These top 10 actresses reformulated South Indian cinema

South Indian cinema has evolved over the recent years and these actresses are one of the reasons for this transformation.

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South Indian cinema has seen a drastic transformation over the recent years in terms of technology, perception and narration. Filmmakers have reformed and adopted to new methodologies with changing times. As a result, South Indian cinema has evolved into a new world making more viable at global level. With globalisation, accessing everything has become very easy and this has helped Indian Cinema grow by leaps and bounds, and more so for South Indian fraternity.

Besides filmmakers, actors and actresses have transformed too with changing times. Styling and fashion have taken a huge leap in the recent past and emphasis on these aspects is only growing by the day. Besides these, fortitude to accept bold roles and carrying the responsibility of the film on their shoulders is something that is witnessed commonly these days. Actresses of today’s generation prefer to choose offbeat subjects rather than just being a glam doll in the film.

Here are top actresses who have redefined the South Indian with their choice of subjects and style quotient:

Samantha Ruth Prabhu:

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Samantha made her debut in 2010 with Ye Maaya Chesave and since has been the top choice of filmmakers in Telugu and Tamil cinema. The actress, besides being the most glamorous, is an able actor and has proved her skills with her performances in Ye Maaya Chesave, Manam, Theri, 24 and Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu.

Kajal Aggarwal:

Kajal Agarwal

Kajal completes a decade in her acting career and has acted in some fabulous films. Kajal is always in consideration for films which have top actors as the lead roles. Her performance in Businessman, Maattraan, Temper and many other films are well appreciated by all segment of viewers. Kajal is also considered one of the most stylish actresses in South Indian cinema.

Shriya Saran:

Shriya Saran

Having made her debut in acting in 2001, Shriya Saran is one the senior actresses in South Indian cinema. Shriya is one of the few actresses who has had the opportunity to work with all the top actors in South India like Chiranjeevi and Rajinikanth. A career spread over more than 15 years, the actress still rules the South Indian cinema.

Anushka Shetty:

Anushka Shetty

She doesn’t need much of an introduction. Riding high on the success of Baahubali 2, Anushka Shetty is currently the top actress in South Indian films. Anushka is known for playing variety of characters in her career which is spread over 14 years. Her appearance as Devasena in Baahubali was emphatic and she became the talk of the town.

Tamannaah:

Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah Bhatia started her acting at a very early age of 15 in TVCs and advertisements. She made her debut in Telugu with Sri which has Manchu Manoj in the lead role. Tamannaah Bhatia has acted in few decorous movies which prove why she is regarded highly in South Indian film industries. Her performance in Oosaravelli received rave reviews and widely appreciated. It’s her acting prowess which caught the attention of makers of Baahubali and landed her a role in the magnum opus.

Hansika:

Hansika Motwani

Puri Jagannadh’s Desamuduru brought Hansika Motwani to the forefront of South Indian films. Since then, there was no looking back for the young actress who is now considered one of the top actresses in South Indian film industries. Hansika has already acted in more than 40 films in South Indian industries and still has a long way to go. Hansika is one of highly fashionable personalities in South Indian cinema.

Trisha:

Trisha Krishnan

Trisha Krishnan is crowned as the South Queen by her admirers and enjoys a huge following. The actress started her career in 2000 in films with Lesa Lesa and since then her career has only been on upwards trend. Trisha is one of the few actresses who has the distinction of working with all the top actors in South Indian film industries.

Shruti Haasan:

Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan has a style of her won and has weaved her career as per her wish. Shruti started off with Anaganaga o Dheerudu with Siddharth, but not quite the start that she would have wanted. Shruti was quick enough to understand that it takes a lot more than just being a star kid. Shruti Haasan is now a different personality and is one of the top actors in Telugu and Tamil cinema.

Nayanthara:

Nayanthara

Nayan is one of the few actresses who came back to being a very successful actor after taking a break from acting. Nayan had announced that she would quit acting in films and 2011 release Sri Rama Rajyam with Nandamuri Balakrishna would be her last film. But for unknown reasons she made a a comeback, and her second innings is more successful than the first one.

Rakul Preet:

Rakul Preet

One of the ambassadors of fitness in South Indian cinema, Rakul has worked majorly in Telugu cinema. Her first Tamil cinema will be Mahesh Babu’s SPYder which is slated for a July release. Besides being one of the beautiful actresses, Rakul also is a sports-lover and has played golf at the highest level during her college days.

