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South actresses migrate from the south to Bollywood

regional-movies Updated: Nov 06, 2012 20:11 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times
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Bollywood seems to be the dream destination of every actress. Even after achieving a super star status down south, many heroines have made numerous attempts to break into B-town. And when they do get past the golden gates, they easily brush off their vernacular projects and concentrate on making it big here.

Ileana D’Cruz happens to be the latest member to join the bandwagon. After making a blockbuster Bollywood debut with Barfi!, Ileana has conveniently stopped answering phone calls from her former manager in Hyderabad.

Even Asin, who started off her career with Telugu and Tamil films doesn’t have any south projects in hand anymore. “It’s a good sign if it’s happening. It only goes to show that there is no divide of languages any longer,” says Asin, about the crossover. She isn’t the only one. We take a look at other actors, who may soon ditch the south as well.

Ileana D’Cruz
Born in Mumbai and raised in Goa, Ileana D’Cruz started her career as a model. But later, she moved to the south, working in several hits like Pokiri (2006), Jalsa (2008), Kick (2009), and Julayi (2012), establishing herself as one of Tollywood’s leading actresses. But at this point, she has no new south Indian flick in hand. Her next project is Phata Poster Nilka Hero, with Shahid Kapoor.

Kajal Aggarwal
Another Mumbai girl, Kajal Aggarwal made her film debut in the 2004 Bollywood film, Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na, before acting in Telugu films like Chandamama (2007), Magadheera (2009), Darling (2010), Brindavanam (2010) and Mr. Perfect (2011). With Singham, she too made the cross-over. She will be seen next in Akhay Kumar-starrer Special Chhabis.

Tamannah Bhatia
A Mumbai girl, Tamannaah Bhatia made her acting debut in Bollywood in Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (2005) before working in south Indian film industries. She was a part of several big hits like Padikathavan (2009), Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010) and Siruthai (2011), before being popularly known as ‘Queen of Kollywood’. Now, she is entering Bollywood with Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala, opposite Ajay Devgn.