20 South Indians Who Made a Mark in Bollywood


South Indians have played a significant role in Bollywood; throughout the ages; whether it is South Indian actors working in Hindi films, or Southie film-makers making Hindi films or Southie films being remade in B-Town.

Here’s taking a look at 20 South Indians who really hit it off in Bollywood:

1. Hema Malini.


The Dream Girl made it huge in Bollywood after making a debut with Sapno Ka Saudagar. She went on to star in massive blockbusters like Sholay, Dharmatma, Satte Pe Satta and a lot more.

2. A R Rehman.


This Chennai based music composer doesn’t need any introduction. With two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards to his credit.

3. Rekha.


One of the most versatile actresses in Indian cinema, Rekha has often played strong female characters in mainstream and parallel cinema. She is best known for her roles in Khoon Bhari Maang, Umrao Jaan.

4. Ram Gopal Varma.


The maverick filmmaker is known for his slick portrayals. He is best known for his Gangster Trilogy and the creation of a new genre in Bollywood – Mumbai Noir.

5. Vidya Balan.

03/03/2012 – KOLKATA: Bollywood Actress Vidya Balan during a promotional campaign for her upcoming film 'Kahani' in Kolkata - PTI Photo. [Nation, Bollywood, Actress, Vidya Balan]

Having made her debut with the 2005 movie Parineeta, this Kerala based actress went on to great heights. Her 2011 film Dirty Picture, where she portrayed life of the actress Silk Smitha, got her a National Award.

6. Madhavan.


Madhavan is known for his roles in highly acclaimed films like Rang De Basanti, Guru, 3 Idiots.

7. Siddharth.


This Chennai lad soared high in Bollywood after his debut film Rang De Basanti and became a household name. He was later seen in Striker and Chashme Baddoor.

8. Asin.


This pretty actress made her debut in the film Ghajini and was later seen in successful films like Ready, Housefull 2, Bol Bachchan and more.

9. Kamal Hassan.


One can’t make a list like this without including his name. Kamal Hassan has been popular in Bollywood since the 70s and apart from acting in Hindi films, a lot of his movies are either dubbed in Hindi or have been remade.

10. Shruti Hassan.


Like father, like daughter. Shruti’s versatility is something that she seems to have gotten directly from her father. This actress, singer and musician made her debut with the movie Luck and was later seen in hits like Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji, Tevar, Welcome Back and more.

11. Dhanush.


Having made his debut with the 2013 movie Raanjhnaa opposite Sonam Kapoor, he rose to fame in B-Town. He was later seen in the highly acclaimed film Shamitabh where he shared the screen with Big B.

12. Prakash Raj.

Prakash Raj

Seen first in the highly acclaimed film Shakti: The Power in 2001, he went on to star in commercially successful and acclaimed films like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Wanted, Singham and more.

13. Suriya.


While he appeared in only one film Raktha Charitra; his other movies like Ghajini, Singham and more have been dubbed and remade in Hindi; making him a household name in B-Town.

14. Jayaprada.


While predominantly a Telugu actress; Jayaprada has also been seen in numerous Hindi films, paired with stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Jitendra.

15. Rana Daggubati.


From the portrayal of the innocent Joki in Dum Maaro Dum to the drool worthy cameo in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani to the action packed role in Baby, Rana Daggubati has done it all!

16. Prabhu Deva.


Captivating the audiences with his slick dance moves; this ace choreographer later took to making films and made hits like Wanted, Rowdy Rathore, R… Rajkumar.

17. Sridevi.


The Diva can’t be forgotten! Having dominated the Telugu, Tamil and Hindi film industries for decades, Sridevi is one rare person who holds this position.

18. Aishwarya Rai.


The former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is from Karnataka and she dominated Bollywood in the 90s and 2000s.

19. Deepika Padukone.


This Bangalore based leggy lass is perhaps the reigning queen of Bollywood. Having made her debut in the movie Om Shanti Om, she sure has come a long way!

20. Rajinikanth.


The Thalaivar has to be on this list! While his recent movies have been dubbed in Hindi, he played major roles in highly acclaimed Hindi movies like Andha Kanoon, John Jani Janardhan, in the 70s and the 80s.