Which one of them is your choice? Let us know your comments in the box below:

    Anonymous

    Nayanatara Deserves Lady superstar of South Indian Cinema.
    Anushka Is Not A worthy Candidate👍
    Acting in graphics films won’t make a person superstar… Acting With Different Type Of emotions nd story lines..with msg giving makes a person Superstar👍
    Dont remove the Value of ‘lady superstar’ Giving it To Anushka👍

    Anonymous

    Most Of All Shrutihaasan Is Best According to talent..She Is Obviously The Multi-Talented girl.
    Acting
    Modeling
    Singer
    Music composer
    Writer
    Dancer
    Owns a Production ‘Isidro’
    Rock Band-‘The Extramentals’
    She is talented that’s the reason why she succeeded…If She Is Not Talented… If She Uses Her Father Name ….then she would have done too many movies….!
    If She is not a star daughter… Iam Sure…Everyone Will Praise Her For Her Multi-Talents…Just Her Name Haasan Is Making Ppl To stop admiring Her Talents.. But No problem… She Had the Top craze in Social media Among all these Actresses…. not only in india…she had lakhs of fans across The world…Sri lanka,egypt,china etc.,
    This following shows who talented nd unique she is!👍

    Anonymous

    😂😂😂
    Samantha Known For Glamour?
    Wt a big Comedy👌
    She herself accepted that she is Nothing But Plastic Surgery Beauty!
    Even The Expressions she give a also Not Her own…That’s just becoz of her Extra Added Plastic Skin Nd Kg’s of Makeup!
    She Have No Acting Talent…Just Her Surgery Gave Her Fans…Which Are Actually Not Her Fans But Her Plastic Surgeon Fans✌😂

    Anonymous

    It is very easy to judge people based and be their favourite who are constantly active on stupid social media like Instagram and Twitter actress who have done telegu Tamil and hindi films are generally active on social media and hence generate immense fan following so people consider them better as they have more fans due to social media but If u all consider the amount of dedication and unconventional roles which r not anyone’s cup of tea then it’s only Anushka Shetty and Nayantharaas the south Indian most of film industry consider them in powerful women centric role if not then u must see Arundhati Vedam rudramadevi of Anushka and Dora kashmora of Nayan both r best.

      Anonymous

      These two without having much active on social media have proved their acting ability.

    Anonymous

    Shriya ….can act well..and she is very underrated…she more beautiful than any actress here…and she has got more talent than anyone here…she even acted in Hollywood…she is now proving herself with manam.and gpsk…no one can compete her in dance…..she will the next gen ever green actress…..all the temporary lights of kajal rakul will.be gone…..it would.be. Anushka nayan shriya and trisha ..who will b remembered as evergreen actress. In future

    Anonymous

    Well, every actress has different style in terms of acting, fashion etc… Not all the actresses r same , all these hav their own identity for their work.. personally I like kajal than any 1 else in this list.. she would have played mute role but, she also proved her acting skills in movies like Mr.perfect, Thuppakki, Matran, Badshah, do lafjon ki kahani etc I think actresses like Tamannah, Shriya, Samantha need to improve their acting skills

    Anonymous

    Well, every actress has different style in terms of acting, fashion etc… Not all the actresses r all these hav their own identity in their for their work.. personally I like kajal than any 1 else in this list.. she would have played mute role but, she also proved her acting skills in movies like Mr.perfect, Thuppakki, Matran, Badshah, do lafjon ki kahani etc I think actresses like Tamannah, Shriya, Samantha need to improve their acting skills

    Anonymous

    Only Anushka Shetty!!! rest are total vaste !

    Anonymous

    Sridevi is the best actress from the previous era. I always find fans of Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi fighting online LOL. What make Sridevi the biggest star of Indian cinema and gives her the advantage over Madhuri Dixit is that apart from her Bollywood fans she has such a huge fan base down south owing to her awesome roles and mind blowing performances in south movies.

    Anonymous

    My favorites from this list are Samantha, Shruti Haasan and Trisha. I follow these 3 online and they are amazing.

