South India has suffered a lot from India's independence, but that cannot obstruct the inhabitants here finding their success. The fact that the Peninsular has encountered several fluctuations in the economy but still able to grow even higher than the whole Indian economy over the last three decades is the best proof to its people's hardworking.

The same thing goes for Bollywood, as more and more actresses rise to the top of the scene. Today, we'll find out who are the South Indian actresses that are dominating Bollywood with their numerous movies. Without further ado, let's find out about the first Deccan actress:

1. Ileana D'Cruz

Date of Birth: 1986

Ileana D'Cruz is one of few South Indian actresses that has met her success right with her very first movie. She debuts in Telugu and Hindi scenes with the movie Barfi!, which is widely praised as a commercial success. That movie has brought her a lot of recognition and appreciation, later on ending up giving her the Filmfare Award of Best Female Debut in the South, as well as Best Female Debut From Star Guild Awards and Times of India Awards.

After that moment, Ileana's career only has upward trends, as she took parts in more successful Hindi and Telugu movies such as Happy Ending, Mubarakan, Amar Akbar Anthony, and the one currently in filming progress - The Big Bull.

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Her next movie - The Big Bull - is very anticipated

2. Trisha Krishnan

Date of Birth: 1983

Trisha Krishnan - universally known as Trisha is even noticed by the B-town even before making her debut. The beauty has worked as beauty after successfully following her Bachelor of Business study, and then won several pageants contests such as Miss Salem and Miss Madras in the same year.

That glorious CV later led Trisha to the Bollywood scene, with her first Bollywood movie of Khatta Meetha in 2010. The movie was a success, but that's not the best performance that Deccan actress can give out. In fact, that was the movie Abhiyum Naanum (2008), and Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), which almost won her the Best Tamil Actress Award of Filmfare.

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Trisha deserved to win at least one Filmfare Award by now, but luck doesn't stand by her

3. Kajal Aggarwal

Date of Birth: 1985

Kajal Aggarwal's journey with her acting career is not as smooth as the two previous ones. She initially grew in the Telugu and Tamil film industry, and made her entrance to Bollywood with Kyun! Ho Gaya Na. However, that movie didn't trigger enough attention from the public, and not until her comeback with Singham (2011) did her name come to the limelight.

Struggling a bit with her Bollywood career, Kajal Aggarwal is one of the most famous South Indian actresses within the  Telugu and Tamil scenes. To be more specific, if we have to name a movie that marks a huge turn in her career, it has to be Magadheera - one of the biggest Telugu earner of all time, which rewarded its lead actresses several awards for the Best actress, including Filmfare.

4. Kriti Kharbanda

Date of Birth: 1990

Kriti Kharbanda worked in Bollywood under the name Kannada, also started to make her career from Telugu and Tamil films. The Punjabi actress is known to be very active during her school days, modeling and shooting for several campaigns such as Spar, Fair and Lovely, and Bhima Jewellers. She didn't have any intention of becoming an actress at that point, but then fate stroke.

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Kriti Kharbanda's dream is to become a model at first, but soon realized her loves for acting

Her photos on Sparbillboard has attracted the director Raj Pippala as he was looking for a promising face to star as a heroine in his upcoming movie. Kannada's mom encouraged her to take the role, and it turned out to be the wisest decision of her life. The movie Boni is the one bringing her two nominations for a debut in Filmfare Award South, as well as one SIIMA Award.

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She won two Filmfare Awards and one SIIMA Award for just one movie - Boni

5. Taapsee Pannu

Date of Birth: 1987

The beauty that made her way into the prestigious Forbes' Top 100 India Celebrities since 2018 - Taapsee Pannu - is still soaring in popularity in Bollywood right now. The South Indian beauty debut with her Telugu movie Jhummandi Naadam in 2010, and successfully stroke the B-town in Chashme Baddoor.

