Nabha Natesh (born 11 december 1995), is an Indian model and actress who appears predominantly in Kannada and Telugu films. She starred in the commercially successful 2015 film Vajrakaya, and soon become one of the popular actresses in Kannada film industry.
Nabha has completed engineering in information science BE from Mangalore, along with modelling. Nabha was featured in Top 11 in Femina Miss India Bangalore 2013. After taking acting lessons in Abhinaya Taranga, Nabha spent time in theatre under Prakash Belawadi. She was then an assistant to him in some plays. In one of Kannada plays, Nabha played the role of Lalitha in the play Gora (The play was based on Rabindranath Tagore’s novel Gora) which was staged in Shantiniketan. She got a guest’ role in 2014 film Preeti Geeti Ityadi.
Debut and breakthrough (2015-17) She made her acting debut at the age of 19, opposite Kannada superstar Shiva Rajkumar, film titled Vajrakaya in 2015, which went on to become a blockbuster hit of the year by completing over 100-days in multiple centers of Karnataka. Nabha has received critical appraisal from both critics and audience, critics heaped praise on Nabha’s performance. Deccan Chronicle’s writer noted that “Nabha Natesh as Pataka who ‘fires up’ the screen space for a little longer than the others.” Times of India’s writer states that “Nabha Natesh is impressive as the tapori taking on Shivaraj Kumar” Sify’s writer claimed that “Nabha Natesh has done justice to her role” Indiaglitz’s writer states that “Nabha Natesh conquers the heart from her dashing role. She is like wind.” and she was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress-Kannada.
In 2017, she acted in Lee film opposite Sumanth Shailendra, which opened to mixed reviews from the critics and audience, and failed to attract the audience at box office. Although she received critical appraisal for her performance in the film. In the same yaer she features in a special song in Saheba film.
Telugu debut and widespread recognition (2018) Nabha made her telugu film debut opposite Sudheer Babu, film titled Nannu Dochukunduvate, which opened to positive reviews and turned out to be a commercial hit at the box-office and mainly she received an overwhelming critical appraisal from the both critics and audience, especially she got best ever compliments by legend directors and Telugu senior actors for her mind blowing performance in the film. Critics poured praise on Nabha, Deccan chronicle’s writer states that “The film is a perfect launch vehicle for Nabha, who is a livewire and completely steals the show.” 123telugu’s writer claimed that “Nannu Dochukunduvate completely belongs to Nabha Natesh as she makes a striking debut. She is the life and soul of the film as Nabha breathes life into the role of Meghana. The way she performs her chirpy character make many dull scenes look quite interesting. She has the acting talent and will go a long way All in all, Nabha’s debut in Tollywood is considered one of the best heroine debuts in the recent times and her performance has been compared to trade Mark female characters of Telugu cinema like Ashta Chamma’s Swathi, Bommarillu’s Hasini and Fida’s Bhanumati.” Times Of India’s writer states that “Nabha Natesh unleashes the livewire in her effectively amidst these characters.” Greatandra’s writer wrote that “Nabha Natesh in her Telugu debut impresses with her livewire acting. “The News Minute’s writer states that “Nabha Natesh is on the other end of the spectrum, too expressive and too emotive.” Indiagltz’s writer writes that “Overall, the performance is a treat, complete with a heroine who gets to speak so much, Nabha is chirpy.”Telugu360’s writer noted that “New heroine Nabha is a good find, she suited Meghana role. Her bubbly characterization, new backdrop as a short film actress bring additional appeal to her role.”