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(1989-09-02) 2 September 1989 (age 32)
Other namesNeetha
Years active2004–present

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.


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.

Early life[edit]

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.[1] Neethu has a younger sister. They grew up and were educated in Mangalore. Her father died in 2011.[2]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2004 Yahoo Vidya Kannada Credited as Neetha[3]
2004 Jennifer Kannada
2004 Joke Falls Sulekha Kannada
2005 Beru Suma Kannada National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada
Karnataka State Film Award for second Best Film
2005 Karavali Hudugi Akku Kannada
2006 Eesha Gowri Kannada
2006 Photographer Satyavathi Malayalam
2007 Poojari Priya Kannada
2007 Agrahara Ramya Kannada
2007 Govinda Gopala Aishwarya Kannada
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
2009 Manasaare Bhaamini Kannada
2010 Krishna Nee Late Aagi Baaro Andy Kannada
2010 Aithalakkadi Sevanthi Kannada
2011 Yogaraj Bhat Sihi Kannada
2011 Panchamrutha Tanu Kannada
2011 Ujwadu Shaantheri Konkani Karnataka State Film Award for Best Regional Film
2012 Jeevana Joke-alli Paaru Kannada
2013 Devarane Sheela Kannada Cameo appearance
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"
2015 Abhinetri Cameo Kannada
2015 Eregla Panodchi Rukmini Tulu
2015 Ring Road Cameo Kannada
2017 Paaru I Love You Paaru Kannada
2017 Sithara Priya Kannada
2017 Mombatthi ACP Shivani Kannada
2018 Mari Tiger Special appearance Kannada
2018 Amrutha Galige Amrutha Kannada
2019 Vajramukhi Vajramukhi Kannada
2019 Hangover Herself Kannada special appearance in the song "Naane Rukku Kodtini"
2021 1888Film has yet to be released Sandhya Shetty Kannada Filming
2021 Indira Kannada and Telugu Filming
TBA Iralarade Iruve Bitkonda Kannada Filming

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year[lower-alpha 1] Category Award Film Result Note
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
  1. Refers to the year in which the ceremony was held.


Year Title Channel Notes
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


  1. 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)
  2. "Neethu shows work is primary emotions next". 20 May 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  3. Deepak, S. N. (12 September 2004). "Yahoo". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 23 September 2004. Retrieved 9 October 2020.

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