All Time List Of Telugu Actresses Who Etched Themselves In Our Hearts

All Time List Of Telugu Actresses Who Etched Themselves In Our Hearts

22 Jun 18 @ 7:12 PM | By GitacharYa

Telugu actresses established themselves to be a force to techno with their performance right from the first Telugu movie. A movie isn’t complete with the presence of a heroine. Heroines or the female leads play a major part in giving a movie glamour. Telugu heroines have always shown their acting capabilities where and when they are given a strong role.

The early generation of Telugu movie heroines came from the dramas and proved themselves equally adept at film acting. Of course, Tollywood actresses who are trained in theatre have no problem to repeat their skills in films as dramas have no second takes. While Kanchanamala was the top heroine of this generation, Bhanumathi excelled in multiple departments and was hailed as the first female superstar.

Then came the golden generation of Tollywood heroines who ruled the roost and got similar stardom as their male counterparts. Actresses like Savitri, Jamuna, Krishnakumari etc. are known not only for their quintessential Telugu beauty but also for their powerhouse performances.

The latter generations like the 1970s and the 1980s saw the influx of heroines from other states with different mother tongue gaining footage in Telugu Cinema. The glamour quotient of Telugu heroines started to increase during this time. Actresses like Vanisri became style icons.

The 1990s saw top class actresses who are equally known for their glamour and performance like Ramya Krishna and Soundarya. Post-2000, the phrase Telugu heroine became synonymous with the actresses who act in films made by Telugu Film Industry as almost all of the major Telugu actresses are not from Telugu states. Bollywood heroines are getting a footing in Telugu Cinema.

Here is the list of Telugu actresses of all time including their real names and other details.

  • Old Telugu Heroines:

    The early generation of Telugu actresses are thespians and are experts both in acting and singing. Though not exactly fall under early generation, Bhanumathi Ramakrishna who is a sort of contemporary for them is the best known actor as a singer.

    Early Generation Telugu Actresses
    Sl No Name Real Name Date Of Birth Debut Movie
    1 Surabhi Kamalabai Surabhi Kamalabai 27 March 1905 Bhakta Prahlada (1931)
    2 Kannamba Pasupuleti Kannamba 5 October 1911 Seeta Kalyanam (1934)
    3 Kanchanmala Kanchanamala Chittajallu 5 March 1917 Srikrishna Tulabharam (1935)
    4 Anjali Devi Anjanamma 24 August 1927 Raja Harishchandra (1936)
    5 S. Varalakshmi Saridey Varalakshmi 13 August 1925 Balayogini (1937)
    6 Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Bhanumathi Ramakrishna 7 September 1925 Vara Vikrayam (1939)
    7 G. Varalakshmi Garikapati Varalakshmi 27 September 1926 Barrister Parvatishan (1940)
    8 Padmini Padmini 12 June 1932 Kannika (1947)
    9 Shavukaru Janaki Sankaramanchi Janak 12 December 1931 Shavukaru (1950)
    10 Savitri Savitri Nissankara 4 January 1936

    Pathala Bhairavi (1951)

