Whether it is the Bollywood or the Tollywood or even Hollywood, the Tinsel town has always been often a male-dominated industry or a hero oriented film industry often, globally. In this article, we will discuss Some Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s and their journey in this tinsel town.

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But of the late 80s era, a few heroine-centric projects which were released in 90s which accompanied and ushering in a welcome change, that also started the trend of the heroine or women-centric movie in the Tollywood.

Some Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90's

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So it will be ideal to say those actresses broke the glass ceiling and made their presence felt in all the South Indian languages, even in the male-oriented movies, alongside, the female-oriented.

Some Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses of 90’s


Meena is the first Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s, who get the entry in this list and she has begun her acting career as a child artiste in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam language films, in 1982.

She made her leading adult debut in the Tollywood film, Navayugam opposite Rajendra Prasad in 1990. Though the movie was semi-success, still this movie helped Meena to achieve her good status as a leading lady in the Telugu cinema and then Meena never looked back.

From the 1990s to 2005, she had at least seven releases, in every South Indian languages almost and still, Meena is one of the most favorite South Indian actresses of all time.

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Nagma made her acting debut with the Hindi, film Baaghi: A Rebel for Love, opposite Salman Khan but this film did not, unfortunately, bring her success in the Bollywood.

She made her acting debut in the South Indian films; with the Telugu film Peddintalludu, afterward, of this movie, Nagma managed to prove her one of the most Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s, with the series of her successful Deccan movies.

With successful South Indian movies, like, Gharana MoguduKadhalanBaashha, Nagma proved her one of the popular leading actresses of the Tamil and Telugu films.

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Like Nagma, her younger sister Jyothika also was one of the most successful and Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s. Jyothika, made her acting debut with the Tamil film Vaali, for which she received a number of awards, like, female debut actress category.

From 1999 to 2007 Jyothika was the busiest actress of the Ta mil and Telugu films, then she tied the knot with the Tamil superstar Suriya and she became a complete housewife.

In 2015 with Rosshan Andrews’ 36 Vayadhinile, Tamil remake of Malayalam movie How Old Are You, starring Manju Warrier, Jyothika made comeback to the Tamil cinema.

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Vinaya Prasad

Although Vinaya Prasad made her acting debut in 1988, she rose to fame in Kannada cinema in the 90s era.

The versatile actress then b became a popular South Indian actress, and she is fondly known for her role as Sreedevi in 1993 hit Malayalam movie Manichithrathazhu, when she worked opposite the living legend Mohanlal.

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Shalini turns out to be one of the most Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s, in the Malayalam movies. She made her acting debut with the Malayalam film, Ente Mamattikkuttiyammakku (1983) as a child artiste.

Afterward, she became the heroine of the South Indian films, she did a numerous number of the hit films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada.

In the 1997 Malayalam film Aniyathipravu, opposite, Kunchacko Boban, turned to be a turning point of the Shalini’s career and after the success of this movie, she never looked back and now she turns to be most successful and Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s.

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She is married to the Tamil superstar Ajith, and now a complete housewife.

Ramya Krishnan 

Ramya Krishna is still one of the most famous and popular South Indian actresses. We mentioned her in the list of, the Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s, as she did almost in all Indian language movies, like, TeluguTamilMalayalamKannada, and Hindi.

Ramya has won three Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards, and a Tamil Nadu State Film Award and proved her in every sphere of this glamour world.

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One of the most Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s, Soundarya, did movies in almost all Southern languages, though, she was most popular in the Telugu cinema and one of the most favorite and popular actresses of 1990s.

Some of the successful movies, of her career, are Ammoru (1994), Anthapuram (1998), Raja (1999), Dweepa (2002) and Aaptamitra (2004).

But her good career cuts suddenly, when Soundarya, suddenly, died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore on 17 April 2004.

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Rambha, is another, Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s, because of her beautiful look and charming personality, she also turned to be the very popular actress of yesteryear in the Southern cinema.

She made her acting debut with the movie, Aa Okkati Adakku and then she never looked back.

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Shobana is another Successful & Talented South Indian Actresses 90’s who also proved her dancing skills, alongside the acting, in the tinsel town.

She won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, one for her performances in the psychological film, Manichitrathazhu (1993) and another is for her experimental drama, Mitr, My Friend (2001).

Consequent to the 1993 National Award, but after 2001, she became extremely selective in the choice of her films. Though in 1990s South Indian cinema was just blessed and graced to have Shobhna as leading lady and she did in almost all Indian languages movies, including, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi.

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