21 of the most popular South Indian actresses

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From Shruti Haasan to Amy Jackson to Rakul Preet Singh, take a look at some of the most popular South Indian actresses.

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Rashmika Mandanna

The “Geetha Govindam” (2018) actress was first seen as a guest on the TV show “Bigg Boss Kannada” in 2016. She has been in the industry for almost five years and has delivered hits like “Kirik Party” (2016), “Chamak” (2017) and “Dear Comrade” (2019). She was last seen in the 2020 release “Bheeshma” and her next “AA 20” opposite Allu Arjun is in its pre-production phase.

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Parvathy Thiruvothu

The National Award-winning Malayalam actress is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer. She made her debut with the 2006 release “Out of Syllabus” and went on to deliver phenomenal performances in noteworthy films like “Ennu Ninte Moideen” (2015), “Charlie” (2015), “Take Off” (2017), “Virus” (2019) and “Uyare” (2019). She made her Bollywood debut opposite Irrfan Khan in the film “Qarib Qarib Singlle” (2017). She will next be seen in the film “Varthamanam,” which is due to release by the end of 2020.

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Hansika Motwani

The actress made her debut as a child artist in the Hindi soap opera “Kyunki… Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi…” (2000-02). Some of the other TV shows she appeared in were “Shaka Laka Boom Boom” (2004) and “Des Main Nikla Hoga Chand” (2001-04). The actress has also featured in several Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and Malayalam films, including “Koi… Mil Gaya” (2003), “Billa” (2009), “Oru Kal Oru Kannadi” (2012), “Romeo Juliet” (2015), Pokkiri Raja” (2016), “Villain” (2017), “Thuppakki Munai” (2018), “100” (2019). Her performance in the film “Desamuduru” (2007) won her the Best Debut Actress honour at the Filmfare Awards South. She also won the Best Actress Edison Award for “Oru Kal Oru Kannadi.” Motwani was last seen in “Tenali Ramakrishna BA.BL” (2019) and is gearing up for her next film titled “Maha.”

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Shruti Haasan

Daughter of actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika, she is one of the most sought-after actresses, working primarily in Telugu and Tamil cinema. She was merely 11 years old when she debuted as a child artist in her father’s film “Chachi 420” (1997). “7 Aum Arivu” (2011), “Race Gurram” (2014), “Srimanthudu” (2015), “Premam” (2016) and “Singam 3” (2017) are some of her popular films. The actress, who has won twice at the Filmfare Awards South, will next be seen in “Yaara” and “Sabaash Naidu,” among other projects.

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Shriya Saran

The “Drishyam” (2015) actress is not only a recognized South Indian actress but is also known for her roles in Hindi films. Apart from appearing in films, she has had a successful career in modeling. Although Saran made her debut with “Ishtam” in 2001, she delivered her first commercial hit “Santosham” the next year. Tamil film “Sivaji” (2007) opposite Rajinikanth was also one of the biggest hits of her career. 

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Tamannaah Bhatia

The actress made her debut in 2005 with the Hindi movie “Chand Sa Roshan Chehra.” She has been a part of successful South films such as “Padikkathavan” (2009), “Ayan” (2009), “Paiyaa” (2010), “Siruthai” (2011), “Baahubali” (2015) and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” (2017). Bhatia has been quite active in the Hindi film industry as well, starring in movies like “Himmatwala” (2013) and “Humshakals” (2014). Her upcoming movie is the Prasanth Varma-directed “That Is Mahalakshmi.”

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Amala Paul

The actress predominantly works in Tamil and Malayalam cinema. She appeared in supporting roles before getting her big break in “Sindhu Samaveli” (2010). The same year, she delivered the critically acclaimed film “Mynaa.” Some of her popular roles over the years were in the films “Oru Indian Pranayakatha” (2013), “2 Penkuttikal” (2016), “Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum” (2016), “Velaiyilla Pattathari 2” (2017) and “Aame” (2019). Her 2015 release “Mili” was a big hit, and earned her an Outstanding Performer of the Year Asiavision award and a Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress. Her forthcoming projects are “Cadaver” and “Aadu Jeevitham,” which is based on Benyamin’s novel “Goat Days.”

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Raai Laxmi

Before making her debut in films, Lakshmi worked as a model and appeared in several advertisements. Her acting debut happened in 2005 with “Karaka Kasadara.” She has since appeared in several hit films such as “2 Harihar Nagar” (2009), “Christian Brothers” (2011), “Mankatha” (2011), “Sardaar Gabbar Singh” (2016) and “Neeya 2” (2019). Her upcoming movies are “Anandha Bhairavi” and “Cinderella.”

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Trisha Krishnan

Before entering the film industry, Krishnan participated in several beauty pageants, winning the Beautiful Smile award at Miss India contest 2001. One of her earliest appearances was in the video for the track “Meri Chunar Udd Udd Jaye” in 2000. Her debut feature film was “Mounam Pesiyadhe” (2002) and she has since appeared in several hit films, including “Abhiyum Naanum” (2008), “Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa” (2010), “Bodyguard” (2012), “Kodi” (2016), “Hey Jude” (2018) and “96” (2018). The actress has been nominated 10 times at Filmfare Awards, out of which she has won five times.

