Tollywood has consistently produced some of the most talented and versatile actresses in the Indian film fraternity. These actresses have not only garnered immense fame but have also won the hearts of audiences with their exceptional acting prowess, charming personalities, and stunning looks.
Samantha Akkineni, known for her striking beauty and exceptional acting skills, has cemented her place as one of Tollywood’s leading ladies. Her performances in films like “Ye Maaya Chesave,” “Rangasthalam,” and “Majili” have earned her critical acclaim and a massive fan following. She also starred in Telugu films Yashoda and Shaakuntalam. Samantha is set to make her Hollywood debut with Chennai Story, based on Timeri N Murari’s novel ‘The Arrangements of Love’. She is also set to play Nadia Sinh’s mother in Citadel.
Keerthy Suresh gained widespread recognition for her brilliant portrayal of legendary actress Savitri in the biographical film “Mahanati.” Her remarkable performances and charismatic screen presence have made her a sought-after actress. In 2021, Keerthy starred in Rang De, Annaat, Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham, Good Luck Sakhi, and Saani Kaayidham. Her films were commercial success, mixed reviews, and critically acclaimed. Her acting debut, Selvaraghavan’s Saani Kaayidham, marked her best role.
Rakul Preet Singh’s versatility and stunning looks have made her a popular choice in both Tollywood and Bollywood. She has appeared in successful films like “Nannaku Prematho,” “Rarandoi Veduka Chudham,” and “Manmadhudu 2.” She released her first film in 2023, Chhatriwali, on Zee5. She received critical praise for her performance. She has four upcoming movies, including Indian 2 and Ayalaan, and is filming Meri Patni Ka Remake.
Rashmika Mandanna quickly rose to fame with her debut film “Chalo” and gained even more recognition with “Geetha Govindam.” Her natural acting style and charming smile have earned her a solid fan base. She starred in Sarileru Neekevvaru, Bheeshma, Pogaru, Sulthan, Pushpa: The Rise, Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu, Sita Ramam, Goodbye, and Varisu. Rashmika was ranked 24th in Bangalore Times’ 25 Most Desirable Women of 2016 and 30 Most Desirable Women of 2017.
Pooja Hegde has become a prominent name in Tollywood with her striking beauty and graceful acting. Her performances in films like “Duvvada Jagannadham,” “Aravinda Sametha Veera Raghava,” and “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo” have been well-received. Pooja Hegde starred in Most Eligible Bachelor, Radhe Shyam, and Beast, a Tamil film with over ₹250 crore worldwide collections. She received critical acclaim for her stand-up comedy role in Most Eligible Bachelor and won the SIIMA Award for Best Actress – Telugu.
Tamannaah Bhatia, a seasoned actress in the industry, continues to captivate audiences with her acting skills and captivating performances. Her notable films include “Baahubali: The Beginning,” “100% Love”. In 2019, she released F2: Fun and Frustration, a Telugu comedy film, Kanne Kalaimaane, Devi 2 (a Tamil horror comedy), Khamoshi, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Petromax, and Action. Her performance in these films was praised for its sincerity and emotional depth. In 2020, she released “Daang Daang,” the item song in the Telugu film Sarileru Neekevvaru, alongside Mahesh Babu.
Anushka Shetty’s portrayal of Devasena in the “Baahubali” series catapulted her to international fame. Known for her dedication to her roles and powerful performances, she remains a respected figure in the industry.
With her natural beauty and impeccable acting, Sai Pallavi has won the hearts of audiences across the South Indian film industry. Her performances in films like “Fidaa,” “Premam,” and “Athiran” have been widely appreciated.
Indian Tollywood actress primarily works in Tamil and Telugu films, with recent films like Ajayante Randam Moshanam (2023) and The Warriorr (2022). Shetty made her Telugu debut at 17 with Uppena, which collected over ₹100 crore. She later appeared in Shyam Singha Roy, The Warriorr, and Aa Ammayi Gurinchi Meeku Cheppali. She made her Tamil-language debut in Custody in 2023, starring Naga Chaitanya.
Anupama Parameswaran’s sweet and relatable performances have endeared her to audiences. She gained attention with her role in “Premam” and went on to star in films like “A Aa,” “Shatamanam Bhavati,” and “Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi.” Anupama made her Telugu film debut with Premam, followed by James & Alice, A Aa, Kodi, Shatamanam Bhavati, Jomonte Suvisheshangal, Vunnadhi Okate Zindagi, Hello Guru Prema Kosame, Natasaarvabhowma, Rakshasudu, Thalli Pogathey, Rowdy Boys, and Karthikeya 2, a sequel to Karthikeya (2014).