No one can deny that the popularity of Bollywood has drastically reduced in recent times. With a handful of movies doing mediocre business, most Bollywood movies fell flat at the box office. Though The Kashmir Files or Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 or Brahmastra managed to capture audience interest, it is majorly the regional movies that ended up becoming a craze for the masses.
This year, South Indian Movies managed to receive much more love and affection from the audience than many Bollywood movies. And, it made many wonder if Bollywood has lost its charm among the audience. So, here are the best South Indian movies of 2022 that Bollywood should seek inspiration from to better its game.
IMDb rating: 9.1
Dealing with the critical issue of land politics and man vs forest, the movie revolves around the local folklore and beliefs of the regional demigods. Kantara, an action thriller, has won millions of hearts across the globe. Even many celebrities – Kangana Ranaut, Prabhas, Allu Arjun, and Rajnikanth – have shared their appreciation for the movie and the makers.
2. 777 Charlie
IMDb Rating: 8.9
A heart-warming movie about a dog and his man! Starring Kannada actor Rakshit Shetty, the movie was widely appreciated. The movie focuses on Charlie, an abused dog, who stumbles upon Dharma, a jaded man. As their connection grows, horrific news sends the two friends on a journey together. You can watch the movie on Voot or Amazon Prime Video.
IMDb Rating: 8.8
R Madhavan’s directorial debut Rocketry – The Nambi Effect is based on the real-life story of Nambi Narayanan. Nambi Narayanan was a former scientist and aerospace engineer at the Indian Space Research Organization. In 1994, Narayanan was charged with leaking vital defense secrets. He later fought his case and got a verdict from the Supreme Court in 1996. R Madhavan is in the lead and Sharukh Khan is in the guest appearance. You can watch it on Amazon Prime.
4. Sita Ramam
IMDb Rating: 8.5
When big-budget movies of superstars flopped miserably at the box office, Sita Ramam, which was made on a small budget of 30 Crores, became a huge success. And, a major share of the movie’s success went to the hard-hitting performances. Dulquer Salmaan was so loved that he was equated to Shah Rukh Khan, who is known as the king of romance. You can watch this romantic period drama on Amazon Prime Video.
IMDb Rating: 8.4
Starring superstar Kamal Haasan in the lead, Vikram turned out to be a blockbuster at the box office. The story is about Vikram, who follows a team of operatives, who are on a deadly operation of capturing brutal murderers. You can watch this movie on Disney+Hotstar.
6. KGF Chapter 2
IMDb Rating: 8.4
One of the most successful movies of 2022, Yash starrer KGF Chapter 2 released on Amazon Prime. In the sequel, the movie revolves around how assassin Rocky, who is now the kingpin of the Kolar Gold Fields, protects his supremacy from those who plan to destroy him. The film also stars Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Srinidhi Shetty, and Prakash Raj. You can watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.
7. Ponniyin Selvan: I
IMDb Rating: 8.2
With Ponniyin Selvan: I, Manu Ratnam has once again left his fans impressed. Shattering many box office records, Ponniyin Selvan: I turned out to be a huge success at the box office. Starring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Karthi, and Trisha Krishnan among others, PS 1 showcases the story of one of India’s greatest empires, the Cholas.
IMDb Rating: 8.2
Produced by Mahesh Babu, the movie is based on the life of Maj. Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who fought against terrorists and was killed in action during the 2008 attacks at the Taj Palace Hotel in Mumbai, India. The movie stars Adivi Sesh, Prakash Raj, Sobhita Dhulipala, Saiee Manjrekar, Revathi, Murali Sharma, and Anish Kuruvilla in key roles. You can watch this movie on Netflix.
IMDb Rating: 8
Shattering all the records of the box-office collection, RRR is one of the most successful movies of 2022. This super-hit period action drama is set in the 1920s. The movie revolves around two legendary revolutionaries away from their homeland and how they begin fighting for their country. Featuring Jr NTR, Ram Charan, Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, and Shriya Saran, this movie is a must-watch. You can watch it on Netflix.
IMDb Rating: 8
Garnering positive reviews from critics and audiences, Hridayam is also a huge box office success. The films starring Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, and Darshana Rajendran, Hridayam is the third highest-grossing Malayalam movie of 2022. You can watch it on Disney + Hotstar.
11. Kartikeya 2
IMDb Rating: 7.9
Karthikeya 2 is a 2022 Indian Telugu-language mystery action-adventure film written and directed by Chandoo Mondeti. The film serves as a sequel to the 2014 film Karthikeya and stars Nikhil Siddhartha, Anupama Parameswaran, and Anupam Kher. The movie turned into a huge success at the box office. The movie is a sequel to the mystic thriller Karthikeya, which deals with the personal problems of Karthik and how he comes out of them. His pursuit of the truth leads him to find out the power of the Indian ancient system and Tatva of Lord Sri Krishna. You can watch it on Zee5.
Dear Bollywood, it is high time to seek inspiraiton and reinvent yourself!