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2 September 1989
Neethu (born 2 September 1989), also known as Neethu Shetty, is an Indian film actress who predominantly appears in Kannada-language films and a few Tulu and Malayalam films. She won acclaim and praise for movies like Joke Falls (2004), Beru (2005), Photographer (2006) – (her Malayalam debut), Koti Chennaya (2007), Gaalipata (2008), Krishna Nee Late Aagi Baaro (2009) and many others.
She has done cameos in other successful movies like Abhinetri and Fair & Lovely. She has worked with the actors Ramesh Aravind, V. Ravichandran, Mohanlal, H. G. Dattatreya, Kishore Kumar G, Ganesh, Jaggesh, Doddanna, Anant Nag, Vijay Raghavendra, Ravishankar Gowda, Dileep Raj, Rajesh Krishnan, Shivadhwaj Shetty, Diganth, Mohan Shankar and Naveen Krishna.
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She acted in Punya, a serial directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar and made her debut through the Jaggesh and Komal-starrer Govinda Gopala and then went on to act in a horror flick Yahoo, which was an average grosser. Her first commercially successful movie was Joke Falls, where she was paired alongside Ramesh Aravind, which was positively reviewed, and was directed by Ashok Patil. She then starred in the movie Beru, directed by P. Sheshadri, which received many accolades such as National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film.
She made her Malayalam debut alongside Mohanlal in the Malayalam film Photographer. She is a recipient of the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the Tulu language film Koti Chennaya. Her performance in her next movie, Poojari, opposite Aadhi Lokesh, brought her closer to the Kannada audience. She received positive reviews for her performance in the 2008 movie Gaalipata, which was a multi-starrer and a blockbuster hit. She received a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada nomination. She later starred in films which some were successful, like Krishna Nee Late Aagi Baaro, Abhinetri and a few others. She also starred in movies such as Aithalakkadi and others that received negative reviews and failed at the box office.
She was a contestant in Bigg Boss Kannada 2, where she survived 80 days, hence becoming the first contestant in the history of Bigg Boss Kannada to be kept in a "secret room". She was a part of the comedy show Bengaluru Benne Dose alongside Arun Sagar. She later appeared as a guest in Bigg Boss Kannada 4 along with Rishika Singh, Tsunami Kitty, N. C. Ayyappa and Bigg Boss Kannada 3 winner Shruti. She also was a part of box cricket league where she was a player for the team Davangere Lions, which emerged runners up.
Neethu was born on 2 September 1981 in Mangalore, in the Karnataka State of India. Her father, Manjunath Shetty, was from the Bunt community and her mother, Mohini is from a Konkani speaking family. Neethu has a younger sister. They grew up and were educated in Mangalore. Her father died in 2011.
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|2004||Yahoo||Vidya||Kannada||Credited as Neetha|
|2005||Beru||Suma||Kannada||National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada |
Karnataka State Film Award for second Best Film
|2007||Koti Chennaya||Deyi Baidithi||Tulu||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress |
National Film Awards Best Feature Film in Tulu
|2008||Gaalipata||Radha||Kannada||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada – Nominated |
Suvarna Film Awards for best supporting actress – Nominated
|2008||Ganesha Matte Banda||Gayatri||Kannada|
|2010||Krishna Nee Late Aagi Baaro||Andy||Kannada|
|2011||Ujwadu||Shaantheri||Konkani||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Regional Film|
|2013||Jeethu||Herself||Kannada||Special appearance in the song "Idli Vade"|
|2013||Crazy Star||Herself||Kannada||Special appearance in the song "Ee Hennu Avala Weakness"|
|2014||Fair & Lovely||Herself||Kannada||Guest appearance|
|2014||Jaggi||Herself||Kannada||Special appearance in the song "Nela Gudi Neeru"|
|2017||Paaru I Love You||Paaru||Kannada|
|2018||Mari Tiger||Special appearance||Kannada|
|2019||Hangover||Herself||Kannada||special appearance in the song "Naane Rukku Kodtini"|
|2021||Indira||Kannada and Telugu||Filming|
|TBA||Iralarade Iruve Bitkonda||Kannada||Filming|
Awards and nominations
|2007||Karnataka State Film Award for Best Supporting Actress||Karnataka State Film Awards||Koti Chennaya||Won|
|2008||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Kannada||Filmfare awards south||Gaalipata||Nominated|
|2008||Suvarna Film Awards for best supporting actress||Suvarna Film Awards||Gaalipata||Nominated|
- Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.
|2014||Bigg Boss Kannada 2||Suvarna||Contestant|
|2014||Super Minute||Colors Kannada||Contestant|
|2015||Bengaluru Benne Dose||Suvarna|
|2017||Bigg Boss Kannada 4||Colors Kannada||Guest|
|2017||Super Talk Time||Colors Super||herself|
|2017||Maja Bharatha||Colors Super||Paaru I Love You promotion|
|2019||Maja Bharatha||Colors Super||Vajramukhi promotion|
|2019||Saval Ge Sai||Udaya TV||1888 promotion|
|2019||Kitchen Darbar||Star Suvarna||celebrity guest|
|2021||Chat Corner||Colors Kannada||Alongside Shubha Poonja|
- Neethu (2 February 2015). Avala Hejje—Actress Neethu Shetty PART 01 (in Kannada). BTV News. Event occurs at 2:40. Retrieved 23 September 2015.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
- "Neethu shows work is primary emotions next". supergoodmovies.com. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Deepak, S. N. (12 September 2004). "Yahoo". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 23 September 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2020.