the name is enough.........
Rajinikanth has been called the most popular Indian film actor of his time. Rajinikanth's popularity has been attributed to "his uniquely styled dialogues and idiosyncrasies in films, as well as his political statements and philanthropy". Many also cite reasons for Rajinikanth's popularity as coming from his larger-than-life super-hero appearance in many films, supported by gravity-defying stunts and charismatic expressions, all while attempting to maintain modesty in real-life. Almost every film of Rajinikanth has punchlines delivered by him in an inimitable style, and these punchlines often have a message or even to warn the film's antagonists. These dialogues are usually fabricated to create new ones or even taken in a comical way, but do not fail to create a sense of entertainment among viewers. It is suggested by the media that some popular actors who worked with Rajinikanth were recognised because of their association with Rajinikanth, giving other aspiring actors the urge to work with him. Some fellow actors, such as Cho Ramaswamy, have commentated that Rajinikanth has the potential to be successful in Indian politics due to his popularity and fan base alone.
During a visit to Japan in 2006, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh acknowledged the success of Muthu in the country during a speech, justifying the positive relationship between the two nations. Muthu is the highest grosser in Japan after Titanic. Chandramukhi is notable for being the longest-running Tamil film in India, playing for a total of over 800 days. Sivaji was instrumental in making one of the largest releases for an Indian film in the world; the film entered the list of top ten films of the United Kingdom upon release. Chandramukhi and Sivaji were also released in South Africa, where they eventually became high box-office grossers. In December 2010, it was reported that students of the post-graduate management program at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad would use Enthiran as a case study to analyse the business of cinema and its success story, as part of an elective course called Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective. The course would also study Muthu.
Rajinikanth is the highest paid actor in Asia next to Jackie Chan. Only in Tamil Nadu he has 34,000 fans associations. Now the question all over is who will be the South Indian Super Star after RAJINI???????
Here are few names from South India who are the tough contenders for SUPER STAR position........Of course no one can replace RAJINI. But the discussion is about who can reach the NO 1 position after him in South India. Here are the names of the contenders.
Ajith Kumar who is also called as “THALA(Leader)” and “ULTIMATE STAR” by his fans.
Ajith Kumar (born 1 May 1971) is an Indian film actor who works mainly in Tamil cinema. He began his career as a supporting actor in a Telugu film before gaining critical recognition in the Tamil movie Aasai (1995). A succession of high-grossing films followed where Ajith was usually depicted as a romantic hero, with Kadhal Kottai (1996), Aval Varuvala (1998), Kadhal Mannan (1998) and Unnai Thedi (1999) being the most notable. He later forayed into method acting, as seen in Vaali (1999), Mugavaree (2000), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000) and Citizen (2001) before establishing himself as an action hero with popular films including Villain.
In 2007 Ajith starred in Billa, a remake of the 1980 Rajinikanth starrer of the same name, which became a blockbuster. The Vishnuvardhan directorial fetched critical praise for Ajith, becoming a trend-setter for stylish movies in India. Billa featured Ajith in dual roles one of a notorious don whilst the other played an innocent person who had to act as the don, following the former's death.
In 2012 Ajith signed up to star in a film directed by Venkat Prabhu, titled Mankatha(Gambler), which notably became his 50th project. The film featured him in a full-length negative role as Vinayak Mahadevan, a suspended police officer who lusts after money. His performance and his decision to portray a character with negative shades, breaking the stereotype hero image in Tamil cinema, were lauded by critics, with reviewers from Sify and Rediff terming the film as an "out and out Ajith film" that worked "only because of Ajith". Heaping praise on the actor's performance, the former noted that he "rocks as the man with ice in his veins as the mean and diabolic cop" and that he played "the emotionless bad man, to perfection", while the latter wrote that he had "carried practically the whole film on his capable shoulders". Mankatha brought Ajith Kumar his best ever opening in his career and went on to become a financially successful venture as well.
He has won three Filmfare Best Actor Awards in Tamil, all for films which showcased him in multiple roles. Ajith performs predominantly in leading roles in major studio films, genres ranging from romantic comedies and drama to action thrillers. In addition to his acting, Ajith, in a sabbatical, participated in the 2004 British Formula Three season as a race driver for a minor outfit, and was ranked the third best motor car driver in India at his peak. Ajith remains a popular figure in the media of Tamil Nadu.
He rejected blockbuster films namely Saamy(Lakshmi Narasimha in telugu), Kaakha Kaakha (Gharshana) and Ghajini were turned away by the actor due to various reasons.
