It has always been a migration season where the best Malayalam actresses have made it big in Kollywood.For instance, the ravishing Shobana who made it big with her appearance in Thalapathy is sought after even now. Not to be forgotten is Nadhiya's long stint with Kollywood and her mega hits like Paadu Nilave , Poove Poochudava. In fact, Nadhiya was well appreciated for her comeback role in M.Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi which released in 2004.
The scuttle from Malayalam cinema to Tamil opens avenues to ponder why there is more scope in the Kollywood industry. Is it that the Kollywood industry gives more opportunities for the new talents? Is there a dearth of Tamil- speaking actresses?
A classic example of a Malyalam heroine who had the best Kollywood breakthrough is Asin Thottumkal who rose to stardom in the early 2000's. Her role in Ghajini conquered so many hearts that she was warmly welcomed by the Bollywood industry for the same role!
Not to forget one such heroine is the ever-cherubic Shalini, who gave her debut in the Malayalam industry at a tender age of 4. The actress gave many hits like Kadhallukku Mariyadhai, Piriyadha Varam Vendum etc. Infact, she was picked by Mani Ratnam for Alaipayuthey, a perfect fit for the role which no one else could have done better.
The trend does not stop with that. Nayanthara, another star tracing her origin to the Malayalam industry is still admired by many for her on-screen presence. Her role in movies like Boss engira Baskaran and Yaaradi Nee Mohini captured the eyes of many directors. Her recent performance in Raja Rani saw her in a very mature character which she yet again aced. The movie also witnessed Nazriya, the recent heart-throb in Kollywood who is yet again a diva of the Malayalam industry. Nazriya has bagged many offers in the Kollywood industry. Her role in Nayyandi against Dhanush was widely talked about. Other such stars include Oviya , Bhavana, Gopika who were a part of mega hits like Kalavani, Asal, Autograph respectively. Newbies like Rima Kalingal (Yuvan Yuvathi), Meera Nandan (Ayyanar) have been recently welcomed by the Kollywood industry and are shooting for various projects in the Tamil movie industry. And thus, the success stories of Malayalee actresses in Tamil industry continues for many decades now.