Tamil film Actresses

There have been many actresses in tamil cinema from its early stage till date. Even today there are many upcoming actresses in this industry. Many actresses come and go in this industry from its early stage till now some actresses make a mark in tamil film industry. Here are the actresses who made an important mark in this industry from its early stage till now.

TR Rajakumari

Thanjavur Ranganayaki Rajayee popularly known by her screen name TR. Rajakumari was a Tamil film actress, Carnatic singer and dancer. She has been called the first "dream girl" of Tamil cinema.

Rajayee made her film debut as "TR. Rajakumari" in the 1939 Tamil film Kumara Kulothungan which was an average grosser. Her second film Kacha Devayani (1941) was a hit and helped launch her career in movies. There is some confusion about in which film she actually made her debut as Kacha Devayani's director K. Subramaniam later insisted that he was the one who introduced her to films. In 1944, Rajakumari starred in the record-breaking film Haridas alongside MK. Thyagaraja Bhagavathar and gained recognition for her glamorous portrayal.

Padmini

Padmini was an Indian actress and trained Bharathanatyam dancer who acted in over 250 Indian movies. "Padmini" in Sanskrit means "She who sits on the lotus" and refers to the goddess Lakshmi.

She acted in Tamil,Telugu, Malayalam and Hindi language films. She was fluent in all of the four mentioned languages, and was able to use her own voice to dub the films between these languages. She became the most popular actress and dancer of the Tamil film industry and most of her movies are shot in Tamil.

She acted in almost 400 Tamil films. Ezhai Padum Padu (1950) was her first film in Tamil. Her association with Nadigar Thilagam Sivaji Ganesan starts ith the film Panam in 1952. Some of her noted Tamil films include Anbu, Thankapadumai, Thillana Mohanambal, Viyatnam veedu, Ethir Parathadhu, Mankayar thilakam , Poove Poo chooda vaa.

Some of her popular Malayalam films include Prasanna, Snehaseema, Vivaahitha, Adhyaapika, Kumaarasambhavam, Nokkethadoorath Kannumnatt, Vasthuhara, Dolar, and many others.

In two of her popular Bollywood films - Mera Naam Joker and Jis Desh Mein Ganga Behti Hai - she was paired against the legendary Bollywood star, Raj Kapoor. Her other Bollywood films included Payal (1957), Babubhai Mistry's Mahabharat (1965), etc..

Padmini was also awarded the title "Naattiya Pehroli" (Danseuse), honouring her contribution to Bharathanatyam in cinema.

B. Saroja Devi

B. Saroja Devi is an Indian actress. She was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan award and acted in Tamil, Kannada, and Telugu movies. She made her film debut in Honappa Bhagavathar's Kannada film Mahakavi Kalidasa.

Saroja Devi was first spotted by B.R. Krishnamurthy while she was singing at a function at the age of 13. Initially, she refused his offer to act in movies. She debuted with the Kannada film Sri Rama Puja in 1955-56, which went on to win the National Award.

She acted in more than 170 films in Tamil, Kannada, Hindi and Telugu languages. Her kannada film "Kittuura Rani Chennama" won the national award. She is also known in Tamil as 'Kannadathu Paingkili' (Kannada's Parrot) in Tamil films.

J. Jayalalithaa

Jayalalithaa Jayaram s the former Chief Minister and current leader of the opposition of the Government of Tamil Nadu, India. She is the incumbent General Secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a Dravidian party in the state. She is popularly called Amma (English: Mother), Puratchi Thalaivi (English: Revolutionary Leader) by her followers. She was a popular film star in Tamil cinema and Telugu cinema before entering politics.

Prior to her venture into politics, she had a successful career in the Tamil film industry as an actress. She acted in the English language movie "Epistle" released in 1961 and produced by Shankar Giri, son of former president of India Dr. V.V. Giri. Chinnada Gombe, her first film (in Kannada) was a major hit. Her first Telugu film Manushulu Mamathalu made her famous. In 1972, she was honored by the Tamil Nadu government with the KalaimamaniDharmendra in the Hindi Movie "Izzat". Her last film was Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal award. She acted opposite in 1980.

KR Vijaya

KR Vijaya is a popular Indian actress who has performed in Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu films. She started her career in 1960s. She has acted for more than four decades in South Indian cinema. KR Vijaya has worked with almost all the stalwarts of South Indian cinema, and played a variety of roles

KR Vijaya used to dance and act on stage. Television had only just come then, so they showed her performances on the television kept in a corner of the stage. Once, when she was dancing in Chennai, the actor Gemini Ganesan was present. He enjoyed her performance and said she had a good chance of becoming famous as a film star. And he was right

Vijaya's first break itself as a heroine in her debut film Karpagam, directed by K. S. Gopalakrishnan who also had the privilege of directing her 100th film Nathiyil Muthu!

The debut film Karpagam of KR Vijaya was released in the 1963. She played a main part and there was no looking back. It was in 1973 that she received the title of Punnagai Arasi in Tiruchirapalli, India.

Savitri

Savitri or Savitri Ganesh was a Telugu actress, director and producer of films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages. She was known for her liveliness and captivating performance and is still treated as the benchmark for acting in Tamil and Telugu movies.

Savitri was a legendary actress in Tamil. She has paired opposite leading actors like Sivaji Ganesan and M.G.R. She married Gemini Ganesh, while acting in ‘Manam Pola Mangalyam’(1953) with him. Savithri's 100th film ‘Konjum Salangai’ (‘Muripinche Muvvalu’ in Telugu) also happened to be paired with Gemini Ganeshan. She was fondly called 'Nadigaiyar Thilagam' in the Tamil film industry.

Kalathur Kannamma, Kai Kodutha Deivam, Thiruvilaiyadal, Navarathiri, Pasa Malar, Yaar Paiyyan, Paarthal Pasi Theerum, Padithal Mattum Podhuma, Karpagam, Karnan and Paava Mannippu are some of her memorable classics in Tamil.

Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala Bali is an Indian actress of the 1950s and '60s, who won a large number of awards for her acting and classical dancing achievements. Following her cinema career, she entered Indian politics, and became a Member of Parliament.

Vyjayanthimala got her initial Hindi movie roles in Ladki and Nagin (1954). Hemant Kumar's music and her dance accompanying the song, Man Dole, Mera tan dole, in Nagin made the movie an enormous success, and the movie's success helped Vyjayanthimala break out of B grade movies. Bimal Roy cast her as Chandramukhi opposite Dilip Kumar in the critically acclaimed Devdas. She subsequently starred in four successful films opposite Dilip Kumar: Madhumati, Ganga Jamuna, Leader, and Naya Daur. The first two of those four roles earned her Filmfare Best Actress Awards. She also received a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress for portraying in Sadhna' a tawaif (a courtesan) who eventually got rehabilitated in the society. She costarred with Raj Kapoor in Sangam which earned her the Filmfare Best Actress Award.