Ajith Kumar competing in the final round of the MRF racing series (2010) in ChennaiAjith is a keen race car driver and has driven in circuits around India in places such as Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi. Ajith is one among very few Indians to race in International arena and only Indian actor to compete in Formula championships. He drove in the 2003 Formula Asia BMW Championships.
Vijay is widely addressed as “ILAYATHALAPATHY” (Youthful Commander) by his fans.
Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar (born 22 June 1974) commonly known as Vijay, is an Indian Actor, Playback singer, brand ambassador and Producer. He made his debut as a lead actor in the flim Naalaya Theerpu in 1992, and has since then starred in numerous commercially successful and acclaimed films in various genres such as Poove Unakkaga (1996), Kadhalukku Mariyadhai (1997), Priyamudan (1998), Thulladha Manamum Thullum (1999), Kushi (2000), Priyamaanavale (2000), Friends (2001), Thirumalai (2003), Ghilli (2004), Thirupaachi (2005), Sivakasi (2005), Pokkiri (2007), Vettaikaran (2009), Kaavalan (2011), Velayudham (2011), Nanban (2012) the highest grossing tamil flim after Enthiran.
Vijay began 2003 with the films Vaseegara and Pudhiya Geethai, both romantic entertainers and decent hits at the box office. In late 2003, Vijay transformed from a romantic hero to a mass action hero. The action-romance flick, Thirumalai, which featured him with a new look was a box office hit. Udhaya, a film which began filming in 2002 but became delayed, finally released at the start of 2004.Ghilli, released next in 2004, became one of Vijay's biggest blockbusters. Directed by S. Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam, it is the remake of the Telugu film Okkadu, and ran for 200 days in theatres in Tamil Nadu. It was followed by Madhurey in which Vijay began to portray his current mass-hero, commercial acting style, giving him a major turning point in his career. In the following year, 2005, he starred in the Perarasu-directed Thirupaachi which became a box-office super hit, the romantic flick Sachien was a moderate grosser whereas another commercial film, Sivakasi, again by Perarasu delivered a super hit in the box-office. His next film Aadhi, was released in 2006, and was not well received despite its huge expectations. In early 2007, Vijay starred in Pokkiri, the remake of the Telugu film of the same name. Directed by Prabhu Deva, it became a box office blockbuster and the highest grossing flim of 2007. Vijay's character in the flim- tamizh an undercover cop disguised as a local gangster- became hugely popular.
As a brand ambassador he promotes numerous enterprises, and is the former ambassador of Chennai Super Kings.
Vijay was awarded the Kalaimamani (1998) and the M. G. R. Award (2000) from the Government of Tamil Nadu. An Honorary doctorate from Dr. M.G.R. Educational and Research Institute was conffered in 2007.
His first performance award was the Best Actor for Kadhalukku Mariyadhai, given by Tamil Nadu State Film Awards in 1998. He was also awarded the Special Prize for Best Actor for Thirupaachi. Vijay also received the TVS Star City Superstar of Tomorrow(2005), the Entertainer of the Year Award (2008) for Pokkiri and Azhagiya Tamil Magan and the Favourite Hero Award (2010) for Vettaikaaran from Vijay Awards. He received Edison Award for Best Actor (2012) and Superstar Rajini Award for the film Velayudham.
Surya is also called as “CHARMING” Surya by his fans.
Suriya (born 23 July 1975 as Saravanan Sivakumar) is an Indian film actor, producer, philanthropist and television presenter. He has acted in several Tamil films, including the commercially successful films Nandha (2001), Kaakha Kaakha (2003), Pithamagan (2003), Perazhagan (2004), Ghajini (2005), Vel (2007), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008), Ayan (2009),and Singam (2010). As of 2010, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South, establishing himself as one of the leading contemporary actors in the Tamil film industry.
