Top 20 South Indian Actresses with Names and Photos!

Who is the number one actress in South India? Are Kollywood beauties gaining supremacy over actresses of other industries? Well, we know your curious mind is filled with all these questions! If you are a movie buff and believe in the number game of the movie world, then this article is sure to keep you hooked!

Read along to explore the list of Top 20 South Indian actress names with pictures! Also, find out some interesting information behind the popularity of these desi damsels!

List of 20 Most Popular South Indian Actresses with Pictures:

Here are the details of the 20 South Indian actresses photos who have gained massive popularity in not just their native places, but also across the country and the globe:

1. Rashmika Mandanna:

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Rashmika Mandanna's photos is showing her supremacy in both Tollywood and Kollywood industries. Rashmika Mandanna images are one of the highly paid actress in South India after delivering some super hit blockbusters like “Geetha Govindam” (Telugu), “Kirik Party” (Kannada), “Dear Comrade” (Telugu), “SarileruNeekevvaru” (Telugu), etc. The media has sensationalized this beauty by calling her “Karnataka’s Official Crush”.

Rashmika Mandanna insta is ready to treat her fans to three new movies in Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada. Rashmika Mandanna saree is also roped in to play the female lead opposite Stylish Star Allu Arjun in the Telugu movie “Pushpa”.

2. Samantha Ruth Prabhu:

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu, now Samantha Akkineni photos is the uncrowned queen of the South Indian film industry. She is one of the most sought-after actresses in the Telugu and Tamil industry. In fact, we believe that Samantha has transcended beyond the number game and her position will be unclaimed, at least for a couple of years! Right from her first movie “YemMaayaChesave” opposite her now-ex-husband Naga Chaitanya, Samantha has delivered consistently good performances and even won four Filmfare awards.

Fondly called “Sam” by her fans, Samantha also runs an NGO called Pratyusha Support, “Ekam”, an early learning center and is also ready to launch her clothing line “Sa-aki”.

3. Nayanthara:

Nayanthara is undoubtedly one of the most popular actresses in South India. In fact, Nayanthara saree photos fans and even the media have given the title “Lady Superstar”, because of Nayanthara's acting prowess and the unique selection of movie scripts. Nayanthara insta made her debut in 2003 in a Malayalam film and since then, there was no looking back for this beauty.

Nayanthara has a long list of successful movies like “Chandramukhi” (2005), “Adhurs” (2010), “Raja Rani” (2013), “Naanum Rowdy Dhaan” (20150, “PuthiyaNiyamam” (2016) etc.Nayanthara's performance in Bapu’s “Sri Rama Rajyam” (2011) as Sita won her a Nandi Award and Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress.

4. Trisha Krishnan:

Trisha Krishnan photos is a Chennai-based model and actress who has made her mark in the Telugu and Tamil industry. Trisha Krishnan's gallery first appeared in the movie “Jodi” (1999) in a supporting role and later in 2002, Trisha Krishnan got her first break with “MounamPesayidhe”. Trisha Krishnan insta is a perfect combination of looks and talent. Trisha Krishnan ragalahari made her entry into the Telugu film industry with the superhit movie “Varsham” (2004) opposite Prabhas and instantly rose to fame.

This damsel also earned much critical appreciation for her role “Janu” in the Tamil movie “’96”. Currently, Trisha Krishnan has more than half a dozen films in her hand, which are all scheduled to release in the latter part of 2020 and early 2021.

5. Keerthy Suresh:

Keerthy Suresh's saree photos will be forever remembered for her role as the Great Savithri in “Mahanati” (Telugu, 2018). Keerthy Suresh insta started her career as a child artist and returned back to the industry in 2013 with the Malayalam movie “Geethanjali”. Irrespective of how Keerthy Suresh ragalahari movies fared, Keerthy Suresh's performances were always appreciated and highlighted by the critics.

Not many know that Keerthy Suresh is the daughter of Chennai-based producer G. Suresh Kumar and the yesteryear’s actress Menaka. So, it’s evident that acting is a part of DNA!

6. Nithya Menen:

Nithya Menen is a South Indian actress who has a strong presence in almost all the dominant film industries like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. This three-time Filmfare award winner kickstarted 
Nithya Menen's acting career as a child artist in 1998 in an English film. In 2008, Nithya Menen made her re-entry as a lead actress in Akasha Gopuram and Nithya Menen 2011 superhit Telugu movie “Ala Modalaindhi” won her massive popularity.

Nithya Menen is also a talented singer and was nominated for the best female playback singer “Ammammo Ammo” in the “Ala Modalayindhi” movie. Apart from movies, Nithya Menen is also doing a few web series on OTT platforms.

