Rashmika Mandanna- India’s Latest Talent:
Rashmika Mandanna (born 5 April 1996), is an Indian film actress and model who works predominantly in Telegu and Kannada films. She is popularly dubbed by the media and Kannada film industry as the ‘Karnataka Crush’. Mandanna is one among very few actresses to have a film gross 1 billion in such a short span and one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in Telegu and Kannada cinema industry.
Rashmika made her acting debut in Kannada 2016 film Kirik Party. In 2017, she starred in two commercially successful films, Anjani Putra and Chamak. Later she made her Telegu debut with romantic drama Chalo in 2018. Again, in the same year, she starred in the rom-com film Geetha Govindam, which has become one of the highest profit earners in Telegu cinema, which earned her wide recognition. Her third Telegu venture was a multi starrer big budget film titled Devadas. It marked her third consecutive successful film in the same year in Telegu film Industry, after achieving a first hat trick hit in Kannada film Industry, established herself as one of the leading actresses of Telegu and Kannada Cinema.
She starred in the commercially successful films such as Kirik Party (2016), Anjani Putra (2017), Chamak (2017), Chalo (2018), Geetha Govindam (2018), Yajamana (2019) and Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020). The back to back success of films has made her one of the most sought after actresses in South Indian film Industry.
Rashmika Mandanna was born on 5 April 1996 as the elder daughter of Suman and Madan Mandanna in Virajpet, a town in Kodagu district of Karnataka. She did her schooling in Coorg Public School (COPS), Kodagu before she pursued pre-university course in Mysore Institute of Commerce and Arts, she has bachelor’s degree in Psychology, Journalism and English Literature from Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce, along with her studies she was doing modeling and appeared in a couple of advertisements.
Rashmika got engaged to actor Rakshit Shetty. They began dating during the making of Kirik Party and got engaged on 3 July 2017 in a private ceremony in her hometown of Virajpet. The couple mutually broke off their engagement in September 2018, citing compatibility issues.
Rashmika began modeling in 2012. She won the Clean & Clear Fresh Face of India title the same year and was made the brand ambassador of Clean & Clear. Her pictures from the competition impressed the makers of the film Kirik Party who then cast her as the female lead for the film in early 2014.
In an interview with The Times of India, she recalled: “The makers of Kirik Party saw a picture of mine from the Clean & Clear Fresh Face of India 2012 competition- one in which I was dancing during the college round –and approached me to act in the film. So, it really got things I always wanted to film”. She was cast as Saanvi Joseph, a college-goer, and the love interest of Karna. How did Rashmika Mandanna become famous
Kannada debut and breakthrough (2016-17):
Rashmika Mandanna made her debut with Kirik Party in 2016, which open to widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year by collecting Rs. 50 crore against production budget Rs. 4 crores, and completed 150 days in main centers of Karnataka, alongside Rashmika’s performances received praise for her performances as Saanvi. The writer Sunayana Suresh of The Times of India states that “Rashmika Mandanna as Saanvi is easy that pin-up girl in college and she breathes her path. The film’s reviewer for The New Indian Express wrote, “Rashmika Mandanna, has outshone in the film along with the main character”. The Deccan Chronicle’s Shashiprasad noted that “Beautiful senior Saanvi played by Rashmika Mandanna, her beautiful and cute portrayal of Saanvi reminds all the guys their unforgettable crush from college days. This won her SIIMA Award for the Best Debut Actress.
In 2017, Rashmika’s first release was Harsha’s Anjani Putra opposite Puneeth Rajkumar, which ran for 50-days in some theatres of Karnataka. The Times of India’s Sunanya Suresh wrote that “Rashmika Mandanna as cute as the leading lady and shows that she has comic timing that can be tapped in to. Cineloka’s writer claims that “Rashmika Mandanna as her love interest plays a good-=natured, jaunty girl next door and delivers a good performance.”
Her next release was Chamak opposite Ganesh, which ran for 100 days in a couple of theatres. She receives critical acclaim from critics for her role as Khushi, The Times of India’s writer Sunanya Suresh stated that “Rashmika Mandanna stated that Rashmika has done a good job at ensuring the audience are with them throughout.” While Bangalore Mirror’s writer Shyam Prasad claimed that “Rashmika sparkles in acting”. The New Indian Express’s Sharadhaaa wrote that “Rashmika Mandanna emerges as a good artist in her third outing. The actress, who comes in two shades has taken responsibility for her character, and it shows”. Latter garnered her first nomination for Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Kannada at 65th Filmfare Awards South three consecutive films in the Kannada language all succeeded at the box office makes her ‘hat-trick’ heroine in Kannada film industry.
Rashmika started 2019 acting in Yajamana, Kannada language film opposite Darshan, which received decent reviews from both audience and critics upon the release. And began earning profit within five-days of its release. Later, it collected over Rs. 5 crores against production budget Rs. 18 crore and ran for over 100 days in some theatres in Karnataka. She was invited to participate in a panel discussion at the 2019 International Indian Film Academy Awards along with Nithya Menen moderated by the Indian film critic Baradwaj Rangan, which was organized in Goa.
According to the audience, the real success and achievements of Rashmika Mandanna began in 2018, after the release of “Geetha Govindam” and following release of “Dear Comrade”, which earned a huge profit in the box office. She gained recognition and came into fame with these two films.
In 2020, Rashmika starred opposite Mahesh Babu in Sarileru Neekevvaru, which opened a decent reviews from audience and critics upon the release and went on to become one of the highest-grossing films in the Telegu film industry, and emerged a Rashmika’s career highest profit earner to date by collecting Rs. 2 billion at world box office in just 10-days. The reviewer of Times of India Neeshita Nyayapati stated “Rashmika Mandanna woos, gets hyper, dances, has a catch-line, all for the male lead, but why she exists in this tale, other than to fawn over him is a mystery. The editor of India Today Janani k claimed that “We see Rashmika playing a typical ‘loosu ponnu’ who keeps stalking Mahesh Babu”. The editor of Hans India stated that “Rashmika Mandanna has impressed with her performance”.
Rashmika Mandanna got a tattoo on her hand during her college days. It is written ‘Irreplaceable’ meaning she is a person who is irreplaceable.
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