Radhika Pandith's 'Hudugaru' was one of the biggest hits of the year.
Ram Charan Teja tied the knot this year - and with 'Yevadu' and 'Rachaa' all set to hit the screens - 2011 has been pretty busy.
Richa Gangopadhyay seemed to take the South by storm with two back to back big films - 'Mayakkam Enna' and 'Osthe'.
Shivraj Kumar had 'Cheluveye Ninne Nodalu' this year - but this veteran is going as strong as ever. He just completed 25 years in the industry.
Swetha Menon has clearly taken the south by storm by her bold roles.
Suriya had '7aum Arivu' and 'Avan Ivan' this year - need we say more?
Siddharth - Bollywood loves him, south loves him - the actor is rather sorted!
Sudeep, actor, director, producer and singer - all rolled in to one - had some solid hits under his belt this year.
Trisha Krishnan had 'Mankatha' and 'Theenmaar' to her credit this year.
Vijay had 'Velayudham' to his credit this year where the actor played a super hero - great 2011 don't you think?
A controversial year for Darshan - but that did not stop his films from hitting the right marks.
Southern star Deeksha will be seen in 'Rajapattai' this week.
It is inevitable that Dhanush would not be on this list - with 'Mayakkam Enna', ''Kolaveri Di' and '3' - he's on a winning spree.
Ganesh is still one of the biggest stars in the Kannada film industry.
Jayasurya made his debut in 2001 in the Malayalam film 'Dosth' as a junior artist - and there has been no looking back for this star.
Kamalinee Mukherjee was seen in 'Mankatha' this year - this lady is surely going places.
Here's our list of the hottest stars from down south this year.
Meera Jasmine will be seen in 'Mambattiyan' this year.
Naga Chaitanya, another huge name in the industry - 2011 has been a great year for him.
Nithya Menon will be seen in 'Urumi' - the pretty actress has gone places with her roles.
Lakshmi Manchu makes her southern debut this year opposite Shruti Hassan and Siddharth.
Prabhas Uppalapati just had 'Mr. Perfect' releasing this year - but there's no looking back for this actor.
Asin has made her mark in Bollywood but her foot hold down south still remains just as strong.
Kannada actress Bhavana has a few Filmfare awards in her kitty already and she is all set to make her Bollywood debut opposite Emraan Hashmi.
Diganth shot in to the lime light with 'Mungaru Male' - and this handsome actor is going strong.
Genelia D'Souza has her hands full with Bollywood, Southern hits and now her March wedding with Riteish Deshmukh.
Mahesh Babu clearly needs no introduction. His film 'Dookudu' was one of the biggest hits this year.
Malayalam actor Nishan has had a host of releases this year.
Prithviraj has 'Urumi' lined up for the year - need we say more?
Priyamani has had 6 movies on her cards this year - 2011 has been good!
Puneet Rajkumar has 'Paramathma' to his credit this year - one movie made 2011 quite a hit for him.
Ragini Dwivedi had 'Kalla Malla Sulla' and 'Kempegowda' this year - and a few more are still to come.
Divya Spandana, better known as Ramya - has had quite a few hits this year.
Samantha has 'Dookodu' this year - this lady clearly hit jackpot with that.
Shruti Hassan has had a great 2011 - clearly no doubt about that. With '3' all set to hit the screens - 2012 will be perfect as well.
Silambarasan's 'Osthe' was one of the most awaited films of the year.
Kajal Agarwal made a great debut with 'Singham' in Bollywood - but her hold over southern films is still going strong.
Kannada actress Deepa Sannidhi starred in 'Parmathma' - the movie was one of the biggest hits of the year down south.
Hansika Motwani started her career on the small screen but the southern film industry had big plans for this lady - 2011 has been a great year for her with 'Velayudham'.
Sameera Reddy might not have conquered Bollywood - but southern films seem to suit her perfectly. She'll be seen in 'Vettai' next opposite Madhavan.
Shriya Saran just had 'Rowthiram' this year - but shuttling between Bollywood and the south - this lady has nothing to worry about.
Tamannaah Bhatia has 'Oosaravelli' to her credit this year - 2012 surely has more plans for her.
Kannada star Upendra also has had a great year with the likes of 'Shrimathi'.