In recent times, these cinemas are also getting popularity in other countries like in USA, UK, Australia and Germany.
Face of the industry is the leading actors and actresses who have huge fan following in the state of Karnataka. Based on popularity, we picked list of top 10 leading Kannada actresses in the year 2014.
1. Radhika Pandit
Starting her career with a film "18th Cross", Radhika Pandit has show her versatility in many films. She is has given many big hits in recent times. Alemari, Sagar are some of her top films.
Goergeous looking Ramya is the hearthrob of Kannada film goers. In the Year 2014, she was elected as member of parliament and later lost the same in general election. Nevertheless, she is one of the most appreciated in Sandalwood.
Haripriya is from Chikkaballapura, Karnataka. She is a model, actress, and a dancer. With super hit movies such as Ugramm, Ranatantra, Manjina Hani, Mukyamantri I love you, and Fly - she is going very strong in Sandalwood.
National award winner, Priyamani is famous in Kannda cinema for many her hit movies. She acted in many film industries besides Kannada films, including Tamil and Malayalam films.
5. Bhavana Menon
Bhavana Menon is a beautiful actress from Kerala, who is also quite popular in Kannada films. Vishnuvardhana, Romeo, Alochane, Topiwala, Bachchan and Bhayana are some of her top movies in recent times.
6. Ragini Dwivedi
Femina Miss South India 2009 runner up, Ragini Dwivedi is among the top paid actresses in Kannada. She is also famous in Tamil and Malayalam movies.
7. Aindrita Rai
Starting her careen in Kannada films in the year 2007, Aindrita Rai has given many hit films in recent years. She also the winner of AKKA best actess award. Mast Maja Maadi, Veera, Paramathma and Veera Parampare are some of her top movies.
8. Lakshmi Rai
Actress Lakshmi Rai, who also works in Telugu and Tamil films, is gaining popularity in Kannada films with her later movies such as Attahasa and Shrungara.
9. Pooja Gandhi
Pooja Gandhi tried her luck in politics in recent times by joining Janata Party and later switching to KJP. She started big in Kannada with a film titled "Mungaru Male". She gave many hits including Dandupalya in recent times.
10. Milana Nagaraj
Milana Nagaraj is very new to film industry, she acted in hit Kannada films such as Brindhavana and Nam Duniya Nam Style. Known for her glamour and acting skills, Milana is among the leading actresses in Kannada.