Many well-known artists in the Kollywood film industry started their film careers as child artists. Actors such as Sridevi, Meena, and Shalini made their film debut as child stars and went on to become successful leading actresses of all time.

These are some of the former child artists who have debuted as the leading heroines in Kollywood:

1. Manjima Mohan

Manjima Mohan starred as a child artist in several Malayalam movies between 1997 and 2001, before debuting as a lead actress in 2015. In the following year, the actress debuted in Kollywood via Silambarasan's hit movie 'Acham Enbathu Madamayada'.

2. Nithya Menen

Nithya Menen is a South Indian actress who predominantly works in the Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada film industries. The actress made her cinema debut as a child artist in an English language movie in 1998, before debuting as a heroine a decade later.

3. Sri Divya

Actress Sri Divya started as a child artiste via the Telugu film 'Hanuman Junction' before debuting as a lead actress in 2010. The actress won the SIIMA Award for Best Debut Actress in 2013 after debuting in Kollywood via Sivakarthikeyan's hit film 'Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam.

4. Hansika Motwani

Hansika Motwani was a popular child artist in the Bollywood film industry who won the 'Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut - South' after joining South cinema as a leading actress in 2007.

5. Nivedha Thomas

Nivetha Thomas played a vital role in the popular series 'My Dear Bootham' during her childhood days, and made her Kollywood debut as a female lead via 'Naveena Saraswathy Sabatham' in 2013. The actress won the Kerala State Film Awards for Best Child Artist in 2008.

6. Nazriya Nazim

Nazriya Nazim started her film journey as a child artist in Malayalam films in 2006 and debuted as a heroine in the bilingual film 'Neram' in 2013. The actress bagged eight prestigious awards for her debut movie.

7. Shamili

Shamili is the sister of actress Shalini and the sister-in-law of actor Ajith Kumar. She started her career as a child artist and won the National Film Award, Tamil Nadu State Film Award, Kerala State Film Award, and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Child Artist. She tried to make a comeback in the year 2006 as a heroine in 'Veera Shivaji', but her career as a heroine is not as successful as her career as a child star.