    11 Krishna Kumari T. Krishna Kumari 6 March 1933 Navvithe Navaratnalu (1951)
    12 Jamuna Jana Bai 30 August 1936 Puttillu (1952)
    13 Devika Prameela Devi 25 April 1943 Rechukka (1954)
    14 Saradha Saraswathi Devi 26 June 1945 Kanyasulkam (1955)
    15 Rajasree Rajasree Thota Panchajanyam 31 August 1945 Nagula Chavithi (1956)
    16 Gitanjali Mani   Paying Guest (1957)
    17 K. R. Vijaya K. R. Vijaya 30 November 1948 Thanga Ratinam (1960)
    18 Jayalalithaa Komalavalli Jayaram 24 February 1948 Epistle (1961)
    19 Jayanthi Kamala Kumari 6 January 1945 Bharya Bharthalu (1961)
    20 Vanisri Rathna Kumari 3 August 1948 Bhishma (1962)
    21 Kanchana Vasundhara Devi 16 August 1939 Kadhalikka Neramillai (1964)
    22 Sujatha Sujatha 10 December 1952 Ammu (1965)
    23 Latha Nalini 7 June 1953 Kalyanarathriyil (1966)
    24 Sridevi Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan 13 August 1963 Kandan Karunai (1967)
    25 Lakshmi Yaragudipati Venkatalakshmi 13 December 1952 Jeevanaamsam (1968)
    26 Jayachitra Lakshmi Krishnaveni Rohini 9 September 1957 Kurathi Magan (1972)
    27 Shobhana Shobana Chandrakumar 21 March 1971 Amar Prem (1972)
    28 Jaya Sudha Sujatha Nidadavolu 17 December 1958 Pandanti Kapuram (1972)
    29 Jaya Prada Lalitha Rani 3 April 1962 Bhoomi Kosam (1974)
    30 Prabha Koti Surya Prabha   Needa Leni Aadathe (1974)
    31 Rohini Rohini Molleti 15 December 1969 Yashoda Krishna (1975)
    32 Madhavi Alladurgam Vijayalakshmi 14 September 1962 Thoorpu Padamara (1976)
    33 Rameshwari Talluri Rameshwari 6 January 1958 Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye (1977)
    34 Radhika Radhika 21 August 1962 Kizhakke Pogum Rail (1978)
    35 Saritha Saritha 7 June 1958 Maro Charitra (1978)
    36 Geetha Geetha 14 July 1962 Bairavi (1978)
    37 Silk Smitha Vijayalakshmi Vadlapati 2 December 1960 Inaye Thedi (1979)
    38 Sumalatha Sumalatha 27 August 1963 Thisai Maariya Paravaigal (1979)
    39 Vijayashanti Vijayashanti 24 June 1966 Kallukkul Eeram (1980)
    40 Kushboo Nakhat Khan 29 September 1970 The Burning Train (1980)
    41 Suhasini Suhasini Haasan 15 August 1961 Nenjathai Killathe (1980)
    42 Archana (Old) Archana   Thai Ponggal (1980)
    43 Urmila Urmila Matondkar 4 February 1974 Zaakol (1980)
    44 Tabu Tabassum Fatima Hashmi 4 November 1971 Bazaar (1980)
    45 Menaka Suresh Menaka 27 August 1963 Ramayi Vayasukku Vanthutta (1980)
    46 Aruna Aruna Mucherla 13 September 1965 Kallukkul Eeram (1980)
    47 Radha Udaya Chandrika 3 June 1965 Alaigal Oivathillai (1981)
    48 Meena Meena Dhurairaj   Nenjangal (1982)
    49 Bhanu Priya Manga Bhama 15 January 1967 Mella Pesungal (1983)
    50 Revathi Asha Kelunni Nair 8 July 1966 Mann Vasanai (1983)
    51 Meenakshi Sheshadri Shasikala Seshadri 16 November 1963 Painter Babu (1983)
    52 Rajani Shashi Kaur Malhotra 27 July 1965 Ilamai Kaalangal (1983)
    53 Shalini Shalini Babu 20 November 1979 Aadyathe Anuraagam (1983)
    54 Ramya Krishna Ramya Krishnan 15 September 1970 Vellai Manasu (1984)
    55 Jeevitha Jeevitha 24 May 1966 Uravai Kaatha Kili (1984)
    56 Sithara Sithara Nair 30 June 1973 Kaveri (1986)
    57 Seetha Seetha 31 July 1964 Aan Paavam (1985)
    58 Kalyani Kaveri Muralidharan   Ammanamkili (1986)
