Regional cinema in India is known for producing some of the best films and talent that Indian cinema has produced throughout the years. In recent years, actors undertaking crossovers into other languages has gained traction, with Hindi actors appearing in regional language films and vice versa.
There has been a multitude of talent from across language theaters who have lately made or will be making their debut in Hindi films and shows in the recent past and coming months.
Shalini Pandey is all set to make her Bollywood debut with the electrifying actor Ranveer Singh in the upcoming film Jayeshbhai Jordaar, which is produced by Maneesh Sharma of YRF Production and directed by Divyang Thakkar after impressing with her innocence and amazing performance in Arjun Reddy starring opposite Vijay Deverakonda.
With many projects in the works, another leading lady from the south is preparing to take over Bollywood. Rashmika has starred in multiple Telugu and Kannada blockbusters alongside some of the region’s best actors, and she is currently paired opposite Siddharth Malhotra in RSVP’s Mission Majnu, directed by Shantanu Bagchi. She will also act alongside megastar Amitabh Bachchan in the film Good-Bye, which is produced by Balaji Telefilms and directed by Vikas Bahl.
After mostly working in Telugu cinema as an actor and producer, the original Kabir Singh alias Arjun Reddy aka Vijay Devarakonda is ready to make his Bollywood debut in the romantic sports action film Liger opposite Ananya Panday. The young heartthrob will be seen boxing, for which he has put in a lot of effort to develop an athletic body. It’s also Ananya’s first appearance in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam films. Karan Johar is the film’s producer.
Actor, producer, lyricist, and dialogue writer Vijay Sethupathi, who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films, is scheduled to make his Bollywood debut with the film Mumbaikar, with Vikrant Massey, Sanjay Mishra, Ranvir Shorey, Sachin Khedekar, and Tanya Maniktala, among others. Fans and the media have dubbed the celebrity “Makkal Selvan,” which means “People’s Treasure,” and it will be a joy to see him speak Hindi dialogues in his own style. Mumbaikar is a remake of Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Maanagaram from 2017, directed by Santosh Sivan and helmed by Riya Shibu.
Naga Chaitanya, the son of Telugu superstar Nagarujana and Amla, is scheduled to make his Bollywood debut with Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha, after establishing himself as one of the young successful performers in Telugu cinema. Naga Chaitanya has reportedly taken over for Vijay Sethupathi in the role.
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