Anjali Devi

Anjali Devi is a veteran Telugu actress and producer. She is well known for her mythological role as Sita in Lava Kusha and roles in movies like Suvarna Sundari and Anarkali

She hails from Peddapuram, East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh state, India and later settled in Chennai. She was a drama artist before entering into movies. Her debut was as Lohitasya in Raja Harishchandra in 1936. Her first movie as heroine was Kashtajeevi by L. V. Prasad. She later acted in more than 350 Telugu films and also in a few Tamil and Kannada films as the heroine. babi he say.

Devika

Devika or Prameela Devi was a popular Tamil and Telugu actress. She is regarded as a versatile and graceful heroine of her era. She was known for her natural beauty which was the key in her casting in mythological films like Karnan, thiruvilaiyadal. Her notable films are Sumaithangi, Nenjil oru Aalayam and Marakka Mudiyuma. She is grand daughter of Raghupathi Venkaiah.

Premila changed her name as Devika, which proved to be lucky, and made her debut in Mudhalali With the big Tilak adorning her forehead; Devika represented the quintessential Indian woman, caring, self effacing and sacrificing. Sivaji and Devika figured in some memorable movies like Karnan, that powerful mythological, and the hilarious Bale Pandiya and Kulamagal Radhai among the best. Her looks in fact made her the ideal choice for producers of historical and mythological films.

Sridevi

Sridevi is an Indian actress who has starred in hundreds of Tamil, Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam language films. Starting acting at the age of four, she made her debut as an adult in the late 1970s. After going on to establish herself as one of the leading actresses of her time, she left the industry in 1997 to raise her children.

Sridevi started her career as a child actor in the 1967 Tamil movie Kandhan Karunai playing the role of young Lord Muruga and acted in many Tamil and Telugu movies from then on. During her early teens, she acted in a number of Telugu, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam movies as a lead actress.

In 1976, Sridevi got her first big break as a heroine in K. Balachander's Parallel Cinema Moondru Mudichu, where she starred opposite Kamal Hassan and Rajnikanth. She then followed with a succession of films with both Hassan and Rajnikanth. With the former, she was in movies such as Guru, Sankarlal, Sigappu Rojakkal, Thaayillamal Naanillai, Meendum Kokila, Vaazhve Maayam, Varumaiyin Niram Sigappu, Neela Malargal, Moondram Pirai and 16 Vayathinile. With Rajnikanth, she appeared in movies such as Dharmayuddham, Priya, Pokkiri Raja, Thanikattu Raja, 'Adutha Varisu and Nan Adimai Illai.

Sripriya Rajkumar

Sripriya or Sri Priya is an actress, who played leading roles in the 1970s and 1980s in South India. She has acted in Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films, but her main contribution was in Tamil films where she has acted in 200 films.

She has acted with Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar. She has acted with Rajnikanth in 28 movies. She protested against the news which was published in Dinamalar on 4 October 2009.

She has done over 200 film in Tamil. She has also done many movies in Telugu. In kannada also she appeared in few films.

Ambika

Ambika is an Indian film actress. Ambika's sister Radha is also an actress. Both sisters ruled the south Indian film industry in 80s and they have a movie studio called ARS Studios

Ambika started her career as child artist and later on acted in more than 200 South Indian films. Her career as heroine started with the Malayalam movie Seetha which only released really late in her career. But with films like Neelathaamara (which was made again in 2009) and Lejjavathi, she became a busy actress in a couple of years not only in Malayalam, but also in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada as well

She has acted with heroes in all languages which includes Jayan Mammooty, Mohanlal, Prem Nazir, Sukumaran, M. G. Soman, etc in Malayalam; Sivaji Ganesan, Prabhu, Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Vijayakanth, Mohan, Sivakumar, Bhagyaraj, Sathyaraj, etc in Tamil; NTR, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Muralimohan, Mohan Babu, Krishna, Krishnamraju in Telugu; Rajkumar, Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish, Sreenath, Anathanag, Sankarnag, Ravichandran, Prabhakar in Kannada.

Bhagyaraj introduced Ambika in his movie "Andha 7 Natgal". She acted with Kamal Hassan in many movies and has appeared in glamorous roles in movies such as Kaakki Sattai, Vikram, and Kadhal Parisu. Most of her films have been with stars (such as Mohanlal, Rajkumar, Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Mammootty, Ambarish, Vijayakanth.

Radha

Radha is an Indian actress popular in the 80s and early 90s. She was popular in the both Tamil and Telugu film industry for more than a decade. She has acted in numerous movies with top actors of the South Indian cinema heroes from Kamal Hassan, Rajnikanth, Sathyaraj, Prabhu, Vijayakanth to Chiranjeevi, Karthik, Suresh, Mohan, Mohanlal, Krishna, Venkatesh etc. She has acted in over 200 movies in 5 Indian languages (Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi)

Radha was spotted by director Bharathiraja and was cast as a young teenager, and cast in Alaigal Oivathillai in 1981 opposite then newcomer Karthik.

Radhika Sarathkumar

Radhika Sarathkumar is a Tamil television and film actress, successful entrepreneur and producer. She is the founder of Radaan Mediaworks, which has produced the successful serials Chithi, Annamalai, Selvi, Arasi, and Idi Katha Kadu (Telugu); she is currently acting a new serial Chellamay for Sun TV. She is also a judge on Vijay TV's Jodi Number One

Raadhika is the daughter of the late Tamil actor and comedian, MR Radha (Mohan Rajagopala Radhakrishnan Naidu). She has a younger sister named Nirosha (Niroja), who is also an actress. Actor and politician R. Radharavi is Radhika's elder half-brother. Her mother is a Colombo Chetty (Tamil caste) from Wennapuwa

She has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Hindi as well as Malayalam films

After becoming successful in cinema, Radhika wanted to do something different and decided to take on the small screen. In 1994 she set out to produce her own TV software under the Radaan TV banner. That was in 1994. After some initial hiccups, the company re-emerged successfully as Radaan Mediaworks (I) Ltd in 1999, and by 2008, has an annual turnover exceeding Rs 10 crore. In 2004, the company ventured into film production in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi markets. Radaan has plans to enter into Hindi television market.

