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Sudha Belawadi is best known as Ganesh’s mother in the iconic movie Mungaru Male. The talented television and film actress hails from an illustrious family of artistic personalities. Her brother is Prakash Belawadi, who is a well known theater and film personality. She considers her mother Bhargavi Narayan as a role model as she is a veteran in the industry. Sudha’s husband Sathya Horanadu too is a scriptwriter and has written the script for the movie Swadesh. Sudha’s daughter too is acting in movies now.

Sudha claims she had no interest in TV and films initially. She was working as a publicity manager for a firm and has even worked in an ad agency. But during the television boom, Sudha was asked to make her acting debut in television on the behest of her brother Prakash and TN Seetharam, who then were involved with producing and directing television. 

Sudha’s first stint was the serial Shubha Mangala. The actress who enjoyed acting in the serial initially later lost charm as the serial went off course to maintain TRP rating. She says her character had no direction and hence she quit. She then went on to act in another Kannada serial named Mahaparva.

The actress whose acting abilities were then sought to play the role of Preetham’s mother played by Ganesh gave her overnight popularity. She is compared to Reema Lagoo who played Salman Khan’s mother in Maine Pyar Kiya who later played motherly roles. Sudha too went on to act as Ganesh’s mother in Gaali Pata and in few other movies . So far she has acted in more than 25 films and her forthcoming films are Neralu and Rose.