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Dilip Raj is a popular TV actor who is referred as the poster boy of Kannada television. The actor nursed his acting ambition from his college days started off as a dancer and choreographer. The actor soon got involved with amateur theatre groups like Dhristhi and Nataranga. His theater stint led from one thing to another and he soon landed a role on TV serial Kambada Mane. This was his debut role. Noticed for his good looks and acting skills Dilip then was offered Janani.
Dilip credits the popular TV actress Nandita of having helped him to get a foothold in the Kannada television industry. The actor during the course of acting in TV serials also completed his college education. He then went on to act in a number of serials like Ardha Sathya, Kumkuma Baghya, Preetigaagi, Rangoli, and Mangalya.
The highlight of his career though was playing the negative role in the popular Kannada serial Rathasapthami aired on Udaya TV. But Dilip says the role that he enjoyed the most was the one in Malebillu.
Though the actor did venture into film acting with the film Boyfriend he did not meet with much success at the box office. He then returned to TV and took up more work in and acted in a negative role in Mangalya. Films beckoned him again and he acted in Love Guru and Kshana Kshana.
Dilip has taken part in TV reality shows like D for danger and Kuniyona Bara. In 2013 Dilip returned to his love which is theatre acting. He made time from acting in serials like Purushotama and movies like Loot and Kismat to be part of the play called Treadmill.
The actor is married to Srividya who was his junior in college. Both love theatre and they both fell in love with each other and cemented their love with marriage. Dilip credits Srividya for bringing him back to theatre. His forthcoming movie is Sithara in 2015.
Ramesh Bhat is the most familiar face in Kannada television and movies. Ramesh Bhat started his career dabbling in theatre with groups like Nataranga, Spandana and Benaka.
The actor once known for his close association with Shankar Nag slowly made his way into television much to his fans delight.
The actor made his debut in Kannada movie Minchina Ota and went on to act in a number of movies like Nodi Swamy Navirodu Heege, Ganeshana Maduve, Gauri Ganehsa, Ganesha Subramanya etc. He was mainly known for his comedy roles which he acted with aplomb.
He continues to be part of the film industry with movies like Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna and is currently filming for Thandana Thandana.The talented actor then ventured into direction with his movie Parameshi Prema Prasanga.The movie went on to be nominated for National Awards in 1983.
During the advent of Doordarshan he slowly made his presence felt on the small screen by acting in the much loved comedy serial Crazy Colonel and went on to assist the shooting of Malgudi Days.
The actor has 300 films to his credit and has been a industry veteran as he has spent 35 years in the film industry .The actor has won the State Award for his supporting role in Uyyale
Manju Bhashini hit the fame mode for his role in the comedy serial Silli Lalli and after that, there was no looking back. In the series, she acted as a social worker named Lalli and won fans galore.
Manju before setting foot on the small screen and worked in the movie Bhoomi Gita at the age of 19. Later she made her debut on the small screen through Girish Karnad directed serial Antharala. Another serial, which got her fame was T. N Seetharam’s mega serial Maya Mrigha, ran for more than two years.
Manju graduated with a Master’s degree in Sociology and had completed her junior in Carnatic classical music. The actress has 15 years of acting experience and has also directed serials, written scripts for shows. She has dabbled in reality shoes too in the form of playing as a host.
The talented actress went back to Kannada films with small roles in Sugreeva and Ganda Hendathi post which she was asked to exit from the comedy show Silli Lalli. Later she went on to act in few more movies and said goodbye to acting post her marriage and motherhood. She is also part of the Limelight Acting Academy imparting acting skills to the aspiring actors of the academy.
The actress likes South Indian food like Masala Dosa and Idli. She is fond of reading and practices singing classical music at home.
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Manju Bhashini is a well know Kannada TV actress who currently lives in Bangalore. She is one among those actresses who are recognized for the hard working, creative and determining approach towards work. She has an experience of 15 years in acting. Manju is a versatile personality who tried her hand in direction and script writing as well. She directed quite many serials and wrote amazingly superb scripts of some non-fictional shows. She has also anchored various shows in the Kannada language.
Manju went for junior studies to Shastriya Sangeeta, Karnataka and later gained a master's degree in sociology and Hindi Ratna. Before that, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/ Psychology from Sheshadripuram College. Bhashini is originally from Mangalore, which is her hometown. She put her first step in the industry at the age of 19 and managed to gain fan following of the crowd, who accepted her with open arms. She received various awards for her marvelous work and contribution to the industry. Samaja Sevaki Lalitamba in Sitcom and Silli Lalli on ETV Kannada was the first milestone in her success story. She worked in movies like ‘Bhoomigeeta’ (1998), ‘Ammarva Gand’ (1996) and ‘Raaj- the showman’ (2009). She got married in April 2006 and had a son named Saayujya, but this did not obstruct her ways to success. She worked with some epitomes of success like Girish Karnal, T. N. Seetharan, and others. She worked in TV serials like Mayamriga and Malebillu. She was also a proprietor in MR productions. Currently, she is involved in ‘Limelight Acting Academy’, where she is very well carrying out her job as Director from 2012.