Kushboo Sundar

Kushboo Sundar is an Indian actress, television hostess and producer. She is also a judge in Maanada Mayilaada

Khushboo started her career in the 1980s as a child artist. Her first movie appearance was Thodisi Bewafaii (1980) where she had an uncredited role. She had her first credited role in the 1981 film Laawaris. Since then, she has acted in over 100 movies, some opposite leading actors like Rajnikanth, Kamal Hassan, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Sathyaraj, and Prabhu. She played the role of the sister of Anil Kapoor in the 80s hit Meri Jung, and danced with Javed Jaffrey in his first dancing role on screen in the superhit song "Bol Baby Bol, Mere Sang Dol"

Kushboo was introduced to South India through the Telugu movie Kaliyuga Pandavulu Opp Venkatesh, under the direction of K Raghavendra Rao. She is known for her TV show Jackpot and her serials Kalki, Janani and Kungumam. Apart from Tamil movies, she has also acted in various movies in Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, and Malayalam. n Kannada, She has acted in many movies with Ravichandran notably Ranadheera (1987), Anjada Gandu, Shanthi Kranthi and Yugapurusha.

Suhasini Maniratnam

Suhasini Maniratnam is a Indian actress. She made her film debut in 1980 with the Tamil film Nenjathai Killathe

Suhasini was born on 15 August 1961 in Chennai to actor Charuhasan, the elder brother of Kamal Hassan.

Suhasini is a trained costume designer, hair stylist and cinematographer. She is known as the first female student to graduate from the Madras Film institute. In 1988, she married Mani Ratnam and the couple have a son, born in 1992. Anu hasan is one of her cousin

Suhasini has acted in Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu films. In Kannada, she acted in several movies like Bandhana and Muttina Haara (1990) directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, Benkiyalli Aralida Hoovu (1983) directed by K. Balchander, Suprabhatha, directed by Dinesh Babu. In Kannada films, she is a popular artist, especially in Vishnuvardhan movies which were hits at box office. She was introduced to Malayalam cinema through Padmarajan's Koodevide (1983), which also featured Mammootty. Her role in the AFI Fest-nominated feature Vaanaprastham (1999), which starred Mohanlal was particularly well received, a milestone in the history of Indian cinema

She won the coveted National Film Award for Best Actress in 1986 for her role in the 1985 Tamil film Sindhu Bhairavi, directed by K. Balachander. In 1996, Suhasini stepped into direction with Indira. She also wrote the screenplay for the film. The project was produced by G.V. Films.

Suhasini and husband Mani Ratnam are involved in the running of their production company Madras Talkies, with G. Srinivasan.

Revathi

Revathi is an Indian actress and film director. She has acted in Tamil, Malayalam, Kanada, Telugu and HindiMann Vasanai, Thevar Magan and Anjali, the TeluguAnkuram and the Malayalam film Kakkothikkavile Appooppan Thaadikal. She is one of only two Tamil actresses who have received a National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, along with Manorama movies, totaling over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry. She has to her credit five Best Actress Filmfare awards for her performance in the Tamil films film

Mitr, My Friend (2002) was her first directorial venture. A rare Indian English film at the time, Mitr garnered an award for Best Director (English Film) in the National awards. Her next film as a director, Phir Milenge (2004), created waves as one of the first Hindi movies to deal with the sensitive subject of AIDS. She was also a part of Mani Ratnam's stage show, Netru, Indru, Naalai.

Roja Selvamani

Roja Selvamani mononymously known as Roja is a veteran south Indian actress and politician.

She entered the cinema industry from Telugu films. She was first introduced in the Tamil film by director R.K. Selvamani in his film Chembaruthi paired with actor Prashanth. The movie was a hit and paved the way for her in the Tamil cinema industry. She became popular with her songs such as Veloor Maman in the film Makkal AatchiMammootty and Mastana Mastana in Rasaiyya with Prabhu Deva. She became popular acting in films with actors such as Rajnikanth in Veera, and Arjun Sarja in Ayudha Poojai. Roja's career breakthrough was in the film Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen, directed by Vikraman. Roja's 100th movie was Pottu Amman. Roja appeared in supporting roles in Arasu (2001) and in Parijaatham (2006).

Meena

Meena Durairaj mononymously known as Meena, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, is a South Indian film and television actress. Meena debuted as a child artist in Tamil films and has later starred in films produced by various regional industries. She is one of the most established actresses in the southern Indian film industry. In addition to acting, Meena is also a top model, singer,dancer, TV host and occasional dubbing artiste

Meena started her career in 1982 as a child artist in the film Nenjangal, featuring Dr Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role, after Ganesan saw her at a birthday party.[2] She says of Ganesan that "I feel extremely proud to have been discovered by the legend.". Since, she has appeared in over 45 films as a child artiste

She made her debut in Tamil in Oru Pudiya Kadhai, and also stars in Telugu and Kannada films. Her first role in Malayalam that gained attention was in Santhwanam. Meena has expressed a wish to do more films in Malayalam.[2] She says of her transition from being a child star to being a heroine that "Memories as a child are really fabulous and I still cherish them. And it is still more special as that phase is over. Now, I am enjoying my stint as a heroine

She has acted with Vishnuvardhan, Rajnikanth, Balakrishna, Ravichandran, Kamal Hassan, Mammootty, Vijayakanth, Ajith Kumar, Prabhu Deva, Sarathkumar, Mohanlal, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Prashanth, Sudeep, Chiranjeevi, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, Raviteja, eventually herself becoming a star. She had hits with films like Muthu, Ejaman, Veera, Avvai Shanmughi and Mutamestri. She also acted opposite Vijay in Shajahan and played a role along with Surya in Periyanna. She acted opposite Vikram in Kadhaleesham. Meena has acted both as a child and as an adult opposite Rajnikanth. She has acted with almost all the superstars in South India.

Nagma

Nandita Morarji or Namratha Sadanah better known as Nagma is an Indian actress who as acted in films in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and various other Indian languages. At her peak in the 1990s, The Hindu states that she "dominated Tamil cinema". Born of a Muslim mother and a Hindu father on Christmas Day, she began her acting career in Bollywood and acted in a few movies but shifted south before returning to Mumbai. Although sometimes listed in film credits as Naghma, she should not to be confused with an earlier actress who went by the same stage name - that mistake is made in her listing on the Internet Movie Database website. Nagma has acted in a broad range of India's languages: Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Bengali, Bhojpuri, Punjabi, and now Marathi.

Simran Bagga

Rishibala Naval better known by her stage name Simran is an award-winning Indian actress who has acted in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam films. She is one of actress who used the glamour trend of 90's in Tamil/Telugu film industry to raise to fame. She has appeared in several commercially successful movies such as Nerrukku Ner (1997), V.I.P (1997), Natpukkaga (1998), Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1998), Kannedhirey ThondrinalSamarasimha Reddy (1999), Anari No.1 (1999), Jodi (1999), Narasimha Naidu (2001), Bava Nachadu (2001), Daddy (2001), Thamizh (2002), Panchathantiram (2002), Ramana (2002) and New (2004). Her noted performance oriented successful films include Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Vaali (1999), Kalisundam Raa (2000), Nuvvu Vastavani (2000), Priyamaanavale (2000), Parthen Rasithen (2000), Pammal K. Sambandam (2002) and Kannathil Muthamittal (2002). She recently appeared in the 2008 blockbuster Tamil film Vaaranam Aayiram directed by Gautham Menon, costarring Surya Sivakumar.

