got noticed after working in the Kannada film Lucia. In 2016, she won the Karnataka state best actress for the film "Beautiful Manasugalu". She also appeared in multiple Kannada films in 2016, including:

  • Jai Maruthi     
  • Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu
  • Sipaayi
  • Madha Mathu Manasi
  • Beautiful Manasugalu

3. Priyamani

Priyamani Kannada actress

Priyamani is a very popular actress in multiple South Indian film industries. She started her film career with her debut film in Kollywood called Kangalal Kaithu Sei alongside actor Vaseegaran. Over the years she acted with many vetarans from all the South Indian language films. 2016 was a successful year for Priyamani in Kannada films, she appeared in many critically aclaimed filmsas below:

  • Kathe Chitrakathe Nirdeshana Puttanna     
  • Kalpana 2    
  • Dana Kayonu    
  • Idolle Ramayana

4 Aindrita Ray

Aindrita Ray

Aindrita Ray made her acting debut in 2007, starring in Meravanige and went on to appear in several commercially successful films. She is one of the very popular names in Kannada films. She started year 2016 with a successful movie Mungaru Male 2, then went on with couple of more hit films. Below are the Kannada films she acted in 2016:

  • Mungaru Male 2
  • John Jani Janardhan
  • Niruttara

5. Priyanka Upendra

 Priyanka Upendra

Priyanka Upendra acted in Bengali and Hindi films before becoming famous actress in Kannada films. She has won recognition for her role in the Bengali hit Saathi which set new trends in the Bengali film industry. She is widely popular in Bengali, Kannada, Telugu and Tamil cinema. She started year 2016 with a film named "Priyanka" and appeared in another Kannada film "Mummy".

6. Ragini Dwivedi

Ragini Dwivedi

Ragini made her entry to filmdom with Veera Madakari (2009) which won her the Suvarna Film Award for Best Debut Actress. The action-comedy was a remake of the Telugu film Vikramarkudu and she was cast opposite Sudeep. The film became a major commercial success of the year.

In 2016, Ragini has appeared in two major Kannada films:

  • Parapancha
  • Golisoda

7. Parul Yadhav

 Parul Yadav

Parul Yadav is a multilingual Indian actress, she predominantly acted in Kannada films. Parul's biggest movie of her career is Killing Veerappan, directed in multiple languages by the talented film-maker Ram Gopal Varma. The movie also marks Parul's official entry into Bollywood. Killing Veerappan is about the circumstances that led to the killing of dreaded forest brigand Veerappan. Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar plays the role of a police officer and Parul is paired with him. Killing Veerappan will also be dubbed and released in Tamil and Telugu.

In 2016, she appeared in two Kannada films:

  • Killing Veerappan
  • Jessie

8. Amulya


Amulya, who started appearing in a lead role in 2007 with Cheluvina Chittara, is a well known actress in Kannada films. She made her debut in films as a child artist in the 2001 Kannada film Parva. In her first release of 2016, Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole, she portrayed "a meaty character that allows to ride a Bullet". As Kushi, she was paired opposite Suraj (played by Suraj Gowda), in the family drama-romance film, who she ends up marrying confronting certain familial issues and upon the wishes of their respective parents. She completed couple of films in 2016:

  • Maduveya Mamatheya Kareyole
  • Krishna-Rukku

9. Rachita Ram

Rachita Ram

Rachita Ram is a fabulous actor in kannada film industry. Prior to her entry in cinema, she appeared in the Kannada television soap opera Arasi. In 2016, her major film was Chakravyuha opposite Puneeth Rajkumar. She also appeared in few more films in 2016:

  • Chakravyuha
  • Jaggu Dada
  • Mukunda Murari

10. Radhika Pandit     
Radhika Pandit

Radhika Pandit is considered one of the most versatile actresses in Kannada cinema. She faced the camera for the first time in films with the Kannada film 18th Cross in 2007. 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.

In 2016, she was cast opposite Puneeth Rajkumar in Doddmane Hudga, a film centered around his character set in Hubli. She also appeared couple more films in 2016:

  • Zoom
  • Doddmane Hudga
  • Santhu Straight Forward