Did you know? These Bollywood actors worked in regional cinema
Vivek Oberoi plays the antagonist in Tamil thriller 'Vivegam' co-starring Ajith Kumar and Kajal Aggarwal. The actor appears a suave baddie, given the suited and booted look. Earlier, Vivek was seen as villain Kaal in the Hrithik Roshan-starrer 'Krrish 3' (2013)
Riteish Deshmukh made his acting debut in Marathi cinema with the action film 'Lai Bhaari' in 2014. It overtook 'Timepass' (2014) and went on to become the highest grossing Marathi movie. The film also features Salman Khan and Riteish's wife Genelia D'Souza in cameo appearances. Riteish bagged several awards and accolades for his performance in the film.
Shreyas Talpade made a comeback to Marathi cinema after eight years with 'Baji', the first superhero of Marathi film industry. Directed by Nikhil Mahajan of 'Pune 52' fame, Shreyas played the titular role in the film. 'Baji' is based on the legend of a man who took upon himself to protect the common man against oppression and injustice. Shreyas also starred in the laugh riot 'Poshter Boyz' (2014), his second home production after 'Sanai Choughade' (2008). He has also acted in the 2006 film 'Aai Shappath'. Pic/Santa Banta
Neil Nitin Mukesh, known for films like 'Johnny Gaddaar', 'New York' and 'David', made his foray into South as a villain in his Tamil debut 'Kaththi' in 2014. The film, directed by AR Murugadoss, turned out to be the second highest grossing Tamil film of the year.
We all know of the 'jhakaas' Bollywood actor's Hollywood ventures, but not many know that Anil Kapoor made his Telugu debut as a leading man in 'Vamsa Vruksham' back in 1980. He has also worked in a Kannada film 'Pallavi Anu Pallavi' (1983) and made a cameo in the Malayalam film 'Chandralekha' in 1997.
Nana Patekar marked his debut in Tamil cinema with the 2008-film 'Bommalattam' where he played the role of a film director and was applauded for his performance.
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has made cameo appearances in three films down South. He appeared as himself in the Kannada film 'Amrithadhare' (2005) and Telugu film 'Amrutha Varsham' (2006). He has also made a special appearance in the 2014 Telugu drama 'Manam' produced by the Akkineni family under the Annapurna Studios banner.
Amol Palekar, the versatile actor, who is known for his work in Hindi and Marathi films, appeared as the leading man in the Malayalam movie 'Olangal' in 1982.
After garnering rave reviews and winning several awards for portraying the character of Bhiku Mhatre in 'Satya' in 1998, Manoj Bajpayee was roped in by the film's director, Ram Gopal Varma, for a Telugu film 'Prema Katha' in 1999. He went on to appear in more films down South
After moving away from lead roles in Hindi movies in late 1990s, Jackie Shroff started appearing in South films. The 2006 Telugu remake of Hindi film 'Sarfarosh', titled 'Astram', marked his debut and he has worked in several Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam films ever since.
Suniel Shetty has appeared in 4 South films as of January 2015 - 'Kakkakuyil' (2001), 'Kilukkam Kilukilukkam' (2006), 'Kalimannu' (2013) and '12B' (2001) - first three of which are cameos.