It was Sukanya who broke the trend. She had already reached the top, notching up several hits along the way, before she got a chance to act with Kamal in Mahanadhi. And she has not got a chance to act with Rajini so far.
Now such concepts of star pairs don’t seem to work anymore. As a heroine, if you’re able to pull off two block busters successively, then you get the coveted status of number one.
Over the years the expectations regarding the rankings of heroines among fans have been changing and responding to these trends, the rankings too vary regularly. If you remember, the rotund Khusboo was the number one once, and within a few years, it was a svelte Simran who got that status.
And heroine's shelf life in Tamil cinema generally is not long - it is should be somewhere between 4 to 5 years. Especially when you consider that more and more producers are opting for newcomers and each new day you hear reports of new movies with fresh faces.
There was a time the Kollywood circuit was full of aspirants from the North. Now the North Indian imports have almost come down to a trickle and of late, we are witnessing an increased activity of cross-border infiltration from Kerala. First it was Meera Jasmine, then came Gopika, Asin, Nayantara and Mamtha and now, there is no sign of stopping.
With competition so hotting up, the females stars today are in an unenviable position unlike the stars of yesteryears. Heroines like Padmini, Savitri, K R Vijaya, Jayachitra, Sujatha, Sridevi, sometime or other, had a chance to be the number one in the industry and they were able to guard that position for some time.
But, it is no longer easy for the present set of heroines. One flop can start the decline of a heroine and a couple of them can definitely mark the change of your fortunes.
These are challenging and highly fickle times for the heroines concerned but these are also highly satisfying for the industry watchers. Never has the race for the top position been more intense, and never has the choice of heroines been more varied.
Geetham.net takes a look at who, among female artistes, are occupying the Top 10 places in Tamil cinema as on date.