The new era of cinema has ensured that women in films are finally getting their due. Currently, Bollywood is ruled by prominent female performers. Not only are there more and more female-centric stories, but female performers are also getting bigger roles in mainstream films directed by men. Women’s engagement in the filmmaking process, and not just in front of the camera, is growing at a rapid pace.
Actresses such as Aishwarya Rai, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have made an impact not only in Bollywood but also in Hollywood. However, did you know that these Bollywood actors got their acting debut in South Indian films? Film is one of the most popular forms of entertainment, and language is just one factor that creates a unique bond between audiences and film in their native language.
Audiences in South India are considerably different from Hindi audiences there, but establishing your presence among these die-hard followers of their male performers is crucial. Another achievement is getting scouted and then making your way into popular movies on your own. Here we have compiled a list of popular Bollywood actors who made their acting debut in South Indian films.
Bollywood Actors Debut With South Indian Films
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
She made her acting debut in Mani Ratnam’s Tamil political drama film Iruvar in 1997, and her Bollywood debut in the romantic comedy Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya the same year, after winning Miss World. She returned to Tamil films with Jeans in 1998. Her other Tamil films include Kandukondain Kandukondain, Raavananand Enthiran. She has also acted in a Telugu film, Ravoy Chandamama.
Deepika Padukone is a well-known Bollywood actor who has also appeared in Hollywood film, xxx: Return of Xander Cage. However, her acting debut was in Kannada film Aishwarya in 2006. She then made her big Bollywood debut with Om Shanti Om (2007), opposite Shah Rukh Khan. She returned to South Indian films with Kochadaiiyaan, a Tamil film released in 2014 which featured her in a central role. The film was an anime film with Rajnikanth in the lead role.
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Priyanka Chopra, the winner of the Miss World pageant in 2000, is currently one of the highest paid actresses in India. She made her acting debut in Tamil film Tamizhan (2002). Vijay, Revathi, Nassar, Ashish Vidyarthi and Vivek play prominent roles in the film. After that, she made her Bollywood debut with The Hero: A Spy’s Love Story (2003).
Yami Gautam began her acting career on television with her first appearance in Chand Ke Paar Chalo. She made her lead acting debut in the film Kannada Ullasa Utsaha in 2009. The film is a remake of the Telugu film Ullasamga Utsahamga starting in 2008, and it is Gautam’s only Kannada feature film to date. She appeared in Telugu film Nuvvila in 2011, and she also appeared in Guravam, Yuddhamand Courier boy Kalyan. In 2012 she also acted in the film Malayalam hero.
Kriti Sanon has established herself as one of Bollywood’s leading actors, having starred in a number of hit films. In 2014, she made her Telugu acting debut in the psychological thriller 1: Nenokkadine, opposite Mahesh Babu. Then she made her successful acting debut in Bollywood with Heropanti. dohchaya Telugu film with Naga Chaitanya Brahmanandam, Ravi Babu, Posani Krishna Murali and Pooja Ramachandran, is his second Telugu film.