The tables have turned when it comes to the casting of actors in Bollywood and the South film industry. There was a time when actresses would debut in the South first and then make their Hindi film debuts. Today, with the massive success of South films such as Baahubali and Robot, successful Bollywood actresses are now taking up roles in South films. Latest to join this list is the current blue-eyed-girl of Bollywood, Alia Bhatt. The Kalank actress has signed SS Rajamouli's upcoming film, RRR. With this film, the actress will be making her South debut. RRR stars Ram Charan and Jr NTR as the male leads. Apart from Alia Bhatt, these are the other actresses who are currently venturing into South with their next films.
1. Alia Bhatt
Alia Bhatt recently had the teaser release of her upcoming Bollywood film Kalank. Produced by Dharma Productions, the film is a period drama and now she will be starring in another period drama but this time in the South. RRR by SS Rajamouli is a 1920 based film revolving around freedom fighters. CONFIRMED! Alia Bhatt Paired Opposite Ram Charan in SS Rajamouli’s RRR, Actress to Make Her Debut in South Indian Cinema.
2. Shraddha Kapoor
Actress Shraddha Kapoor has been a part of some highly successful Bollywood films and while she continues to work on her upcoming film, Street Dancer 3D alongside Varun Dhawan. Kapoor has also worked on Prabhas' much-awaited sci-fi thriller Saaho. Directed by Sujeeth, the film is expected to be a massive hit considering it is Prabhas' first film post-Baahubali 2 release. Hear It! 'Shades of Saaho Chapter 2' To Release on Shraddha Kapoor's Birthday.
She is known to be Bollywood's most loved actress and after having a long-standing career in Bollywood, Kajol made her much-awaited comeback with Rohit Shetty's Dilwale recently and post that, took on a South project opposite Dhanush. Directed by Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya, VIP 2 (2017) marked the comeback of the actress in Tamil cinema after nearly two decades. Her last Tamil film was the 1997 Prabhudheva and Arvind Swamy starrer Minsara Kanavu.
Today, Katrina Kaif is Bollywood's most glamourous actresses. After making her debut in Bollywood with Boom (2003), Kaif starred in a Telugu film, Malliswari in 2004, with actor Daggubati Venkatesh. Not just this, in 2006, she starred in Malayalam thriller, Balram vs. Tharadas. Although post her 2007 hit, Namastey London, the actress hasn't starred in any South film yet.
5. Sonakshi Sinha
Sonakshi Sinha has starred in many South remakes in Bollywood and they have went on to become huge money spinners. After making her Bollywood debut opposite Salman Khan in Dabangg (2010), the actress' Tamil debut was no small one either. She starred opposite the legendary actor, Rajinikanth. Lingaa (2014) was Rajinikanth's film release after over four years post the massively successful Enthiran.
With the announcement of Alia Bhatt's South debut, fans can hardly contain their excitement especially since it is a Rajamouli film. We are expecting more details about her character to be released soon. In the meantime, we'll wait to watch how Shraddha Kapoor performs in Saaho which releases in August this year.