12 celebs who were Regional stars before Bollywood debut

It has been seen that actors, actresses, singers, and other artists came to Bollywood to make their fortune. However, entering into Bollywood is just a next step for some stars as they were already having a good career in regional cinema.

Many actors have established careers in Indian regional cinema, still, they made their Bollywood debut. Check out the list of top 12 actors who were already established regional stars before their Bollywood debut.

1. Diljit Dosanjh

Diljit Dosanjh is very popular for his singing talent and he is a worldwide sensation in Punjabi music. However, Diljit has shown his acting skills with movies like Udta Punjab and Good News in Bollywood.

Diljit continued with Punjabi movies and featured in movies like Jatt And Juliet, 1984, Sardaarji, and many more.

2. Asin Thottumkal

Asin made her Bollywood debut opposite Aamir Khan in action thriller Ghajini. Little you know that Asin was already the Kollywood Queen, she is a big name in the South Indian film industry.

Her notable films in South Industry include Varalaru, Pokkiri, and Sivakasi. These movies are big blockbusters in the South.

3. Jimmy Shergill

Jimmy Shergill made his Bollywood debut with Gulzaar’s Maachis. He is always praised for playing supporting roles in Bollywood. Well, he is one of the most sought-after romantic heroes in the Punjabi film Industry.

His notable works include the long list of movies like Mannat, Dharti, Mel Karade Rabba, and Yaaran Naal Baharan.

4. R. Madhavan

R. Madhavan is one of the most respectable yet underrated Bollywood actors. He made his Bollywood debut by playing the character of Maddy in Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein.

Madhavan has done a few films in the Tamil Film Industry before his Bollywood debut. He gained the image of a romantic hero with Mani Ratnam’s Alaipayuthey.

5. Sridevi

Sridevi was the first female superstar in Bollywood. She had started her acting career as a child artist in M.A. Thirumugham’s Thunaivan. She made her Bollywood debut with Julie.

She has established herself in Tamil and Telugu cinema with Sigappu Rojakkal, 16 Vayathinile, and Varumayin Niram Sivappu.

6. Dhanush

Dhanush has been typecast as the ‘clingy guy with unrequited love’ after the release of Raanjhanaa. Dhanush has done a variety of roles in South Indian movies.

He got national fame after the hit song Kolaveri D. He has done more than 25 films in South India and also won Best Actor Award for his performance in Aadukalam.

7. Kamal Hassan

Kamal Hassan is very popular in Bollywood for his movies like Sadma and Chachi 420. He started his acting career as a child artist in Tamil films.

He won the national award for the movie Moondram Pirai. The actor is primarily dedicated to south Indian films and done movies like Dashavatar, and Vishwaroopam.

8. Rajnikanth

The list is incomplete without including superstar Rajnikanth. The actor is worshipped for his contribution to the cinema. He has also done many Bollywood films like Hum, Chaalbaaz, and Phool Bane Angaarey.

9. Prabhas

Prabhas is already a big star in Telugu Film Industry with his movies, especially Baahubali. The actor has made his Bollywood debut with Saaho.

His notable works in South Industry include Varsham, Chakram, Chatrapathi, Darling, Billa, Mirchi, Mr. Perfect, and Baahubali series.

10. Sharmila Tagore

Sharmila Tagore is famous as the tag of Kashmir Ki Kali who rocked Bollywood with her dimples and killer looks. Before she became one of the best actresses in Bollywood, she has done many Bengali films.

She started her acting career with the movie Apur Sansar back in 1959, which was directed by Satyajit Ray.

Later, Sharmila Tagore became a frequent face in the Bengali film industry with outstanding filmography including movies like Nirjan Saiketan, Aranyer Din Ratri, Shesh Anka, and many more.

11. Rana Daggubati

Rana made his Bollywood debut in Dum Maaro Dum and continued his journey with the movie Baby. However, he has a big fan following in the South industry.

He is an actor, photographer, and producer. He voiced Thanos in the Telugu version of the Avengers Infinity war.

12. Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu used to be a software engineer who started modeling. She started her acting career with Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam.

She did many movies like Aadukalam, Mr. Perfect, Vastadu Naa Raju, in the Tamil industry before making her Bollywood debut. Taapsee impressed everyone with her acting skills in films like Manmarziyaan, Pink, and Badla.

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