Jyothika Saravanan

Jyothika Saravanan is a Tamil film actress who acted in several Tamil films.[1] She also acted in a few Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi films. Her films include Chandramukhi, Vettaiyadu Villaiyadu and Mozhi

Her first movie was the Hindi film Doli Saja Ke Rakhna with her co-star Akshay Khanna , directed by Priyadarshan.

She later ventured into the Kollywood film industry. Her first role, in 1999, was a cameo appearance in Vaali, which starred Ajith Kumar and Simran. That year, another film, Poovellam Kettuppar was released. Saravanan played the protagonist's love interest, alongside her future husband, Surya Sivakumar.

She was awarded the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for her role in Kushi. She also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Perazhagan in 2004, Chandramukhi in 2005 and Mozhi in 2007. Her last movie, Seetha Kalyanam was released in 2009. She retired from acting after marriage.

Asin

Asin Thottumkal known mononymously as Asin is an Indian film actress, model and a stage performer.

Making her acting debut in Sathyan Anthikkad's Malayalam film Narendra Makan Jayakanthan Vaka (2001), Asin had her first commercial success with Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi in 2003, and won a Filmfare Award for the Best Telugu Actress for the film

After a number of films, she received her second South Filmfare Award for Best Actress for her performance in her second Tamil film, Ghajini (2005). She played the lead female roles in hits, the thriller Ghajini (2005) and the action comedy Varalaru (2006). In 2008, Asin made her début in Bollywood, with Ghajini, the remake of its Tamil namesake, subsequently winning the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award

Asin's first Tamil language film was M. Kumaran son of Mahalakshmi, in which she co-starred with Jayam Ravi. Asin reprised her role from her film Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammayi for the remake, which saw her portraying a Malayali girl instead of the Tamil girl in the original. The movie subsequently went on to become one of the biggest hits in Tamil cinema during 2004, introducing Asin to Tamil film industry. After a brief return to Telugu films, to do Chakram, she appeared in Ullam Ketkumae. The film, initially launched in 2002, is a college love story, directed by Jeeva, which was long-delayed but eventually became a successful venture at the box-office, creating wider opportunities for her and the rest of the lead cast.

Nayantara

Diana Mariam Kurian best known by her stage name Nayantara , is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Malayalam, Telugu Tamil, and Kannada films. She debuted in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare, before starring in Tamil and Telugu-language films, alongside popular lead actors. Following several commercial successes such as Chandramukhi (2005), Ghajini (2005) and Billa (2007), Sivakasi (2005) she had established herself as one of the leading actresses in Tamil cinema

Nayantara was spotted when she was still in college by director Sathyan Anthikkad, who cast her opposite JayaramManassinakkare. Later, she co-starred alongside Mohanlal in Natturajavu and in Fazil's Vismayathumbathu. She was also cast with Mammootty in Thaskaraveeran and Raapakal in the 2003 Malayalam film

She subsequently started appearing in Tamil and Telugu films. In 2005, she was cast opposite Sarath Kumar in Hari's Ayya, debuting in the Tamil film industry, and followed it up with Chandramukhi. The comedy horror film, in which she starred alongside Rajnikanth, became one of the most successful Tamil films in history, running for over 800 days in theatres, eventually turning Nayantara into one of the most-sought after actresses in Tamil. She then made her debut in Telugu, starring in the film Lakshmi, following which she performed in Boss, alongside Venkatesh and Nagarjuna respectively.She regained her star billing in Kollywood acting opposite Ajith Kumar in the Vishnuvardhan-directed Billa.

In 2008 she had five releases, four of which were in Tamil. Her first release, the family entertainer Yaaradi Nee Mohini was one of the highest grossing Tamil films of the year, besides receiving seven nominations at the 56th Filmfare Awards South, including a Best Actress nomination for Nayantara for her portrayal of Keerthi.

Trisha

Trisha Krishnan is an Indian film actress and model who mainly appears in Tamil films and Telugu films. After her first appearance in the 1999 Tamil film Jodi, as a supporting role character, she won a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut for her first lead role in the 2002 film Mounam Pesiyadhe. She later rose to fame after starring in the successful films, Saamy (2003) and Ghilli (2004) in Tamil cinema and Varsham (2004) in Telugu cinema, for which she secured her first South Filmfare Best Actress Award. She made her Bollywood debut in the 2010 film Khatta Meetha.

Tamanna Bhatia

Tamanna Bhatia is an Indian film actress and model. She has appeared in Tamil films and Hindi films. In 2005, she made her acting debut in her only Hindi film so far, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, before working in the major South Indian film industries.

Also in 2005, Tamanna made her Telugu debut in Sri, and in the following year she appeared in her first Tamil film, Kedi. In 2007, she starred in two college-life-based drama films, Happy Days in Telugu and Kalloori in Tamil, which both earned her critical acclaim. Following commercial successes with Padikathavan (2009), Ayan (2009) and Paiyaa (2010), she established herself as one of the leading contemporary actresses in the Tamil film industry. She also has experience as a model and has appeared in various television advertisements.

Sneha

Suhasini Rajaram Naidu known mononymously as Sneha, is an Indian film actress. She has acted in several Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada language films. She debuted in the 2001 Malayalam filmIngane Oru Nilapakshi, directed by Fazil. Her first commercial success was in her Tamil film Aanandham, which was the second film in her career. Sneha has won two Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Unnai Ninaithu (2002)and Autograph (2004) and has been nominated thrice for a Filmfare Best Actress Award. She has also received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress twice for her performances in the films Virumbugiren, Aanandham, Punnagai Desam (2001) and Pirivom Santhippom (2008) and earned a Vijay Award for Best Actress for her brilliant performance in Pirivom Santhippom(2008). She also received her Nandi Award in the year 2005 for her performance in the movie Radha Gopalam and Kalaimamani Award from the State of Tamil Nadu in the year 2006.

Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran is an Indian film actress. She began her career acting in music videos, while also attending an acting studio to follow her dream to act. After her debut in 2001 with Ishtam, she gained Telugu cinema's attention in 2002 by playing the role of Bhanu in Santhosham, her first major hit. Following the film, she appeared in several Telugu films with prominent actors, whilst, also making in-roads in Hindi Film Industry as well as the Tamil film industry. In 2007, Saran became a national figure after her performance alongside Rajnikanth in Sivaji: The Boss, after which she has signed several Hindi, Tamil and also a Hollywood film. In 2006, she is said to be the first actress to pair up with father and son-in-law in the history of Indian cinema, Rajnikanth in the film Sivaji: The Boss (2007) and Dhanush in the film Thiruvilayadal Arambam (2006) respectively.