However, her biggest success came with the horror-thriller Pink alongside Amitabh Bachchan, which generated over ₹108 crores. Her movies recently were highly praised by critics and fans, with the example of her lawyer role in Mulk which got the actress a nomination for the Best Actress by Firmware, as well as her second collaboration with Big B in Badla - engrossing 130 Crores INR.

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Both of her collaborations with Amitabh Bachchan are great successes

6. Amy Jackson

Date of Birth: 1992

Amy Jackson is an English actress, but her contribution to the Tamil as well as Bollywood scenes has made her even more famous than many other South Indian actresses. Before debuting in Bollywood, Amy's first Tamil movie Madrasapattinam in 2010 has caught the eyes of viewers thanks to her splendid actings and her beauty of a Miss Teen World winner.

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Amy Jackson is a famous winner of multiple beauty contests in England but chose to make her career in India

That is the firm base for Amy Jackson to leap into Bollywood, as her debut movie Ekk Deewana Tha featuring Prateik Babbar is considered quite a commercial success.

7. Tamannaah Bhatia

Date of Birth: 1989

While other South Indian actresses in this list had to go through several jobs before finding their role in the film industry, Tamannaah Bhatia's success has come much sooner than she expected. She appeared in her first Bollywood movie Chand Sa Roshan Chehra in 2005, in which she is only 15 years old. The movie is not that successful, but make her face familiar in the industry.

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Tamannaah Bhatia debuted at her 15th age!

She kept working hard right after her first movie, but only find her turning point through the Tamil movie Ayan (2009), and her efforts were paid off with Tamannaah on of the highest-paid South Indian actresses. She is one of the most wanted faces in the Tamil and Telugu cinemas, which explained why she has starred in almost 65 films in various languages now.

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One of the hottest South Indian actresses in the industry recently

8. Rakul Preet Singh

Date of Birth: 1990

Rakul Preet Singh is the leading South Indian actress now, and that comes from her solid base of multiple pageants contest winners. To be more specific, she has won five contests by 2011, namely Femina Miss Beautiful Eyes, Femina Miss Beautiful Smile, People's Choice Miss Indiatimes and many more.

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Just look at her bodies, you will understand why she won a lot of beauty awards

Those award titles speak for themselves - the beauty made her Telugu and Tamil debut in the same year right after she chose to become a full-time actress, and her debut in Bollywood with the movie Yaariyan is a complete blaster.

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The movie Yaariyan marked her successful career

9. Shriya Saran

Date of Birth: 1982

Sriya Saran, also known as Shriya on the big screens, not only stop from South Indian or Bollywood cinemas, but also the American cinemas as well. Starting as a master dancer to star in Renoo Nathan's debut MV Thirakti Kyun Hawa, her beauty shined and gave her the entrance to her acting career.

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Shriya Saran initially stroke Bollywood as a dancer

Even though Shriya wished to become a famous dancer, she has turned into a famous actress instead with her Telugu debut movie Ishtam, and especially her first commercial success Santhosham. Her Tamil film career is also worth mentioning as well with the 2017's highest-grossing action movie Sivaji.

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The 2017's movie Sivaji is her best success right now

10. Shruti Haasan

Date of Birth: 1986

We'll cap our list with Shruti Haasan - one of the most beautiful and talented South Indian actresses that have won three Filmfare Awards South. Following her father - actor Kamal Haasan in the film industry, Shruti proved that she didn't need her father's reputation to become successful. She acted in her first Bollywood movie Luck in 2009, but only achieved success in the South with her Telugu rom-com Oh My Friend in 2001.

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Shruti Haasan is the daughter of an actor

At that moment, the actresses started to soar in reputation with Race Gurram in 2014 - the movie that won her the third Filmfare Award. Her voice was loved all over India, as Shruti was picked to voice for Queen Elsa in the Tamil-dubbed version of Frozen II (2019).


That's the end of Gurugamer's today list of the top 10 most famous South Indian actresses dominating Bollywood! If you think we've missed any names, don't forget to remind us in the comment section below.

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