In 2003, he starred in the Gautham Menon's Kaakha Kaakha, a film about the life of a police officer. The film opened to positive reviews with a critic from Rediff.com claiming that "Surya as Anbu Selvan fits the role and this film is certainly a career high for him". Surya's portrayal of a happy-go-lucky village crook with a comic touch in Bala's Pithamagan, along with Vikram, won him Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Tamil and the film did well commercially. In 2005 he played dual role in Perazhagan, as an aggressive boxer and a handicapped phone booth keeper. Again, Surya's performance won positive reviews from critics with a reviewer describing it as "Surya deserves appreciation for his astounding performance. He is at his best be it humor or action. The actor has scored a hat trick". The film became successful venture in box-office and Surya won his first Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil. That same year, he portrayed the role of a student leader in Mani Ratnam's political drama Aaytha Ezhuthu along with Madhavan and Siddarth. In regard to his performance, the Rediff.com review praised his enactment citing that "Surya has given a finely calibrated performance and is smashing". A critic from Rediff labelled the film as his "magnum opus", citing that he is "perfect" and that the film for him is a "justified triumph". Similarly, critics cited Suriya's performance as "outstanding" and claimed that the film "works because of his performance", whilst other reviewers claimed the film was an "out and out Suriya show". His portrayals also fetched him several notable awards, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil, a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actor by the jury and also the Vijay Award for Best Actor for 2008. The film also went on to receive a National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil for 2008
His next release was a collaboration with Gautham Menon, after the success of Kaakha Kaakha, Suriya began work on Menon's biopic Vaaranam Aayiram in November 2008. Playing dual roles for the third time in his career, Suriya appeared as father and son, with both characters also demanding scenes shot throughout their lives ranging from scenes as a 16-year-old to scenes as a 65-year-old. Surya signed on to feature in the psychological thriller, Ghajini directed by A. R. Murugadoss in November 2004. Ghajini became the third highest grossing film of that year in Tamil.Surya's performance was unanimously praised, with a reviewer from Sify citing that "the film is driven by Surya’s riveting performance. He has more stardom in both Kollywood and Tollywood when compare to others. He dont have strong mass following when compared to Ajith and Vijay.
Vikram is also called as “CHIYAAN” by his fans.
Vikram (born as Vikram Kennedy on 17 April 1966) is an Indian film actor who predominantly appears in Tamil language films. During his years in the Indian film industry, he has won six Filmfare Awards as well as one National Film Award and Tamil Nadu State Film Award amongst other recognitions and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by People's University of Milan in May 2011. Vikram is known for his intense performances, with his work often fetching critical acclaim and commercial success. He established himself as one of the leading contemporary actors in the Tamil film industry.
He made his debut in the 1990 film En Kadhal Kanmani, which was followed by a series of small-budget Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam films in the 1990s, many of which went unnoticed. However the success of Bala's tragedy film Sethu (1999), in which Vikram appeared as a rogue turned lover, started Vikram's successful career as an actor. In the early 2000s, Vikram appeared in a series of masala films, with Dhill (2001), Gemini (2002), Dhool (2003) and Saamy (2003) becoming commercially successful ventures. During the period, Vikram also appeared in diverse roles and received critical acclaim for his performance as a blind villager in Kasi and a Robin Hood-esque figure in Samurai. In 2003, Vikram's performance as a gravedigger with autism spectrum disorders in Bala's Pithamagan saw him win the National Film Award for Best Actor, with his character only speaking a couple of lines of dialogue in the entire film. His appearance as an innocent Brahmin with multiple personality disorder in Shankar's blockbuster Anniyan (2005) also won critical acclaim, as did his appearance as a superhero in Kanthaswamy (2009).
Vikram's portrayal of Veeraiya, a tribal leader inspired by the Ramayana character Ravana, in Mani Ratnam's Raavanan saw him secure further accolades; while his appearance as a mentally challenged adult with the maturity of a six-year-old boy in Deiva Thirumagal (2011), saw the film earn critical acclaim and commercial success.
Vikram has promoted various social causes and appeared as the Youth Envoy for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme in 2011. He has been a brand ambassador of Sanjeevani Trust and a school for special children, Vidya Sudha, which he stayed at during the making of Deiva Thirumagal as well as having long-term associations with the Kasi Eye Care and running his own welfare association through the Vikram Foundation.
Mahesh Babu is also called as “SUPERSTAR” and “PRINCE” by his fans.
Mahesh Babu (born Mahesh Babu Ghattamaneni on 9 August 1975) is an Indian film actor best known for his work in Telugu cinema. Born to actor Krishna, Mahesh Babu faced the camera at the age of four as a child artist in 1979's Needa. His first leading role was in the film Rajakumarudu, which was released in August 1999.
After playing the role of a young Kabaddi player in the 2003 blockbuster film Okkadu, Mahesh continued in this vein, gaining mass appeal and appearing in many successful films such as Murari (2001), Athadu (2005), Pokiri (2006), Dookudu (2011) and Business Man (2012). These accomplishments, have established him as one of the most sought after actors in Telugu Cinema. He was listed at 5th position among Times 50 Most Desirable Men for the year 2011 and at 12th place the year before. His movie Pokiri created new records in Tollywood. His movie Dookudu became a huge hit at the box office.