Saran performs predominantly in leading heroine roles in high-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comediesdrama to science fiction and action thrillers. Following commercial successes with Santhosham (2002), Tagore Sivaji: The Boss (2007) is the highest grossing film in the Indian film history and Kanthaswamy (2009) she established herself as one of the leading actresses in the South Indian film industry. Her other major box office film which established her career is Nuvve Nuvve (2002), Nenunnanu, Chatrapathi (2005) which earned her a Filmfare nomination for best actress in Telugu and Don Seenu (2010), Thiruvilayadal Arambam (2006), Azhagiya Tamil Magan (2007) and Kutty in Tamil, Awaarapan (2007) which earned her Filmfare nomination for best debut actress and Mission Istaanbul (2008)[30] in Hindi and Pokkiri Raja (2010) which is her debut film in Malayalam. and (2003), (2003) (2010).

Genelia D'Souza

Genelia D'Souza is an Indian film actress, model, and host. She has appeared in Telugu and Hindi language films, as well as Tamil and Kannada language films. D'Souza first hit the limelight in a Parker Pen commercial with Amitabh Bachchan. She made her acting debut in the Hindi movie Tujhe Meri Kasam in 2003, which failed to propel her career in Bollywood, but soon achieved recognition in the Tamil film Boys the same year. She subsequently acted in many Telugu movies during the period from 2003 to 2005, which earned her recognition in the Telugu film industry.

D'Souza received her first Telugu Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 2006 for her performance in the romantic film, Bommarillu, which earned her critical acclaim. She made her Kannada debut in 2007 in Satya In Love. She made a comeback to Bollywood in 2008, and was appreciated for her performance in Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na. In addition to movie acting, D'Souza hosts the television show Big Switch, and is the brand ambassador of Fanta, Virgin Mobile India, Fastrack, LG Mobiles, Garnier Light, Margo, and Perk in India.

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Actress Kajal Agarwal started off her career with small budget films and got her first big break with Magadheera. From then on there was no looking back. Kajal went on to become one of the star heroines of the current era and is still on top. Not many heroines managed […]

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I love shooting during rainy season

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Shriya Saran’s Position Shocks Film Industry

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Samantha endorses Lux

Gorgeous South Indian actress Samantha announces her new collaboration with Lux. Earlier many star actresses Asin, Priyanka Chopra, Katrina Kaif and SRK recently, now its Samantha’s turn to endorse for Lux. “Super happy to announce my new brand association with LUX… Secretly always wanted to be a lux girl,” tweeted […]

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Rs 3 Crore for 2 Days?

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Anushka says conditions apply

  Lanky lass Anushka has set of conditions to be a brand ambassador of a company or product just like she has reservations in taking up her film offers. More than money, she says features/services of product is more important for her to sign the deal and to endorse the […]

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Tapsee’s Hot Spray romance on TV

Tapsee Body Spray ad with Amit Sadh Finally, cute siren Taapsee is out of equation in Tollywood and Kollywood too. Except for one unfinished Tamil/Telugu project ‘Muni 3′ being directed by Lawrence, this hot Delhi belle almost packed bags from the South. But in Bollywood, she is busy with a […]

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Director Vishnuvardhan‘s ‘Arambam‘ is probably the most successful movie this year, and yet the very protagonist is not satisfied with the film. While everyone is all smiles about the ups and hits of ‘Arambam‘, Ajith is worried over the flaws and misses. Amidst the whistles, claps and praises everywhere, it […]

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Friendship. That is what stud Rana Daggubati and dusky Trisha comment about the ‘fling’ that is brewing between them. Whole of onlookers are ready to name it as a passionate breeze, but Rana has simply played it down. And the couple’s radiating presence at K Raghavendra Rao son’s reception party […]

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Trisha got 7 movies under her sleeve

Over the last few years, Trisha wasn’t seen much in Tamil movies and she became very choosy to sign the deals. She had only 3 releases in the last 4 years in Tamil. All of a sudden she started accepting movies and went on to make her debut in Kannada […]

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Hansika Motwani wants peace in Simbu issue

In spite of Hansika Motwani busy with many projects, media is still inquisitive about her personal life and often brings her past relationship with STR into the picture. Feeling the right moment to put an end to such revolving stories, Hansika Motwani says that it is best to remain silent that […]

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Top homely actresses of Tamil Cinema

1. Sandhya

Revathi or Sandhya born 27 September 1988, in Kerala, India. She is an Indian film actress who acts primarily in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada films. She made her debut as an actress in the 2004 Tamil film Kaadhal (2004), her performance in which earned her a Filmfare Award and Tamil Nadu State Film Award. In 2006, for her role in the Tamil film Dishyum she got a Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress, and she earned a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for her debut Telugu film Annavaram. Sandhya was studying when she starred in the critically acclaimed Tamil love story Kaadhal. Initially, this role was offered to actress Gopika, however, due to date problems, this role went on to Sandhya. However, due to her rising fame, especially after the blockbuster film Dishyum, her second Tamil film, she had to discontinue her studies before even passing her 10th class.

2. Poornitha

Kalyani (born 23 November 1990) is a South Indian actress. She started acting as a child in a number of television series and rose to fame with her first major role in Alli Thandha Vaanam, a film of the Tamil cinema. She changed her name as "Poornitha", then turned heroine with the film Prathi Gnayiru 9.30 to 10.00 and went on to act in Malayalam and Telugu films as well. She was also the anchor of Vijay TV Super Mom. After entering Vijay Tv, she has changed her name to her original name "Kalyani". She is currently acting in a television series called Pirivom Santhipom on Vijay TV and also hosting Super Singer Junior.

3. Rukmini Vijayakumar

Rukmini Vijayakumar is a prominent South Indian Bharatanatyam dancer. Along with her performances on stage, she has appeared in two Tamil language films. Rukmini Vijayakumar began her dance training at the age of eight, studying Bharatanatyam under Guru Narmada, Guru Padmini Rao and Guru Sundari Santhanam and then practiced the Karanas for several years under Guru Sundari Santhanam. Rukmini holds a BFA degree from the Boston Conservatory in Ballet and Modern Dance, while she has also been trained in jazz, tap, African, choreography, laban movement analysis, Stagecraft and Human Anatomy at the Boston Conservatory. Furthermore, she has studied acting at the New York Film Academy, Los Angeles while also learning under director Prakash Belawadi during her stay in India. She is the Artistic Director of her dance company Raadha Kalpa, where she teaches, choreographs and creates new Bharatanatyam, Modern and experimental theater work. She is currently pursuing a Fitness Training Certification at UCLA, and a professional dancer's MFA program in Bharatanatyam at the Shastra University, Chennai under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam.

