Malayalam cinema is rich with talent and the industry has been making excellent films since time immemorial. Some of the actors here are so exceptional that their talent is not just confined to Mollywood. They spread their wings and bestowed their presence across languages ranging from Kollywood to Bollywood. While many female actors proved their mettle and made it big in other industries, the male Malayalam actors also tried their luck away from home and have been successful at it. Here are a few of them.


Mohanlal is a renowned name in the list of Indian actors and he sure had to showcase his talent in other languages as well. He made his mark in Bollywood, Kollywood and Tollywood and has undoubtedly given exceptional performances everywhere. Ram Gopal Varma’s Company, Kollywood blockbusters Iruvar, Unnai Pol Oruvan, Jilla, Janatha Garage in Telugu are some of his films that you should totally check out.


Mega Star Mammootty is a very popular name in Kollywood; with movies like Thalapathi, Kandukondein Kandukondein and Peranbu, he has created a fan base in Tamil. He has also appeared in Hindi, Kannada and Telugu movies, and had even featured in an Indian English language film Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar which gave him nationwide recognition.

Prithviraj Sukumaran

Prithviraj Sukumaran undoubtedly is an exceptional actor and with his language skills and acting prowess, he has aced in other languages too. His talent took him to Bollywood with movies like Aiyya and Aurangzeb, Tollywood and Kollywood where he has worked with renowned artists including Tapsee Pannu, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee, Vikram, Akshay Kumar, Mani Ratnam and Anurag Kashyap.


Jayaram, best known for acing feel-good movies has marked his presence in Tamil since 1993. He had been widely accepted ever since and the actor is still active in the industry. Recently he debuted in Kannada with Bhaagamathie which gave him a lot of appreciation and his last stint, Ala Vaikunthapurramlo, was a massive hit.

Cochin Haneefa

Cochin Haneefa who started off as an antagonist and later shifted his focus to comedy has always been dear to Malayalee audience. The late veteran actor was quite active in Tamil too; the negative role he played in Mahanadi to his comic roles in various other films including Kadhala Kadhala and Mudhalvan makes him unforgettable.

Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani who debuted as a junior artist had a surprising career growth. With his hard work and acting skills, he made it big not just in Malayalam but in other languages too. Primarily active in Tamil, the actor has also tried his luck in Telugu and Kannada as well. The late actor was a terrific villain in Gemini and Papanasam and will always be remembered for his spectacular performances.

Dulquer Salmaan

The stylish actor is a heartthrob of many across the globe. With movies such as O Kadhal Kanmani and Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal, he has been considered as one of the most desirable actors in India Cinema. He recently debuted in Telugu through Mahanati and also marked his presence in Bollywood as well. We look forward to many more entertainers from him.

Fahadh Faasil

Certainly one of the best actors of our times, Fahadh Faasil has made his presence felt in Tamil film industry recently with the commercial film Velaikkaran and the critically acclaimed Super Deluxe. Undoubtedly, he shined in both of them and we really hope he will keep doing excellent films in other languages as well.

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