Mahesh Babu has worked in nine films as a child artist and in seventeen films as a lead actor till date. He has won six Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Awards, three Filmfare Best Telugu Actor Awards and three CineMAA Awards. In addition to the films, he also endorses several brands such as Thums Up, Navratna Oil, Univercell, Amrutanjan,, Provogue, Idea, Vivel, Jos Alukkas and Santoor Soap in Andhra Pradesh. Mahesh Babu is the leading brand ambassador in South when compared to other stars.
Prince Mahesh Babu, who is ruling the roost in Tollywood with back to back hits created history when he replaced Chiranjeevi in Thums Up ad few years back. Recently he became National Brand Ambassador for Thums Up by replacing Bollywood star hero Akshay Kumar.
Pawan Kalyan is also called as “POWER STAR” by his fans.
Born to Konidela Venkata Rao and Anjana Devi, Pawan Kalyan is the younger brother of Chiranjeevi and Nagendra Babu. Pawan Kalyan entered the Telugu movie industry with Akkada Ammayi Ikkada Abbayi (1996) as Kalyan Babu in which he performed martial arts action sequences. His second movie was Gokulamlo Seetha (1997), which is a remake of the 1996 Tamil film Gokulathil Seethai. He also starred in Suswagatham, which is also a remake of a Tamil film Love Today (1997).
In 1998, Tholi Prema released and received 6 Nandi Awards and National Award for the Best Feature Film (Telugu). With this movie he became a favourite icon among many youth. After Tholi Prema, Pawan acted in Thammudu (1999) playing the role of a kickboxer. Pawan In 2000, he featured in Puri Jagannadh's first directorial venture Badri. Pawan acted in Kushi (2001) directed by S. J. Surya which is another remake.
Kushi became a block buster in Telugu which created new records in Tollywood. This movie is also a trend setter at that time. In 2008, Jalsa directed by Trivikram Srinivas released. His subsequent release Puli arrived on 10 September. The audio sales reached a total of 1.6 lakhs of CDs in the first three days, which is an all-time record in Telugu film history.
Pawan first release of 2012 is Gabbar Singh. The movie is directed by Harish Shankar and produced by Bandla Ganesh. The movie is a remake of the Hindi film Dabangg. In 2012,Gabbar Singh. scored as a biggest blockbuster in Telugu Film industry which crossed movie Magadheera full run time collections in less than 9 weeks.This movie by Pawan again proved he is the numero uno actor in Telugu Film industry.
A social networking community on his name in the popular social networking website orkut is the second most active community in india. After orkut 'India' community, orkut 'Power Star Pawan Kalyan' community takes second place in Top 10 orkut National communities.
NTR is called as “YOUNG TIGER” by his fans.
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (born 20 May 1983), known popularly as Jr. NTR, is an Indian film actor in Telugu Cinema and an accomplished Kuchipudi dancer. He was born to politician and actor Nandamuri Harikrishna and Shalini. Actor Nandamuri Balakrishna is Tarak's uncle. Tarak made his Telugu film debut as a child actor with Brahmarshi Viswamitra (1991) and Ramayanam (1997), which won the National Film Award for Best Children's Film in 1998.
Five years later he starred in a lead role with Ninnu Chudalani (2001). In the same year he went on to gain fame with Student No.1 which became a super hit. In the same year his movie Aadi released and became a block buster and brought immediate stardom for him. In 2003 his movie Simhadri released and became a block buster. This movie created new records in Tollywood. This movie was a trend setter at that time. His another movie Rakhi directed by Pasupuleti Krishna Vamsi, which proved an average grosser at the box office, gained him admirable reviews from fans and critics alike. His next movie, Yamadonga, which was inspired by his grandfather's blockbuster Yamagola, released in August 2007 brought him back into the super-hit stream, and became the sensational movie of the year. In year 2010 he appeared in two movies, and both of them Adhurs in which he played a dual role and Brindavanam succeeded well at box-office. Shakthi released on 1 April 2011 and it failed to perform well at the box office.
Tarak was one of the campaigners for the Telugu Desam Party, for the Indian general election, 2009 from April to May 2009. Tarak was trained in Kuchipudi, under Master Sudhakar and has performed dance stage shows at several auditoriums in Andhra Pradesh. Tarak is the Brand Ambassdor for Malabar Gold, Navratna, and Zandu Balm in Andhra Pradesh. He has a strong fan base in mass when compared to other stars of his generation.
So, pls vote who will be the next South Indian Super Star after RAJINI..........