Tamil Industry is slowly rising on top with its mega-blockbuster releases like Bahubali series, Mersal, Kabali, Vishwaroopam and many more. All this can be credited to the superstars that Kollywood has produced over the years. The Tamil Actors have become popular names across the globe. For many, it might come as a surprise that their movies are getting major screenings in other countries as compared to Bollywood or even some of the Hollywood movies. For example, Agnyaathavaasi broke Bahubali’s records at the USA box office, standing amidst top 5 movies in the USA to get biggest openings.

The South Indian actors are famous for delivering their power-packed punches. These Telugu or Tamil heroes carry such macho looks that people fall in love with their movies just by their personalities. The heavy dialog delivery, powerful punches, and strong storyline are some of the traits that make any movie successful. And these South Indian actors make sure to give their 100% to anything they do.

Let’s have a look at some of the best Tamil actors in India.


The Amitabh Bachchan of Kollywood, Rajinikanth has attracted love and attention from all over the world. He has given numerous superhits to date. Some of his blockbusters include Enthiran (Robot), Sivaji (Sivaji The Boss), Kabali and Lingaa, to name a few. And hence, he is also one of the highest earning actors all over Asia. He is not only famous for his Telugu movies, but he has also given superhits in Hindi, Telugu, Kannada and English Cinemas.


He is one of the most handsome Tamil actors. His aura is enough to make a movie hit. He was born as Saravanan Sivakumar but adopted the stage name Suriya for his movies. Some of his superhits that were remade in Bollywood include Ghajini and Singham series. His other mega blockbusters are Nandha, Vaaranam Aayiram, 24 and many more.

Kamal Haasan

He is an extremely popular name, not only in Tamil cinema but also in Bollywood. Over his tenure, he has delivered numerous hits. And now his daughter is also on the same path as Kamal. Some of the blockbusters of Kamal Haasan include Vishwaroopam, Chachi 420, Anbe Sivam, Nayakan, and Papanasam, to name a few. He has given more than 50 years of his life to film industry. He is not only a famous actor, but a very popular choreographer, director, and writer as well.

Prakash Raj

Although not famous as an actor, but he is an extremely popular villain of Indian cinema. He is apparently the most loved villains of India. He has worked in numerous languages including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, Malayalam, and Marathi. His fluency in multiple languages makes him one of the most desired actors throughout India. Since his debut in Tamil cinema, Duet, he has become a successful actor in Kollywood.


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He became a worldwide fame through his song “Why This Kolaveri Di?” Dhanush is not only a famous actor but also a producer, lyricist, and a playback singer. He made his Tamil debut with Thulluvadho Ilamai, and Hindi debut with Raanjhanaa, which was a huge success. He is the son-in-law of Rajinikanth.


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Having a film background did a great help in Vijay’s life. He was born to a famous director and producer, S. A. Chandrasekhar. He rose to fame with his movie, Ghili. Vijay is a very popular actor, dancer, and singer in South Indian industry. He has also made Bollywood appearance in the song Chinta Chinta from Rowdy Rathore. His mega blockbuster so far is Mersal, which gave a huge competition to Bollywood movies released in October 2017.

R. Madhavan

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A popular actor in Bollywood, Madhavan started his filmy career through Tamil industry only. He attained the image of a romantic hero due to his 2 blockbusters in 2001, Minnale and Dumm Dumm Dumm. He is one of the few actors from South Indian industry who has successfully established himself in Bollywood as well. His Bollywood movies ‘Tanu Weds Manu’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ were a huge success among people.


He made his debut in Tamil industry through 1993 movie, Amaravathi. He first got critical acclamation from Aasai (1995). And since then, he has been giving multiple hits in Tamil cinema. These days, the actor is very famous for his action-packed roles, such as in Vivegam.

Vijay Sethupathi

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He began working as a supporting actor for 5 years. Vijay got a major breakthrough in 2012 when his 3 back to back movies, ‘Sundarapandian’, ‘Pizza’ and ‘Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom’, were huge successes at the box office. All the 3 movies saw him in complete diverse roles, ranging from a villain in the former movie to thriller role and then comedy role in the latter movies. Vijay’s movies are full of energy, which make them a treat to watch.

Vikram Kennedy

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He is also one of the popular actors of Kollywood. Vikram is famous for his movies like ‘Anniyan’ and ‘I’. His film ‘Sethu’ was a huge step in his life. Initially facing a lot many hurdles, the film finally released after 2 years. It gained immense popularity solely based on word of mouth. And it might come as a shock to few that during the struggle phase of this movie, Vikram was on the verge of losing his film career completely. Today, he has established himself as one of the successful actors in India.

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