8 Bollywood Actors Who Started Their Careers From Regional Cinema

#4 played the same role in two different languages.




1. Diljit Dosanjh

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After releasing several hit Punjabi albums and singles, Diljit entered mainstream regional movies in 2011. In no time he became one of the most loved actors in Punjabi cinema. Soon the actor started getting offers to sing Bollywood songs and then in 2016, he got a meaty role in movie, Udta Punjab.

2. Konkana Sen Sharma

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Konkana made her debut in Bengali films as a child actor. She has worked with brilliant filmmakers like Rituparno Ghosh, Mira Nair, etc. Her movie, Mr. and Mrs. Iyer received major critical success. In 2007 she started acting in Bollywood movies.

3. Dhanush

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National award winner, Dhanush debuted in a Tamil movie. His part Tamil, part Hindi song Why this Kolaveri Di got quite popular on social media. And then he made his Bollywood debut with the movie, Raanjhanaa.

4. Asin Thottumkal

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Asin had received Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for the critically acclaimed performance in Tamil film, Ghajini (2005). After receiving lots of love for her work in Tamil and Telugu movies, she entered Bollywood with remake of Ghajini in2008.

5. Taapsee Pannu

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Taapsee worked in several Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil movies. She made her Bollywood debut through the movie Chashme Baddoor.

6. Ileana D'Cruz

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Ileana worked in several Tamil and Telugu movies before she entered Bollywood with Barfi in 2012.

7. Tamannah Bhatia

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The Bahubali actor started her career with a Telugu film, Sri.