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Kishori Ballal is a Kannada Actress, whose birthplace is Mangalore of Karnataka. She Married Mr.Sripathi who was a Bharatha Natyam artist hailing from Mangalore in 1950. The Couple got trained from Dr. Siva Ram Karanth and Vysarya Ballal.They got a chance from Durga Khote Productions to enter advertisements. Kishori in the 1970’s played many leading roles in Marathi Plays which turned to Kannada versions also. Mega Serial “Ye Jo Hai Zindagi” made her get knocks from Kannada serial directors also. In 1984 Kishori was given the “Kannada Rajyothsava award” and “Kannada Nataka Academy Prashasthi.” She played the famous “Kaveri Amma” Character in Shah Rukh Khan’s Bollywood movie “ Swades".

Director Ashutosh Gowrikar was impressed with her performance in a Hindi serial and approached her for “Swades”, and that is how she reached the role of “Kaveri Amma.” She played a role in the 2015 Kannada movie “ Ring Road” which is a crime drama. In 2014, the Horror movie “ Aakramana” had Kishori’s appearance in it. In 2011, Kishori made her appearance in the movie “ Veera Bahu.” She also made her performance in the 2009 Kannada hit movie “ Ambari.” She did a role in the 2010 Kannada movie “Nannavanu” which deals with a revenge story. In 2008, she did a character in the Kannada film “Akka Thangi.” Kishori made her presence in the 2002 movie “Marma” which deal with issues like schizoprenia and hallucination. She also did the role of hero’s (Prithviraj) mother with the famous Bollywood heroine Rani Mukherjee in the film Aiyaa in the year 2012. Kishori Ballal won “Smt Lakshmi Bai Award” in the year 2014.

As of date she has done nearly 73 movies and has an excellent career graph. She never stops to learn new things and adapts herself to the director’s requirement. Exploring new opportunities has always been her attitude, which made her reach this point of achievement in her life. Her Popularity has come out with a lot of hard work and painstaking efforts. Apart from Marathi, Kannada and Hindi movies, she also has done Tulu and Konkani language films too. 

Kishori Ballal won the “Best Performance in a Supporting Role Female” from IIFA (International Indian Film Academy Awards) in the year 2005 for the Movie “Swades.” With a legendary career history, Kishori has proven her talents in multiple states of India. Aspiring film artists can learn a lot from her career.


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