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Amy Jackson

The British actress and model was first seen on the big screen in “Madrasapattinam” (2010). She was cast in the movie after director A.L. Vijay saw her photo and asked her to play the role of an English governor’s daughter in the Tamil film. She has appeared in many Hindi and regional language movies such as “Ekk Deewana Tha” (2012), “Singh Is Bliing” (2015), “Theri” (2016) and “2.0” (2018). She won the Miss Teen World crown and Miss Liverpool in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

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Anushka Shetty

The “Baahubali” actress was a trained yoga instructor before she got an offer by director Meher Ramesh for his Telugu movie “Super” (2005). It was after her third movie “Vikramarkudu” (2006) that she earned recognition. Shetty has been nominated several times at Filmfare Awards South and won thrice for “Arundhati” (2009), “Vedam” (2010) and “Rudhramadevi” (2015). Her last film was “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” (2019). She will be seen opposite actor Madhavan in her next film “Silence.”

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Kajal Aggarwal

One of the most sought-after actresses of the South Indian film industry, she made her debut in a minor role in the Hindi film “Kyun! Ho Gaya Na…” in 2004. Her first South Indian film was “Lakshmi Kalyanam” (2007), but it was “Magadheera” (2009) that earned her immense popularity. She has delivered hits like “Thuppakki” (2012), “Baadshah” (2013) and “Mersal” (2017). She will next be seen in the Kamal Haasan-starrer “Indian 2.”

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Rakul Preet Singh

She started her career as a model while she was in college, and got her first break on the big screen with the Kannada film “Gilli” (2009). In 2011, she participated in the Femina Miss India Pageant, where she secured the fifth position and won several titles. She is also a national-level golf player. Her hit movies include “Current Theega” (2014), “Dhruva” (2016) and “Jaya Janaki Nayaka” (2017). She will next be seen in “Attack,” “Indian 2” and “Ayalaan.”

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Regina Cassandra

Known for popular films like “Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga” (2013), “Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham” (2014), “Jyo Achyutananda” (2016), “Maanagaram” (2017) and “Awe!” (2018), the actress has been a part of several regional language feature films and short films. She will next be seen in the action film “Chakra.”

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Nithya Menen

A successful film actress and a playback singer, Menen has appeared in several Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi movies. Some of her hit movies are “Urumi” (2011), “Thatsamayam Oru Penkutty” (2012), “Usthad Hotel” (2012), “100 Days of Love” (2015), “OK Kanmani” (2015) and “Mission Mangal” (2019). Her role in “Mersal” (2017) won her the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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Charmy Kaur

The actress is known for her work in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and Malayalam movies. Known for films like “Pournami” (2006), “Anukokunda Oka Roju” (2005), “Mangala” (2011) and “Jyothi Lakshmi” (2015), she was first seen in the TV movie “Humko Ishq Ne Mara” (1997). She has also lent her voice to Kajal Aggarwal in the 2007 release “Chandamama.”

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Nazriya Nazim

Nazim, who got her start as a TV anchor, has featured in some popular Malayalam movies like “Neram” (2013), “Ohm Shanthi Oshaana” (2014), “Bangalore Days” (2014), “Koode” (2018) and “Trance” (2020). She has also helmed the widely popular movies “Kumbalangi Nights” (2019) and “Varathan” (2018) as a producer. She also lent her voice to songs in “Varathan.”

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Lakshmi Manchu

The actress, producer and TV presenter made her debut in movies with the English film “The Ode” (2008). She has also appeared in several Telugu and English language shows and hosted a celebrity talk show “Lakshmi Talk Show” (2009). She won two Filmfare Best Supporting Actress awards for “Gundello Godari” (2013) and “Chandamama Kathalu” (2014). In 2019, she began featuring in the web-series “Mrs.Subbalakshmi.”

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Keerthi Suresh

Known for films like “Idhu Enna Maayam” (2015), “Nenu Sailaja” (2016) and “Thaanaa Serndha Koottam” (2018), Suresh got her first role as a leading actress in the 2013 film “Geethanjali.” She was seen as a child actor in “Achaneyanenikkishtam” (2001) and “Kuberan” (2002). She has a number of projects such as “Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea,” “Miss India” and “Good Luck Sakshi” lined up for release in 2020.

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Samantha Akkineni

She is known for delivering hits like “Dookudu” (2011), “Neethaane En Ponvasantham” (2012), “Eega” (2012) and “Kaththi” (2014). She pursued a career in modeling during her teens before debuting in the film industry with “Ye Maaya Chesave” in 2010. She has a number of awards to her credit, including four Filmfare Awards, one CineMAA, one IIFA Utsavam and one Ananda Vikatan Cinema award, among others. The actress is currently filming for her upcoming movie “Mdhuravada.”

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Nayanthara

The actress has been in the film industry for nearly two decades. She was spotted by director Sathyan Anthikkad in 2003, while she was still in college, paving the way for her first movie “Manassinakkare” (2003). She has been seen in popular films like “Billa” (2007), “Raja Rani” (2013), “Aramm” (2017), “Love Action Drama” (2019) and “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy” (2019). The actress has won one IIFA Utsavam and four Filmfare awards. Her upcoming film is a thriller titled “Netrikann.”

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