Ileana D'Cruz made her debut in Telugu film "Devadasu" with Ram Pothineni, which fetched her the Filmfare best female debut award in 2006. After working in the Telugu film industry for nearly six years, Ileana made her Bollywood debut with "Barfi"(2012), co-starring with Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.

Southern film actresses (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada) have made their mark in Bollywood over the years and went on to become the leading ladies of B-town. The trend of South Indian actresses migrating to Hindi film industry is not new. Bollywood has always welcomed film stars from down south. Ileana D’Cruz is the latest south Indian divas in Bollywood. 

Earlier, before making her debut in cinema, she was a model in many advertisements. Ileana D'Cruz got her start in Fair & Lovely advertisement. She had no career plan in mind. She never thought she will be doing south films for a few years and then migrate to Bollywood. After her film ‘’Devadasu’’, released in 2006, she became a star in Kollywood. It is believed that she got a call from director Anurag Basu (Barfi) who wanted to narrate the role that she will be playing as Shruti in’’ Barfi”. After he explained her role, she was so impressed that she gave her consent to the project. She had always dreamt that, she will get a typical film with lots of song and dance It was very strange indeed that she was cast in a character in contrast to her expectations in Barfi. Barfi was very beautiful film, an interesting story to capture the heart of cine-viewers.

She made a Tamil film debut in Kedi which did not go well with the audiences, but her Telugu film Katarnak with Ravi Teja did well at the box-office. In 2007, she had one release “Aata” and in 2008, she did an action film (“Jalsa”) which fared well at the box-office and received rave reviews. In 2012, she appeared in Shankar’s Nanban (Tamil), a remake of 3 Idiots and in ‘’Julai” (Telugu), these films became biggest hits. She was last seen in Saif Ali Khan’s ‘’Happy Ending’’ which was a flop. In 2015, she had one release “Kick 2’’ (Telugu), which received mixed response.

An acclaimed actress in the southern film industries, she made a splash with her Hindi film debut Barfi! Hope her latest films will not fall short of people’s expectations hereafter.

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