The cinema of South India is used to refer collectively the four distinct film industries of South India – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada film industries – as a single entity. They are based in Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Bangalore.
Although developed independently for a long period of time, gross exchange of film performers and technicians as well as globalisation helped to shape this new identity in Indian Cinema.
There’s a plethora of wonderful cinema from down south which is giving Bollywood tough competition when it comes to quality.
Some of the best south Indian movies includes:
1. Vikram Vedha
Starring Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles and inspired by the folklore of ‘Vikram Betaal’, this Tamil movie will change your perspective of good and evil in the most mind-boggling way. An honest police inspector’s pursuit of a dangerous criminal turns into a very thoughtful drama that will evoke a lot of emotions in you.
Another Tamil socio-political drama, this female-led storyline is truly a breath of fresh air. It reflects on a young woman’s journey in modern-day capitalist society as she tries to fight its inherent misogyny and consumerist behaviour. It is feminist and a thoughtful tale that is what Gen-Z needs to see.
This Telugu action-packed movie starring Ramcharan and Samantha Akkineni is simply brilliant! It has garnered the fandom of both critics as well as the box office. The leading couple are not the only ones who are a delight to watch, but the entire cast has done a tremendous job of depicting the story of a village with a corrupt co-operative system.
The Kannada box office phenomenon split into two parts is the epitome of an action-masala-drama movie the Indian audience is known to be gaga about. Starring the gorgeous Yash in the lead role, both the instalments will keep you hooked till the end. The visual effects and action will legit blow your mind!
5. C/o Kancharapalem
We really don’t deserve this Telugu masterpiece meant for international film festivals and global accolades. This movie will take you on a journey not extravagant and escapist as we expect out of Indian cinema but into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Words can’t really summarise how beautiful it is unless you actually watch it. So go ahead, watch it already!
6. Bangalore Days
This Malayalam comedy-drama about three cousins struggling to find themselves will make you nostalgic about your younger days and your bond with family. Them relocating to their dream city and facing the challenges of adapting to their new lives is equal parts charming, moving, and entertaining.
Wonderful acting and beautiful songs make this 2018 Tamil love story a real feel-good watch. The movie revolves around two high school sweethearts who meet years after they part ways and rekindle their romance. Rom-com lovers are going to swoon over this movie.
8. Ustad Hotel
This Malayalam family drama is most relatable to a millennial generation who has at some point or the other struggled with balancing their own ambitions with their family’s wishes. Dulquer Salman is wonderful to watch on-screen and so is the movie’s smooth screenplay and touching narrative.
9. AGENT SAI SRINIVASA ATHREYA (TELUGU)
A Nellore based detective, Sai Srinivas, gets into trouble when he investigates the case of a mysterious, unidentified body that was found near a railway track. The movie gets interesting as the investigation proceeds. Directed by Swaroop RSJ, this film casts Shredha Rajagopalan, Shruti Sharma, Suhas, and Sandeep Raj in lead roles.
10. KAITHI (TAMIL)
Kaithi was a masterpiece that was directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. This action thriller shows how an ex-convict endeavors to see his daughter for the first time. However, Inspector Bejoy doesn’t allow that to happen and interrupts all his attempts. Kaithi was released in 2019 and stars Karthi, Arjun Das, Deepthi, Amzath Khan, and Narain in lead roles.