4. Shammu

Shammu born on 14 June 1992, in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India. She is an Indian actress who appears in Tamil films. She is best known for films such as Kanchivaram, Mayilu and Dasavathaaram. Shammu appeared in Dasavathaaram after receiving a call from the crew for the film, whilst they were searching for an Indian actress to play a short role. They had come to know of her following her Bharathanatyam performances, which were well acclaimed in the area. Her role was, that of a scientist, who panicked after seeing the bio weapon being exposed for the first time. Soon afterwards, whilst on holiday in India, Shammu attended an audition for Prakash Raj's home production Mayilu, and when she succeeded, Prakash Raj also suggested her name for another project that he was working in. She appeared in Kanchivaram, directed by Priyadarshan as Prakash Raj's daughter and was critically praised for her performance.

5. Sripriya

Sripriya is an actress who played leading roles in the 1970s and 1980s in South India. She has acted in Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam films, but her main contribution was in Tamil films, where she has acted in over 200 films. She first faced the camera on November 19, 1973 for the film Murugan Kaattiya Vazhi directed by P. Madhavan. She was awarded the Kalaimamani award in the early 1980s. She was in the jury of the National Awards committee and was a member of the State Awards committee. She is also a visual artist and the proceeds from her paintings are given to social causes, mainly for children. She is also a writer and has penned the dialogues for her TV serials and movies. She has acted with Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan, Sivaji Ganesan, Jaishankar. She was Rajinikanth's leading lady in most of his movies and the pair mainatined a perfect on-screen chemistry. She went on to act with Rajinikanth in 28 movies. From 1973, she has starred in more than 300 films in all the four South Indian languages, including 200 in Tamil. Sripriya was born in Chennai. She attended the Church Park convent school in Chennai. She is a trained classical dancer and hails from a professional music family.

6. Srividya

Srividya (24 July 1953 - 19 October 2006) was a leading Indian film actress of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s in the Tamil film Industry, in addition to being a good singer. Srividya was born to Tamil film comedian Krishnamurthy and Carnatic classical singer M. L. Vasanthakumari. Srividya launched her career as a child artist in the 1966 Tamil film Thiruvarutchelvar (1966) alongside legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan. Later she entered Malayalam films with a dance scene in Kumara Sambhavam (1969), directed by P.Subramanyan and in Telugu film Tata Manavadu (1972) directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. However, her first major role was that of a college student falling in love with her professor in the 1971 Tamil film Nootrukku Nooru, directed by K. Balachander. Her first film as heroine was Delhi to Madras (1972) in which she was paired opposite Jaishankar. In mid-1970s, she became busy in the Tamil film industry. She acted in films such as Velli Vizha, Sollathaan Ninaikkiren and Apoorva Raagangal, all directed by K. Balachander. She was Rajinikanth's first heroine in Apoorva Raagangal (1975). She played a heroine in the film Chattambikkavala opposite Sathyan. She gained public attention in Chenda, directed by A. Vincent. Actress Lakshmi was her very close friend.

7. Vijayalakshmi

Vijayalakshmi born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. She is an Indian actress who has predominantly appeared in Kannada films. Vijayalakshmi was born into a Tamil Saiva Vellala Pillai family in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and did her studies in Karnataka. She has also acted in quite a few Tamil television serials. She also was an anchor of a Reality show Bangaarada Bete, produced by Radaan Media Works. After her move away from Tamil language films, Vijayalakshmi settled in Bangalore, where she had earlier pursued her studies. In 2006, it was reported that Vijayalakshmi attempted suicide by overdosing sleeping pills after being harassed by an assistant director who wanted to marry her. The decision came at the end of a difficult year for her in which her father also had died, but she was saved and recovered thereafter. However, in November 2006, she announced her engagement to actor Srujan Lokesh, with the wedding pencilled in for March 2007, after three years of dating. In a turn of events, the engagement was broken off, and Vijayalakshmi is still single.

8. Vijayalakshmi Agathiyan

Vijayalakshmi is a Tamil film actress. She is the daughter of the National Film Award-winning Tamil film director Agathiyan. Vijayalakshmi debuted in the 2007 film Chennai 600028 under the direction of Venkat Prabhu. The film was eventually a blockbuster and she later portrayed the female lead role in the film Anjathe which was also a critically acclaimed film. After making a special appearance in Venkat Prabhu's Saroja in 2008, she has been actively working in her next films Adhe Neram Adhe Idam and the animated film, Sultan The Warrior,a forthcoming Indian feature computer-animation film, for which she will be providing her voice for the lead female character. Vijayalakshmi is a Bachelor of Technology graduate from Easwari Engineering College. Her elder sister, Karthika Agathiyan, is a popular television anchor on Makkal TV. She also has a younger sister named Niranjani, who is an upcoming costume designer in Kollywood. Her sister Karthika's husband Thiru is the director of Vishal's Theeradha Vilaiyattu Pillai.

9. Vyjayanthimala

Vyjayanthimala Bali born on August 13, 1936, in Triplicane, Madras Presidency, British India. She is an Indian film actress, Bharathanatyam dancer, carnatic singer, dance choreographer, golfer and a Parliamentarian. Born in Triplicane situated near Parthasarathy Temple in a orthodox and religious Tamil Brahmin Iyengar family to M. D. Raman and Vasundhara Devi. Her mother was a leading actress in Tamil Cinema in 1940s where her film Mangama Sabatham was the first ever Tamil film to be declared a colossal hit at the box office. When director M. V. Raman was looking for a new face to cast in AVM Productions's Vazhkai, he saw Vyjayanthimala performing Bharata Natyam in Chennai Gokhale Hall. Then he tried to convince her grandmother, who was apprehensive about Vyjayanthimala in joining films as she felt it would come in the way of her education and dance. Vyjayanthimala played as college girl named Mohana Shivashankaralingam and acted along with senior actors SV Sahasranamam, MS. Draupadi, TR. Ramachandran and K Sankarapani. The movie was a big success and was remade in Telugu after one year as Jeevitham with the slightly different cast, namely C. H. Narayana Rao, S. Varalakshmi and CSR. Anjaneyulu, the latter also enjoyed great success upon release. For the Telugu version, Vyjayanthimala did her own voice dubbing with the assist of her father who knew Telugu well and coached her during the filming process. Vyjayanthimala also did a guest appearance in the 1950 film Vijayakumari which had actress TR. Rajakumari in dual role. She danced for the song "laalu... laalu... laalu" which was choreographed by Vedantam Raghavaiah.

