It's nothing new for Indian film stars to break language barriers and try their luck in different regional industries. Many of the leading stars of today had once stepped out of their comfort zone and earned name and fame in neighbouring industries. 2018 was an year of crossover cinema and 2019 we will get to some of the big names ready to leave a mark in new places. Today, we take a look at celebs who moved on and are moving on with new projects in new industries.
Malayalam star Nivin Pauly is set to make his presence felt in the Hindi film industry too. He will be seen in Geetu Mohandas' bilingual film "Moothon", which will be released in Hindi and Malayalam.
"The language part is always challenging. For a Malayali actor, I won't be that comfortable to do a film in Tamil, Telugu or Hindi. I believe we should push ourselves by crossing boundaries. I think every actor should attempt that in their career," Nivintold IANS in a recent interview.
"There is one blessed career that God gave us and we shouldn't be sitting in one place and getting comfortable. There is no harm in trying something new."
Many consider Dulquer Salmaan, who set foot in Bollywood this year with the road movie "Karwaan", to be the best export from the southern filmdom.
Dulquer, the son of Malayalam megastar Mammootty, chose a film that was made on a small budget. Still, the Akarsh Khurana-directorial earned a spot in the top 10 Indian movies of 2018, determined by global movie website IMDB's customer ratings.
Earlier this year, Dulquer also made his debut in Telugu with "Mahanati", based on the life of actress Savitri.
In an interview with IANS, the "Kali" star, said: "I am not saying that I am entitled to a big debut in Malayalam film or any language."
But he asserted that his "primary focus will be Malayalam films" and that he will choose from "what comes my way and take a call irrespective of the language".
Dulquer's "O Kadhal Kanmani" co-star Nithya Menen has also bagged her first Bollywood film - "Mission Mangal".
"In the past also, I was offered plenty of Hindi films. I just wanted to be as choosy with Hindi as I was with films in other languages that I have done. I wanted it (debut Hindi film) to be a really nice film," Nithya told IANS.
"I found this a nice character. I don't think we have done a film like this... you know, a space film," added the star, who made her debut as a lead actress with Kannada film "7 O'Clock" over a decade ago.
The upcoming film will also star actresses like Taapsee Pannu, Sonakshi Sinha and Vidya Balan.
Vidya Balan will be launched in Telugu film industry with the biopic on legendary actor-politician and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister N T Rama Rao.
“I have never delivered dialogues in another language apart from Hindi. Earlier, I did special appearances in a Malayalam film, but in this film, I have a full-fledged role,” Vidya said at an event recently.
Akshay Kumar made his debut in Tamil cinema with the biggie 2.0. Akshay played the main villain in Shankar's magnum opus starring Rajinikanth.
"They are more professional than us. If the shoot time is 7.30, the shooting will start sharp on time. Here, 7.30 means you can come by 9.30. There, superstars arrive on time on set," Akshay was quoted as saying.
After much waiting, the 'Makkal selvan' fans will soon get to see their favourite star in a Malayalam film. Vijay Sethupathi will make his debut in Malayalam and will be seen along with Jayaram. The film titled ''Marconi Mathai'' will be directed by Sanil Kalathil.
Vivek Oberoi made his Bollywood debut alongside Mohanlal in Ram Gopal Varma's underworld thriller ''Company'' way back in 2002. The actor is now all set to make his debut in Mollywood alongside Mohanlal. He will be playing a crucial role in Prithviraj's directorial debut 'Lucifer'.
Vivek had made his mark in the South industry having starred opposite big stars such as Ajith, Shiva Rajkumar and Ram Charan Teja.
For Aishwarya Devan, who has acted in Malayalam, Tamil and Kannada language films, the offer of a strong role pulled her towards the Hindi movie "Kaashi in Search of Ganga".
"I haven't done many strong roles in south films, so I am very happy that my debut role in Bollywood was of a strong female character," Aishwarya, who played a journalist in the film, said.
The year also also saw veteran actress Supriya Pathak making her debut in Telugu with "Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava", helmed by Trivikram Srinivas.
"I really enjoyed working with the people. It was wonderful. My director was a wonderful person. I hope I get an opportunity to work there again," said the actress, who starred in the 1985 Malayalam movie "Akalathe Ambili".
"Those days, a lot of Hindi films were made in south India. Then also, it was much more organised than in Mumbai or north India. My idea of south (Indian film industry) was always that it was more organised and that attracts you because it has got discipline. People are professionals and, still, there is a kind of basic emotion surrounding it and very work-oriented," said Supriya, whose mother tongue is Gujarati.
Pankaj Tripathi made his Tamil debut with Rajinikanth-starrer "Kaala".
The Bollywood diva's maiden Marathi film "Bucket List" was also released this year.
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Neil Nitin Mukesh, who featured in the 2014 Tamil film "Kaththi" directed by A R Murugadoss, made his Telugu debut with "Kavacham" earlier this month. He will also be seen in Prabhas' "Saaho", which will be Shraddha Kapoor's maiden film in Telugu. "Saaho" is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019.