Year Ender 2022: Samantha, Pooja Hegde, Rashmika, top 3 heroines who rule Telugu cinema – India Today

By Latha Srinivasan: Telugu cinema has seen some superhit films in 2022, including RRR, Sita Ramam, Kartikeya 2, Bimbisara and Major. The female stars, who stole the top three spots in the Telugu film industry, are commanding a whopping salary too. So, who are these three gorgeous women ruling Tollywood? In this year-ender, we take a look at the market pull of the three heroines.
Pooja Hegde was seen in Radhe Shyam and Acharya this year alongside Prabhas, and Chiranjeevi and Ram Charan, respectively. She made a guest appearance in F3, which was a hit. Though Radhe Shyam and Acharya failed at the box office, it has not dented Pooja Hegde’s popularity or market. She will be seen with Mahesh Babu in his upcoming film directed by TrivikramSrinivas. Her 2022 Tamnil film Beast with Vijay didn’t do too well at the box office though.
Meanwhile, she has the Hindi film Cirkus with Ranveer Singh that is up for release on December 23 and if that turns out to be a hit, it clearly puts her in the numero uno spot. How much is her salary? Industry insiders say she charges around Rs 4 crore a film.

She moved from the Kannada film industry to Telugu and her career has sky rocketed. Rashmika Mandanna had a massive hit in 2021 with Allu Arjun’s Pushpa: The Rise and the Pushpa fever continued in 2022 as well. She had two releases this year, Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu and Sita Ramam. Aadavallu Meeku Johaarlu with Sharwanand failed at the box office. But, her film Sita Ramam with Dulquer Salmaan and Mrunal Thakur was one of the biggest hits this year and put Rashmika back in the driver’s seat.
In 2023, Rashmika has Varisu with Vijay along with Pushpa 2: The Rule with Allu Arjun; Animal with Ranbir Kapoor and Mission Majnu. Rashmika apparently charges more than Rs 3 crore per film at this time.

In 2022, Samantha had one Telugu film release, Yashoda, and one Tamil film release, Kaathuvaakula Rendu Kaadhal. Both the films were hits and clearly prove that Samantha is definitely a force to reckon with. After her Myositis diagnosis, she is currently on a break. She is likely to be back with a bang in 2023 with her films Shaakuntalam and Kushi.

With 2023 just around the corner, there are a lot more new films to look forward to from these actresses with some stellar performances in store for us.

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