Top 10 South Indian Actors Of All Time Who Rule Over The Entire Film Industry

Leela Adwani |Oct 10, 2020

The national film industry is not only the world of Bollywood but also the southside. Check out the list of top 10 South Indian actors of all time!

The Indian cinema has always been a melting pot of excellent acting talent from many different parts across the country. Yes, the national film industry is not only the world of Bollywood but also the southside. It has attracted talents from the regional counterparts and it would not an overstatement to say many actors from the South have ruled over the Indian film industry and they are top 10 South Indian actors of all time.

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Top 10 South Indian Actors Of All Time

India is a movie-loving nation and South Indian films have won the hearts of millions of audiences with romance, action, thriller, and drama too. They even gain popularity from all quarters and movie stars somehow are indispensable parts of the life of many people. Interestingly, we have it an extremely wide array. South Indian actors have always been giving tough competition to their talented contemporaries from other industries, especially Bollywood.


The first and foremost on the list of top 10 South Indian actors of all time must be Prabhas who is the only South Indian actor making headlines in Bollywood without having starred in any stand-along movie in this industry before.

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Prabhas enjoys a massive fanbase

Born on 23 October 1979, Prabhas worked predominantly in Telugu films and made his acting debut in an action drama titled Eeswar in the year 2002. During nearly two decades in the film industry, he has several blockbusters to his credit.

From being a regional star, he has become a South Indian film sensation who was almost immediately catapulted to nationwide attention post the success of mega-hit franchise Baahubali and The Return of Rebel.


The list of 10 South Indian actors of all time cannot complete without mentioning Dhanush who is known to be a versatile artist working in the Tamil cinema. Been active since 2002, he has been nicknamed Bruce Lee of India by media and his fans thanks to his top-notch fight scenes.

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Dhanush is touted as India Bruce Lee

He is an actor, director, producer, lyricist, screenwriter, and even playback singers. It’s not far off the mark to say Dhunush’s position in the industry is irreplaceable. Most famous movies of Bhanush recently include the Maari series, Raanjhanaa, and Vada Chennai movie.


Rajinikanth is not a normal Tamil movie star but a legend. He is admired by people from all walks of life and his fans across India even worship him as a god. The evergreen actor is touted as a pride of the whole country and amongst the few legendary actors.

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His place in the heart of Indian audiences is irreplaceable

His name had been built from films like Chalbaaz, Hum, Bulandi or 2.0 movie. His popularity has gone beyond Tamil cinema as he also starred in other-language movies including, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and even English.


Mohanlal is a great producer, writer, and best known for his works in Malayalam movies. He has more than 300 films to his credits and challenged himself in several kinds of roles in different genres through around three decades in his acting profession.

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The best villain of Indian cinema

Commenced his career as an iconic villain, Mohanlal is currently one of the biggest names and a must in the top 10 South Indian actors of all time.

Mahesh Babu

Touted as a Prince of Tollywood, Mahesh has stolen the heart of his audiences with his natural acting talent, good-looking face, and many more. Being one of the highest-paid actors in Telugu film cinema, Mahesh Babu has appeared in over 25 films and brought home several prestigious trophies.

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His charm has won the hearts of many fangirls

Kajal Aggarwal

The top 10 South Indian actors of all time is not the list of male actors only as female talents also deserves to be featured.

The 1985-born actress has established her acting career in Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi films. The 2009 fiction drama Magadheera marked a milestone in her life as it earned her critical acclaim and makes it to the highest-grossing Telugu movies of all time.

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she is the first south Indian actress to have a wax statue

She is also the first actress from South Indian cinema to have a wax statue that is put at Madame Tussauds Singapore.

Shruti Haasan

Daughter of powerful couple Kamal Haasan and Sarika, Shruti Haasan is a sought-after face who works mainly in Telugu and Tamil cinema. The actress has won twice at the high-profile Filmfare Awards South. One of her most searched movies is the erotic 3 movie in Tamil.

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Shruti Haasan is called a bombshell of the South side

Anushka Shetty

Unlike many others who typically started their career as a model before entering the film industry, Anushka Shetty was a trained yoga instructor before she got her first offer from director Meher Ramesh for the film Super in 2005. She earned massive recognition after only three films and now becomes a household name.

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Anushka Shetty's performance effortlessly makes our heart flutter

>>> Read rumours about Anushka Shetty Marriage With Prabhas

Samantha Akkineni

Samantha is also very much part of the top 10 South Indian actors of all time. Even though she made her debut just 10 years ago, she started with a bang and even runs faster than her contemporaries.

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Samantha Akkineni rides high on her professional meter

She is a recipient of many awards including four Filmfare Awards. One of Samantha's most reputed films is U Turn in which she co-stars with Aadi Pinisetty.


Born and raised in Bombay, Maharashtra but Tamannaah chose to develop her career in the South Indian cinema. It goes without saying that she is the missing piece to complete the top 10 South Indian actors of all time list.

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Tamannaah made it big in the South Indian film industry even though she was born in Mumbai

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