Rajinikanth, Pawan Kalyan, Amala Paul, Shruti Haasan – a look at the most popular celebs

 At half year mark of 2014, Bollywoodlife takes you on flashback mode to recount 5 most popular stars of South Indian cinema!

It only seemed like yesterday when we bid goodbye to 2013 and welcomed 2014. And it’s July already. Truly, time does fly. It has been an eventful year so far filled with gossip, controversies and of course some wonderful films. Today we will take you down the memory lane to find out who are the stars who made it big in the first half of 2014. Lets begin, shall we?


Evergreen superstar Rajinikanth has been the talk of the town for all six months of 2014 thanks to his magnum opus Kochadaiiyaan. The hype around Kochadaiiyaan was humongous and Rajini fulfilled all the expectations in a grand animated avatar. The film raked an insane amount at box office. Well it was not just Kochadaiiyaan, but also Lingaa which kept Thalaiva in limelight. KS Ravikumar directorial film starring Rajinikanth and Bollywood babe Sonakshi Sinha has been widely discussed, becoming the daily fodder for gossip farms. The superstar was also quite hot in news during election period. His private meeting with Narendra Modi at his home has been widely publicised by paparazzi leading to jokes about Rajini’s super power being the reason behind Modi’s success.

Pawan Kalyan

Power star Pawan Kalyan has no releases in 2014 yet. But the actor has still managed to rule the headlines with his active participation in political arena. In March 2014, the Attarintiki Daredi star floated a political party Jana Sena Party(JSP) which was unanimously backed by people of Andhra. His scathing remarks against Congress did not go down well with his older brother Chiranjeevi and the two are said to be in loggerheads since then. Even though he did not contest in Lok Sabha elections, his support for Modi and campaigning for BJP-TDP alliance worked like magic as BJP-TDP won the elections comfortably. Power star is now gearing up to re-enter films with Oh My God! Telugu remake Gopala Gopala. We think Pawan Kalyan will be hot in news for the next six months too.

Manju Warrier

Before 2014, Manju Warrier was last seen in Malayalam movie Pathram 15 years ago. But the commencement of 2014 brought wrath onto her personal life and blessing on to her filmi career. Manju Warrier shocked everyone when she divorced her actor husband Dileep ending 14 years of marriage. While her personal life was in disarray, her professional career graph shot upwards drastically thanks to her comeback film How Old Are You. After 14 years of self imposed exile, the star rose to steal the thunder with terrific performance in How Old Are You making the film a blockbuster hit. The film was applauded by one and all. Now we hear Manju is flooded with offers from all the four major South Indian industries even Bollywood. Way to go Ma’am.

Amala Paul

They say marriages are made in heaven. But they never said a marriage can make so many headlines for months. Amala Paul became Mrs Amala Paul Vijay on June 12, 2014 when she tied a knot with director AL Vijay. But the rumours of Myna gal’s marriage had started paving their way into headlines since January. The star studded marriage had many twists and turns and controversies which made sure Amala Paul was trending over the internet for almost all six months. Right from the being chucked out of Telugu movie Vastha Nee Venuka to speculations on her filmi career after marriage to her church engagement being called invalid, every move of dusky diva has been widely covered by media. Her decision to bid adieu to acting has come as a shock to many, but it has made sure that Amala garners undivided attention from the gossip mongers. With her marriage being a story of past, we wonder if Amala can retain her popularity in second half of 2014 thanks to her early exit from films.

Shruti Haasan

The svelte beauty was the hottest celeb of the year over the internet thanks to her leaked pictures from a song from Telugu flick Yevadu. The pictures of Ms Haasan which were taken from unflattering angles, were a rage online going on to become viral on social media. The sexy star was understandably miffed with the pictures and filed a police complaint for tarnishing her image. The pictures were secretly taken during shooting of the song Dimple Pimple from Yevadu without Shruti’s consent. The daughter of Kamal Haasan was also rumoured to be in alleged relationship with Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, which became a topic of great interest for media. It looks like more than the films, controversies are keeping the bombshell stay ahead of her contemporaries on popularity charts.