South Indian actors often find it difficult to make their way into Hindi cinema. Here are some actors who made it big even in Bollywood.

Published on 23rd Oct 2020 by BlogBuster Editorial Team

The vibrancy and charm of Bollywood have won the hearts of people all over the world, and South is no different. Several exotic looking actors that gained prominence in South India came to Bollywood and garnered massive success and adulation.

Let’s take a look at some of Tollywood’s finest that made Bollywood stop and take notice.


This South star needs no introduction with his ability to churn out some of the biggest blockbusters, be it in South or in Bollywood. His roles in Chaalbaaz and Hum brought the audience great joy while his stint in the most expensive movie, Robot 2.0 with Akshay Kumar, proved his talent only builds with age.

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2. Prabhas

Even though he has yet to appear in a core Bollywood project, this South actor turned heads and won hearts when he appeared in Baahubali. Now the only wait is to see which Indian movie captures his interest enough to bring him out here.

To know more about the iconic South actor Prabhas, click here.

Bahubali Superstar Prabhas
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3. Prabhu Deva

Known as much for his exceptional dancing as his acting and directing skills, Prabhu Deva is an iconic product of South India that has gained global prominence. His dance movies ABCD 1 and 2 are India’s answer to Step Up while his directing skills with movies such as Wanted give the masses the pure enjoyment they seek.

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4. R. Madhavan

The boy-next-door of cinema, Madhavan turned heads when he forayed into Bollywood with Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein. He has also been a part of big films such as 3 idiots and Rang De Basanti. His cute looks and versatile acting skills have made quite popular in both Bollywood and the South.

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5. Kamal Haasan

A veteran of cinema, the talent of Kamal Hassan knows no bounds, and certainly not regionally. With some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful movies to his name like Sadma and Chachi 420, Kamal Hassan is a prominent cinematic figure in South and Bollywood.

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6. Dhanush

A South star that didn’t just impress Bollywood but Hollywood too, Dhanush broke into the scene with the hugely popular song ‘Kolaveri Di’ but stayed on owing to his exceptional talent. His role in Raanjhanaa was highly commended with audiences waiting eagerly for his next movie.

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7. Rana Daggubati

Portraying the epic character of Bhallaladeva in the iconic Baahubali movies, this South actor won every Indian’s hearts with his powerful acting. He has been a part of several Hindi movies including Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and the audiences just can’t seem to get enough of this action star.

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8. Siddharth

He may not be as visible in Hindi cinema post his hugely successful role in Rang De Basanti, but that’s certainly not due to lack of offers. An actor known for his ability to patiently wait for the right script, Siddharth has several Bollywood enthusiasts waiting for his return.

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9. Prakash Raj

The actor you love to hate, Prakash Raj is the quintessential villain that gives the hero a chance to be the good guy such as in Singham or Dabangg. His acting skills along with his spectacular comic timing, make him one of the most loved South actors in Bollywood.

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10. Genelia D'Souza

A prominent actress in Telugu cinema, Genelia became hugely popular when she starred in Aamir Khan’s movie Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. Winning over hearts as an adorable young girl dealing with love and college life, Genelia has become a popular Bollywood star.

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