Tamil film industry is something where success can’t be taken for granted: one has to work hard to earn his/her success and strive harder to sustain it. At a time when senior heroines (those who have completed a decade in films such as Tamannaah, Nayantara, Kajal Aggarwal, ‘milky beauty’ Tamannaah and Hansika) are still going steady, we also have them facing tough competition from newbies.
Rakul Preet Singh has just commenced her second innings in Kollywood; though she debuted as an actress in Tamil films, it was Tollywood which embraced her with both hands and provided her plenty of opportunities making her a frontline actress. She is the obvious choice of film-makers and heroes who concentrate the Telugu market too. She had two films: one hit (Theeran Adhikaaram Ondru) and one miss (Spyder) last year and has bagged quite a few films opposite frontline heroes in Kollywood.
Keerthy Suresh, who had a fantastic year in 2016, had a mixed bag in 2017. She had a couple of releases in Vijay’s Bairavaa (a non-starter) and Pambhu Sattai (with Bobby Simha). Though both the films didn’t do well at the box-office, Keerthy has bagged films opposite Suriya (Thaana Serndha Koottam has just released), Vikram (Saamy Square) and the Tamil-Telugu biopic on late and legendary actrss Savitri. It remains to be seen whether she bounces back in 2018.
Kajal Aggarwal, the picture-perfect actress, had two major films opposite Vijay (Mersal) and Ajith Kumar (Vivegam) releasing last year. She continues to sign up films opposite elading heroes and would be seen this year in the much-awaited Tamil remake of Bollywood super-duper hit film Queen. Despite her age being in the mid-thirties, she continues to get glam-filled role thanks mostly to her hour-glass figure and wrinkle-free face. She hasn’t yet taken on roles of substance as a heroine!
Despite her last October’s marriage to Tollywood’s Naga Chaitanya, Samantha continues to remain the darling of not only her fans but also film-makers in Tollywood and Kollywood, if the films she had signed up in recent times is any indication to go by. She has films opposite Vijay Sethupathi, Sivakarthikeyan and Vishal in Tamil and is going steady in Telugu too. She was also part of last year’s hit film Mersal and continues to remain on the list of frontline heroines in both Tamil and Telugu films!
Nikki Galrani, yet another actress with a flawless face and a figure-to-die-for, is another heroine who had as many as five films releasing in 2017. The 25-year old Bangalore-born actress had Motta Siva Ketta Siva, Maragadha Naanayam, Neruppu Da and Hara Hara Mahadevaki releasing in Tamil besides the Malayalam film Team 5 releasing last year. She also has four Tamil films on hand and despite her hourglass figure, she wants to be remembered forever as a heroine of substance!
Regina Cassandra, the Tamil-speaking actress, had three films releasing in 2017 in the form of Maanagaram, Saravanan Irukka Bayamaen and Gemini Ganeshanum Suruli Raajanum and has a few promising projects in Tamil and Telugu which are slated to release this year. The 27-year old actress has every chance of ending the year as a frontline actress in both these languages, according to trade pundits.
Others such as Shruti Haasan, Hansika, Sri Divya, Tamannaah and Manjima Mohan have been lagging behind in their quest to sustain their status as bankable and frontline actresses!