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We've got more on the Southern stars who made their way to Bollywood and how they fared in the industry
Kollywood star Dhanush became a household name after the song 'Kolaveri Di' became a worldwide hit. He will be debuting in Bollywood with 'Raanjhanaa' in which he is paired with Sonam Kapoor. The film is scheduled to release on 21 June 2013. Dhanush is rumored to have signed his second Hindi film with 'Tanu Weds Manu' director Anand L Rai.
2. Ram Charan Teja
The son of Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan already has a very successfully career in the Telugu film industry. He is perhaps best known for his performance in 'Magadheera' (2009), which was the highest-grossing Telugu film of that year. He will be making his Bollywood debut with 'Zanjeer' opposite Priyanka Chopra. It's expected to release in mid-2013.
One of the young stars of the Malayalam film industry, Prithviraj entered Bollywood with 'Aiyaa' (2011) alongside Rani Mukerji. The film was an average grosser, but it made Bollywood sit up and take notice of this muscular hero from the South. His performance as a cop in his second film 'Aurangazeb' (2013) got good reviews too. He will be seen next in Farah Khan's 'Happy New Year', which is slated for a 2014 release.
4. Rana Daggubati
Rana debuted in Bollywood with 'Dum Maro Dum' (2011) in which he was paired with Bipasha Basu. His performance earned him the Zee Cine Award for Best Male Debut. It was reported that the film's success was partially due to Rana's huge popularity in the South. His second film Department' (2012) had him share screen space with Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, but the film was a massive flop. He also did a cameo in the superhit 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' (2013). He has signed a new Hindi film 'Baahubali' that will begin filming soon.
One of the most popular actors down South, Suriya had a grand debut with 'Rakta Charitra 2' (2010). He won the 2011 Screen Award for Most Promising Male Newcomer and was nominated for the Stardust Award for Male Superstar of Tomorrow. But he hasn't signed up for any new Hindi films since.
Vikram, who has a huge fan following in the South, made an impressive Bollywood debut with Mani Ratnam's 'Raavan' (2010) that starred Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan in lead roles. Even though the film was panned by critics, Vikram received good reviews for his performance as a cop. His second film 'David' (2013) also failed at the box office, but again his performance was well-received.
Siddharth created a tremendous impact with his Bollywood debut 'Rang De Basanti' (2006), for which he won the Star Screen Best Male Debut award and was nominated for a Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. His second film 'Striker' (2010) was the first Indian film to release simultaneously on theatres and YouTube. Although it received positive reviews, the film failed commercially. Siddharth's third film 'Chashme Baddoor' (2013) was a commercial and critical success.
Mollywood superstar Mohanlal made a solid debut playing a police inspector in the blockbuster 'Company' (2002). He won the IIFA Best Supporting Actor award, Star Screen Best Supporting Actor award and was nominated for the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor award. He then appeared in 'Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag' (2007), which was the biggest flop of that year. Mohanlal also had a cameo appearance in 'Tezz' (2012), which was an average performer at the box office.
9. Prabhu Deva
The top choreographer's first film in Bollywood was the critically acclaimed epic drama 'Agni Varsha' (2002), which starred Milind Soman, Nagarjuna, Amitabh Bachchan and Jackie Shroff. He has also done several cameo appearances, especially in films that he also directed such as 'Wanted' (2009), 'Rowdy Rathore' and 'Ramaiya Vasta Vaiya'. His acting skills were also applauded after the release of 'Anybody can Dance' (2013).
Madhavan made a rather unsuccessful Bollywood debut with 'Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein' (2001) opposite Dia Mirza. However he was able to successfully establish himself as an actor with pan-Indian appeal with films like 'Rang De Basanti' (2006), 'Guru' (2007), 'Mumbai Meri Jaan' (2008), '3 Idiots' (2009) and 'Tanu Weds Manu' (2011).
Venkatesh's foray into Bollywood was with 'Anari' (1993). He acted alongside Karishma Kapoor, who was at the top of her game then. Although Venkatesh's debut film was a hit, his second and apparently final Hindi film 'Taqdeerwala' (1995) failed to impress.
Telugu megastar Chiranjeevi made a successful debut with the action film 'Pratibandh' (1990) alongside Juhi Chawla. However, he was unable to establish himself in the big league. He acted in only two films after his debut, 'Aaj Ka Goonda Raj' (1992) with Meenakshi Seshadri that is perhaps his best known Bollywood film and 'The Gentleman' (1994) with Juhi Chawla, which was a massive flop.
Chakravarthy's debut was along with Nagarjuna in 'Shiva' (1990). He then made a massive impact with his performance in Ram Gopal Verma's crime classic 'Satya' (1998), which was a huge hit and won six Filmfare awards and four Star Screen awards. Chakravarthy has worked in only six Hindi films out of which five were directed by RGV including the hit 'Vaastu Shastra' (2004), 'Aag' (2007), which was the biggest flop of the year and 'Bhoot Returns ' (2012), which was an average-grosser.
Nagarjuna made his debut in 1990 with 'Shiva', a remake of the 1989 Telugu movie of the same name. The film was a box office hit and critically acclaimed too. Incidentally, this film was also director Ram Gopal Verma 's first in Bollywood. Nagarjuna is widely regarded as one of the few South Indian actors who enjoyed a fair amount of popularity in Bollywood with films like 'Zakhm' (1998), 'Khuda Gawah' (1992), 'Criminal' (1995) and 'LOC Kargil' (2003).
Superstar Rajnikanth headed to Bollywood in the 80s with 'Aadha Kanoon' (1983), which was a multi-starrer with Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Reena Roy in major roles. He has since acted in more than 20 Hindi films, including hits like 'Chaalbaz' (1989), 'Mahaguru' (1985) and 'Hum' (1991).
16. Kamal Hassan
Kamal was perhaps one of the first South Indian actors to enter Bollywood. His debut film 'Ek Duje Ke Liye' (1981) with Rati Agnihotri was a runway film that earned a total of INR 100 million! He was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actor Award for it too. Another memorable film is 'Saagar' (1985) for which he won several awards. The film was also India's official entry for the Oscars in 1985. His other popular films include 'Geraftaar' (1985), 'Chachi 420' (1997) and 'Hey Ram' (2000).