Entry as an Actress:
Thara has featured in over 500 commercial and Parallel Cinema. She made her entry as child artist in the Kannada movie “Tulasidala” in early 1985.
Thara made her first appearance on screen as a heroine for a Tamil film Ingeyum Oru Gangai directed by noted actor, Manivannan, in 1986 which also featured Murali in the lead. She featured in her first Kannada film Thulasidala in 1985. She got the big break of her career through a Rajkumar starrer Guri in 1986 and thereafter she has acted in several movies as a leading lady. She received her first ever award as best actress for the Kannada movie Krama (1991), directed by debutant director Asrar Abid. But it was her performance in Girish Karnad’s Kanooru Heggadathi, which brought her widespread recognition. She also received another “Best actress” state award for the movie Kanooru Heggadithi and also “best supporting actress” award for the movie Munjaneya Manju.
In the late 1980s, she featured in Mani Ratnam’s two of the biggest blockbuster Tamil films, Nayagan and Agni Natchathiram as a supporting actress.
Known for her strong author backed roles, she won the Best Actress award in the 2005 National Film Awards for her role in the film Hasina (film) casted by Girish Kasaravalli, which also received the Best Film on Family Welfare award It was her first major recognition in a film career nearly two decades long. Subsequently, her role in Kannada movie ‘Deadly Soma’ was appreciated. Then came her breakthrough performance in the movie Cyanide the inside story. In 2007, Thara received her second Best Actress award. She has produced Haseena, directed by Girish Kasaravalli and she has also announced intent to direct films as well. Besides Kannada, she has acted in few Tamil, Telugu films as well. Also many of her movies dubbed to Malayalam.
Thara acted with almost all the leading legendary actors in the late 80’s and 90’s
2000’s including Dr Rajkumar, Shankar Nag, Dr.Vishnuvardan, Ambarish, Ananth Nag, Ravichandran, Shashikumar, Tiger Prabhakar, Dr Shivarajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Murali, Karthik, Sunil, Devraj, Darshan, Sudeep, Puneeth Rajkumar and so many existing new comers.
Thara was Guest in a popular show ‘Weekend with Ramesh’ hosted by Ramesh Aravind in zee kannada [24th Episode in Session 1].
Thara is the only Actress who bagged 11 International Awards for the “Heggadathi” role in Kannoru Heggadthi like ITALI, UAE, UNITED KINGDOM and Canada etc., which was a novel based story written by our National poet Kuvempu. Once she got a National Award all Medias like Times of India, Prajavani, and many more apprised her as “Rastra Taare”.“In movie, every frame of her is impressive” uttered Sudhir Mishra an Indian film director and screenwriter known for directing critically acclaimed films Complete Karnataka celebrated her success as she won National Award. Also she carries a name for Artist who acted for most novel based movies as compared to any artists
She has worked under eminent Directors like Girish Kasaravalli, Rajendra Sigh Babu, Bhargava, K Balachandar, K Vishwanatha, Maniratnam, T.S. Nagabharana,Nagatihalli Chandrashekhar,K.V. Anand,Manivvan, Muthyala Subbaiah, Girish Karnad and many eminent Directors.
She has repeatedly Acted in all main Producers in South Indian films .
About ‘Hasina’ “Best Actress award” in the 2005 National Film Awards:
Actress Thara’s phone has not stop buzzing ever since she was declared best actress for her stellar role in “Hasina” at the 52nd National Film Awards announced in New Delhi on Wednesday. After receiving hundreds of congratulatory messages from her well-wishers, admirers and fans, the jubilant actress, who has brought the Kannada film industry its first-ever best actress award, spoke to presspersons in Mysore on Thursday.
“The award belongs to the Kannada film industry, and I would like to share it with the director of the movie, Girish Kasaravalli, consultant/adviser I.M. Vittalmurthy, the entire team of the movie and all the Kannada movie-goers for whom the film was made,” she said, holding back the tears of joy welling up in her eyes.
Thara, who was with her husband, Venu, on the sets of a Kannada movie being shot at Pandavapura near Mysore when the news of the award came, said almost everybody in the Kannada film industry had showered her with compliments.
Overwhelmed by the applause for her powerful portrayal of a young Muslim woman in the movie based on a short story, “Benki-Male,” authored by the Hassan-based author Bhanu Musthaq, Tara admitted that she wanted to be recognized as a good actress ever since she entered the film world almost two decades ago.
“Even though it has come late, I am happy about it,” she said, before adding that this was the best year in her life so far. “I got married this year and the award has followed it. Happiness has taken a long time to come my way. It is better late than never,” she said. “I have yearned for a national award. Finally, it has come my way.”
For Thara, the award is all the more satisfying as leading Bollywood actresses Aishwarya Rai and Konkana Sen were in the race for their roles in the Hindi films “Raincoat” and “Page 3” . “I am glad that I edged out actresses like Aishwarya Rai, Meera Jasmine and Konkana Sen…” she said.
The actress considers the award a “double bonanza.” For, she is also the producer of “Hasina.” Thara said she was inspired to produce the movie by the veteran actress Jayamala, whose role in “Thayi Saheba” fetched her special jury award in 1998.
When asked to differentiate between art and commercial films, Tara said acting in a commercial film is akin to going to school. “But, acting in an art film is like appearing for an examination,” she said.
Thara does not subscribe to the view that the Kannada film industry has been affected by poorly made and substandard movies. “I don’t think so,” she said, adding that the quality of Kannada films has shown a marked improvement during the past year. “The Kannada film industry is as good as any other film industry,” she said.
Role in film:
In the “Hasina,” Thara plays the role of a young Muslim woman who has given birth to three girls, one of whom is visually impaired.
When her husband and her in-laws realise that even the fourth child, in her womb, is female, her husband deserts her, and she is left to face a number of challenges.