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Do you know that the South Indian film Industry is just as huge as the Hindi film Industry in Mumbai? It has a massive market outside India...

Actresses of North Indian origin who found success in South Indian Cinema

Do you know that the South Indian film Industry is just as huge as the Hindi film Industry in Mumbai? It has a massive market outside India and fetches almost similar and at times greater returns.

This is why the industry, popularly known as Tollywood, has attracted actors from all over. The welcoming audience body never bore barriers in mind and showered these actors with unbounded love and followership.

Here are 10 actresses from North India - some have even worked in Hindi films - , who have massive careers in the South.

Kajal Aggarwal

Hailing from a Bombay-based Punjabi family, Kajal made her movie debut in 2004, playing Aishwarya Rai's sister in Kyun! Ho Gaya Na... But, Bollywood had nothing to offer to this very talented actress who found a whole different world of staggering success in South cinema. Chandamama, Thuppakki and Magadheera are some of her biggest successes, and she has bagged the CineMAA Awards and Vijay Award for Favorite Heroine for her acting chops.

Kriti Kharbanda

Fans of Hindi cinema have started to recognize Kriti for being the sweet Aarti Shukla from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. But the actress has a decade of acting career under her belt. Kriti's show biz career commenced in 2009, with the Telugu movie, Boni. She has since been in dozens of Telugu and Kannada movies. She is from a Punjabi family that settled in Bangalore back in the 90s.

Bhumika Chawla

Though, average Bollywood viewers won't remember Bhumika beyond Tere Naam, she was also seen dancing within Abhishek Bachchan in Run. She has completed 20 successful years in acting. The girl from a Punjabi family, who was educated in New Delhi, carved a stellar career for herself in the South. Bhumika has acted in over 50 movies in varied languages including Telugu, Tamil and Malyalam and turned producer with the 2010 release, Thakita Thakita.

Shalini Panday

The theater artist from Jabalpur bagged her first film in Tollywood, which turned out to be the blockbuster Arjun Reddy. This was the movie that was redone in Hindi as Kabir Singh. Since her 2017 debut, the MP girl has been rocking the cine screens down South, despite not knowing the language at all. Shalini will be making her Bollywood debut with Jayeshbhai Jordaar slotted to release in May this year.

Jyothika Sadanah Saravanan

Born to a Punjabi father and Maharashtrian mother, Jyothika hit gold in films made in Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Back in 1998, she had starred in Priyadarshan's Doli Saja Ke Rakhna, which remains to be her only Hindi gig. Few of her critically acclaimed performances can be seen in Snegithiye, Perazhagan, and Chandramukhi. The actress is married to Tamil film personality Suriya and the couple is blessed with two children.

Charmi Kaur

She did the opening bit for the catchy 'Gandi Baat' in R. Rajkumar. But don't take her for a background dancer or 'item girl'. Charmee has a 17-year-long run as an actress in Tollywood, and adds to the long list of successful Punjabi actresses who are dominating the South cinema industry. You may or may not remember her in Rani-Kareena-Hrithik starrer Mujhse Dosti Karoge, but her stint in Telugu films is anything but forgettable. The two times CineMAA Awards winner has also turned a co-producer recently.

Hansika Motwani

After working in umpteen television shows as a child artist, she booked herself a spot beside Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta in Koi Mil Gaya. And then, a blink-of-an-eye later, she was romancing Himesh Reshamiya and Govinda who were more than twice her age at then. Talk about disturbing pairings in Bollywood. After movies like Aap Ka Suroor and Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, the Sindhi beauty turned toward Tollywood for good and bagged the Filmfare Best Female Debut for Desamuduru. Hansika works predominantly in Telugu movies, with occasional Malayalam and Tamil gigs.

Taapsee Pannu

Before essaying the iconic Meenal Arora in Pink, Taapsee had earned a reputation for herself in Telugu and Tamil movies. The Punjabi-Sikh girl from Ashok Vihar Delhi marked her acting debut with Jhummandi Naadam in 2010 and was seen in three consecutive releases in 2011. Fun fact: Taapsee was pursuing was a student of Computer Science Engineering from Guru Tegh Bahadur Institute of Technology, when acting chose her.


Her fans call her 'Milky beauty' and we opine, she bears a resemblance to the 90s sensation Karisma Kapoor. The early memories we have of this diva are from the music video, Lafzon Mein Keh Na Sakoon. At 15-years-old, Tamannaah made her debut in Telugu films with Sri, the same year her Hindi release, Chaand Sa Roshan Chehra had tanked badly at the box office. She was loved in Happy Days, a Telugu movie which did amazing business in theaters across India. There has been no looking back for this Panjaban, and she reigns as one of the best actresses in their industry.

Rakul Preet Singh

Its amazing how girls from far north find such a strong appeal with fans from in the South. We could keep counting for days, but we wrap this one here with Rakul. The Yaariyan actress spent 6 years in Tollywood before being discovered by Divya Khosla Kumar for her directorial debut. With movies like Aiyaary, De De Pyar De, and the upcoming Shimla Mirch, Rakul has started frequenting the multiplexe screens running Hindi films, but her career in south in still running parallel and strong.

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