10. Vasundhara Das

Vasundhara Das born 1977, Bangalore, Karnataka, India. She is an Indian singer and actress. She has acted in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films. Vasundhara Das was born in a Tamil family from Bangalore. She studied at Cluny Convent High School, Bangalore, and Mount Carmel College, Bangalore, graduating in Economics and Mathematics. Vasundhara began acting with the Kamal Haasan film Hey Ram (1999) and started her playback singing career with AR Rahman's Tamil film Mudhalvan. She was considered for the role of heroine by Mani Ratnam in his movie Alaipayuthey opposite R. Madhavan. She played heroine alongside Mohanlal in the blockbuster Malayalam movie Raavanaprabhu, the female lead role opposite Ajith in the Tamil movie Citizen, and heroine opposite Dharshan Tugdeep in the Kannada movie Lankesh Pathrike. She also appeared in the Hindi T.V. serial Rab Ne Banadi Jodi and a popular Hindi movie Monsoon Wedding. She moved her base from Bangalore to Mumbai and founded a musical band named Arya with Roberto Narain. The band comprises musicians from various backgrounds in world music ranging from Hindustani and Carnatic classical music to Jazz, Latin, rock and pop. Roberto Narain plays the drums and Vasundhara provides Western and Indian vocals. Arya's music can be broadly classified as World Music. Arya's first performance was at the prestigious festival La Mar de Musicas in Spain in 2003. The band toured the United States in September 2004.

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Beating the robust competition in Tollywood, Tamil hero Surya carved a niche for himself here. His films get humongous openings at box-office, and people just love to see his antics in mass-roles. This stupefying craze helped his poor Anjaan / Sikander clock around 3.5 crores from AP and T box […]

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It’s clear and straight. The competition to bag throne in Tollywood and Kollywood is between sensuous Samantha and curvaceous Shruti Hassan. Both are actresses par excellence and ready to ooze loads of oomph factor on silver screen to create miracles. But it is time for Shruti Hassan for some retribution […]

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The best actresses of Tamil Cinema

The Tamil film industry, like cinema elsewhere in the world, is a male bastion. Old and weary they might be, but men get away with almost anything. The 60-year-old superstar can romance a 17-year-old newcomer, while his first-ever female lead would have graduated to play his mother.

Hollywood can take credit for stars like Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie, who could shoulder movies on their own and mark global hits. Bollywood can revel in the likes of Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi, who had cult fan following. But it is for the Tamil industry alone that female stars can command the status of 'goddesses' - literally.

Amidst the cacophonous heroes and villains, some actresses do leave a mark - endearing themselves with power-packed performances or simply by being an effective prop and perfect foil to the antics of the heroes.

Here are the top 10 Tamil actresses of the decade.

Jyothika [ 2000 ]

Jyothika made her debut in 1998, with Priyadarshan's 'Doli Sajake Rakhna'. 'Vaali' was her first film in Tamil. Her claim to fame, initially, was that she was "Nagma's sister". If Nagma had scorched the screen with her glam shows, the rather chubby Jyothika wasn't expected to be the next hot sensation.

Jyothika's smile was an asset and she had a bubbly Preity Zinta-like charisma. With films such as 'Kushi', 'Little John', 'Mughavari', 'Rhythm', 'Snehithaye' and 'Thenali', Jyothika proved she could act and stand up to any hero.

Her star status was consolidated in 2000, and she will continue to rule the screen - up until 'Chandramukhi' (2005).

Laila [ 2001 ]

Now before you ask Laila who, realise that there is a certain tragedy associated with cinema. You could be out there drenched in fame and adulation one minute; you could be written off and forgotten the next.

Laila, like most Tamil super heroines, has been an "import" from up North but while she stayed in Tamil, she was part of a clutch of memorable movies.

In 2001, she paired with young actors Vikram and Ajith in two of the biggest grosser - 'Dheena' and 'Dhill'. In terms of sheer eyeball count, Laila could have been the most watched of heroines in 2001. She later took a hiatus from cinema and returned with 'Ullam Ketkumae'.

Simran [ 2002 ]

If there is one actress who has surprised the industry with the sort of acting prowess discovered much late into her career that has to be Simran. Having started her career in Bollywood, Simran made her Kollywood debut with 'Nerkuner' (1997).

After dabbling in run-of-the-mill flicks, Simran proved her mettle with 'Kannathil Muthamittal' and stood up to Kamal Hassan in 'Panchathanthiram' and 'Pammal K Sambandham'.

At the peak of her career, Simran is said to have commanded a pay package of up to Rs. 75 lakh per movie. While she maintains a low profile now, she can still command a strong following - much like Madhuri Dixit. And unlike Dixit, she ages gracefully on screen - watch 'Vaaranam Aaayiram'.

Sneha-Sada [ 2003 ]

Two faces made an impact, in 2003 - Sneha with her endearing take in 'Parthipan Kanavu' and Sada who was loveable in 'Jayam'.

Both will go on to define their territory in Tamil. Sneha, at one point, was poised to become the next big thing in Tamil screen; while Sada had the good fortune of being part of 'Anniyan'.

Sneha has proven her acting prowess; Sada is yet to get that clincher role but both command a solid fan following.

Sonia Agarwal-Reema Sen- Sandhya [ 2004 ]

Another no-show year, for heroines! Yet, three names made tongues wag - Sonia Agarwal, who shot to fame with 'Kadhal Kondein' and went on to bag some high-profile banner movies; Reema Sen, who broke the mould with 'Chellame' and Sandhya, who won high praise from none other than K Balachander for her performance in 'Kaathal'.

All three fit distinct niches; while Sonia is the loveable next-door girl, Reema is the Ramya Krishna in the making and Sandhya, well, demands niche roles.

Reema Sen indeed was poised to become "the star" although a series of bad choices pulled down her fortunes; she still commands a premium though, as proven by 'Aayirathil Oruvan'.

Asin [ 2005 ]

This could have been another year to remember for Jyothika but for two reasons: She was simply over the top in 'Chandramukhi' and nowhere a patch near Shobhana in the Malayalam original - and two, Asin stole the thunder from all others in 'Ghajini'.

Asin established her star status, reinvented her career and became the "star" with one movie, which also featured Nayantara, the other star in the making.

Asin also went on to enjoy the 'Ghajini' success spell up north but what next for her? We hope it is not just a series of ads!

Nayantara [ 2006 ]

Super-heroine status is not only about performance; it is not even about making hits. It is about being in the news and having cinegoers drool in sheer anticipation.

If any mainstream heroine does that in Tamil, it has to be Nayantara, who hit headlines with the raunchy posters for 'Vallavan' and the gossip mills working over time.

