​Kannada actors who tried luck in movies but made it big as TV hosts

Any actor dreams to be recognized and winning a million hearts with their performances on the silver screen. While dreams do come true for some while others make it big elsewhere. Here is a list of actors who rested their luck in movies but found fame on television by hosting reality shows.

​Srujan Lokesh

Born into the famed Mr. and Mrs. Lokesh family, Srujan has become a household name with his show Majaa Talkies on Kannada television. Although he has acted as a lead hero in movies like ‘Aane Pataki’, ‘Sapno ki Raani’, ‘Ellide illi Tanka’, and judged various shows like Raja Rani, Nannamma Superstar, Srujan is much-loved for his hosting skills.


​Akul Balaji

During the initial days of his career, Akul had featured in a movie titled ‘Athmiya’ as a lead actor. He has also made his presence felt in movies like Milana, Krazystar, and many more. However, Akul turned out to be successful as a host on Kannada television. Season after season, Akul turned out to be one of the most sought-after anchors when it comes to hosting reality shows.


She is rumored to be one of the highest-paid hosts on Kannada’s small screen. Be it an event or a reality show, Anu aces it with her own swag. But the fact that she also acted in movies like ‘Ringmaster’, And ‘Uppu Huli Khara’ can never be missed.

​Anupama Gowda

Aside from her acting skills, Anupama is indeed known for her hosting stints on Kannada Television. The actress owns the stage every single time she hosts a reality show. She juggles her acting and hosting career effortlessly.

​Master Anand

Anand once ruled the Kannada film industry as a child artist. He was one of the most happening child artists and won a few awards at a tender age. However, TV has been a game-changer for him as a director and host. He is currently seen hosting popular reality shows like ‘Comedy Khiladigalu’ and ‘Drama Juniors’.

​Jhanvi Rayala

A dentist by profession, Jhanvi followed her passion for acting and went on to feature in movies like Kaanoorayana, 6ne Mile, Urvi, and many others. Needless to say, she earned immense fame when she hosted the second season of the couple-based reality show Raja Rani.


​Shalini Satyanarayana

Be it a supporting role in a movie or playing a lead in the iconic show Paapa Pandu or even hosting a reality show, Shalini has carved a niche for herself in the Kannada entertainment industry. However, the actress avers that she enjoys hosting the ongoing reality game show, Suvarna Superstar.