For the past many decades, heroines from other States such as neighbouring Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and from various States in the North have been ruling the roost in Kollywood. During the mid-seventies, MGR introduced Punjabi actress Radha Saluja as his heroine in the super-hit film Idhayakkani and the trend of North Indian (non-Tamil) heroines dominating Kollywood has been in vogue till now.
The trend has continued non-stop: if it was Khushboo in the nineties, it was the likes of Simran and Jyothika later and now the ‘trend’ has been kept intact by the likes of Nayantara, Asin, ‘milky beauty’ Tamannaah, Kajal Aggarwal, Hansika, Keerthy Suresh and Nikki Galrani. One can easily add Sayyeshaa Saigal of Vanamagan fame to this list as the latest, prized addition!
The one thing which acts against these artistes is that the producer invariably has to bear their cost of accommodation during the shoot of their films. In order not to fleece the producer, Briton Amy Jackson has recently acquired her own apartment in Chennai. Sayyeshaa is said to have sounded a few real estate agents to locate a suitable apartment for her. She is also looking for a house in Hyderabad!
Nikki Galrani, who has been reeling out one hit film after the other in recent times, is said to have acquired a posh apartment in Egmore, Chenani not so far away from actress Nayantara’s apartment.