Born Shwetha
Occupation Actress, film producer
Years active 2002–present
Spouse(s) Prem (m. 2007)

Swetha (born 31 March 1984), popularly known as Rakshita, is a South Indian film actress. She has acted in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu language films. Rakshita made her acting debut in the 2002 Kannada-language film Appu, alongside Puneet Rajkumar, following which, she acted in many Kannada films.

Early life

Rakshita was brought up in Bangalore. Her father B. C. Gowrishankar was a popular cinematographer in Kannada and her mother Mamatha Rao too acted in a few Kannada films.



Rakshita started her career with a Kannada movie Appu with Puneeth Rajkumar. She also acted in the remake of the same movie in Telugu titled Idiot and in Tamil titled "Dum". In Tamil she acted alongside Silambarasan also known as "Simbu". Her Kannada film career as heroine got a twist when her movie Kalasipalya became a hit. Within a short period of time, Rakshita acted with major Telugu heroes such as Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Jagapathi Babu and Ravi Teja and in Tamil she got opportunity to act with Ilayathalapathy Vijay. She also made a special appearance in a song in Lakshmi Narasimha.

After her marriage to the director Prem, she cut down on her acting profession and began supporting him in film making. She has also turned into a producer for one of the most prestigious project Jogayya starring Shivarajkumar in the lead and directed by Prem.


Rakshita announced of joining the Badavara Shramikara Raitara (BSR) Congress in March 2012, after politician B. Sriramulu announced of founding it, which eventually happened in 2013.[1] She served as the President of the women's wing of the BSR Congress till April 2013, when she quit the party citing differences with the party members over contesting elections from a constituency of her choice at the Karnataka Legislative Assembly election. In the same month, she joined the Janata Dal (Secular).[2] She again had differences with the party over its ignoring of her plea for a ticket to contest from Mandya at the 2014 general election, and quit in March 2014, joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).[3] Following this, she became subject to media and public ridicule, and was called a "party-hopper", having changed 3 political parties in two years.[4]

Personal life

She likes reading books, listening to music and traveling. Her favourite authors are Agatha Christie and Sidney Sheldon. She is married to Kannada cinema director Prem.[5]


As producer

Title Year Language
Jogayya 2011 Kannada
DK 2014 Kannada

As actor

Year Title Language Role Notes
2002 Appu Kannada Suchitra
2002 Idiot Telugu Suchitra
2002 Dhumm Kannada Preethi
2003 Dum Tamil Suchitra
2003 Pellam Oorelithe Telugu Raji
2003 Nijam Telugu Janaki
2003 Shivamani Telugu Pallavi
2003 Gokarna Kannada
2004 Love Kannada
2004 Lakshmi Narasimha Telugu Dancer Special Appearance
2004 Andhrawala Telugu Rakshita
2004 Madhurey Tamil Anitha
2005 Kalasipalya Kannada Priya
2005 Kashi From Village Kannada
2005 Ayya Kannada
2005 Deadly Soma Kannada Jyothi
2005 Andarivaadu Telugu Cheetila Chinni / Janki
2005 Jagapathi Telugu Lavanya
2005 Adirindayya Chandram Telugu
2006 Suntaragaali Kannada Manju
2006 Neenello Naanalle Kannada
2006 Mandya Kannada Paaru
2006 Odahuttidavalu Kannada
2006 Hubli Kannada Priya
2006 Tananam Tananam Kannada Vanaja
2007 Ee Rajiv Gandhi Alla Kannada
2007 Thayiya Madilu Kannada



  1. "Kannada Star Rakshita Set to Join Sriramulu's Party". Daijiworld. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  2. "Rakshita now joins Janata Dal (S)". The Hindu. 16 April 2013. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  3. "Rakshita joins BJP". The Hindu. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  4. "Rakshitha termed to be a party hopper!". Sify.com. 22 March 2014. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  5. "Prem, Rakshita to tie the knot on March 9". The Hindu. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2010.

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