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Top 10 Most Talented And Good-Looking Young Actors In South India

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1.Allu Arjun

Allu Arjun is an Indian film actor who primarily works in Telugu cinema. After playing as a child artist in Vijetha and as a dancer in Daddy, Arjun made his adult debut in Gangotri. Allu Arjun is the nephew of the famous Telugu actor Chiranjeevi. He is also the grandson of the Telugu comedy actor Allu Ramalingaiah. His cousin Ram Charan Teja is also a young and upcoming Tollywood actor. He has two siblings – an older brother named Allu Venkatesh, and a younger brother named Allu Sirish. He now lives in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, with his family. He is a good dancer in Tollywood like his uncle.

Allu Arjun’s second film Arya, released in 2004, and Arjun claims it to be his first major hit. Arjun’s third film Bunny was released in 2005 and his fourth film Happy, was released in 2006. The film managed to make a decent profit in the Indian movie scene in the U.S.

In 2007, his fifth film, Desamuduru, directed by Puri Jagannadh, proved to be a box office hit and the first hit of the year in Tollywood. This movie grossed Rs.19 Crore and a share of Rs.15.50 Crore in the first week of its release. This opening remains his highest grossing opening so far in his career. In the same year, he also made a guest appearance in his uncle Chiranjeevi’s film, Shankardada Zindabad.

His sixth film Parugu was released on May 1st, 2008. Produced by successful producer Dil Raju, it was directed by Bhaskar. Sheela played the female lead in the movie and Prakash Raj played another major role. This film opened to a mixed talk but later went on to run 100 days successfully. It brought good recognition to Allu Arjun as an actor too. He entertained his audience with his dances and acting skills.

He is also a well known star in Kerala. All of Allu Arjun’s movies, except Gangotri, were dubbed into Malayalam. Desamudrudu was renamed to Hero and Parugu was renamed to Krishna when dubbed. This helped him gain some popularity in the state of Kerala.

2.Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu, popularly known as Prince, is one of the reigning young stars of Telugu cinema. Mahesh was born on 9th August 1974 to actor Krishna in Chennai. He is one of five siblings. He has an older brother Ramesh, two older sisters Padmavathi and Manjula and a younger sister Priyadarshini.

He did his schooling at St Bede’s School in Chennai and obtained a degree in Commerce from Loyola College, Chennai. Mahesh stands tall at a height of 6’3” and is a cricket fan. Mahesh married Namrata Shirodkar, a former Ms. India and an actress in 2005 and they had a son Gautam Krishna Gattamaneni in 2006.

Riding on the crest of his popularity, Mahesh is the brand ambassador for Thumps Up and Hero Honda. Raja Kumaradu was Mahesh’s debut and starred him opposite Preity Zinta. His role as Raja won him the Nandi Best Male Debut award. In 2000, he starred in Yuvaraju and Vamsi, in which he shared screen space with Namrata Shirodkar and his father Krishna. Murari in 2001 with Sonali Bendre won him the Nandi Award for Special Jury.

He won the award again in 2002 for Takkari Donga with Lisa Ray and Bipasha Basu. The year 2003 was another year for the award-winning performances with him winning the Nandi Award for Best Actor for Nijam and Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award for Okkadu with Bhoomika Chawla.

Another Nandi Award for Special Jury went his way for his role in Arjun. The other release in 2004 was Naani. Athadu in 2005 was a money spinner and won him another Nandi Best Actor Award. The 2006 release Pokiri made around the realty mafia won him the Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Award for his portrayal of Pandu, a thug.

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3.Ram Charan Teja

Ram Charan is a film actor. He is the son of legendary actor Megastar Chiranjeevi and Surekha, grandson of Allu Ramalingaih and nephew of actors Nagendra Babu and Pawan Kalyan. He has two sisters, Sushmita and Srija. His cousin Allu Arjun is also a Tollywood actor. He made his film debut with Chirutha.

