From Anil Kapoor to Priyanka Chopra, 9 Actors Who Made Their Debut In The South

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas

The global icon is known for her roles in Hindi films such as AitraazFashionKrrish and Don as well as Hollywood ventures like BaywatchCitadel, Quantico and The Matrix Resurrections. Her cinematic debut was in Tamil cinema — with Thalapathy Vijay’s Tamil movie Thamizhan (2002).

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s recent portrayal of Nandini in the magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan received unanimously positive responses among the audience. But her tryst with Tamil cinema goes way back. After winning the Miss World pageant in 1994, she was roped in for Mani Ratnam’s political drama Iruvar (1997).

Deepika Padukone

Before launching her Bollywood career, however, she made her acting debut in the romantic comedy Aishwarya (streaming on Disney+ Hotstar). The Kannada film saw Deepika play the titular character Aishwarya, a marketing executive, sharing screen space with Upendra.

R Madhavan

R Madhavan's home base has always been the south, an industry in which he is still a star, having been part of multiple blockbusters such as Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey (the actor’s Tamil debut), Kannathil Muthamittal, Ayutha Ezhuthu, Minnale, Run, Vikram Vedha, Dum Dum Dum and Irudhi Suttru.

Kriti Sanon

From debuting in Hindi cinema along with Tiger Shroff in Heropanti to leading a film with Mimi and now, playing Sita in Adipurush, Kriti Sanon has come a long way in her career. However, her first pairing was with Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu in Sukumar’s psychological action thriller 1: Nenokkadine.