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Top 10 Well-Established South Stars Who Worked In A Few Movies In Bollywood

Top 10 Well-Established South Stars Who Worked In A Few Movies In Bollywood Tamil Article

In India, cinema is so diversified that movies are not limited to one industry. The Indian film industry tops the list for the highest number of movies produced in one year. 1500–2000 movies are made every year in India. These include movies from every region and every film industry in India. In terms of market shares and audience, Hindi cinema (Bollywood) and Southern cinema (Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada movies) are the top contributors to the Indian film industry, and many times, we see cases where a well-known star from one industry works in another industry. So, we made a list of southern actors who worked in Bollywood movies.

1. Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran is an Indian actor and dancer who works in the Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi film industries. Shriya wanted to be a dancer from college. In 2001, she started her career as an actress in a Telugu movie named Ishtam. Shriya made her Hindi film debut with the movie Tujhe Meri Kasam, also the debut film for Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza. Her most successful films are Sivaji and RRR. Over her career, Shriya became part of some good Hindi films like Drishyam, Drishyam 2, and OMG.

2. Rana Daggubati

Rana Daggubati is an Indian actor, producer, and businessman mainly known for his work in the Telugu film industry, but he also works in a few Tamil and Hindi movies. In 2010, Rana made his acting debut in the Telugu film Leader. For the performance in his debut movie, Rana received the award for the Filmfare Best Male Debut –South and the CineMAA Award for Best Male Debut. Rana made his Bollywood debut in 2011 with Dum Maaro Dum, opposite Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu. Rana is a well-known face among Hindi audiences for his role as Bhallaladeva, the main antagonist in Baahubali 1 and Baahubali 2. Rana worked in a few Bollywood movies, like Baby and Housefull4.

3. Ram Charan

Ram Charan is an Indian actor, producer, and a leading businessman in India. Ram is a successful actor mostly known for his movies in the Telugu industry. Ram is the son of Chiranjeevi, known as the megastar of Telugu cinema. Ram Charan is one of the top actors in India. In 2023, his movie RRR won the Oscar award for India, and created a new history for Indian cinema, and became the first Indian film to win the Oscar award. After the success of RRR, Ram Charan is now a well-known face among the masses. Ram Charan made his Bollywood debut in 2013 by starring in a movie named Zanjeer directed by Apporva Lathika with Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, and Prakash Raj.

4. Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde is an Indian actress who actively works in both Bollywood and the South Indian industry. She started her career as a model. In 2010, Pooja was the runner-up for Miss Universe India. In 2012, she made her acting debut with the Tamil movie Mugamoodi. Pooja has established herself as one of the leading actresses in India. In her short career, she worked on commercially hit projects like Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, Maharshi, and Duvvada Jagannadham. In 2014, she made her Hindi film debut in the Ashutosh Gowariker period film Mohenjo Daro opposite Hrithik Roshan. She worked in big-budget Hindi films like Housefull 4, Cirkus, and Kisi Ka Bhai Kisi Ka Jaan.

5. Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan is an Indian actress and singer known for her work in Telugu movies. Shruti is a daughter of south industry superstars Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur. Shruti made her first appearance as a child artist in a movie named Hey Ram, directed by his father, Kamal Haasan. In 2008, Shruti was about to debut as a lead actress opposite R. Madhavan in a movie, but due to production issues the project got cancelled, and Shruti’s not able to make her debut in 2008. In 2009, Shruti made her proper debut as a lead actress in a Bollywood movie named Luck opposite Imran Khan, her childhood friend who recommended her to do this movie. In her acting career, Shruti works in popular Bollywood movies like Welcome Back and Gabbar Is Back.

6. Dhanush

Dhanush is an Indian actor, director, producer, and playback singer widely known and popular in Southern regions for his contribution to the Tamil industry. Dhanush is one of the few Indian actors who worked in Hollywood movies. Dhanush's real-life name is Venkatesh Prabhu Kasthuri Raj. In 2012, a song by Dhanush Why This Kolaveri Di became the first Indian music video to cross 100 million views on YouTube. Dhanush made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with the movie Raanjhanaa directed by Aanand L. Rai opposite Sonam Kapoor. For his performance, Dhanush won a Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut and also a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actor.

7. Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal is an Indian actress popularly known for her work in Telugu and Tamil movies. She was the top South Indian actress of her time. She works on movies like Magadheera, which broke all records and became one of the highest-grossing Telugu movies. She made her acting debut with a small role in a Bollywood movie named Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... but as the lead, she debuted in Bollywood with Singham, directed by Rohit Shetty and opposite Ajay Devgan. Singham became her most successful Hindi film. After the success of Singham, she became a well-known face among the Hindi-speaking audience.

8. Prithviraj Sukumaran

Prithviraj Sukumaran is an Indian actor, director, and producer who has worked in more than 100 movies, mainly including Malayalam and Tamil films, but he has also done movies in Telugu and Hindi, respectively. In 2002, Prithviraj made his acting debut in the movie Nandanam. In 2006, Prithviraj established himself as the leading actor in Malayalam cinema with the movie Classmates. Prithviraj made his Bollywood debut in 2012 with the movie Aiyyaa produced by Anurag Kashyap opposite Rani Mukherji. In his career, he worked in three Bollywood movies Aiyyaa, Aurangzeb, and Naam Shabana.

9. Vijay Sethupathi

Vijay Sethupathi is an Indian actor and producer mainly known for his negative characters in movies. Vijaya is one of the best actors in India in terms of acting, and audiences loved the performances of Vijay in movies like Vikram Vedha, 96, and Vikram. He started acting as a background artist and played minor roles in movies. In 2010, he got his first break as a lead in a Tamil movie named Thenmerku Paruvakatru. After the recognition of Vijay as an actor in Vikram among the Hindi-speaking audience, he made his Bollywood debut in a series name Farzi opposite Sahid Kapoor, directed by Raj and DK, and in 2023 Vijay worked with superstar Shah Rukh Khan in Jawan in a collaboration between Hindi cinema and Tamil cinema.

10. Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth is an Indian actor who has worked on a total of 169 movies in his five decades of acting career. He works in different languages, which include Tamil, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, and Bengali films. Rajinikanth is one of the most well-known names in Indian cinema. Rajinikanth is known as the Thalaivaa of Indian cinema. Rajinikanth started his Bollywood career in 1983 with the movie Andha Kanoon alongside Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini. The movie was a huge success and became one of the highest-grossing movies of that time. His most successful Hindi films are ChaalBaaz and John Jani Janardhan. In 1988, Rajnikanth made his Hollywood debut with the movie Bloodstone.

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