The South Indian film industry has produced some brilliant movies in 2017 so far, and the year is not even over yet. We can't wait to find out what the four major film industries down south, viz Tollywood, Kollywood, Mollywood and Sandalwood have in store for the fans by the end of the year. 2017 was definitely taken over by the mega-hit film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The other South Indian movies that did really well at the box-office in 2017 so far are Take Off, Pa. Paandi, Khaidi No. 150, Katamarayudu and Vikram Vedha a
The Rajinikanth starrer sci-fi film 2.0 was to release this year, but it has been postponed for the next year. Directed by Shankar of Enthiran (2010) fame, 2.0 is set to release on 25th January, 2018. Also starring Amy Jackson and Akshay Kumar, 2.0 will be the first Tamil film for the Khiladi, who will be seen essaying the role of the antagonist. The first look was launched on 20th November, 2016 and both Rajinikanth and Akshay look deadly in a face-off. While Thalapathy looks like a mean futuristic robot, Akshay looks scary as the villain and we can't wait to watch these two immensely talented actors together in a film. Are you as excited as we are to watch this film which will have the Oscar winning musical genius A.R. Rahman handling the music department?
Randamoozham The most ambitious project in Indian cinema will be this Mohanlal-starrer titled Randamoozham. Reportedly being made on a whopping budget of Rs.1000 crore, Mohanlal will portray the role of Bheema. Based on the Mahabharata, Randamoozham is a film adaptation of a novel written by popular writer MT Vasudevan who will be writing the screenplay for the film too. There are also reports of Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu playing an important role in this film directed by Shrikumar Menon. The film is set to be made in two parts and we can't wait to find out if Randamoozham will be bigger than Baahubali series. What do you think?
Mahanati This Telugu film based on the life of legendary actor Savitri will star Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. Mahanati will be Dulquer's Tollywood debut, in which he will be playing the role of Gemini Ganeshan. Keerthy Suresh will be seen essaying the role of Savitri. Directed by Nag Ashwin, the film will be released in Telugu, Tamil, and Malayalam. The pre-look poster of the film was released on International Women's Day and went viral within a few hours. The life story of Savitri will be narrated by Samantha's character.
On DQ's birthday, the makers of the film released his character poster and it brings back memories of the golden era. With such a big star cast, this film is sure to break records.
Bankrolled by Sri Thenandal Studios, Sangamithra was announced amid much fanfare in Cannes 2017. The first look poster for the film featured Shruti Haasan riding a horse with a sword in her hand, looking majestic. However, Shruti has exited this project, citing date related issues. Shruti was even undergoing sword-fighting lessons for her role. We wonder who will play the role of the warrior princess, now that Shruti is no longer a part of this project. There has not been an official confirmation regarding this yet from the production house or the director Sundar C. The male leads of this trilingual historical drama are Jayam Ravi and Arya. Made on a whopping budget of Rs.250 crores, this film will be released in two parts.
Saaho After giving five years of his career to the magnum opus Baahubali, Prabhas will be seen in a completely new avatar for the acton-thriller film Saaho directed by Sujeeth. Produced by UV Creations, the teaser for the film was released on 27th April and soon went viral. The film will be released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Hindi. The female lead for the film has not been finalized yet, but Anushka Shetty is being rumored to have been roped in, probably to bank in on the chemistry that the two actors create on-screen.
Moothon Are you ready to watch Nivin Pauly in a completely different avatar? The actor, who has a track record of giving big hits, is known for playing charming roles, either as a college student or a young guy simply in love. In Action Hero Biju, we got to see Nivin's serious side as Inspector Biju, but for Moothon, the actor will be sporting a rough-and-tough look and has even pierced his ear. The first look poster featured the actor sporting a nose ring too, implying this film will showcase Nivin in a never-seen-before look. The film directed by Geetu Mohandas will be a gangster drama and will have some massy Hindi dialogues written by Anurag Kashyap. Nivin's character in this film may turn out to be his career best role. The actor, who also has a number of other projects lined up for this year like Hey Jude, Richie and others, will hope to start the year 2018 with a bang. And we hope the same too.
Dulquer Salmaan in and as Sukumara Kurup
This yet-untitled film will bring to the big screen the life of the most-wanted criminal Sukumara Kurup. Dulquer will be reuniting with director Srinath Rajendran, whose film Second Show was DQ's debut film. Essaying the role of Sukumara Kurup, Dulquer Salmaan will be looking forward to doing justice to the fascinating tale of the notorious criminal, who has managed to be on the run from the police for 30 years now. As seen in DQ's recent films and ongoing projects, he has been focussing on character driven roles. For instance, as Gemini Ganeshan in Mahanati, as Krishna in Kammatipaadam, as the happy-go-lucky wanderer Charlie in Charlie. It is indeed incredible to watch DQ's growth as an actor with every film he does and we can't wait to watch this film when it hits the big screen next year.
Rangasthalam 1985 marks the first collaboration of Tollywood actors Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Ram Charan. Directed by Sukumar, this film will also see the actors essaying rural avatars for the first time. Being shot in rural areas of Rajahmundry, Rangasthalam 1985 will also star Aadi Pinisetty and Jagapathi Babu and has music by Devi Sri Prasad. Who is excited to see this fresh pair? We know you are!
The Chiranjeevi – Pawan Kalyan Movie
Imagine two big superstars sharing screen space together for the first time! That's exactly what is going to happen because brothers Chiranjeevi and Power Star Pawan Kalyan are coming together for a film directed by Trivikram. While the film is still in its initial stage, the film's announcement made fans go crazy and why wouldn't it! This will probably be the most anticipated Telugu film of next year and we can't wait anymore!
Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India
Stylish star Allu Arjun will be seen essaying the role of a soldier in this film directed by Vakkantham Vamsi. The music department will be handled by Vishal-Shekhar and cinematography by Rajeev Ravi. Set against the backdrop of war, Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India will have Rashmika Mandanna in the lead.
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
The charming Suriya is all geared up with a Pongal release (12th January, 2018) and we can't wait for it any longer! Thaanaa Serndha Koottam has been creating huge buzz since it was announced and Suriya fans have gone crazy seeing the actor in yet another smashing role. The film also stars Keerthy Suresh. Directed by Vignesh ShivN, the film is definitely one of the most-awaited south Indian films of the year 2018. So, are you ready for a blockbuster? If, yes. Book your tickets right here for this Suriya entertainer!
Bankrolled by Kalaipuli S Thanu under V Creations, the upcoming Vikram film is a commercial entertainer Vikram fans have been waiting for. Tamannaah plays teh female lead in this film directed by Vaalu fame Vijay Chander. If you want to catch the film FDFS, you can book your tickets right here!
Hands down one of the major Kannada releases in 2018 is KGF. Rocking Star Yash is getting ready to deliver a mass hit in this Prashanth Neel directed Kannada film. Though only the first look poster is out at the moment, KGF is touted to create huge waves at the box-office this year. Will it? Find out when the movie releases. With no confirmation on it's release date yet, you can check out the details of the film right here!
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