From the being the highest paid actresses in the South cinema to their films garnering colossal success not just in the country but also internationally, the South Indian film industry is replete with talent and glamour. While actress Nayanthara is known to be one of the highest paid actresses of the south cinema, Baahubali actresses Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia have also emerged as the ruling queens of the industry.

As the year wraps up, here’s looking back at the top 10 actresses who not just featured in the maximum number of South Indian films but also succeeded in impressing fans with their superb performances in their respective magnum opus.


Her original name being Diana Mariam Kurien, Nayantara, not only is the highest paid actress but also the one with the biggest fan base. She is known for her film Thani Oruvan and was recently announced by Content distribution platform provider Tata Sky to roll her in as its brand ambassador for the Southern market. 2018 saw her featuring in Kolamavu Kokila and Imaikkaa Nodigal both of which were Tamil movies and Jai Simha, which was a Telugu one.

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu:

Model-Actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu, who is popular for her film Eega, was also seen this year in Telugu and Tamil films, predominantly.

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Keerthi Suresh:

Known for her power-packed performance in her 2017 film Bairavaa, Tamil star Keerthi Suresh has Remo, Nenu Local and many other famous entertainers to her credit.

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Rakul Preet Singh

Currently appointed as the brand ambassador for Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao programme by Telangana State Government, Rakul Preet Singh is a South Indian film actress and model who predominantly works in the Telugu and Tamil film industries and has also appeared in a number of Hindi and Kannada movies.

Trisha Krishnan:

Making heads turn with her 2010 Bollywood movie Khatta Meetha opposite actor Akshay Kumar, Trisha has Athadu, Thirupaachi and Aranmanai 2 among others to her credit.

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Kajal Aggarwal:

Winning Bollywood’s fans hearts through her performance in Singham opposite actor Ajay Devgn, the gorgeous Kajal Aggarwal is known for her superb performance in Thuppakki. The actress made her debut in Bollywood with the 2004 film Kyun… Ho Gaya Na!

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This has been a year to remember! I have used this post as an opportunity to re-collect many of the important people, events, places and happenings in 2018. At the outset I want to say how mindful I am that the blessing of this year comes from the many wonderful people and communities that I am priviliged to be associated with. I have received much more than I deserve, and in many instances, been recognised for work that belongs to a group of persons, not just to me. I am also mindful that any achievement is only worthwhile if it can lead to service. My hope is that the work of this year bears fruit for my extended family of fans, the industry I proudly call mine, for people all over the globe, and in some small way may help us to honour and protect the dignity and sanctity of humans and creation. #2daysto2019A post shared by Kajal Aggarwal (@kajalaggarwalofficial) on

Shruti Haasan:

Juggling Bollywood and Tollywood together, Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruti Haasan is a well-known face of Tamil cinema and popular for her Tamil film 7 Aum Arivu and her Bollywood film Behen Hogi Teri alongside Rajkummar Rao.

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Hansika Motwani:

Stealing hearts ever since she starred as a child actress in Bollywood movie Koi Mil Gaya, Hansika Motwani has become a popular name in Tamil cinema and is popular for her film Velayudham.

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Anushka Shetty:

Shooting to greater popularity with her widely acclaimed performance in Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Anushka Shetty predominantly works in Telugu film industry while she also acts in Tamil films.

Tamannaah Bhatia:

Sealing our list is another Baahubali star Tamannaah Bhatia who is simply known as Tamanna. She is seen participating in stage shows and being a prominent celebrity endorser for brands and products apart from featuring in movies.

Though many other talented actresses were equally competent to feature on the list, this article lists the ones who were majorly appreciated for the way they portrayed their fictional characters and received a whopping response of audience worldwide.