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8 South Films Got Us Watching Southern Cinema

Southern cinema primarily consists of Tollywood (Telugu), Kollywood (Tamil), Mollywood (Malayalam), and Sandalwood (Kannada). For years, only people from the South watched these movies. Names like Mohanlal, Mammootty, and Rajinikanth, which were revered in the land down under, were alien to the rest of India. But now, they are rapidly gaining an audience in north and central parts too. Names like Prabhas, Dhanush, and Dulquer Salman are known to people all over the country, either for the popularity of their movies, their Bollywood connections, or simply their good looks. Popular Southern movies are being made in several languages so that they can be enjoyed by the rest of India too.

As BookMyShow turns 10 in eight days, we are remembering those movies, which exposed us to Southern cinema. Whether they were better than their Bollywood remakes or simply because of their popularity, these films now have us hooked to Southern cinema, as much as Bollywood. Take a look at our top eight here:


Baahubali: The Beginning

Indian cinema has not seen a movie like this ever before. It changed the league of cinema all over the country, and the only movie that gained more popularity is its sequel, which released his year – Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The visuals in this movie are incomparable to any made in India.



One of Rajinikanth’s most famous movies, his fans down South were more than overjoyed during its release. But the madness of the South did not take time to spread to the North, as people began to watch Rajini movies for its massive hype. For action lovers, this did not disappoint.



You simply cannot watch this movie just once. Vikram’s performance carries the movie till the very end, while the movie also introduces us to Amy Jackson – seen in Freaky Ali and Tutak Tutak Tutiya. If not for Vikram, A.R. Rahman’s soul-stirring music makes this worth a watch.


OK Kanmani

January 2017 release OK Jaanu was the remake of this Tamil romantic drama. It was said that the original version by Mani Ratnam was much better than the Aditya-Shraddha-starrer and everyone wanted to know what the hype was about. No one was left disappointed.



Among the Southern releases of 2016, this was the most popular film (barring the release of Rajini-starrer Kabali). It starred Southern favorite Vijay and had all the elements of a typical Tamil entertainer – action, drama, and thrills.



Southern cinema popularized the genre of sci-fi with this Rajini-starring thriller. It also starred other popular stars like Suriya, Nithya Menen and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. The intense thriller, along with a time traveling storyline, made it quite popular in the rest of India too.



One of the most popular genres in India is undoubtedly period drama. Rajinikanth hit the nail with this one, being India’s first photo-realistic motion capture film. If this wasn’t enough to pull audiences, the movie also starred Deepika Padukone in a pivotal role. 


Vikram Vedha

One of the latest entrants to this list, Vikram Vedha released only a week ago and is already gaining popularity out of South India. With big names like R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi, this film has people hooked nail-biting cat-and-mouse story line. Catch it in cinemas now!


In the days before BookMyShow turns 10, we will be giving you the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, regional cinema, and more. So don’t forget to check this space out, and keep counting the days to our big day!