She returned to sizzle the screen again with 'Billa' and continues her dream run. If one needs a study class in the 'making of a star,' follow her story.

Shriya Saran [ 2007 ]

Tamil, Hindi and even English - that is Shriya Sharan's repertoire for you, and even if you forget all the rest of her movies, one will mark her for the rest of her career - the super-hit 'Sivaji' with none other than Rajnikanth.

Shriya Saran might not have done anything memorable in the Rajni flick - and honestly - we even forgot her role, but as star status goes, this movie made it for her. She is on an invincible high - at least for the moment.

Trisha Krishnan [ 2008 ]

Trisha is the perfect foil to most heroes; she has teamed with virtually all of the young generation of heroes, and it is hard to distinguish her roles from any of the movies (until 'Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya', of course).

But the star status of Trisha is unquestioned: She can command a price for the simple reason that she can stand up to the top heroes in terms of sheer charm. Don't trust her to act - she is not expected to; she is the proverbial pretty face that drives mainstream cinema with all its formula.

Tamannaah Bhatia [ 2009 ]

And thus begins the era of Tamannaah; in effect, just another pretty face, but endearing for today's Gen X, with YouTube comments on her videos ranging from outright adulation to total devotion.

Tamannaah's expressions seem to have charmed the Tamil audience, and she has won the right tickets to stardom with 'Ayan', the Surya super hit, being her big ticket to super stardom.

The best 20 actresses in Tamil Cinema

The actresses who have been the perfect foil for their leading men have done a good job in keeping us entertained. The common grouse that Tamil cinema heroines have little to do besides look pretty and scream in terror is changing as heroines are coming into their own with more author - backed roles written for them.

Here are the top 20 lead actresses in Tamil cinema.

20. Praneetha

Praneetha made a promising start with Udhayan opposite Arulnidhi. She is Karthi's heroine now and will be seen in the much awaited film, Saguni.

19. Sameera Reddy

Sameera Reddy is hugely popular in the South. Despite being considered a glam doll in Bollywood she has made a reputation for herself in the south as an actress with a gift for histrionics. Vaaranam Aayiram and Nadunisi Naaygal proved as much. She will be appearing in Vettai opposite Madhavan next.

18. Inia

Iniya's performance in Vaagai Sooda Va has received a lot of bouquets. She is considered a very promising actress.

17. Genelia

Velayudham proved to be Genelia's big comeback film in Tamil. Her performance was hugely appreciated and she is being flooded with offers. In Santhosh Sivan's Urumi her turn as Arakkal Ayesha has also been critically acclaimed.

16. Lakshmi Rai

Lakshmi Rai is sitting pretty as she had a meaty role in one of the biggest films of the year, Mankatha. She was also Raghava Lawrence's heroine in Kanchana. Things are looking good for this actress now.

15. Tapsee Pannu

As part of the cast of the National award winning team of Aadukalam, Tapasee made an impact with her character Irene. Later on in the year, she was seen in Vandhaan Vendraan with Jeeva.

14. Karthika Nair

Radha's daughter made a splashy entry with Ko, one of the most successful films of the year. She has been lying low for a while as she wants to be careful about her career choices. It is likely that she will be seen in Bharathiraja's next ambitious venture.

13. Asin

Asin has taken off for the greener pastures of Bollywood but she is still keen to be part of good projects in Tamil which resulted in her signing up for Kaavalan which went on to be a big hit and served to remind Tamil film viewers why she deserved a spot among the top heroines.

11. Anjali

Anjali has earned herself a reputation as an actress who does good, performance - oriented roles after films like Katradhu Tamil and Angadi Theru. This was a good year for her as she was a part of Thoonganagaram and Mankatha. In Engeyum Eppodhum she reestablished herself as a talented actress. Anjali has Aravaan and Masala Cafe in her kitty.

11. Amala Paul

Amala Paul's talent shone through in Myna and now there is a huge craze for her. In Deiva Thirumagal, she proved that she could hold her own against the likes of powerhouse performers like Vikram and Anushka. Now her stock value has gone right through the roof and she has films like Mupphozudhum Un Karpanaigal, Kadhalil Sodhapuvadhu Eppadi and Vettai to further consolidate her position.

10. Shriya Saran

As Rajini's heroine, Shriya got the biggest break of her career. This year, she was seen in Rowthiram with Jeeva and did an item number with Vikram in Rajapattai.

9. Shruti Hassan

Shruti Haasan had a dream debut in Tamil, with AR Murugadoss directed 7aum Arivu opposite Surya. The actress will be seen in 3 next opposite Dhanush.

8. Rich Gangopadhyay

Richa arrived with a bang opposite Dhanush in Mayakkam Enna. Her character, Yamini was much talked about and people loved Richa as Yamini. She could not have asked for a better launch. Richa followed this up with Osthe as a feisty village belle.

7. Tamannah

Tamannah did Siruthai and Venghai in Tamil this year. Both films did enough to keep her in the memory of fans and they are hoping to see more of her.

6. Ileana

After Kedi, Ileana is all set to return to Tamil cinema with Nanban. The remuneration she received for Nanban is reason enough to get her a spot among the top actresses in Tamil cinema it has been said.

5. Trisha Krishnan

Trisha will always be Tamil cinema's sweetheart even if she is making more films in Telugu. The actress made a big comeback with Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya and was the obvious choice for Ajith's heroine in Mankatha. She will be seen next in Samaran with Vishal.

4. Hansika Motwani

Hansika made her debut in Tamil cinema this year with Maapillai. She followed it up with Engeyum Kadhal and Velayudham. Already she is a firm favorite with her chirpy onscreen persona and tended to plumpness frame that is reminiscent of perennial favorites like Kushboo and Jyothika. She is doing Oru Kal Oru Kannadi and Vettai Mannan next.

3. Samantha

Samantha has done Moscovin Kaveri, Bana Kathadi and Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya in Tamil. Her next film is Neethane En Ponvasantham opposite Jeeva which is to be directed by Gautham Menon.

2. Kajal Agarwal

Kajal Agarwal was last seen in Naan Mahan Alla with Karthi. Following a hiatus she is back with a bang having landed films opposite two of the biggest stars in Tamil cinema - Thuppaki with Vijay and Maatraan with Surya.

1. Anushka

Tamil cinema fans have taken to Anushka in a big way ever since she exploded on the firmament with Arundhati which was dubbed and did phenomenal business in Tamil. After Vettaikaran with Vijay and Singam with Surya, Anushka had the fans begging for more of her. This year she was seen in Vaanam and Deiva Thirumagal. Now people cannot get enough of her and producers are willing to give her the earth and the moon in return for her callsheet. She will be seen in a film with Karthi, Thaandavam with Vikram, and Irandam Ulagam with Aarya.