    Anonymous

    Shruti Haasan I thought didnt show much promise when she started out. She had good looks though. But now she has come far. She now has good Telugu, Tamil and Hindi films under her belt esp with top actors in the south. She always danced well in all her movies (hate her award functions performances i sometimes cant stand it) but I felt her acting has improved a lot now. And not to mention her style sense. I hated her red carpet appearances before but now she is consistently doing well there also esp liked the Cannes appearances. She even has built herself a good social media profile which is important if you want to be a big star in this era. Of all the celebs I follow online she definitely has a good personality online with her quirky and fun posts.

    Anonymous

    Asin would have gone very far in the south because she was doing good work but she missed the boat to really make a mark by moving to Bollywood.

    Anonymous

    Anushka is FABULOUS!!! Nayan, trisha, Tamanna are good too. Samantha is good in A,Aa, but the plastic surgery ruined her face, she started looking like katrina. Shriya over acts and KAAJAL IS THE WORST. EWWWW. SHE IS WORSE THAN A PLASTIC DOLL. THNAKS TO RAJAMOULI, SHE HAS A MAGADHEERA, but that movie is remembered for its direction, vfx, and chiranjeevi’s son charan. KAAJAL is a cunning fox!!!

    Anonymous

    My suggestions trisha is my dream herohine next nithya menon

    Anonymous

    Anushka is most promising and versatile actress…she has portray strong and powerful characters…she is phenomenal in BaahuBali, Rudramadevi, Arudhati, vedam, size zero and there is a long list of her movies with variety of roles.
    Nayanthara is also a wonderful actress and has done good roles…
    Trisha too act well…loved her as Jessie she was at her best…
    Samantha is also good…

    Anonymous

    Tamannaah Bhatia best ever….

    Anonymous

    ofcourse and always SAMANTHA

    Anonymous

    1 St . Rakul preet Singh is best actress…….

    Anonymous

    Nayan

    Anonymous

    -1 OR 2+268-268-1=0+0+0+1

    Anonymous

    1

    Anonymous

    Rakul preet is best

    Anonymous

    Kajal Agarwal is the best

    Anonymous

    rakul ofcourse

    Anonymous

    Raoul preet Singh is always the best

    Anonymous

    Only Anushka

    Anonymous

    Its surprising that the title of this for actresses in South Indian Cinema, and yet, only Tamil and Telugu heroines popped up. I would have liked to see some of the highly talented Malayalam heroines, who unlike the girls here, made it big through sheer acting talent and unique personalities, whether its Manju Warrier or Parvathy.

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal

    Anonymous

    My favorite……
    1 Rakul preeth singh ………… She is good actress, hard worker,very talented,her fitness&so on…
    One thing I liked sooooooo much……..her smile😊 this is major reason to become fan of preethi……
    2 anushka shetty……….. One word to say she is a ruthless princess……
    3 thamana bhatia…….
    She is a good dancer………

    Anonymous

    Rakúl 😘❤❤
    Forévér❤….

    Anonymous

    Give this chance to rakul she is very lucky to have here in top10 plz give chance to rakul preet but don’t give chances to nayanatara plz

    Anonymous

    Sweety n nayan are the queens of south

    Anonymous

    KAJAL AGGARWAL IS THE BEST 😍😍😍😍😍

    Anonymous

    Rakul preet Singh is the best n after that Samantha nd Taman nah… 😊

    Anonymous

    Lady superstar Nayan and Mega Angel Kajal are the best in south. Others are waste

    Anonymous

    Rakul preet

    Anonymous

    Rakul Samantha

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal 😍 😍 😍
    Kajalism power

    Anonymous

    Anushka and rakul.

    Anonymous

    Anushka and rakul

    Anonymous

    SAMANTHA …..Always

    Anonymous

    Not only Magadheera, Mr perfect, Do lafzon ki kahani see that 10 mins Kajal’s guest role in Yevadu u will understand talent of kajal
    Jay kajalism

      Anonymous

      Yaa true. Kajal is best. Director Siva told that in vivegam kajal’s performance will be far better than her previous movies. Let’s see

    Anonymous

    Tollywood super star stylish star model is rakul Preeth Singh supermodel rakul is best we vote for rakul no never beet him Telugu actrees in Tollywood

