Today, it’s common to see actresses not restricting themselves to just one genre or background. Many even make their debut in the southern movie industry, considering there is a high demand and for the actresses, they get much better recognition and pay. Many of the actresses we love to see in Bollywood today were once starlets of the South. Check them out!
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
The Mangalorean beauty is somebody who managed to do well in both the industry. Her very first film was Iruvar, which is critcally acclaimed. She went on to star in Jeans and Kandukondain Kandukondain.
Just like Aishwarya, Tabu was also seen in the blockbuster film Kandukondain Kandukondain.
Not many know this but Vidya Balan has ana unreleased film in Malayalam, called Kalari Vikraman. Later, in 2011, she was seen in another film.
Before Bollywood, Sridevi was seen as a child artist in the Tamil film Thunaivan. She went on to star in a lot of regional films before starting off her Hindi film career.
Deepika originally belongs to Bangalore and before aiming for Bollywood, she tried out her hand at Kannada films. One of her most famous films is Aishwarya.
Priyanka Chopra did not reach Hollywood just like that! She did a lot of forgettable movies before becoming the star she is today. One of her earliest films include Tamizhan, where she was seen along with superstar Vijay.
We all remember Preity's bubblyness in Bollywood but even before that, she tried to land deals in the South. In one of her films, Raja Kumarudu she was paired opposite Mahesh Babu.
Kriti made her official Hindi Film debut in Heropanti opposite Tiger Shroff. Before that, she was a known name in Telegu industry where she was seen in films like Nenokkadine and Dohchay.
Before Vicky Donor came calling, Yami was not seen in ads. She was seen in Kannada films, including Ullasa Utsaha, which she debuted in.
Katrina Kaif got just the perfect role of her life in the film Malliswari in 2004, where she was seen as a princess. She was also seen in the 2006 film Balram v/s Tharadas.
While Kangana is known to be picky with her film choices now, in the past, she was also seen in regional films when she was trying to make a name for herself in Bollywood. One of her films is Dhaam Dhoom and Ek Niranjan.