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PIX: The Hottest Southern Heroines - Part II

Last updated on: October 4, 2011 12:15 IST

PIX: The Hottest Southern Heroines - Part II

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You came up with the list of the hottest Southern actresses and we saw quite a few of them in yesterday's part one of the series. Here, we bring you the second batch of names who've scorched the screen in various South Indian languages.
Taapsee

Did you know that Taapsee is a software engineer by profession?

Taapsee got into modeling after her studies and won Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face and Safi Femina Miss Beautiful Skin.

She made her acting debut in romantic film Jhummandi Naadam. Her second film was in Tamil, Aadukalam, it won six national awards.

She is currently working in Telugu film Mogudu and has also signed her first Hindi Chasmme Badoor.

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Anushka Shetty

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Did you know that before joining films, Anushka was a Yoga Instructor and she has trained under yoga guru Bharat Thakur?

Even though she is Mangalorean she has mainly acted in Telugu films. Her first film was in Telugu with Nagarajuna. 

She's also done five Tamil movies and is working on the sixth one Irandam Ulagam with Arya.

Image: Anushka Shetty

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Sadaa

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Did you know that Sadaa is a Marathi Muslim girl from Ratnagiri, Maharashtra?

After her schooling, she came to Mumbai to complete her studies. She tasted success with her very first film Jayam in Telegu.

Her most successful film to date is her Tamil film Anniyan, 

She has worked in all the four languages -- Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada. She has also done three Hindi films -- Click, Love Khichdi and Khalbali.

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Nidhi Subbaiah

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Did you know that Nidhi was pursuing Civil Engineering when she dropped out to pursue acting? She is the only child of her parents.

Her Fair & Lovely commercial got her noticed and she got her acting break in Kannada film Abhimaani. She has acted in eight films in the last three years.

Image: Nidhi Subbaiah

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Illeana D'cruz

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Did you know that Illeana's mother worked for a hotel and the hotel manager told her mother to let Illeana do modeling and fixed an appoint with Marc Robinson?

Illeana got three ads the following year for Emami Talc, Electrolux and Fair & Lovely. 

Her Fair & Lovely ad was directed by none other than Rakesh Roshan which got her several film offers.

Illeana has worked in a lot of Telugu and Tamil films, soon she will seen in two Bollywood films Barfee and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai 2.


Image: Illeana D'cruz

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Trisha

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Did you know that Trisha was studying Bachelor of Business Administration before she joined acting?

Apart from her mother tongue Tamil, she is fluent in Hindi, French and English.

She was embroiled in two huge controversies -- one was a nude video clip of her taking a bath and the other one was regarding a drug case.

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Kajal Agarwal

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Did you know that: Kajal made her acting debut in the Aishwarya Rai Bachchan starrer film Kyun...! Ho Gaya Na as her friend?

She signed Tamil film Bommalattam in 2004 but the film got delayed and released in late 2008, in the meanwhile, six of her other films had released.

Her first commercial success was Chandamama (2007) and her film Magadheera  remains her biggest commercial success.

Her other successful films include Darling, Brindaavanam and Mr. Perfect. She recently acted in a Bollywood film Singham

Image: Kajal Agarwal

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Andrita Ray

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Did you know that Andrita is Bengali and brought up in Udaipur, Rajasthan? 

Both her parents are doctors and since her father was a dentist with the Indian Air force, she join a dental college to get a degree in Dental Science.

She mainly does Kannada film and can converse fluently in Kannada. She has done one Hindi film A Flat and one Telugu film Love in Hyderabad.

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Ragini Dwivedi

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Did you know that Ragini was the runner up of 2009 Femina Miss South India contest, and that she won the Miss Beautiful Hair?

Being born and brought up in Bangalore, her first film was Kannada film Veera Madhakari. She has done one Tamil film Ariyaan

She wants to work in Bollywood films too.

Image: Ragini Dwivedi

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Samantha Ruth Prabhu

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Did you know that Samantha's mother is a Malayali and her father is Telugu?  Samantha was brought up in Chennai and she can speak Tamil fluently. She is a commerce graduate.

The first film she signed was Ravi Varman's Moscowin Kavery but her first release was Ye Maaya Chesave, directed by Gautham Menon which was a huge hit. She will soon be seen in a Hindi movie directed by Gautham Menon.

Image: Samantha Ruth Prabhu

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