• Genelia D’Souza made her debut in Hindi film ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’(2003). However, her career got a boost only after her sojourn in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu films. The 24-year-old actress got her first Filmfare award in 2006 for the Telugu romantic film ‘Bommarillu’(2006). The actress is known for her performance in the Tamil film ‘Boys’(2003). After her commercial success in ‘Jaaje Tu Jaaje Na’ (2008), she was recently seen in another Hindi hit film, ‘Force’.Reuters
  • The former model made her debut in the Telugu film, ‘Jhummandi Naadam’(2010). Her Tamil film, ‘Aadukalam’(2011), won several national film awards. The 23-year-old actress has acted in 8 films during her two years of career in south Indian films industries.Official site
  • Divya Spandana is generally referred as ‘the Golden Girl of Kannada Cinema.’ The 29-year-old actress is better known by her stage name Ramya. She made her debut with Kannada film ‘Abhi’ (2003). Her movies like ‘Amrithadhare’ (2005), ‘Jothe Jotheyali’ (2006) ‘Thananam Thananam’(2006) and ‘Mussanjemaatu’(2008) were hits. Still she retains her position in the Kannada film industry as the top actress. Ramya has acted in more than 30 films, including Kannada, Tamil and Telugu.Official site
  • Kajal Agarwal made her debut in Hindi film ‘Kyun! Ho Gaya Na….’ (2004), and latter entered to south Indian film industries with the Telugu film ‘Lakshmi Kalyanam’ (2007). She rose to stardom in the Telugu film industry after the commercial success of ‘Chandamama’(2007). The 26 year-old actress has acted in 19 films. Her recent Hindi film ‘Singham’(2011) got special appreciation from the critics.Official site
  • The beauty from Mumbai t made her debut in Telugu film ‘Jayam’(2002). Tamil movie ‘Anniyan’ (2005) is her most successful film till date. The 27-year-old actress has also acted in two Hindi films - ‘Love khichdi’ (2009) and in ‘Dil To Deewna Hai’(2011).Official site
  • Nayantara made her acting career while she was studying in college with the Malayalam film called ‘Manassinakkare’ (2003). She has acted opposite to almost all leading stars in south, including Tamil superstar Rajinikanth. Her Tamil super hit films are ‘Chandramukhi’ (2005), ‘Ghajini’ (2005) and ‘Billa’ (2007). Her latest blockbuster is Siddique’s Malayalam film ‘Bodyguard’(2010).Official Site
  • Ileana D'Cruz is one of the top actresses of south Indian filmsOfficial site
  • Shriya Saran has acted in all South Indian films, in addition to acting in Hindi and English movies. She made her debut in the Telugu film ‘Ishtam’ (2001) and became popular after the commercial success of the Telugu film ‘Santhosham’ (2002). The 29-year-old actress acted along with Tamil actor Rajinikanth in the highest grossing Tamil film of the year ‘Shivaji: The Boss’ in 2007. The actor has acted in more than 43 films, including one Hollywood film called ‘The Other End of the Line’(2008).Reuters
  • Nidhi Subbaiah is a former model-turned-actress who made her debut with the Kannada film ‘Abhimaani’(2009). She was seen in television advertisement for ‘Fair and Lovely’ before entering Kannada film industries. The 24-year-old actress has acted in eight films, including one each in Telugu and Tamil.Official site
  • Tamannaah Bhatia appears mainly in Tamil and Telugu films. ‘Sri’ (2005) and Kedi (2006) were her Telugu and Tamil debut films respectively. Her recent Telugu hit films are ‘100% Love’ (2011), ‘Badhrinaadh’ (2011) and ‘Oosaravelli’ (2011). She has acted in more than 22 films. She has acted in Hindi too.Official site

South Indian film industries - Kollywood, Tollywood, Mollywood and Sandalwood - are noted for their unique styles and movie cultures. The Big Brother - Bollywood - has always borrowed stories, artistes and technicians from the south.

Many of the recent box office hits in Bollywood like 'Wanted,' 'Bodyguard,' and 'Force' are really remakes of South Indian films.

Bollywood snatched away many top actresses, like Sridevi and Asin, from the south.  And many unsuccessful Bollywood actresses have become most sought-after heroines in the south too.

In short, the southern woods have a rich diversity when it comes to glamour and gorgeousness.

Here is a list of the top South Indian actresses.

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