June 02, 2011

One wouldn’t know it, but heroines who have ruled the roost and who are currently sitting pretty on top of the heap, have often had humble origins. Most would like to forget that they were once struggling to achieve a foothold in a ruthless industry. If it were not for discerning directors who spotted the spark of talent behind bushy eyebrows or pre-surgery enhanced features and used it to launch a Superstar, they would have remained just ordinary.

Bharathiraja gave India, Sridevi, who would go on to become the reigning queen in three different film industries at the same time. A feat which she was the first to achieve and which no one in all likelihood ever will again. He was also responsible for launching Radha, who was one of the leading heroines of the 80s. T Rajendran discovered the talented Amala. The list goes on and on. Let us check out the current crop of top heroines who owe their fame to the directors who gave them their first break.

Jyothika: Jo is an SJ Suryah discovery. She had a small cameo in Vaali where she was nothing more than the figment of Ajith Kumar’s imagination. But she shone in that part and became every red-blooded man’s dream girl. Jo had made quite the impact in a miniscule role proving the adage that there are no small roles, only small actors. What followed was an enviable career that saw her become the Queen bee of Tamil cinema with the actress excelling in bubbly roles as well as more performance-oriented characters.

Reema Sen: Gautham Menon was responsible for the discovery of this firebrand actress and gave her the lead in Minnale, where she was paired opposite Madhavan. Since then, there has been no looking back for this actress. She notched up hits by the dozen and has remained at the top in the Tamil as well as Telugu film industries. Selvaraghavan’s Aayirathil Oruvan proved that she has the ability to deliver a power-packed performance with the best of them. Reema Sen is choosy about her roles and she can afford to be that way, because the wellspring of film offers refuses to run dry for her.

Nayanthara: Director Hari introduced her to Tamil films with Aiya where she played a simple village belle. Her very next film was Chandramukhi with none other than Rajinikanth. Her contemporaries would have willingly given their lives for the role but Nayanthara was the lucky one to bag the part. Plump and a little rough around the edges but blessed with a natural charm and the willingness to learn, she pulled off one of the most magical transformations in film history to become the numero uno actress of the South.

Sameera Reddy: Gautham Menon seems to have a knack for picking out winners as Sexy Sam as she is known in Bollywood was introduced to Tamil audiences as sensational Sameera in Vaaranam Aayiram. Demure and delectable she won a million hearts and is widely considered the next best thing in Tamil cinema. And Nadunisi Naigal proved that she has some serious acting chops.

Genelia: Director Shankar launched Genelia with Boys. Pretty Genelia amidst a bevy of boys was quite the scene-stealer. Her stint in Tamil cinema gave her career a new lease of life and she has gone on to act in some memorable movies in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. Now, she is very much in demand in all three industries.

Hansika Motwani: Hansika came and conquered even before the release of her first film in Tamil, which was Mapillai with Dhanush. Suraj was the first to recognize her potential and others were quick to follow. She now has two films with Vijay and will also be seen in Udhayanidhi Stalin’s debut film, OKOK. Plump and pretty Hansika will also be Vishal’s next heroine. There is little doubt that she is here to stay.

Tags : Hansika Motwani, Genelia, Sameera Reddy, Nayanthara, Reema Sen
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