7. Kajal Aggarwal:

Kajal Aggarwal is an established South Indian actress who has dominance in Telugu and Tamil industries. Kajal Aggarwal's saree photos are known for her strikingly good looks and of course, her natural acting skills. Interestingly, the Mumbai-born beauty has made her entry into the movie industry through Bollywood in 2004 but did not manage to get a good break. It was Kajal Aggarwal second Telugu film “Chandamama” that made Kajal Aggarwal ragalahari an instant sensation in Tollywood and from there, Kajal Aggarwal made it to the A-lister club.

Kajal Aggarwal is also the first South Indian actress to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds in Singapore. Along with movies, this stunner is also a part of many endorsements for many big brands like Chennai Silks, Dabur, etc.

8. Anushka Shetty:

Anushka Shetty is the Queen Bee of the South Indian Film industry. Anushka Shetty is also one of the highest-paid actresses in Telugu and Tamil industries and even received many awards & accolades. Anushka Shetty made her debut in 2005 with “Super” a Telugu film with Nagarjuna in the lead role. This success was followed by many back-to-back blockbusters like “Vikramarkudu” (2006), “Lakshyam” (2007), “Singam” (2010), etc.

Anushka Shetty's stellar performances in the movies – “Arundhati”, “Bahubali” and “Bhagamathi” will be remembered forever by the audience. In fact, Anushka Shetty fans and even the critics opine that no South Indian actress of today’s times has her commanding screen presence and natural flair for acting!

9. Tamanna Bhatia:

Tamanna Bhatia is fondly called “Milk Beauty” by her fans and admirers. This Punjabi Kudi has created a sensation in the South Indian film industry with Tamanna Bhatia's milky white skin and gorgeous features. Tamanna Bhatia ragalahari photos has delivered powerpacked performances in both Telugu and Tamil languages. Tamanna Bhatia rose to fame after “Happy Days”, a college-based movie in Telugu.

Some of Tamanna Bhatia superhit films include “Ayan” (2009), “Devi” (2016), “100% Love” (2011), “Racha” (2012), “F2: Fun and Frustration” (2019). Although Tamanna Bhatia played a short role in the movie “Syera Narsimha Reddy”, she managed to create a big impact on the audience.

10. Rakul Preet Singh:

Rakul Preet Singh is a Delhi-based model, who created a stir in South Indian movie industry with her exceptionally fit body and killer looks. Rakul Preet Singh photos long-legged beauty made her debut in a Kannada Film called “Gilli” (2009) and later entered the Telugu industry, where Rakul Preet Singh instagram got her much-awaited break. Even though Rakul Preet Singh rahalahari photos worked in just a few films from the start of her career, Rakul did manage to climb the success ladder very soon.

Rakul Preet Singh currently has 2 Tamil films, 2 Hindi films and one Telugu film in her kitty. Apart from being a full-time actress, Rakul Preet Singh also runs 3 franchises of F45 Training centers.

11. Shriya Saran:

Shriya Saran is an established South India actress, who originally comes from Uttar Pradesh. Though Shriya Saran made her debut in 2001, Shriya Saran photos first commercial hit was in 2002 with the movie “Santosham”. This success opened up plenty of opportunities in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and even Hindi film industries. Shriya Saran role in the movie “Sivaji: The Boss” starring Rajinikanth was well-appreciated by critics and audience alike.

Apart form acting in Indian movies, Shriya Saran also has a presence in American films which helped her gain international exposure. Shriya Saran ragalahari photos won several awards including the Best Actress award for “Gautami Putra Satakarni” in 2017. Shriya Saran is now married to her Russian boyfriend and is living overseas.

12. Sai Pallavi:

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai was born in Tamilnadu and comes from a family of trained classical dancers. Sai Pallavi Saree photos were introduced to the film industry as a child artist. However, it was Sai Pallavi Senthamarai's role as “Malar” in Premam(2014) that earned her massive popularity and even earned her a “Best Female Debut” award. Sai Pallavi Senthamarai popular South Indian actress created a wave in the Telugu states with her role “Bhanumathi” in Sekhar Kammula’s “Fidaa” (2017).

Sai Pallavi Senthamarai is currently shooting for two Telugu films “Love Story” and “ViraataParvam”, which are scheduled for release early next year. Sai Pallavi also earned the credit of being recognized as “India’s 30 under 30” by Forbe’s magazine.

13. Raashi Khanna:

Raashi Khanna is a Delhi-based model who appeared in many Telugu and Tamil movies. Although Raashi Khanna made her debut in Bollywood, it was Raashi Khanna's first Telugu film “OohaluGusagusalade” (2014) which gave her a big break. In the following years, Raashi Khanna established her as one of the most sought-after actresses in South India with back-to-back successes like “Supreme”, “Jai Lava Kusa”, “PratiRojuPandaga” etc.

