After the release of Baahubali, South Indian film industries garnered more attention than ever before. Even international audiences who love Indian films began noticing movies from the subcontinent beyond Bollywood or the Hindi film industry. At the same time, several actors from South India have also tried their luck to compete with the Khans and Kapoors of Bollywood to gain Pan India success. We are going to have a look at 10 such inspiring actors from South India who achieved massive success in Bollywood as well.

1. Rajinikanth


There is only one true superstar in Tamil cinema, none other than our Thalaiva Rajinikanth. His movies like Enthiran and 2.0 had massive openings in North India as well.

Besides that, the superstar also shared the screen with the Big B and Badshah of Bollywood in special cameo appearances.

2. Sridevi

Sridevi's performances in South Indian movies already proved her talent as an actress before she had tried her chance in Bollywood.

She made her debut in Hindi Cinema through Solva Sawan that was released in 1979, and since then, there was no turning back for the actress in Bollywood.

3. Rekha

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Rekha is the daughter of the South Indian veteran actor Gemini Ganeshan and Pushpavalli.

Rekha began her career as an actress at the age of 13 and acted in several Telugu and Hindi movies till date. She is one of the most respected actresses in the country today.

4. Prabhas

After acting for over a decade in Tollywood films, Prabhas' most significant break happened after he played the titular role of Amarendra Baahubali in SS Rajamouli's Baahubali.

This movie helped him grab attention from across the world. One can notice that all films of Prabhas after the release of Baahubali are launched on a big scale to a broader audience.

5. Rana Daggubati

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Along with Prabhas, Rana Daggubati is another actor who gained popularity across the country through the Baahubali series. All his movies since the release of Baahubali are released in most Indian languages, including Hindi.

His upcoming film in Hindi is Haathi Mere Saathi, in which the actor will be seen playing a role related to wildlife.

6. Asin

Asin was successful in Telugu and Tamil films before trying her luck in Bollywood. The actress who is a trained Bharathanatyam dancer won several Filmfare awards for Telugu and Tamil films.

But after stepping into Bollywood by starring with Aamir Khan in Ghajini, there was no stopping for the successes of Asin in B-Town.

7. R Madhavan

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After appearing in a few small projects, Madhavan made his debut in a Hindi movie, 'Iss Raat Ki Subah Nahin.' But his most significant break happened with Alaipayuthey, a 2001 Tamil film directed by Mani Ratnam.

Madhavan was later part of several big Bollywood movies like Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, and Tanu Weds Manu franchise.

8. Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan proved his talent in acting by winning National Award several times. He has done equal miracles in Bollywood through movies like Ek Duuje Ke Liye, Chachi 420, Sadma, and Saagar. His upcoming Tamil movie Indian 2 will definitely create waves across the country, even if it doesn't have a Hindi release.

9. Dhanush

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You are living under a rock if you haven't heard the viral song sung by Dhanush - 'Why this Kolaveri Di.' There is no question about Dhanush's success in Kollywood.

And he was able to achieve the same in Bollywood through movies like Raanjhanaa and Shamitabh. He starred with Sonam Kapoor in Raanjhanaa and Amitabh Bachchan in Shamitabh.

10. Ileana D'Cruz

Ileana made her debut in the cinema world through Devadasu, a Telugu movie that was released in 2006. Her second film in Telugu, Pokiri, was also a huge success and was later remade into Tamil and Hindi.

Her first movie in Bollywood is Barfi, and since then, the cute actress has made most of her presence in Hindi movies.

All these South Indian actors who made it big in Bollywood don't have competition because most of them proved their talent in notable roles by winning several awards for them in South Indian movies.

Filmmakers in Bollywood should increase exploring South India as well to cast actors in their films for lead roles.