Samantha to Nayanthara: 5 South actresses ready to make it big in Hindi industry

The dominance of southern films across the country and the world is visible to all. But it’s not just blockbusters that have caught the attention of the pan-Indian audience, southern actors are also getting lucrative roles in big banner Bollywood films. Samantha Ruth Prabhu needs no introduction as she is all set to appear alongside Akshay Kumar in Koffee With Karan, while others have lapped up some much-coveted projects. From Nayantara gearing up to appear opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Jaawan to Rashmika Mandanna making her Bollywood debut opposite Siddharth Malhotra, find out what these big names from the South are up to. Also Read: Koffee With Karan Episode 3 Trailer: Akshay Kumar turns on Samantha Ruth Prabhu, brings up Karan Johar’s wedding

Rashmika Mandanna

Not only Allu Arjun and Samantha Ruth Prabhu wowed the audience with their performances in Pushpa, Rashmika Mandanna also made the country take notice as Srivalli in the film. After making the country dance to his Sami moves, the actor is all set to make his Bollywood debut in the spy thriller, Mission Majnu alongside Sidharth Malhotra. She will be working on Goodbye with Amitabh Bachchan and Animal with Ranbir Kapoor.

Rashi Khanna

After making his film debut in 2013 with the John Abraham starrer Madras Cafe, Raashi Khanna moved south and delivered several Telugu and Tamil hits. She will now return to Bollywood with Siddharth Malhotra in Yodha. She is starring opposite Shahid Kapoor in Raj and DK’s web series Farji. She was recently seen in Rudra opposite Ajay Devgn.


After ruling the Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam industries for decades, Nayanthara is now venturing into Bollywood. Being one of the highest paid actors in the south, he chose a lucrative project to announce his arrival in the Hindi industry. He is none other than Shah Rukh Khan in Atlee’s Jawan.

Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde made her Bollywood debut opposite Hrithik Roshan in Mohenjo Daro (2016) but chose to carve out a niche for herself in the Telugu film industry. She returned to Hindi cinema in 2019 with Housefull but preferred Telugu films with Beast’s hit dance number Halamithi Habibo still fresh in the minds of fans. Pooja, who was last seen opposite Prabhas in Radhe Shayam, is once again turning her attention to some coveted Bollywood films. She has Kabhi Eid Kabhi Diwali with Salman Khan and Rohit Shetty’s Circus with Ranveer Singh.

Samantha Ruth Lord

Samantha Ruth Prabhu is already on the scene after her appearance in the web series, Family Man Season 2. A sensation after the success of her pushpa dance, Oo Antava Oo O Antava, Samantha is now all set to make her TV debut. First South actor to appear in Koffee With Karan. She will be seen alongside Akshay Kumar in the upcoming episode of the chat show.

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