While Tamil cinema has always had the habit of importing actresses from the north, a new trend is being witnessed lately- actresses who have well established themselves in other languages are making a beeline to be part of Tamil movies.
Not just from Bollywood, but actresses are storming Kollywood from Mollywood, Tollywood and Sandalwood too. This week, Mykollywood.com tracks some of the talented female stars from other languages who have recently ventured into Tamil film industry.
A top actress in Bollywood, Vidya Balan will be part of Ajith’s upcoming film, directed by Vinod and produced by Boney Kapoor. The movie is a remake of Hindi hit ‘Pink’.
Boney said, “We are excited about introducing Vidya Balan to the Tamil audience; she is paired with Ajith and her role is a very special one.”
Vidya is known for pioneering a change in the concept of a Hindi film heroine with her portrayals of strong-willed women. She is the recipient of several awards, including a National Film Award, six Filmfare Awards, and six Screen Awards. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2014.
Vidya aspired to a career in film from a young age and had her first acting role in the 1995 sitcom ‘Hum Paanch’. She pursued a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Mumbai and simultaneously made several unsuccessful attempts to start a career in film. She subsequently featured in television commercials and music videos.
In 2003 she made her feature film debut as the protagonist of the independent Bengali drama ‘Bhalo Theko’. In 2005 Vidya garnered praise for her first Hindi film, the drama ‘Parineeta’, and followed it with a leading role in the top-grossing comedy film ‘Lage Raho Munna Bhai’ (2006).
Popular Mollywood actress Manju Warrier will make her debut in Kollywood with an important role in Dhanush-starrer ‘Asuran’, being directed by Vetrimaaran.
Dhanush tweeted: “Asuran – update .. the evergreen Manju Warrier will be playing the female lead. Excited to share screen space and learn from this amazing talent”. The movie is being produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu’s V Creations.
Manju is one of the most successful leading actresses in south Indian Cinema. She made her acting debut in ‘Sakshyam’ (1995) at the age of 17. Her most well-known films are: ‘Thooval Kottaram’ (1996), ‘Sallapam’ (1996), ‘Ee Puzhayum Kadannu’ (1996), ‘Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu’ (1997), ‘Pranayavarnangal’ (1998), ‘Kanmadam’ (1998), ‘Summer in Bethlehem’ (1998), ‘Pathram’ (1999), ‘Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu’ (1999), ‘How Old Are You?’ (2014), and ‘Udaharanam Sujatha’ (2017).
Manju Warrier won the National Film Award – Special Mention for her performance as Bhadra in ‘Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu’. She also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Anjali in ‘Ee Puzhayum Kadannu’, along with five Filmfare Awards for Best Actress, a record in that category.
After carving a niche for herself in Bollywood, Huma made her Kollywood debut opposite superstar Rajinikanth in ‘Kaala’ directed by Pa Ranjith. She played the love interest of Rajini.
Huma worked as a theatre actor and model. After working in several theatrical productions, she moved to Mumbai and signed a two-year contract with Hindustan Unilever to appear in television commercials. During the shoot for a Samsung mobile commercial, Anurag Kashyap noticed her acting ability and signed her for a three-film deal with his company.
Qureshi made her film debut with a supporting role in the two-part crime drama ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ (2012). Her performance in the film earned her several nominations, including the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and the Best Supporting Actress.
That same year, she played the lead female role in the romance ‘Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana’, and followed it with a role in Ek Thi Daayan. She portrayed protagonists in the anthological ‘Shorts’ (2013), the black comedy ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ (2014), the revenge drama ‘Badlapur’ (2015), the Marathi road drama ‘Highway’ (2015) and featured briefly in the collaborative film ‘X: Past Is Present’ (2015).
This Karnataka beauty was a top actress in Kannada when she made her debut in Kollywood with a brief role in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Kaatru Veliyidai’. She then followed it up with ‘Ivan Thanthiran’ before making it big with ‘Vikram Vedha’.
Shraddha is now busy with a string of movies, including Ajith’s upcoming remake of ‘Pink’. She gained wide acclaim for her role in the Kannada psychological thriller ‘U Turn’ (2016) for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress and also for her performances in ‘Urvi’, ‘Vikram Vedha’ and ‘Operation Alamelamma’ for which she even won Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics) – Kannada.
Shraddha Srinath was born in a Kannadiga family, in the Command Hospital in the town of Udhampur, Jammu & Kashmir. Her father was an officer in the Kumaon Regiment of the Indian Army and her mother was a school teacher.
She was raised all over India and lived in the towns of Suratgarh (Rajasthan), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Dharchula (Uttarakhand) Belgaum (Karnataka), Silchar (Assam), and Secunderabad (Telangana). After graduating from 12th from Army School RK Puram in Secunderabad, she moved to Bangalore to study Law at the Bangalore Institute of Legal Studies.
Though she is from Tamil Nadu, she hit headlines with her role in Malayalam movie ‘Premam’ and then went on to become a top actress in Telugu, before venturing into Kollywood with ‘Diya’.
Recently, Sai Pallavi won the hearts of many with her portrayal of Arathu Anandhi in ‘Maari 2’. Her dance moves for ‘Rowdy Baby…’ song in the movie became the talking point.
Sai Pallavi is a physician by profession. She completed her medical degree in 2016 from the Tbilisi State Medical University, Georgia.
Sai Pallavi first came into public attention for her role as Malar in the 2015 Malayalam film ‘Premam’. She was then cast alongside Dulquer Salmaan in the film ‘Kali’ (2016). She made her Telugu debut playing the role Bhanumati in the 2017 romantic film ‘Fidaa’, co-starring with Varun Tej.
When ‘Fidaa’ was shown on television, it got the maximum TRP rating even during the fifth time. She made her Tamil debut with the film titled ‘Diya’ directed by Vijay in 2018.