Ram Charan studied in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan School, Chennai and he was brought up there. He is the famous for Dance in Telugu Film Industry and he has good skills in Martial Arts. He knows horse riding well and the person who encouraged him to be involved in horse riding was Prabhu, a Tamil actor.

Ram Charan Teja’s made his debut in Chiruta (2007); his performance garnered many awards like Filmfare Best Male Debut Award and Cine MAA Award for Best Male Debut and got appreciations from such actors as superstar Rajnikanth, who said he felt Charan’s acting in that movie was like that of someone with over 70 films experience.

Hi second film Magadheera (2009), was a Blockbuster hit, first ever telugu film to collect over INR 100 crores.

4.Yash

Naveen Kumar Gowda, known by his screen name as Yash, is an Indian film actor who primarily works in Kannada films. Prior to films, he acted in theater and played different roles in television soaps.

Yash made his film debut in 2007 with Jambada Hudugi, playing a supporting role in the film. In his second film, Moggina Manasu, he played the male lead opposite Radhika Pandit. The film emerged as a commercial success and earned him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor. Yash went on to star in many commercially successful films such as Modalasala, Rajadhani, Kirataka, Lucky, Jaanu, Drama, Googly, Raja Huli, Gajakesari, Mr and Mrs Ramachari, Masterpiece, etc. With a successful track record of hits, Yash has established himself as one of the bankable stars in the Kannada film industry.

Yash started his acting career with the teleserial Nanda Gokula directed by Ashok Kashyap, which aired on ETV Kannada. He went on to appear in several other teleserials such as Malebillu and Preeti Illada Mele. His performance in Preeti Illada Mele was much appreciated. Yash stepped into the Kannada silver screen with a small role in the Priya Hassan directed film, Jambhada Hudugi in 2007, which went unnoticed by a large section of the audience. He then acted in Moggina Manasu directed by Shashank in 2008, where he was paired opposite his Nanda Gokula co-star Radhika Pandit. It was not a full-fledged role, however, the role brought him much recognition. He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film. Yash then starred in lead roles in critically acclaimed films like Rocky (2008), Kallara Santhe (2009), Gokula (2009), etc.

5.Prabhash

Prabhas Raju Uppalapati, popularly known as Prabhas, is a Tollywood actor and the nephew of Tollywood star and politician Krishnam Raju Uppalapati. Prabhas’s early movies, Eeshwar and Raghavendra, did not fare very well at the box office but he gained stardom with M.S. Raju’s film, Varsham, opposite Trisha Krishnan, in 2004. After the success of Varsham, Adavi Ramudu and Chakram did not live up to the expectations of Prabhas’s fans. However, in September 2005, he made a comeback with the phenomenal blockbuster, Chatrapathhi, opposite actress Shriya Saran.

Chatrapati was followed by unsuccessful films such as Pournami, Yogi, and Munna. Munna also starred Illeana opposite him. His Baahubali series made him one of the most popular faces in the Telugu film industry. He continues to have a large, loyal fan base among the Telugu people, especially among young women.

In 2015 he appeared as Shivudu/Mahendra Baahubali and Amarendra Baahubali in S.S. Rajamouli’s epic Baahubali: The Beginning which is the fourth-highest-grossing Indian film to date. Prabhas reprised his role in its sequel, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), which became the first Indian film ever to gross over ₹1,000 crore (US$155 million) in all languages in just ten days, and it is the second highest-grossing Indian film to date. 

6.Jr.Ntr

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao more popularly known as NTR Jr, Tarak, or just NTR, is a popular Indian film actor. He is the grandson of Late Shri Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, who was a legendary actor, statesman, and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.

He is the son of Nandamuri Harikrishna (NTR’s son) and Smt. Shalini. He is fondly called Tarak by his family, friends and close associates. Later, he changed his name to Taraka Rama Rao in honour of his grandfather. Many cine and political analysts believed that he was the next big star from the Nandamuri family.

