The conquerers : Actors who ruled other territories

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Indian film industry has a large pool of talent when actors and actresses are considered. Our film industry consists of actors having their origin from various states and speaking various languages. So there is a unity in diversity that prevails in our industry. If we look back to the black and white era it could be seen than actresses like Vyjayanthimala who originally hailed from Tamil Nadu ruled the Bollywood Cinema. Another good example is of actress Sharada who was born in Andhra Pradesh and went onto make a big mark in the Malayalam film industry. And then we have actors like Kamal Hassan who conquered almost the whole of Indian cinema. In this article we are listing few actors and actresses who conquered territories or areas where they were not actually born.

Bollywood Calling :

Hema Malini:


Hema Malini,the ‘Dream Girl’ of Bollywood originally belongs to the state of Tamil Nadu. She was born to an Iyengaran Family and was brought up in the southern part of India. In the initial phases of her career she acted in movies of southern language but later on ventured into the Bollywood.The industry welcomed her and she enjoyed continuous success in Bollywood. With the release of her movie ‘Dream Girl’ she earned the tag of the film’s title and was a part of many succesfull movies then, with  ‘Sholay’ being the most prominent among them.

Rekha :


The yesteryear beauty queen of Hindi Cinema ,Rekha is the daughter of Popular Tamil/Telugu actor Gemini Ganesan. She was born in Tamil Nadu. It is quite evident from the fact that she made her film debut through a Kannada movie. More fame and recognition was waiting for her and she eventually reached Bollywood and established her foothold in the industry.

  Mithun Chakrabarthy :


Mithun Chakrabarthy was born in Hyderabad but his parents are rooted to West Bengal. It was Bollywood that gave him some fine opportunities and lifted his stardom. His first movie Mrigaya directed by mrinalSen fetched him the National award for Best actor. Later on he became in important part of 70’s and 80’s Bollywood movies making him a superstar. He has also acted in many Bengali, Oriya movies.

Aishwarya Rai:


No introduction is needed for this beautiful talented actress who has ruled the world with her eternal beauty. The former Miss world, the queen of Bollywood Cinema was born in the city of Mangalore, which is a place in Karnataka. Her family later moved to Mumbai where she did her education. In the year 1994 she won the Miss World contest and it paved her way to the film industry. She debuted through Tamil movie ‘Iruvar’ directed by Mani Rathnam. But later she built a fort of her own in the Bollywood and also made her presence felt in Hollywood.

                                                                             Sushmita Sen:


The former Miss Universe was born in Hyderabad but basically she is a Bengali as both her parents have their roots attached there. She did her education partly in New Delhi and the rest in Secundarabad. It was the Miss Universe title that she won in 1994 that led her to the film Industry, with ‘Dastak’ being her first film. Later on she acted in number of Bollywood movies.

Prakash Raj :


Prakash Raj is one such an actor who has got that pan Indian appeal. He hails from Bangalore and he had started off his career working in few kannada serials. He gained momentum once he reached Tamil film industry and Mani ratnam movie ‘Iruvar’ catapulted his fame. From then on he has been an integral part of South Indian film industry featuring in Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada movies. Tamil movies have been hos forte offering him variety roles. He won the National award for best actor for the performance in Kaanchivaram. He is also a much popular figure in Bollywood film industry.

Deepika Padukone:


This beautiful actress originally belongs to the Garden city of India, Bangalore. She was raised in this city and did her schooling and graduation from reputed institutes of the city. It was only when she was 21 that she shifted her base to Mumbai to focus more onto modeling career. Her acting debut was through a Kannada movie named ‘Aiswarya’. But it was her debut Hindi movie ‘Om Shanthi Om’ that gave her all the fame. From then on, she has become an indispensable part of Bollywood film industry.

Vidya Balan:


Vidya Balan is another Bollywood talent who has mesmerized the viewers by her acting Talent. She is considered to be an actress who could pull off any role with ease. Vidya Balan was born in Palakkad a district in Kerala. Like many others in Bollywood, she also moved to Mumbai in her childhood and did her education there. Vidya Balan went on to act in many TV commercials and serials. She had tried her luck in Southern film industry early in her career but none of the projects got materialized. Her debut in Bollywood was through Parineeta which lifted her star value.

Asin :


Asin is a native of Cochin, the Queen of Arabian Sea. Asin was born and brought up in Cochin, unlike many other South Indians who made a mark in Bollywood. She did her education in Cochin and her first step into filmdom was through the Malayalam film ‘Narendran Makan Jayakanthan Vaka’, which remains her solo Malayalam film till now. Later on she acted in many Tamil and Telugu movies before making a grand debut through the Hindi remake of Ghajini. She then stamped her presence in Bollywood by featuring in many hit movies which entered the 100 crore club.

Kay Kay Menon:


Kay Kay Menon who falls into the league of startling actors of Bollywood like Irrfan Khan, ManojBajpai, PareshRawal, Naseeruddin Shah etc originally hails from the God’s own country, Kerala. He was born in Kerala but he was brought up in Mumbai as his parents moved to the city. He did his education over there and later on ventured to theatres to start his acting career. His abilities led him to the television industry acting in few serials. He launched into films through the movie Naseem in 1995. But he was noted mainly through Sudheer Mishra’s venture Hazaaron Khwahishen Aisi. After that he went on to do many brilliant roles with the recently released ‘Haider’ fetching him the Filmfare award for Best supporting actor.

Down the South :

South Indian Film industry has accepted many actors who originally hailed from different places.If you take into consideration the actresses at present ruling the South Indian Industry it could be found that most of them are alien to that particular language. Actresses like Nayanthara, Amala Paul, Nithya Menon etc who are ruling the South Indian film Industry are originally from Kerala.Another set of actresses like Tamanna, Hansika Motwani,Charmee etc are from the Northern part of India.



The list should begin with none other than the biggest superstar of India, Rajnikanth. He was born to parents who had their origins rooted to Maharashtra. He was born in Bangalore and did his schooling here. Later on he went onto take up a course in Madras film institute to pursue his dream of getting into films. It was then that Director K Balachander spotted this great talent. Rajnikanth didn’t have to look back then and he went on to become the biggest superstar of Tamil Cinema.

Simran :


Simran started off her career in films by doing Hindi films which were not so successful. Gradually she moved to South Indian film industry and did many Tamil and Telugu movies. She was paired opposite the likes of Kamal Hassan,Vijay, Ajith, Madhavan etc and it could be said that she ruled the Tamil industry for quite a long time despite being a North indian.

Menaka :


Many consider her to be a native of Kerala, but the fact is that she was born to Brahmin family in Tamil Nadu. Eventually she came to the industry by acting in a Tamil movie. But majority of her projects came in Malayalam starring opposite Shankar, Mammootty, Mohanlal etc. The movie ‘Oppol’ ehich was directed by K S Sethumadhavan established her in Malayalam film industry

Jyothika :


Jyothika was born in Mumbai and did her schooling in the same city. Her debut movie was ‘Doli Sajake Rakhna’ which was made in Hindi and it remains her solo Bollywood appearance till now. Tamil film world was awaiting her talent and she ventured through Ajith Kumar starrer ‘Vaali’. Khushi gave her the much needed mileage for her career and from then on she acquired a star status in Tamil film industry.

Arya :


This lovable lad of Tamil cinema has his roots in Kerala. He was born in Trikaripur, a place in the Kasargod district. He was born and brought up in Chennai with his family moving to the city during the time of his education. ’Arya’ at present is one of the biggest stars of Tamil Cinema with a huge fan following in Tamil and Malayalam alike. 

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