Top 10 Best Actors from Kannada Cinema

In the span of 75 years Kannada cinema has seen many talented and versatile actors (some are no more). Here is the list of actors whom I personally feel they deserve respect from people of Karnataka and India.
The Top Ten
1 Puneeth Rajkumar

Most talented all-rounder in the Kannada film industry. National award winner at a young age.

Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar is one of the biggest and most expensive stars in the Kannada film industry. We should respect him and cooperate with him. He doesn't have any ego, but he has a simplicity that others don't have. I am his biggest fan and dream of acting in his film as a junior artist at least.

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2 Darshan

Challenging Star Darshan is the box office sultan in the Kannada industry. All his films have been doing well since 2010, and he is the top earner in the Kannada industry.

He is the number one actor in the Kannada film industry. Since 2010, all his films have been blockbusters. He is the sultan of the box office. We love his acting. Best of luck to the challenging star. He is the handsome hulk of our industry.

Challenging Star Darshan is the number one star if we look at his entire movie collection, quality, and more. However, this list claims Puneet is number one, which is untrue.

If Darshan had gotten the chance when he was a child, he would have also won a national award. Please think and vote. Darshan is number one, the sultan of the box office. He rocks in Sandalwood.

3 Kichha Sudeep

He is the only young generation actor who made it to this list. That proves his talent. His recent role in a Telugu cinema, "EEGA," made him famous across India. He is the new hope for Kannada cinema and is capable of taking Kannada cinema to the world.

He is the best actor in the Kannada industry, with a superb look and wonderful acting. He is a genuine person, and his helping nature is a very rare trait in the film industry.

In the future, he will definitely be the superstar of the South Indian film industry.

Best actor after Raj Kumar and Vishnuvardhan. He will overtake all the actors from India. One day, he will be the number one actor in India.

At present, he is number one in Karnataka. He will be ruling the Indian film industry by 2020. No one can overtake him, and nobody can compete with him for the next 25 years.

4 Yash

I love him a lot. There is no limit to my love for his acting, hairstyle, dance, fights, and dialogues. I like everything about him, and he is the best hero in the world. I have a wish to take a selfie with him, and I pray to God daily that this lovely boy should be in first place. May God fulfill my wish soon.

Yash is truly an amazing hero. He has stolen everybody's hearts with his style. Love you in all your movies. Continue acting like this, and you will be the next Yash in Sandalwood!

Yash is a unique, stylish, and good-looking actor. I want to see him in original scripts rather than remakes. I wish to see him in roles as a police officer, specializing in encounters, and in more urban love stories. I am eagerly looking forward to KGF.

5 Vishnu Vardhan

Action, romance, love, drama, and comedy. A total entertainer. Wonderful, unbelievable, extraordinary, awesome, and mind-blowing actor.

Acting is a very obvious thing in actors, but moral fiber is what makes him stand high. Unanimously, he is the finest actor.

All-time superstar. One of the finest Indian actors. He didn't get the recognition matching his talent.

6 Shankar Nag

Most talented actor and director of Kannada cinema. A precious gem of Kannada cinema lost his life in a severe road accident at the age of 35. Still, Kannada cinema hasn't found someone to match his caliber and popularity.

Plus: Unique style, adorable screen presence, and involvement in the entire process of making a film, not just acting.

Most talented young actor. No one can reach him. He is the real legend of Kannada cinema!

My inspiration. Greatest actor. Best person.

One has to learn from his life. Miss you, sir.

7 Upendra

He is the best actor in the Kannada industry, with a superb look and wonderful acting. He is a genuine person, and his helping nature is a very rare character trait in the film industry. In the future, he will definitely be the superstar of the South Indian film industry.

He is a complete entertainer, excelling in action, romance, love, drama, and comedy. He was a wonderful, unbelievable, extraordinary, awesome, and mind-blowing actor. The most talented actor and director of Kannada cinema lost his life in a severe road accident at the age of 35. Kannada cinema still hasn't found someone to match his caliber and popularity.

Plus: He had a unique style, adorable screen presence, and was involved in the entire process of filmmaking, not just acting.

8 Dr. Raj Kumar

The best actor ever in the Kannada Film Industry, well known for his acting and singing. First actor in the history of Indian cinema to be honored with a Doctorate, in 1976.

First South Indian actor to be honored with the Padma Bhushan, in 1983.

Only Indian citizen to be honored with "Kentucky Colonel" by Kentucky State, USA, in 1986. This prestigious award was given only to Presidents/Prime Ministers (Head of the State). Dr. Rajkumar was an exception.

Cultural Icon of Karnataka.

