Mumbai, May 17
By Our Bollywood Reporter
A few months ago, this list would have started with Trisha
But the top heroine in the Tamil film industry is currently busy
with Telugu films, and the top Tamil roles are going to either Asin or
Acting seemed like an unlikely profession for this 21-year-old
daughter of a doctor from Ernakulam. She was also the winner of an
entrepreneurial award as a teenager.
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Modelling brought her the first movie offer -- a Malayalam
film. After that, the Malayalam film industry ignored her. It proved to be a
blessing for Asin as she was welcomed by the Telugu film industry.
It was a smooth transition from Telugu to Tamil with the film
M Kumaran s/o Mahalakshmi. Asin starred in the original Telugu version, so she
was the obvious choice for the Tamil remake, opposite Jeyam Ravi. The movie was
a super hit.
What makes Asin hot in the Tamil film industry is that she has
teamed up with all the top heroes -- Vijay, Ajit, Surya and now Vikram, in his
next film Maja.
Another girl from Kerala who migrated to the Tamil film
industry, Nayanthara shot to fame when she starred opposite Rajnikanth in Chandramukhi.
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The 21-year-old actress acted opposite another aging hero,
In fact, Nayanthara's career started opposite an older hero,
Jayaram in Malayalam followed by another film with Mohanlal. Her recent
Malayalam release was with Mammootty.
But now, she seems to have moved to the younger league of
actors like Silambarasan. She will play one of the heroines of his directorial
debut, Vallavan. Huge posters of Simbu (as he is popularly called) biting
Nayanathara's lips created shock waves in Chennai. They were later pulled down
by the police.
Her 'glamorous' photos with S J Surya also created ripples.
Yet another Kerala girl who made it big in the
Tamil film industry, Gopika says she was never interested in acting.
A win in a beauty contest in Thrissoor, followed by a
jewellery ad, got her a film offer.
The film bombed but her second film 4 The people was a massive
hit in Kerala. Dubbed versions did well in the other South Indian languages.
Noted Tamil director Cheran happened to see her stills from 4
The people and she was chosen as one of the heroines in his film Autograph. It
was one of the biggest Tamil hits of 2004.
Gopika stole the thunder from Sneha, who had the meatier role
in the film.
Gopika looked ravishing in the Tamil film Kana Kandein as
well. Her next major film will be with Simbu in Thottijaya.
This 12th standard student is who K Balachander
describes as the new Saritha, a yesteryear star.
Sandhya will never be the typical glamorous heroine but she
will be sought after by filmmakers who need actresses who can portray strong
Her first and only Tamil film so far is Kadhal, opposite
Bharat. It is the biggest Tamil hit of 2005 so far. As a young schoolgirl madly
in love with a workshop mechanic, she was brilliant. She is one of the three
heroines in Simbu's Vallavan.
Asin and Nayanthara might be leading the race in Tamil
now, but the day Trisha comes back to Tamil films, she will regain her top spot.
Even today, the roles that have gone to Asin and Nayanthara were first offered
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Trisha's entry into films was through a beauty contest. It was
Priyadarshan who gave her the first break in Lesa Lesa. Trisha, a thin, tall
girl, burst onto the Tamil film scene when most of the heroines were plump.
She toppled Simran from the top position, delivering hit after
hit with Vijay and Vikram.
Unfortunately, she was only an ornamental piece in those
films. She moved to Telugu films as she was offered better roles.
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