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End of an era: Bidding adieu to the buxom South Indian heroine

Slim is in, even in the south. Gone is the era of chubby and comely South Indian heroines with their well-endowed figure. Heroines of today are getting slimmer by the day and if the trend continues, the buxom south heroine might just become a thing of the past.

regional movies Updated: Mar 18, 2015 18:50 IST
Nivedita Mishra
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Slim is in, even in the south. Gone is the era of chubby and comely South Indian heroines with their well-endowed figures. If Hindi film world knows only of the buxom Vaijanthimala in the 1950-60s down to the full-bodied beauty of Sridevi, there have been a legion of heroines (Ragini Sisters, Savithri and Pushsavalli), down south who enamoured as much with their high drama as with their full figure.

But that was then. Heroines of today are getting slimmer by the day and if the trend continues, the buxom south heroine might just become a thing of the past. Here's a list of heroines who are seriously challenging the stereotype.

Kajal Agarwal

The petite beauty who originally hails from Mumbai, made it big in Tamil and Telugu films, having worked in hit films like Magadheera (2009) in Telugu and Thuppakki (2012) in Tamil. Her slim self is quite contrary to the conventional look of a south Indian heroine.



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Kajal Agarwal (ImKajalAggarwal/Facebook)Tamanaah Bhatia

Another import from Mumbai, this pristine beauty turns the idea of a fulsome beauty on its head. Apart from her svelte figure, her 'milk and honey' complexion is also a talking point for her fans. She will soon be seen in Telugu film Baahubali.



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Tamanaah (Tammuofficial/Facebook)Shriya Saran

This dusky beauty (and her toned body) makes head turn just like that. The lady has been working in all the four south Indian language films since 2001 and has worked in popular films like Sivaji: The Boss (Tamil), Pokkiri Raja (Tamil) and Manam (Telugu).



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Shriya Saran (ShriyaSaranOfficial/Facebook)Shruti Haasan

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan's elder daughter is not just a striking beauty, she is fit as a fiddle too. Her slim figure is envied by many. The lady featured in films such as Poojai (Tamil) and ace Gurram (Telugu) has also been appearing in Bollywood films.



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Shruti Haasan (ShrutiHaasan/Facebook)Trisha Krishnan

Another actor who has not adhered to the full-bodied look is Trisha Krishnan who works in all South Indian films, with films like Saamy (2003) and Ghilli (2004) establishing her credentials as an actor. She also won Miss Madras (1999).



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Nayanthara

The actor who has been around since early 2000s is quite unlike the conventional south heroine of the yore. With a full yet trim figure, she is quite a beauty. With recent hits like Raja Rani and Arrambam (both 2014) she will be seen again in her upcoming film, Masss.



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Nayanthara (Nayantharadiana/Twitter)Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Yet another actor to dump the stereotype is Samantha Ruth Prabhu. With her slim and fit physique, she runs contrary to the image of a south Indian heroine.



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Samantha Ruth Prabhu (Samanthaprabhu2/Twitter)