It is believed that the South Indian film industry is all about glamour, action, and drama. The drama and action sure do exist but beyond that it is the glamorous appeal and the hot starlets that attract moviegoers to see South films. These beauties reign the hearts of a million audience down south for their acting prowess as well as good looks.

1. Nayanathara

Making her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare, she was known as the most promising newcomer of her time. After that, the film was followed with the commercially successful Vismayathumbathu before foraying into Tamil and Telugu cinema. The stunning actress went on to appear in the blockbuster hit film, Ghajini. This gorgeous woman is today one of the most sought after actresses in Tamil cinema.

2. Samantha


A perfect package of good looks, sex appeal and talent. She came up with her first release that was the critically acclaimed 2010 Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave directed by Gautham Menon. After that, she even appeared in several commercially successful Telugu films like Brindavanam, Dookudu, and Chettu establishing herself as a leading contemporary heroine in Telugu cinema. An audience and critics favorite, she is all set to rule the hearts of many.

3. Tamanna

Do you remember watching her shake a leg with Ajay Devgn in the Hindi film, made her acting debut in the romantic Bollywood film, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra. Thereafter she moved on to work with south-Indian directors. In 2005, she also made her Telugu debut in the film Sri, and in the latter year she was seen in her first Tamil film, Kedi. With the blockbusters Rachcha and Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu, she established herself as one of Tollywood’s leading contemporary actresses.

4. Rasi Khanna

Rashi Khanna is a Mumbai based model turned actress. She has appeared in Pizza ads and made her Bollywood debut with the movie Madras Cafe. She made her Telugu film debut with 2014 Manam in a cameo role. Since then she was seen in hit films like Oohalu Gusagusalade, Jil, Shivam and Supreme. She was last seen in the movie Hyper.

5. Shriya Sharan

This talented actress is not just a beautiful face but also has a strong acting prowess that is very much evident in the characters she portrays. She has a magnetic personality that comes across on the screen. After making her debut in 2001 with the Telugu film Ishtam, she had her first commercial success with Santhosham. In 2007, Saran gained immense popularity by starring in the Rajinikanth film Sivaji: The Boss. She also earned critical acclaim for her role in the 2007 Bollywood film Awarapan. Her beautiful features and curves make her among the desirable actresses down south.

6. Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty is a South Indian film actress, who mainly works in Telugu and Tamil films. She made her acting debut with the Telugu movie Super. But she gained popularity with 2005 blockbuster movie Vikramarkudu. Her first Kollywood movie is Rendu.
Anushka has won Filmfare Award, Nandi Award, CineMAA Award and also received Kalaimamani Award for her works in Tamil industry. She was voted as Hyderabad’s Most Desirable Woman of 2015. She will be seen in Baahubali 2 and Bhagmati.

7. Rakul Preet Singh

Heroine Rakul Preet Singh made her film debut with a Kannada movie Gilli in 2009. She is a model and actress who works more in Telugu film industry. She has also acted in a few Tamil, Hindi and Kannada films. So far, she acted in more than 20 movies in all the languages. She got enough break in Tollywood with Venkatadri Express movie.

8. Kajal Agarwal

Before her big debut in the south, the lass made her debut in the 2004 Bollywood flick Kyun! Ho Gaya Na in a cameo appearance. Post that, the beauty made a foray into the Telugu film industry through the film Lakshmi Kalyanam. She banked on her first commercial success with Chandamama and rose to prominence after her performance in Magadheera. Without any further delay, she made her comeback in Bollywood with Singham, which was a major blockbuster while her subsequent film Special 26 was also declared a box-office success.

9. Trisha 

Her entry into films was marked by her winning the Miss Madras crown in 1999. Following that, Trisha Krishnan made her first appearance in the 1999 Tamil film Jodi, in a supporting role. Here she starred in her first lead role in the 2002 film Mounam Pesiyadhe. In 2010, Trishna finally stepped into Bollywood with her film Khatta Meetha opposite Akshay Kumar. The talented and good looking actress delivered her career best performances in the films Abhiyum Naanum and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa.

10. Shruthi Hasan

One of the finest multi-talented star, this south-Indian actress, singer, and music composer is the cynosure of everyone’s eyes. Superstar Kamal Hassan’s elder daughter, Shruti made her adult acting debut in the 2009 action drama, Luck. After that, she went on to win critical recognition for her role in the Walt Disney fantasy film, Anaganaga O Dheerudu, and 7aam Arivu. This gorgeous and hot actress was seen in the south remake of Dabangg, which also was her first hit as an actress and has currently set her eyes on doing many films in Bollywood.

Special Mention : Nithya Menon

Nithya Menon is an Indian actress and playback singer, best known in South Indian films. In 1998 she made her acting debut as a child artist in an Indo-English language film “The Monkey Who Knew Too Much”. She made her Tollywood debut with Ala Modalaindi. Nithya has bagged 2 Filmfare Awards for her films Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde and Malli Malli Idhi Rani Roju. She was last seen in Telugu movie Ghatana.

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