Jr. NTR married Narne Lakshmi Pranathi, the daughter of Narne Srinivasa Rao, the owner of the Telugu news channel Studio N and a relative of Jr. NTR’s uncle, the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Nara Chandrababu Naidu on 5 May, 2011, at Hitex Exhibition Center, Madhapur, Hyderabad.

Tarak began his career as a Kuchipudi dancer and a child artist. His first step into Tollywood was with the movie Bala Ramayanam, directed by Gunasekhar. Ironically, his character in the movie was Lord Sri Rama, a role “patented” by his grandfather NTR! After a few years, Tarak made his re-entry into Tollywood with Ninnu Choodalani in 2001, but it failed to perform well at the box office.

He went on to gain fame with Student No. 1 (also released in 2001), directed by S.S. Rajamouli, followed by Subbu and Aadi, which was a blockbuster, and created huge stardom for Tarak. In January 2003, Tarak came up with Naaga, though the movie raised some political issues worth giving a thought, it was average at the box office.

However, in July 2003, his movie Simhadri became a block-buster and the highest grossing film in Tollywood, and made Tarak and director Rajamouli as household names. At the age of 20, he became a sensation of his generation and gave his seniors a run for their glory. When asked, what message would he like to give to the fans, he responded by saying “I’m too young to give any message to all those who have so much respect and love for the Nandamuri family and me. I simply bow my head to them.”

7.Ram Pothineni

Ram is an Indian film actor, who is known for his works in Telugu cinema. Ram is the nephew of noted film producer Sravanthi Ravi Kishore. Ram born in Hyderabad, India, on May 15, he was brought up and finished his education in Chennai. He is the nephew of Telugu producer Sravanti Ravi Kishore.

Ram started his acting career at a very young age of 12 years. He acted in a short film by the name ‘ID’ in Tamil and was awarded “The Best Actor” award among the 120 films screened from 60 countries at the European Film Festival conducted at Otten, Switzerland!

He is obsessed with the career option of becoming an actor with a profound commitment and zeal. His strenuous efforts, hard work…almost 18 hours a day, and the passion for acting resulted into him being identified by renowned director and producer Mr. Y.V.S Chowdary, a perfectionist to the core, for making his film Devadasu. Ram grabbed the opportunity provided to him and continued his commitment, sincerity and dedication in performing the lead role of the film Devadasu.

Ram, the promising young star, has attained glory with his maiden film in Telugu Devadasu. The Telugu film industry suddenly found a young and dynamic person with a lot of acting ability, extreme ease at dancing skills and also the power of portraying action scenes too. He is known to be the ‘Youngest Hero of the South’. The Telugu film industry noticed the new talent with awe and admiration. And the audience made it a big block-buster creating a history of running 175 days in 17 centres for a debutant hero.

His performance in the film got him the real recognition when he got a second opportunity in the film Jagadam, from another perfectionist director, Mr. Sukumar. It was a crazy project with much expectation and did a business of around 14 crores, which again is a record for a new-comer. Even though it did not fare well at the box office, Ram got much critical acclaim for his performance.

8.Vijay Deverakonda

Vijay Deverakonda also known as Vijay Devarakonda is an Indian film actor, best known for his work in Telugu cinema. Making his debut at a young age after a stint in theatre, Vijay is best known for his role as “Rishi” in the 2015 movie Yevade Subramanyam.

Vijay was born in Achampet, Nagarkurnool district of Telangana. Along with his younger brother, Vijay was admitted to Sri Sathya Sai Higher Secondary School in Puttaparthi, Ananthapur District, Andhra Pradesh. Vijay had spent most of his formative years in this school, away from family for close to 10 months a year.

Vijay’s first serious step into the world of entertainment was his brief stint with a theatre group called Sutradhar, based out of Hyderabad. He did a 3-month workshop, which led him to several plays in the Hyderabad theatre circuit. His long standing association was with Ingenium Dramatics. Soon, he ventured into cinema.

