The year 1983 saw the first woman director in Kannada. Prema Karanth directed the film Paniyamma. The same year, Anil Kapoor, who later became a famous actor in Hindi films, made his debut in the Kannada film Pallavi Anupallavi. This was also the debut film for director Maniratnam and cinematographer Balu Mahendra. In 1984, Kashinath made the film Anubhava, which paved a new way for films that broke away from conservatism.