The South Indian film industry had produced some brilliant movies in 2017. This year, 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 were Take Off, Pa. Paandi, Khaidi No. 150, Katamarayudu, and Vikram Vedha a
Directed by Shankar of Enthiran (2010) fame, 2.0 was set to release on 25th January, 2018. But now, the release has been pushed and a final date has been set. Rajinikanth starrer 2.0 will hit the big screen on 29th November, 2018. Mark your calendars!
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?
This year, Rajinikanth has already been seen in Kaala which released worldwide on 27th April, 2018. Directed by Pa. Ranjith, Kaala was one of the most anticipated films this year. Thalaivaa looksed amazing in the teaser, and even better in the film. Check out the teaser right here:
Mahesh Babu, Koratala Siva and Devi Sri Prasad once again joined hands for a film. Titled Bharat Ane Nenu, this Telugu film was one of the most-anticipated films of the year 2018. The trios last film together was the 2015 film Srimanthudu.
In the teaser of the film Bharat Ane Nenu, we saw Mahesh Babu plays the role of a Chief Minister named Bharat. This was the first time Mahesh Babu will be seen playing the role of a politician in a film. Also, did you know that Bollywood actor-director-singer Farhan Akhtar has sung a song for the film? Yes, Farhan has made his Telugu debut with the film Bharat Ane Nenu when he lent his voice to the song I Don't Know. The female lead in the film is played by Kiara Advani.
Check out the teaser here and see Mahesh Babu's stylish role filled with punch dialogues.
The film released on 20th April, 2018 and the movie was a blockbuster hit.
Vijay Deverakonda, the actor known for his blockbuster entertainers – Pellichoopulu and Arjun Reddy will be soon seen in and as Taxiwala. The film directed by Rahul Sankrityan will also have Priyanka Jawalkar and Malavika Nair.
In the film, Vijay plays the role of a taxi driver. You can check out his character in this Taxiwaala teaser.
Produced by SKN under UV Creations banner in association with GA2 Pictures. and music by Jakes Bejoy, Taxiwala will be what Vijay fans will be looking forward to this year.
Nani's film Krishnarjuna Yudham had a grand release on 12th April, 2018. The film had Nani playing a double role and there were two female leads – Anupama Parmeswaran and Rukhsar Dhillon. Directed by Merlapaka Gandhi, the film is another commercial potboiler from Nani.
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 crores, 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 starred Keerthy Suresh, Dulquer Salmaan, and Samantha Ruth Prabhu in the lead roles. Mahanati was Dulquer's Tollywood debut, in which he played 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 was 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.
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 has already given the mega-hit Hey Jude, hopes to give many other blockbusters this year.
Dulquer Salmaan 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. DQ will also for be seen making his Bollywood debut with the film Karwaan alongside Irrfan Khan and Mithila Palkar in 2018.
Rangasthalam 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!
Stylish star Allu Arjun was seen essaying the role of a soldier in this film directed by Vakkantham Vamsi. The music department was handled by Vishal-Shekhar and cinematography by Rajeev Ravi. Set against the backdrop of war, Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India had Rashmika Mandanna in the lead.
Kannada superstar Shivarajkumar is all set to entertain his fans with his upcoming movie Tagaru. His last movie before this was the 2017 blockbuster Mufti which was well-appreciated by everyone.
Tagaru alsi stars Bhavana, Dhananjay, Manvitha Harish. Directed by Soori, Tagaru was one of the most-awaited Kannada films in 2018.
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 of its release date yet, you can check out the details of the film right here!
The handsome Tamil star Vikram's upcoming film is the spy-thriller titled Dhruva Natchathiram. This film is one of the most awaited Vikram film and his fans have been waiting for the longest time to finally catch this film on the big screen. Directed by Gautham Menon, Chiyaan Vikram will be seen playing a number of characters – John, Joshua, Dhruv and maybe some more. Vikram's character John as seen from one of the teasers is the head of an Indian covert unit who are on a mission to rescue Mr. K from the antagonist – Darkman.
Who is the Darkma and who is Mr. K? These questions will probably be answered when the trailer is released. Till then we will have to wait some more.
While you wait, catch the teaser here:
Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren
One of the most-anticipated movies in 2018, this Vijay Sethupathi created quite a stir on the internet. The posters had been doing the round of the internet for a while and it had raised everyone's interest. The film was directed by Arumuga Kumar and had Vijay Sethupathi in multiple roles. The film's cast also consisted of Gautham Karthik, Niharika Konidela, and Ramesh Thilak. Book your tickets by just clicking here.
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