Despite coming from a different regional background, Raashi Khanna is making it big in the Telugu industry, firstly for her sweet looks and secondly, for her effortless acting style.

14. Nivetha Thomas:

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Nivetha Thomas was born in Kerala, but her name and fame have gone beyond her home state. Nivetha Thomas is now one of the leading South Indian actresses who has established a position for herself in the Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam movie industries. Nivetha Thomas made her entry into the film world as a child artist and continued to play supporting roles in Malayalam and Tamil movies. However, it was Nivetha Thomas Telugu's debut in “Gentleman” opposite Nani which earned her several awards and critic appreciation.

Nivetha Thomas kept the graph steady high with back-to-back hits like “Ninnu Kori”, “Juliet Lover of Idiot”, “118”, “Darbar” (Tamil), and the latest “V” with Nani again!

15. Nazriya Nazim:

Nazriya Nazim is unarguably one of the most good looking South Indian actress. Although Nazriya Nazim started her career as a television anchor, Nazriya Nazim beautiful smile and cute expressions landed her many meaty roles in big banner movies. Nazriya Nazim's first movie was in Malayalam opposite Nivin Pauly and it was her role as “Keerthana” in “Raja Rani” that made her an overnight sensation.

Nazriya Nazim got married to FahadhFaasil, a Mallu actor, and took a break from movies. However, she made a comeback with “Trance” in which Fahadh played the lead role.

16. Amala Paul:

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Amala Paul is an established actress in Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu movies. Amala Paul started her career as a model and bagged quite a few opportunities. However, in Amala Paul's first few films, Amala Paul's performances have gone unnoticed, even though the films fared well. It was in Amala Paul's 2010 film “Mynaa” did she taste success after her role was well appreciated by the audience and critics alike.

From 2011, Amala Paul got into the elite list and was made a part of big projects like “DeivaThirumagal”, “Vettai”, “VelaiyillaPattathari”, “Nayak”, “Iddharammayalatho” etc.

17. Shruti Hassan:

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Shruti Hassan is the daughter of India’s biggest actor, Kamal Hassan, and his ex-wife, Sarika. Though 
Shruti Hassan's entry into the film industry was easy, the high expectations everyone had on her made Shruti’s career a tightrope walk. However, in no time Shruti Hassan proved her worth and created an identity for herself, without making her father a part of it.

This leading Shruti Hassan South Indian actress was recognized for her roles in many commercially successful films like “Oh My Friend”, “Gabbar Singh”, “Sreemanthudu”, “D-Day” etc. She is also an excellent singer and even formed her own rock band.

18. Rachita Ram:

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Rachita Ram is a Kannada film actress and her original name is Bindhiya Ram. Rachita Ram photos started her acting career in a television soap opera and later made her film debut in 2013. Rachita Ram tasted her first commercial success in 2018 with “Johnny Johnny Yes Papa” and then “Ayogya” which even won her the Best Actress-2018 award.

This Kannada dimple beauty is also a trained Bharatnatyam dancer. Currently, Rachita Ram has more than 10 films in her hand out of which one is a Telugu film called “Super Machi”.

19. Hansika Motwani:

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Hansika Motwani is a well-known figure in Telugu and Tamil industries. Hansika Motwani has also made her presence felt in Hindi, Malayalam, and Kannada movies with her charming looks. Hansika Motwani first got recognized in her Telugu debut movie “Desamuduru” after which Hansika Motwani earned a huge fan following for her tender skin and fresh-as-a-dewdrop beauty.

Hansika Motwani kickstarted her acting career as a child artist and then went on to become a full-time commercial actress. The list of Hansika Motwani's successful movies includes, “Kantri”, “EngeyumKadhai”, “OruKalOruKannadi” etc.

20. Parvathy Thiruvothu:

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Parvathy Thiruvothu is a leading actress in the down-south movie industries of Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam. 
Parvathy Thiruvothu made in debut in Malayalam, Parvathy Thiruvothu mother tongue, and even won several awards for her performances. Parvathy Thiruvothu's first Kannada film was “Milana” in which Parvathy Thiruvothu was appreciated for being the right fit for the role. Parvathy is one talented artist for whom the success or failure of a movie did not really negatively affect her career.

Parvathy Thiruvothu currently has three films in Malayalam, out of which two are in the post-production stage and one is still in the Filming phase.

We hope you enjoyed reading about your favorite South Indian actress, along with her latest photos! If you think we have missed mentioning any other top actress who has worked predominantly in the Southern film industry, then do let us know! We’d be happy to include her details in this list!

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