People often mistakenly think that with the passing of each year, the quality of an art work decreases and as such modern artistes aren’t worth as much as the older, especially classical generation ones. Just to disprove such comments, sprang up the Kannada Gem, Soundarya in the early 1990s.
She was often compared to Mahanti Savitri. And for all right reasons. There was no role she couldn’t nail. That Balakrishna shelved his dream project Narthanasala after her untimely death in 2004 speaks volumes about her talent. To give an auspicious start to the modern generation in Telugu Cinema, she made her debut exactly at the beginning of the era with Rajendrudu Ganendrudu.
She was not only good with the then star heroes like Nagarjuna, Balakrishna, and Chiranjeevi, she was equally comfortable with resurging senior stars like superstar Krishna. Her Jodi with Victory Venkatesh ushered in a golden age of modern era. What a great pair theirs was! And what great films they came up with! She had no reservations to act with tier 2 actors like Srikanth, JD Chakravarthy, and even comedians Ali and Babu Mohan in chartbuster songs.
Apart from her, Ramya Krishnan who made her debut during the earlier generation (second commercial era), made inroads into the top league with films like Alludu Garu, Allari Priyudu and made herself the first choice for strong willed women like Nilambari in Narasimha and Sivagami in the epic Bashubali series. She’s also among the most versatile actresses of all time.
Even further down the line, actresses like Shriya Saran, Trisha Krishnan, Samantha, et al proved that there’s no dearth of talent while Nayanthara rose to become the lady superstar of this generation. Here, is the list of versatile actresses across generations in Telugu Cinema (Modern, Millennial, and 2010s eras).
You can check the Most Versatile Telugu Heroines Of Each Generation Volume I here.