The South Indian film industry is huge, it includes, Tollywood (Telugu film industry), Kollywood (Tamil film industry), Mollywood (Malayalam film industry)and Sandalwood (Kannada film industry). There are a plethora of critically acclaimed films being made every year in the the South Indian Film Industry.
The Industry has been growing to a point where its individual sections have started to compare with Bollywood, with their action and comedy flicks.
One thing South Indian film industry is extremely famous is for the way the south Indians deify their heroes. From making temples to literally treating them like gods, south Indian heroes are demigods in their own right.
South Indian heroes are charming, talented and extra-ordinarily superhero-like on screen. They can hit bulls-eye with an eye closed, they can dance, and sometimes they can do both at the same time.
Here is the list of 7 South Indian actors who are not only popular in Southern part of the country but have also spread their charm all over the India.
Megastar Rajinikanth needs no introduction. He is one of the highest paid actor in the whole of India. He has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English language films. He has a very humble and simple persona, however, this simple man changes into an action hero on screen. Rajinikanth has struggled a lot while he worked as a bus conductor before he finally took the South Indian film Industry by a storm.
Rajinikanth has temples made in his name in Chennai, where people worship him like a god. People in other parts of India, or the world may not be this fanatic about him, but they do enjoy his movies with the same amount same jest and excitement. Rajinikanth has been a recipient of various national and international awards, Padma Vibhushan being one of them.
Some of the Rajnikath’s most famous movies include: Robot, Linda, Kabali, etc.
Kamal Haasan is one of the biggest action heroes of the South Indian film industry. He started as a child artist in the Tamil film industry, and became a household name all over India, after his critically acclaimed film, ‘Chachi 420.’ This movie also established him successfully in the field of comedy. Kamal Haasan has had a reputation for delivering continuous hits and is one of the biggest names in the Film Industry, his fame spanning over many countries.
Not only is Kamal Haasan an established actor, but also a very talented screenwriter and producer. Kamal Haasan has been awarded the Kalaimamani award in 1979, the Padma Shri in 1990, the Padma Bhushan in 2014 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier) in 2016.
Some of his famous movies include: HeyRam, Virumaandi, Vishwaroopam and Dasavathaaram
Mahesh Babu, popularly known as the Prince of Tollywood, is one of the most stylish actors in the industry. He is one of the most charming and attractive celebrities of India, and was the Most Desirable man of 2013, in a survey conducted by Times of India. He is the youngest son of superstar Krishana, and entered Tollywood as a child artist. He started his career as an actor with the film Raja Kumarudu in 1999. He has won more than 25 awards and in his span of more than 30 films. He is not only a very talented actor but is also known well for his charities and efforts towards disadvantaged. Many of his movies have also been dubbed in Hindi, expanding his fame to all over India.
Some of his well-known movies are: Srimanthudu, Arjun, Nijam, etc.
Prabhas is the nephew of Telugu actor Krishnam Raju. He is known as one of the most stylish actors in the industry, he started his career with the movie Eshwar in 2002. In 2015, Prabhas became a household name all over the India and acquired international fame, when he bagged the lead role in super hit movie “Bahubali the Beginning”. The sequel of Bahubali released in 2017, only increased his popularity. He is the first Tollywood actor who has his statue at Madam Tussauds in Bangkok. Till now Prabhas has acted in more than 20 movies, incuding Bollywood movie ‘Action Jackson’ directed by Prabhudeva.
Some of his famous movies include : Bahubali, Bahubali 2, Mirchi, etc.
Rana Daggubati has worked in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi cinema. His paternal grandfather, D. Ramanaidu was a famous producer. Rana has acquired a great fame and has made a name for himself in the South film industry with his talent and good looks. Rana made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ in 2011. HE was voted ‘The Most Promising Newcomer of 2011’ in a poll by Times India. He further rose to fame when he appeared as the antagonist of the Bahubali series, making him a household name in the whole of India. He also appeared in acclaimed movie, ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ is a cameo.
Some of his famous films include: Department, Naa Ishtam, Bahubali series, etc.
Also known as just, Vijay, Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar is one of the most popular actors in Tollywood. Vijay’s father is the famous film producer and Director S. A. Chandrasekhar and his mother is the famous playback singer Shobha Chandrasekhar. The actor is deemed as one of the most beautiful actors in the country. He has acted in more than 50 films. He made his debut in “Naalya Theerpu” in 1992 , he has also worked earlier as a child artist in his father’s movies. He has been nominated for 44 awards out of which he won 28. He is not only famous in South Indian Film Industry, but also internationally. He was also seen as cameo appearance in Akshay Kumar’s ‘Rowdy Rathore.’
Some of his famous movies are: Poove Unakkaga, Thirumalai, Velayudham, etc.
Ram Charan has been dubbed as one of the most, popular and fabulous actor in Indian cinema. His works in Tollywood has been widely appreciated and had worked in some Bollywood projects too. His father is the megastar Chiranjeevi. He is one of the most fittest and handsome actor in South Indian cinema. His debut movie “Chirutha” won “Special Jury Nandi Award”. Ram Charan is also a playback singer. He owns an airline named “TRUJET”. He is also one of the highest paid actors of Tollywood. He has also been a recipient of National Award. He also has his own production house called Konidela Production Company. His fame spans across nations.
His famous movies include : Magadheera, Racha, Orange, etc.