This year saw some of the biggest South Indian movies releases like Kabali, Sardaar Gabbar Singh, Janatha Garage, Munagru Male 2 and many others. These movies were the most anticipated movies of 2016 with big superstars like Rajinikanth, Pawan Kalyan, Jr. NTR and Golden Star Ganesh. However, they failed to impress the audiences. Rajinikanth starrer Kabali, which was touted to be the biggest blockbuster of the year failed miserably surprising every movie buff.
We know that the year is not over yet and the best of 2016 are likely yet to come, but here are 10 must-watch south Indian movies of 2016. The following list is in no particular order.
Ilayathalapathy Vijay is an actor every director in Kollywood counts on to give blockbuster hits and that's exactly what he gave director Atlee. Vijay's role as a policeman beating up goons in his effortless style and the role of a loving father to his little daughter was loved and well appreciated by fans and critics alike.
The hit-duo of Atlee and Vijay recently announced their next project tentatively titled Vijay 61 and we can't wait to see if this movie will be a hit, just like Theri. Let's wait and watch if Vijay 61 will be on the Top 10 South movies of 2017 list by end of December next year!
Vikram K Kumar's sci-fi thriller starring Suriya was intense and thrilling. It gave the Indian audience the concept of time travel, which intrigued many. With Suriya's amazing performance as Mani, Athreya and Sethuraman, the movie was a winner in 2016.
3) U Turn
Kannada movie U Turn can be considered as one of the best Kannada movies of 2016. Director Pawan Kumar gave us a women-centric movie with a supernatural element. The actress Shraddha Srinath did a superb job as an Intern at one of the leading newspapers. U Turn is a must watch film that is sure to send some chills down your spine.
Many times, a filmmaker attempts to recreate the same magic a movie has achieved by remaking it after some years or in a different language but this attempt fails. This results into us fans whining about the result and almost pleading filmmakers to never touch these movies for the fear of it being destroyed. But director Vamsi did complete justice to the French movie Intouchables when he remade it in Telugu as Oopiri and in Tamil as Thozha. Oopiri/Thozha narrates the unlikely bond between Nagarjuna's character and Karthi's character who do a terrific job throughout the movie. Fear not, all fans of the original movie, you can watch this remake!
Thithi is the second Kannada movie on this list and what a well-deserved movie to be on this movie. Thithi created quite a buzz when it released at various film festivals worldwide, having won the National Award for the best Kannada film, the movie directed by Raam Reddy is a definite must-watch movie.
Sethupathi is a true cop drama filled with the right amount of action and thrill sequences. Vijay Sethupathi delivered one of his best performances through this movie.
This movie directed by Vijay Kumar who has also acted in the movie gives us a jolt with its onscreen violence and the many twists and turns which keep us on the edge of our seats throughout the movie. For those of you who can't handle the blood and violence, please stay away!
Appa is not just another commercial movie, it is a meaningful movie with a good message. Director and actor of the movie Samuthirakani did a wonderful job and definitely figures on our must-watch list.
This movie is based on real-life incident and is an experience no one should miss out on.
2016 is not yet over so let's wait and watch what the movies in the next two weeks have to offer.