    59 Raasi Vijaya Lakshmi 8 July 1986 Mamatala Kovela (1986)
    60 Gautami Gautami Tadimalla 2 July 1968 Dayamayudu (1987)
    61 Nirosha Nirosha Ramki 30 January 1971 Agni Natchathiram (1988)
    62 Amala Amala Mukherjee 12 September 1968 Mythili Ennai Kaathali (1986)
    63 Aamani Manjula 16 November 1973 Puthiya Kaatru (1990)
    64 Divya Bharathi Divya Om Prakash Bharti 25 February 1974 Bobbili Raja (1990)
    65 Ooha Sivaranjani   Hridaya Samrajya (1990)
    66 Nagma Nandita Arvind Morarji 25 December 1974 Baaghi: A Rebel for Love (1990)
    67 Roja Sri Latha Reddy 17 November 1972 Sarpayagam (1991)
    68 Ashwini Nachappa Ashwini Nachappa 21 October 1967 Ashwini (1991)
    69 Madhoobala Madhoobala Raghunath 26 March 1972 Azhagan (1991)
    70 Laya Laya Gorty 31 January 1981 Bhadram Koduko (1992)
    71 Rambha Vijayalakshmi Yeedi 5 June 1978 Aa Okkati Adakku (1992)
    72 Soundarya Sowmya Satyanarayan 18 July 1976 Nanna Thangi (1992)
    73 Ravali Sailaja   Pattathu Raani (1992)
    74 Sanghavi Kavya Ramesh 4 October 1977 Amaravathi (1993)
    75 Devayani Devayani Rajakumaran 22 June 1974 Thushor Kho Thuli (1993)
    76 Rachana Rachana Banerjee 2 October 1974 Duranta Prem (1993)
    77 Sonali Bindre Sonali Bindre 1 January 1975 Aag (1994)
    78 Sakshi Sivanand Sakshi Sivanand 15 April 1975 Janam Kundli (1994)
    79 Monica Bedi Monica Bedi 18 January 1976 Main Tera Aashiq (1994)
    80 Deepti Bhatnagar Deepti Bhatnagar 30 September 1967 Ram Shastra (1995)
    81 Twinkle Khanna Tina Jatin Khanna 29 December 1974 Barsaat (1995)
    82 Simran Rishibala Naval 4 April 1976 Sanam Harjai (1995)
    83 Sushmitha Sen Sushmitha Sen 19 November 1975 Dastak (1996)
    84 Keerthi Reddy Keshpalli Keerthi Reddy 17 November 1978 Gunshot (1996)
    85 Anjala Zaveri Anjala Zaveri 20 April 1972 Himalay Putra (1997)
    86 Laila Laila Mehdin 24 October 1980 Egire Pavurama (1997)
    87 Aishwarya Rai Aishwarya Rai 1 November 1973 Iruvar (1997)
    88 Jyothika Jyothika Sadanah 18 October 1977 Doli Saja Ke Rakhna (1997)
    89 Sangeetha Krish Sangeetha 21 October 1978 Gangothri (1997)
    90 Isha Koppikar Isha Koppikar 19 September 1976 Chandralekha (1998)
    91 Preity Zinta Preity Zinta 31 January 1975 Dil Se (1998)
    92 Namrata Shirodkar Namrata Shirodkar 22 January 1972 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai (1998)
    93 Preeti Jhangiani Preeti Jhangiani 18 August 1980 Mazhavillu (1999)
    94 Anitha Reddy Anita Hassanandani Reddy 14 April 1981 Taal (1999)
    95 Malavika Shweta Konnur Menon 19 July 1979 Unnai Thedi (1999)
    96 Sindhu Tolani Sindhu Tolani 19 July 1983 Mohabbattein (2000)
    97 Gajala Gajala 19 May 1985 Naalo Unna prema (2001)
    98 Sada Sadaf Mohammed Sayed 17 February 1984 Jayam (2002)
    99 Rakshitha B. C. Swetha 31 March 1984 Appu (2002)
    100 Namitha Namitha 10 May 1981 Sontham (2003)
  • New Telugu Heroines:

    Post-2000, the influx of non-Telugu heroines reached its peak. The divide between glamourous actresses and performing actresses become wider in this generation. But among the modern generation of Telugu heroines, few of them attained pan-India fan following. With Telugu films reaching new heights, a cosmopolitan atmosphere started to take shape in Telugu Cinema.

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