Vijay played a minor role in Sekhar Kammula’s Life is Beautiful. It was on that sets that he got introduced to an assistant director at the time, Nag Ashwin. It was Nag Ashwin who later gave Vijay his breakthrough role in 2015 movie Yevade Subramanyam alongside renowned actor Nani. The film was produced by the daughters of Ashwini Dutt, a leading producer in Telugu Film Industry. Priyanka Dutt saw his potential and backed him, and once shooting started, Swapna Dutt signed him onto her company. The film went on to be a major success with Vijay’s portrayal of Rishi winning hearts across the Telugu states, winning him great adulation among fans and critics alike.

9.Naga Chaitanya

Naga Chaitanya is a film actor. He is the son of popular actor Akkineni Nagarjuna, the grandson of Akkineni Nageshwara Rao and the nephew of actor Venkatesh. He made his film debut with Josh, which is releasing on 3rd September 2009.

Naga Chaitanya was born on November 23, 1986 to actor Akkineni Nagarjuna and his first wife, Lakshmi. However his parents split before his first birthday, and subsequently he lived with his father and his step mother, Amala, a prominent actress.

Nagarjuna also had another son with Amala, called Akhil Akkineni, who played the lead role in Sisindri as a two year old. Moreover, Naga Chaitanya’s grandfather, Akkineni Nageswara Rao was one of thespian’s of Telugu cinema, with cousins Sumanth and Sushanth also being film actors.His maternal grandfather, D. Ramanaidu, is a famous producer in the film industry whilst his maternal uncle, Venkatesh is also one of Telugu cinema’s biggest actors.

Following the legacy led by his family in films, Naga Chaitanya’s debut was widely anticipated. After several rumours regarding his debut, during the audio launch of his father’s King, Chaitanya was introduced to the film world and there his debut film was launched. Josh, directed by newcomer Vasu Varma and produced by Dil Raju pairs him opposite a fellow debutant and child of an actress, Karthika Nair, the daughter of Radha.

10.Sudheer Babu

Sudheer Babu is an Indian film actor and former professional Badminton player. He primarily works in the Telugu film industry. Sudheer made his debut as hero in the Telugu film industry with the film Shiva Manasulo Shruti. He is the brother-in-law of Telugu actor Mahesh Babu. In 2016, Sudheer made his Bollywood debut with the romantic action Baaghi as the main antagonist.

Sudheer Posani was born to Posani Nageswara Rao and Posani Rani on 11 May in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. He has an elder sister Karuna. He did his schooling in Vijayawada in Siddartha public school and attended M.S.Ramaiah Institute of Technology briefly in Bangalore (dropped out) and later graduated from Maharishi Institute of Management, Hyderabad. Later he generated interest in badminton and took it professionally with a lot of playing he showed his timbre which got him many accolades.

Sudheer began his acting career with the film Ye Maaya Chesave which was directed by Gautham Menon. The film was produced by his sister-in-law Manjula Ghattamaneni. In the film, he played the role of Samantha’s brother. Sudheer made his debut in a leading role with the film SMS (Siva Manasulo Sruthi) directed by Bheemli Kabadi Jattu fame Tatineni Satya. The film was released on 10 February 2012. It was produced by Vikram Raju under the Super Good Films banner.. Actress Regina Cassandra who also made her debut with this film was paired with sudheer. The film was a remake of 2009 Tamil film Siva Manasula Sakthi.

His second film as hero, Prema Katha Chitram was released on 7 June 2013. Nandita acted alongside him. This film directed by J.Prabhakar reddy produced by Director Maruthi, received very positive reviews. Sudheer and Nandita won critical acclaim for their performances.

Sudheer got married to Priyadarsini, the youngest daughter of Telugu actor Krishna in the year 2006. The couple has two sons named Charith Maanas and Darshan.

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