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Kannadigas Who Changed The Face Of Bollywood

Bangalore: The silicon valley of India, Bangalore and Karnataka has given the showbiz a huge number of stars who shine brightly in the Bollywood. Here are the tops five film celebrities from Karnataka which film industry is blessed to have.

Guru Dutt: Vasant Kumar Shivshankar Padukone or Guru Dutt was a veteran film director, producer and actor. He was on the list of twenty-five best  Asian actor of all time which was released in the year 2010. Guru Dutt made a lot of artistic movies which had commercial value too. His few know works are Pyaasa, Kagaz Ke phul, chaudhvi ka Chand. The last movie in which he acted was sajh aur savera.

Rajnikanth: Superstar Rajnikanth was born and bought up in Bangalore. This actor was earlier known as Shivaji Roa Gaekwad. He worked at Bangalore transport service as a bus conductor but that could not keep him away from his love for acting. He started to act in plays and later enrolled Madras Film Institute to get a diploma in the field of acting. He did his debut in the film industry with K. Balachander’s Tamil drama Apoorva Raangangal. He used play negative roles at the beginning of his career. He is one of the highest paid actors in Asia. The actor recently made his political debut.

Firoz Khan: Firoz Khan hailed from a Pathan family, his father was a Pathan from the Ghazni province of Afganistan and his mother was originally from Iran. The actor attained his schooling in Bangalore. Later he migrated to Mumbai to make a career in Bollywood. Firoz Khan appeared in the movie Didi in the year 1960 as the second lead. But his first big hit came with the release of ‘oonche log’ in 1965. In 1965 he was awarded Filmfare award for best actor in supporting role. In 1975-77 he started his career as director and producer. He made the movie Dhrmatma which is said to inspire by the Hollywood movie godfather. The movie was a blockbuster and established him in the industry as a successful actor and producer in the industry.

Sunil Shetty:  This actor started his career with movie Balwaan, although the movie was not a potboiler it got this actor a lot of appreciation. This film also gained him the reputation of action hero. He stared in a lot of movies after that as the male lead. In the year 2000, in film ‘dhadkan’, he played antagonist and acknowledging his performance in this movie he was awarded Filmfare award for best villain. Shetty has also been part of Malayalam, Tamil and English movies. 

Deepika Padukone: This beautiful actress was brought up in Bangalore. She attended school in the Mount Carmel School and went to Inda Gandhi Open University in Bangalore. Her father is a renowned badminton player and she too used to play badminton during school days. Later she started her career in fashion modelling. She made her debut in Bollywood against the king of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan. In her first movie ‘Om Shanti Om’ she played a double role and bagged the Filmfare award for the best female debut. She has not looked back since then and has given consecutive hits to the industry.

2 Comments

  1. D.R. Raja Kumar says:

    Not one of them is a Kannadiga. Guru Dutt and Deepika Padukone are Saraswat Brahmins. They claim to have migrated from Kashmir hundreds of years ago.They speak Konkani. Their food and culture is very different from kannadigas. They don’t think of themselves as Kannadiga. Feroz Khan was a Muslim. He may be have been born and brought up in Bangalore but once again food, language, culture and identity wise he was not a kannadiga. Rajanikanth is a marathi who made his fortunes in Tamil cinema. He has nothing to do with being a kannadiga. Sunil Shetty, once again belongs to a different culture. language and food eating community and does not identify himself as a Kannadiga, maybe as a Bunt or Tulu person, but not a Kannadiga.

  2. What about Garish Karnad ?

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