      Anonymous

      Rakul

    Anonymous

    One and only Mega angel Kajal

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal is best

    Anonymous

    Shruti haasan and Trisha are my picks.
    Anushka is nothing if not for baahubali ….Dunno why she came into the picture
    Rakul and Kajal are just temporary ….they only make those stereotypical tollywood action masala – item song movies and never make content driven films
    Samantha is experimental but can’t carry off many roles she is in a way widespread .
    I don’t get why Asian and shriya are mentioned
    Would have been happier to see Nitya Menon or Aditi Rao hydari

    Anonymous

    RaKhUl…… Lv u ma….. one & only rakhul preeth Singh

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal 😍 😍 ♥ ♥

    Anonymous

    Rakul preet😍😍😘😘

    Anonymous

    Trisha is always

    Anonymous

    Anushka is the heroine of this era

    Anonymous

    Supper tamanna and anushka

    Anonymous

    East or west kajal is the best

    Anonymous

    Everyone discussing about acting. Each and every actress have their own talent of acting. Otherwise how can they still in top position. All these actress still in top position from 10 years.
    If you are comparing each other with stupid awards like filmfare I am sorry all of us know how these award shows going. My personal favorites are Nayan,anuska and kajal

    Anonymous

    Rakul is best

    Anonymous

    all are good but rakul preet is bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest bestest actress in the world
    LOVE U MAM

    Anonymous

    Rakul is the best

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal 😍 😍 😍

    Anonymous

    No one can beat kajal in style and fashion. She is the best

    Anonymous

    Iam All ways south beauty queen trisha fan love u trishuuu miss you so much

    Anonymous

    Rakul

    Anonymous

    Rakul preet singh

    Anonymous

    Don’t compare one with another actress. All are talented.

    Anonymous

    Kajal is the best actress among them

    Anonymous

    Hi Sadha is my choice. In her debut movie itself she proved her mettle and had done comedy, horror, serious roles and stubborn roles in Unnale unnale. She has acted in 5 languages and is in the industry for more than 14 Years. Still she looks fit and young. Hope in every of her film she has shown her acting skills. Recently she also showed her skills in Dance shows. For me she is the Versatile, Talented and beautiful actress

    Anonymous

    Rakulpreet singh is the most beautiful.,deciplined talented and hardworking

    Anonymous

    Samantha best ….missing krethy suresh

    Anonymous

    Rakul preet singh is the one of best actress in the world

    Anonymous

    Forever and Always, the bestest will be Trishaaaaaa!!!!!!!! The South Queen…..

    Anonymous

    My Darling Trisha is best she is the Evergreen beauty

    Anonymous

    Nobody can beat Anushka Sherry.she’s fit for any kind of roles.But after Anushka my choice is Rakul Preet Singh😍😍😍

    Anonymous

    RAKUL …forever she is the one … 😍😍😘

    Anonymous

    Anushka ,Nayan thara that’s all..please don’t even tell Samantha ,Kajal and others in
    Terms of acting !! They are the worst ever

    Anonymous

    Kajal

    Anonymous

    Everybody in the list and few actresses missing in the list are very very talented ,excellent in acting,attitude when they have given good opportunities

    Anonymous

    Oh please…No they did not change the industry for the better, it is other way around. These new group of actresses (most of them except anushka, nayantara, and a couple more) can not act. I am ashamed to say that south Indian industry directors prefers fair skin on actresses and hence all these imported actresses. Perhaps they should go back to good writing and good roles for actresses too and cast them accordingly.

      Anonymous

      well said!

    Anonymous

    Anushka,samantha

    Anonymous

    Nithya Menon is the best of current lot. Anushka, Nayan to certain extent are next. Sam and Trisha have potential to act better but no good choice of roles.

    Anonymous

    I feel like Simran and Jothika were the last of the acting greats in south cinema. I briefly had high hopes for Asin, but then she pretty much did career suicide by moving to Bollywood and doing those amazing *sarcasm* roles in stupid Khan/Kumar/Devgan movies, and completely faded into oblivion. Right now only Anushka, Nayanthara and Nithya Menon seem to be doing strong roles. The rest of the girls are so interchangeable that it doesn’t even matter.

      Anonymous

      Asin could have easily given likes of Trisha and Nayan a run for their money now as she has an upper hand when it comes to effortless acting and own dubbing, too bad she had to ruin it by going to Bollywood to run around the trees with the Khan, Devgans, and Kumars.