A legendary actor who ruled the Kannada Film Industry for more than five decades with his acting and singing skills. The only actor in the history of Indian cinema to have won a National Award for both acting and singing, and that explains a lot.

9 Shivrajkumar

Shivanna is the best actor. Since he knows only acting, he doesn't overthink and just acts. Therefore, he has completed 100 movies.

When it comes to being a human being, no one will beat him. Being number 1 is not about the box office. It's about making society better. In that regard, Dr. Shivanna is always the best because he doesn't carry any controversy in his life.

You can see this when he addresses the people of Kannada. Before any program starts, he behaves like a simple man. This simplicity shows who is king. People may comment in different ways, but before commenting, we need to think whether he deserves it or not.

However, Shivanna is really a great person in Sandalwood.

10 Ravichandran Biroji Srinivasan Raman (B.S.Raman) better known by his stage name Ravichandran is an Indian Tamil Film Actor, who was born in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia; His native was Vangal Village in Karur. He was one of the Leading Actors during 1960s and 70s. He was titled as "Kalaignar Thilagam". He made his debut... read more

Also, he is the one and only actor who takes part in original movies. He never does remakes. Some star actors go for remakes if their movies flop continuously, to come back with a hit. But Shivarajkumar only does original movies, whether they flop or hit. He often delivers big hits for the Kannada industry.

No one can touch him. He never seeks the top rank or top place. He just acts for his profession.

The showman of the Kannada industry was the first person to produce high-budget movies in Kannada during the 1989 and 1990s. He made the whole film industry look back at the Kannada Film Industry.

The Contenders
11 Golden Star Ganesh

Ganesh is the actor who can act with his eyes. And no violence in movies. We can just enjoy the movie and leave.

Golden Star Ganesh is the best actor. He is an all-rounder and multi-talented. He is an amazing performer who can imitate great personalities like Shankarnag, Dr. Raj, and Vishnuvardhan, among others. He is a dialogue king, good at acting, and delivers nice expressions. He can portray good characters.

Ganesh is the best actor in the Kannada industry. He looks superb and is number one.

12 Dhruva Sarja

I like and love him because he only grew in his first film, Addhuri, and second, as Bahaddhur, which is also an awesome movie and ran for 200 days or more. His acting and talking style are totally different compared to other actors.

In the future, he will be the box office sultan and lover boy of every Kannadiga.

Number 1 actor in Kannada industries. He is the best. I am a big fan of him. Jai Addhuri Druva Sarja.

Nam boss. His acting, fighting, romance, dance, etc., are all powerful. DS has been a brand in India since 1988. He worked hard to come into the industry even though his uncle was an actor in Kollywood and Sandalwood. He is a South Indian star. Salute to you, boss DS.

13 Sudeep Sudeep Sanjeev, known mononymously as Sudeep, is an Indian actor, filmmaker and television presenter, known primarily for his work in Kannada cinema, in addition to appearances in a handful of Telugu, Hindi and Tamil films.

I like him very much. His dialogues are superb, and his movies and songs are excellent. I like him very much.

Sudeep is the best hero in South India. He is a multi-talented hero. He is the one and only hero known to Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam audiences.

I like Sudeep's films and I am a fan of his.

14 Duniya Vijay
15 Ambareesh

In Kannada, for angry young roles, the best one is Ambareesh only. I always like his friendly nature with everyone.

16 Chikkanna

Natural star. I get laughs from Chikkanna's comedy. He is the only real comedian of Sandalwood.

17 Ramesh Aravind

Although some people accuse him of copying a few signature acting skills from Kamal Hassan, a Tamil actor, he is indeed talented. He is one of the rare Kannada actors who has acted in Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam cinema.

18 Prajwal Devaraj
19 Ganesh
20 Bullet Prakash
21 Ananth Nag

This actor is a classy one, and in my personal opinion, no one can beat him when it comes to his acting. He is the most realistic actor, known for portraying his characters effortlessly without any over-the-top nonsense. You are my all-time favorite, Sir. I feel he should be recognized among the best actors in the world.

In addition to his acting ability, he also has royal looks, which add to his portfolio of good traits as an actor.

Most versatile actor of Kannada cinema. Whether it's serious cinema or comedy, you know Ananth Nag will make it a hit movie. I believe that Kannada directors have yet to fully tap into his talent. Even today, he has his own elite fan following.

22 Rakshit Shetty

He has already shown that he is a good actor. His acting style in Ulidavaru Kandante is too good. I think he will become the top hero in the Kannada film industry. We can say he is another Shankar Nag in Kannada films.

I like his movie selection. His acting skills are too good.

He is very versatile and talented.

23 Sri Murali
24 Raghavendra Rajkumar
25 Ninasam Sathish
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