A talented youngster, Rashmika Mandanna is a model and actress starring in Kannada as well as across the border in Telugu films. The Bangalore Times ranked her first in the list of 30 Most Desirable Women of 2017. A darling of the media and the masses she rose to fame like a rocket and peaked the 100 crore club in a short period. The movie Kirik Party had the box-office tinkling, making her the current heartthrob and the highest paid actor in Southern Cinema.
The romantic drama Chalo in 2018 launched Rashmika’s Telugu debut and a runaway success at box office. She played the lead in the romantic comedy Geetha Govindam released a month ago. This movie was the highest grosser of the year. These accolades established her as one of the prominent actresses of Telugu cinema.
With five consecutive blockbusters in her kitty, Rashmika has become one of the coveted actresses in the South Indian Film fraternity. The five movies were Kirik Party, Anjani Putra, Chamak, Chalo and Geetha Govindam earlier this year.
Early and personal life
Rashmika was born on 5 April 1996, to Madan and SumanMandanna in the town of Virajpet, in Kodagu district of Karnataka. After finishing her schooling in Coorg Public School, she did her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mysore Institute of commerce and arts and finally Journalism and English Literature from M.S. Ramaiah College of Arts, Science and Commerce. Modelling assignments and advertisements came her way while she was studying and she found a fine balance between both.
Rakshit and Rashmika got engaged after falling in love during the shooting of their first film together; Kirik Party. But this was short lived as they found that they were incompatible and parted ways.
Rashmika hits the gym often to keep herself fit and at the same time gorges on Dosas, which is her favourite food. Like any youngster her age, she has her crush on Shah Rukh Khan, Sidharth Malhotra, Ranveer Singh, Ian McKellen, and Channing Tatum. She admires late actress Sridevi and Emma Watson. Her favourites in musicians are typical of her age; Justin Bieber and Shakira.
Rashmika’s modelling career began in 2014. In the same year, she bagged the Clean & Clear Fresh Face of India title and was made the brand ambassador of Clean & Clear. The producers of Kirik Party were enamoured with her images in the contest and cast her as the female lead for the film in early 2016. The next feather in her cap was the title of TVC in Lamode Bangalore’s top model hunt 2015. She played a college goer Saanvi Joseph, and the love interest of Karna played by Rakshit Shetty.
Sharing her feelings about her role, Rashmika admits that “I was just 19 when I shot for the film. I am more like Saanvi in real life, mature beyond my age; so it didn’t feel tough” Playing herself came naturally to her and she bagged the Best Debut Actress in the SIIMA Awards.
2018 Telugu Film Debut
Paired opposite Naga Shourya, Rashmika made her Telugu movie debut with the film Chalo. The movie received rave reviews and turned out to be a huge grosser. Having run for 100-days in a couple of theatres, the critics have praised Rashmika for her performance.
Her next film is Geetha Govindam opposite Vijay Devarakonda which released on August 15th 2018 to positive reviews and went on to smash box-office collections of the year. The movie made her the heartthrob of her fans and critics simultaneously. Rashmika rose to the pinnacle of fame in the Telugu speaking states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The first time pairing of Rashmika and Vijay set the screen on fire.
Forthcoming Telugu Films
Rashmika is a busy superstar with four more movies lined up for release this year. The movies are Devadas, Yajamana, Dear Comrade and Vrithra.