For long Bollywood actresses are symbolized as Queens of Indian Cinema, is it their “viola” acting, shady oomph factor, or the swathing panache for stardom? Well, could be all of these!
These queens randomly crusade to Bollywood with the idea of making it big, most of them coming from different states across Hindustan.
South India and especially Tamil Cinema has been a big help in laying the staircase for these phenomenal actresses. SouthDreamz.com brings to you some of them who made themselves comfy in Bollywood’s barcalounger, starting out from the tinsel town of Kollywood.
She was the first actress from “Namma Chennai” to make it big in Bollywood and set an example for all other South Indian actresses to venture into National Cinema. A trained Bharathanatayam expert she was, she redefined the Semi-Classical dancing in Indian cinema and had the numero-uno status for a long time. Her debut in Tamil was with “Vazhkai” and in Hindi it was “Bahar”, through her career she kept shuttling between Hindi and Tamil movies.
The “Sholay” actress who was initially endorsed as “Dream girl” of Bollywood, only went on to become one. Born to an Iyengar family in Chennai, she aspired to enter Cinema at the young age of 15 only to be rejected in Tamil Cinema industry, the reason being she was considered to be so thin. However she did not miss the eyes of Hindi film makers and after a mediocre debut, she forayed into Bollywood with back to back hits.
Ever forget the sweet “Kuyil”? The lovely lady pre emphasized Indian cinema with her glam and power packed acting. She was the Kuyil of Tamil Cinema for a long time before her “Himmatwala” swayed through Bollywood, making her one of the longest reigning queens of Hindi Cinema. To this day, if an actress from down debuts in Bollywood, they are compared with her, for that is the mark she has made in the industry.
Bhoomika Chawla :
She made her debut with Sethu remake alongside Salman Khan’s “Tere Naam”, which gave all the impressions of a star in making. The cute lil girl kept shuttling between B,T,K-Woods and earned a sugary name for herself. The actress though was not able to maintain her forte in Bollywood and was seen in majority of Telugu and Tamil movies.
The glam doll, who kept torturing the youths of South India in their dreams, was a big sensation in Kollywood. She is yet another story of an actress who had big ambitions to make it huge in Hindi cinema but did not have the limelight as equal as in South. Her movies Sanjana, Bandhan, Kyo Ki, Main Juth Nahi Boltha were some average grossers and did little to justify her name.
Kollywood’s chweet little darling Genelia was introduced by Director Shankar as “Harini” and her bubbly nature is something to crave for. She was an instant star no doubt and her cute twinkling acting in Tamil & Telugu industry caught the eyes of Aamir Khan and her dream debut came in the form “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane na”.
She was referred to as Size Zero of the South and also her oomph factor was the talk of the town. She became so popular and went on to be paired up with Superstar and a couple of biggies in Tamil Cinema. She was roped in for a few Hindi movies “Awarappan”, Critically acclaimed “Midnight’s children”, “Ek-Power of one” and is still on the menu card of some good directors in Bollywood.
The Daughter of Ulaganayagan is as versatile as her father and very inimitable in her own way. She loves her work pretty well and has made decent progress in her singing and acting all over. The pretty lady is currently awaiting the releases of two huge movies; D-Day with Arjun Rampal where she plays the challenging role of a Call girl and the other “Ramaya Vasthavaya” which is directed by Prabhu Deva.
Of all the new comers trying their hand at Bollywood, she is the one making the best out of it. With quite a handful of movies rocking the 100 crore club, she is going places no doubt indeed. Ever since her fairy tale debut with Aamir Khan for Ghajini happened, she starred with Salman for a few movies and also with Junior B. A fair lot of critics adjudged her performance better than most other Bollywood actress for her clever dubbing and personal connect.
And there are more :
The list still doesn’t stop here; Trisha the darling of Tamil movies who still is one of the heartthrobs made a single movie with Akshay Kanna and that was her last as well. But she is not someone who is known to go down easy; her Bollywood calling should come any minute. Kajal sparkled in Bollywood with Singam, known best for her screen connect and amazing dialogue delivery she too is waiting for a break. Ileana D’Cruz got to star in the successful Barfi and her role was appreciated by one and all. She has a couple of Hindi movies lined up still. Also looking for a role in Bollywood is Barbie doll actress Taapsee Pannu who debuted with Chashme Baddoor. Her cute looks will sure not go on a silent note, directors should queue up any time.