    Anonymous

    all of them are terrible actors… the only person who deserves to be on the list and is not in the list is nithya menon

      Anonymous

      Yes, I wanted to see the lovely Nithya here. An actress that did not do any surgery, attain size zero figure, or do glamourous roles, rather made it big, because of her natural acting talent.

    Anonymous

    Except Anushka and to an extent Nayan, none of the other girls can ACT! Tamannah and Sam have potential, but they choose such ridiculous, unnecessarily glamorous roles that its difficult to believe in their talent. Even Trisha, who has been around for over 15 years, is only mediocre at best. The rest, especially Kajal and Hansika, are such bad actresses and monotonous. Watched Darling recently, and in the scene where Kajal confesses her love for Prabhas to her friend, Kajal’s acting was so bad that we just LOL’ed straight for 5 minutes.

      Anonymous

      You hit the nail on the head. Most of these girls, esp Kajal, are quite hopeless in terms of acting. I guess it has to do with the fact that most of them don’t speak Tamil/Telugu in real life. Its their dubbing artists that truly being their performances to life. LOL, Kajal in Darling was a disaster. Thank goodness for Prabhas, otherwise, I would’ve turned off the TV.

    Anonymous

    can anyone reply me Kajal aggarwals upcming movie name ? i am big fan of her from nepal

      Anonymous

      Vivegam with Ajit

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal and Tamanah bhatia r the best. They both may be get less screenspace in a movie but they will definitely give Justice to that character. See do lafzon ki kahani how kajal acted in that movie. See Devi L u will understand talent of Tammanah.
    Samantha and Shruti hasan are plastic surgery faced. They r in the industry for father ‘s stardom.

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal is the best actress among them. Her performance in Magadheera, Mr perfect, kavalai vendam, thupaki was amazing.

      Anonymous

      Are you serious? She is the worst from the lot.

      Anonymous

      Yes her performance in do lafzon ki kahani made me cry well said 👏👏👏

      Anonymous

      You call Kavalai Vendam and Thupaki performances?!

    Anonymous

    Except Anushka and Nayan
    Others don’t deserve a place here
    They haven’t done any considerable acting in a decade long career

    Just bcoz she is now in Akkineni family doesn’t make her a gr8 actress
    Kajal,Shriya,Hansika – put their films in mute from.language and u cannot differentiate much
    Tamanna- has potential but hardly gets good chances
    Trisha- she jas been good in kodi
    Rakul-nothing to even speak about her except her skimpy clothes

    Btw list is incomplete without Nitya menon, Parvathy, Nazriya

    Anonymous

    Sam,Nayaan,Anuskha,Rakul best….rest of them are more of beauty dolls than actresses..

    Anonymous

    Sam

    Anonymous

    I love vivegam girl kajal aggarwal 😍 😍 😍

    Anonymous

    Meeri pyari kajal gudia is best. Kajal aggarwal ki ankhe aur smile sabse best hai.

    Anonymous

    Among these except kajal all are Asian paints faces. Plastic surgery faces.
    One and only natural beauty queen kajal

    Anonymous

    One and Only South Queen Trisha.. Always D Best 👍

    Anonymous

    Kajal always her eyes and that 1000waat smile oh god

    Anonymous

    My all time favorite kajal.

    Anonymous

    Where is Parvathy and Nithya Menen?

    Anonymous

    South Queen Trisha…..she proved that she is the best actress in many films

    Anonymous

    Kajal aggarwal is the one and only actress who rules hearts not only south, in north also
    I love her performance in do lafzon ki kahani

    Anonymous

    Always kajal aggarwal

    Anonymous

    Apart from Anushka and Nayanthra, none of them can actually act.

    Anonymous

    My choice…alwazzzz rakul darling..

    Anonymous

    My favourite is Sam 🙂

    Anonymous

    Always SAMANTHA… She’s the BESTTTTT

    Anonymous

    Samantha

    Anonymous

    My choice is Rakul Preet Singh

    Anonymous

    All r rocking…

    Anonymous

    NICE

    Anonymous

    There was a time where Sridevi was No.1 in Bollywood and also Tamil and Telugu at the same time! She used to work here and there, If a movie was released in Bollywood it would be dubbed there and vice versa. This phenomenon just did not work with any other actress, Not just actress but not even actors.!

    Anonymous

    Simran, Jyothika, Asin, and Nayanthara will always be my choices. The rest of current ladies comes after them.

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