While Dhanush has made his foray into Bollywood with much aplomb, there have been several Bollywood actors who have made appearances in South films for example the ruler of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan.
Big B made his first appearance down south in a Kannada movie called Amrithdare after he which went on to act opposite Malayalam superstar Mohanlal in Kandahar. Actor Sonu Sood who is now a big name in Bollywood post success of Dabangg actually made his debut down south. He is more famous for his negative roles in south Indian movies than in Bollywood.
Sonu Sood made his debut in Tamil Majnu. The film was a smashing musical hit. That gave him lots of identity and he made his acting debut in Hindi films with Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in 2002, which won critical acclaim for his performance. But he was better noticed as Abhishek Bachchan's brother in Mani Ratnam's Yuva (2004) and in Aashiq Banaya Aapne (2005).
In Tollywood, with the release of Super in 2005, he received greater recognition for his work. In this film, his co-star was Nagarjuna as a high-tech thief. However, the film didn't perform as well as expected. His next film was Athadu, which was a super-hit. In 2006 he again portrayed the antagonist in Ashok. Lastly it was Arundhati that took him to the greatest unimagined heights in a non-local industry. He played the role of Aghora. This film turned out to be the biggest Telugu hit of that year.
Similarly Anil Kapoor too first debuted in a Kannada movie before playing the role of a rich Indian businessman in Tom Cruise starrer Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. We list down 10 such actors who have starred in south Indian movies...
He played on of the lead roles in Tamil movie Bommalattam directed Bharathiraja, where his role as an artistic mentor won him applause.
He is a big star in Bollywood who also happens to be a big part of Hollywood cinema too. But not many know that anil started his acting career with a Kannada film by the name Pallavi Anu pallavi which was directed by Mani Ratnam.
Amitabh Bachchan was seen in a guest role in Kannada film Amrithadare, where he played the role of himself. He then did a special appearance in Telugu film Amrutha Varsham in 2006 after which he did a Malayalam movie Kandahar in 2010.
During the early on set of his acting career in Bollywood, Akshay was part of a Kannda movie Vishnu Vijaya which starred Kannada superstar Vishnuvardhana as the lead.
Sunil is a south Indian but he found his stardom in Bollywood. He appeared in a song sequence in a malyalam movie Kakkakuyil way back in 2001 and in 2013 he played the role of himself in Kalimannu. He also played the role of then superstar actress Jothika's friend in tamil movie 12 B.
In the early stages of his film career Amol acted in some Malayalam films, Olangal is one of them.
He played an important role in tamil movie Aaranya Kaandam after which Jackie Shroff has become quite sought after in all the four South Indian languages. He has done telugu movie Astram, Shakti and Panjaa, malayalam movie Athisayan, Platform No.1 and Kannada movie c/o Footpath and Anna Bond. His upcoming tamil movie is oppostie superstar Rajnikanth, Kochdaiyaan.
In 2010, Manoj Bajpai appeared in the negative role of Raheemuddin Qureshi in the Telugu film Vedam.
He was always seen as the villians sidekick in Hindi movies but he graduated to the main villain's role in Telugu cinema with films like Mutamestri starring Chiranjeevi.