When Bollywood stars conquered Tollywood: A look at memorable debuts before Akshay Kumar

As the anticipation builds for Akshay Kumar’s highly-awaited Telugu debut in Vishnu Manchu’s upcoming film ‘Kannappa,’ let’s take a moment to celebrate the Bollywood actors who have already left a lasting impression on Tollywood with their remarkable debuts.

From iconic veterans to versatile newcomers, these stars have captivated audiences with their talent and charisma. As we eagerly await Akshay Kumar’s foray into Telugu cinema, let’s delve into the list of Bollywood heroes who have won hearts in the South:


Amitabh Bachchan:

The legendary Amitabh Bachchan graced the Telugu screens with a special cameo appearance in the 2014 fantasy drama ‘Manam.’ His role as a hospital chairman in the film, produced by the Akkineni Family, added a touch of stardom to the already star-studded cast.

Salman Khan:

Bollywood’s beloved Bhaijaan, Salman Khan, made a memorable cameo alongside megastar Chiranjeevi in the Telugu political action thriller ‘Godfather’ in 2022. His presence on screen alongside Chiranjeevi was nothing short of electrifying, leaving fans yearning for more.

Ajay Devgn:

Renowned for his impactful performances, Ajay Devgn made a powerful debut in SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘RRR’ in 2022. Portraying the role of Ram Charan’s onscreen father, Alluri Venkatarama Raju, Devgn showcased his versatility and left an indelible mark on the audience.

Saif Ali Khan:

While his full-fledged Telugu debut is yet to come with Jr NTR’s ‘Devara,’ Saif Ali Khan made waves in Tollywood with his role as Lankesh in the 2023 epic ‘Adipurush.’ Starring alongside Prabhas, Khan’s portrayal added depth and intrigue to the retelling of the Ramayana.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui:

The versatile Nawazuddin Siddiqui made his impactful debut in Tollywood earlier this year with ‘Saindhav,’ starring alongside Venkatesh Daggubati. His portrayal of the ruthless gangster Vikas Malik showcased his ability to immerse himself in diverse roles and captivate audiences.

As we eagerly await Akshay Kumar’s entry into Telugu cinema with ‘Kannappa,’ let’s celebrate the achievements of these Bollywood stars who have successfully conquered the hearts of Tollywood audiences with their unforgettable performances. With each debut, these actors have not only expanded their horizons but also enriched the cinematic landscape with their talent and dedication.