Tara (Kannada: ತಾರಾ; born March 4, 1967 as Anuradha) is a south Indian film actress who primarily works in Kannada films. She is also a politician with the Bharatiya Janata Party. On March 15, 2012, Tara was elected as a chief president for the "Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy" (KCA) making her the first ever actor to hold the position. Tara has featured in over 500 commercial and Parallel Cinema.
Known for her strong author backed roles, Tara has won the Best Actress award in the 2005 National Film Awards for her role in the film Hasina (film), which also received the Best Film on Family Welfare award. It was her first major recognition in a film career spanning over two decades long. Besides Kannada, she has acted in few Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films as well.
Tara made her first appearance on screen for a Tamil film Ingeyum Oru Gangai directed by noted actor, Manivannan, in 1984 which also featured Murali in the lead. Followed by this, she featured in her first Kannada film Thulasidala in 1985. However, she got a big break of her career through a Rajkumar starrer Guri in 1986 and thereafter she has acted in several movies as a leading lady and mainly as supporting actress. Her performance in Girish Karnad's Kanooru Heggadithi, which brought her wide spread recognition. She received her first ever award as best actress for the Kannada movie Krama(1991),directed by debutant director Asrar Abid. 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.