The Telugu Film industry is no doubt one of the largest and most followed industries in India, and it has been producing top-quality content for over 65 years now and has seen its fair share of popular actors and actresses who have pushed the industry to a whole another level, In this article, we will be taking a look at the top actresses of the Telugu Film Industry.
Here are Top 10 Telugu Actresses
Samantha Akkineni has established a career in the Telugu and Tamil film industries and has become one of the top leading actresses in the South Indian film industry. She started her career in 2010 by starring in Gautham Menon’s critically acclaimed Ye Maaya Chesave (2010), for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress and a Nandi Award, she later won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress, making her the second actress to win both the awards. From then on, she has been constantly delivering successful hits such as Attarintiki Daredi (2013), Kaththi (2014), 24 (2016) ), Rangasthalam (2018) and Oh Baby (2019). It was reported that she now charges around 2 Crores for a single film.
Nayanthara is an Indian Actress who mainly appears and works in Tamil and Telugu cinema. She made her acting debut in 2003 with the Malayalam film Manassinakkare. In 2005 she made her Tamil Cinema debut with Ayya (2005) and made her Telugu Cinema debut with Lakshmi in 2006, she has starred in several commercial hits and has received numerous accolades for her performances, She was the only female actor to have made it to the Forbes India Celebrity 100 2018 list from South India. She is the highest-paid South Indian Actress, as it was reported that she charges around 5 crores for a single film.
One of the most popular and beautiful actresses of India, Kajal Aggarwal has made quite a name for herself in the Tamil and Telugu film industries, she made her debut in 2004 with the Bollywood film Kyun! Ho Gaya Na…, and made her Telugu Cinema debut in 2007, with the film Lakshmi Kalyanam. The turning point in her career was when she starred in the 2009 historical fiction Telugu film Magadheera which was a box office hit and her performance was praised by audience and critics alike, She won the Best Actress nominations at several award ceremonies including Filmfare for the film. She has delivered successful films in Tamil cinema such as Naan Mahaan Alla (2010), Thuppakki (2012), Jilla (2014), and Mersal (2017) and has also starred in Bollywood hits such as Singham (2011) and Special 26 (2013). She is one of the top actresses in South India and it was reported that she charges around 2 crores per film.
Daughter of actors Kamal Haasan and Sarika Thakur, Shruti Hassan is a film actress and singer who works predominantly in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi language films, She is one of the leading actresses of South Indian cinema and has received several accolades including three Filmfare Awards South, Having previously acted as a child artist, Shruti made her adult acting debut in the 2009 Bollywood film Luck. She received mainstream attention after starring in the romantic comedy Oh My Friend (2011), and Telugu fantasy film Anaganaga O Dheerudu (2011), She also starred in the Tamil science fiction thriller 7aum Arivu (2011) for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. Since then she has delivered several commercially successful films, including Gabbar Singh (2012), Vedalam (2015), Srimanthudu (2015), and Si3 (2017) and won the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu for the action-comedy Race Gurram (2014).
Tamanna Bhatia is an Indian actress who mostly works in Tamil and Telugu films. She has also appeared in several Bollywood films and has established herself as one of the top leading actresses in India. She is the first actress from India who was nominated at Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She also received the “Dayawati Modi” Award in 2017. She made her acting debut in 2005 at the young age of 15 in the Bollywood film, Chand Sa Roshan Chehra, she also made her Telugu debut in the same year with Sri. She has starred in some of the highest-grossing Indian Movies in the world, Like Bahubali and Bahubali 2, She is one of the highest-paid actresses in South Indian cinema, it was reported that she charges around 2 crores for a single film.
Sweety Shetty, popularly known by her stage name Anushka Shetty is an Indian Actress who appears in Tamil and Telegu films, often called as the Lady Superstar of South Indian Cinema, Anushka is extremely popular and is one of the highest-paid actresses in the country, she has won numerous awards through the span of her 15-year-old career, including three CineMAA Awards, a Nandi Award, TN State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards. She has received major success in both the Tamil and Telugu Industry and her portrayal of Princess Devasena in the Baahubali series was received widespread acclaim and praise, the series went on to become the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. She reportedly charges around 3 crores for a single film.
Ileana D’Cruz is an Indian film actress who works in Telugu and Hindi films, She made her debut in 2006 with the Telugu Film Devadasu, for which she won Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South, she then went on to star in commercial successes like Pokiri (2006), Jalsa (2008), Kick (2009) and Julayi (2012), establishing herself in the industry. She made her Bollywood debut with the critically acclaimed Barfi!, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She has had successes in both the Telugu and Hindi Films, Making her one of the top actresses in the country.
Rakul Preet Singh is an Indian Actress and Model who predominantly works in Telugu and Tamil Films, She has also starred in several Hindi and Kannada Films, She made her debut in 2009 with the Kannada film Gilli, she made her Telugu debut in 2011 with Keratam, and her Tamil debut the following year with Thadaiyara Thaakka, In 2014 she starred in Yaariyan, making her Bollywood debut. She has delivered many successful hits like Venkatadri Express (2013), Rough (2014), Sarrainodu (2016), Nannaku Prematho (2016), Dhruva (2016), and Spyder (2017). Apart from acting, she has won five pageant titles including People’s Choice Miss Indiatimes, Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face, Femina Miss Talented, Femina Miss Beautiful Smile and Femina Miss Beautiful Eyes.
Hansika Motwani is an Indian actress who mostly appears in Tamil and Telugu films, She has also starred in Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi films. She made her debut in 2007 with the Telugu Film Desamuduru film, She established herself as a top actress by starring some of the highest-grossing Tamil films like Engeyum Kadhal, Oru Kal Oru Kannadi and Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru. She has won several accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South, CineMAA Award for Best Female Debut, SIIMA Award for Best Debutant Actress, and SIIMA Award for Special Appreciation as Actress – Telugu.
Pooja Hegde is an Indian model and film actress who mainly works in Telugu and Hindi films, She made her acting debut in 2012 with the Tamil superhero film Mugamoodi, She made her Telugu film debut in the same year with Oka Laila Kosam and went on to star in Mukunda (2014), She made her Bollywood debut with Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro in 2016. She has won several awards, Including Zee Telugu Golden Awards, apart from acting, she is also a former beauty pageant contestant, and in 2010, she was crowned as the second runner-up at the Miss Universe India competition.
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