Bollywood’s glamour can never be ignored. Many leading actresses from the South Indian film industry have dreamt of entering Bollywood to make their own identity. From as early as the 1960s, famous South actresses like Padmini, Hema Malini, Sri Devi, Vyjayanthimala and recently Asin have successfully migrated to Mumbai.
takes a look at actresses from the South, who has attained great success in Bollywood.
Vyjayanthimala was born into a Tamil speaking family in Chennai, India. She made her screen debut at the age of 13 and later acted in Bollywood films. In the late 50s, she became the most wanted actress in Bollywood, replacing Madhubala.
Growing up watching films, Vidya Balan aspired to become an actress at a very young age. However, achieving her dream was not very easy.
She was first casted as the female lead opposite Mohanlal in the Malayalam film Chakram but was later replaced. Vidya was even casted as the lead actress of two Tamil films, Run and Manasellam but was again replaced. She then turned to the Bollywood film industry and her career today is studded with hit films like Parineeta, The Dirty Picture, Kahaani and Paa.
Asin Thokkumal is one of the most successful South Indian actresses. She made her Bollywood debut with Aamir Khan starrer Ghajini. She went on to win the FIlmfare Best Female Debut Award for that film.
Asin has also starred in films like Ready opposite Salman Khan, Housefull 2 with Akshay Kumar, both were commercially successful.
Hema Malini, a Tamilian was born into a Chakravarthy household in Ammankudi, Tamil Nadu. She made her debut as a supporting actress with 1963 Tamil film, Idhu Sathiyam. Her Bollywood entry was marked with her role as the lead actress opposite the legendary Raj Kapoor in Sapno Ka Saudagar.
In Bollywood, her beauty become the talk of the town and was tagged as the Dream girl.
Born to Tamil actor Gemini Ganesan and Telugu actress Pushpavalli, Bhanurekha Ganesan or Rekha has acted in over 180 films in a career that has spanned over 40 years.She started her film career in the Kannada film, Goa Dalli CID 999 at the age of 16 and in the same year she debuted in Bollywood in the film, Do Shikaari.
Throughout her career, she has often played strong female characters and continues to remain a dream woman for many!
Tagged as the first female superstar of Bollywood, Sridevi started her career as an actress at the tender age of 4. Her first adult role in Tamil film was in Moondru Mudichu.She later ventured into Bollywood and attained critical success in films like Himmatwaka, Nagin, Mr. India, Chandni and Judaai.
Known as one of the most beautiful faces in the world, Aishwarya Rai was born into a traditional South Indian family.She debuted in the critically acclaimed Tamil film, Iruvar in 1997 and later in the film, Jeans. She went on to become a mega star in Bollywood by acting in films like Devdas, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Mohabbatein.
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