In India, nobody accepts that the North and the South are different and never the two shall meet. We have severval actors and actresses routinely jump ship from the South to the North with varying degrees of success. If Rajnikanth did it in the eighties and nineties with movies like Geraftaar and Hum, Nagarjuna did it with his movies like Shiva and Khuda Gawah. But since the nineties, several actresses have done this, and with great success.

Here’s a list of Bollywood actresses who became successful in the South

  • Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai has acted in only a couple of South movies, but they have been popular and some were blockbusters. Earlier, Aishwarya, who is from Mangalore, was in the movie Jeans. Later on, she was with Rajnikanth in the Robot franchise. Aishwarya Rai has been in several other South movies and is a very popular personality there.

  • Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan is Kamal Haasan’s daughter. She has acted in some Bollywood movies, but has been a staple in the South Industry. She’s popular for her emotional scenes and dance steps that are second to none.  Critics have noted that she has come a long way from her debut. The turning point of her career was 3, where she was cast alongside Dhanush, and was directed by Dhanush’s wife, Aishwarya Laxmi. Remember that song ‘Why this Kolaveri Di?” That song is from this movie.

  • Urvashi Rautela

Rautela is making her big movie  in the south with Black Rose, but even before that, she has performed in Airavata, for which she won the Best Debut. Rautela has a haunting beauty about her, and is bound to hypnotise the South audience as she did the North with her performances in movies like Hate Story 4.

Some More Bollywood Actresses Who Made It Big in South

  • Rakul Preet Singh

Rakul Preet Singh recently made her Hindi debut but she has a boatload of Tamil and Telugu movies where she has captured the audience’s interest. She’s been acting in movies of the South since 2009 and has some big ticket movies lined up until 2022, including the sequel to the  90s smash hit Indian 2.

  • Flora Saini

Flora Saini has had some success in Bollywood and is most famous for her role in Stree. She’s a staple name in the South though, and is part of several successful movies there. She’s been acting in the South movies since the late 90s.

These are some of the few actresses who made it big in the South, though they consider Mumbai to be their base. Do you think we missed somebody? Tell us in the comments list. Think you would like more such articles? Make sure to bookmark us on