30 South Indian Films To Look Forward To In 2023 (Part I)

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Aadujeevitham (Malayalam)

Aadujeevitham is about a migrant worker, Najeeb Muhammad (Prithviraj), who is forcefully migrated to the deserts of Saudi Arabia to herd goats. This survival drama is based on Benyamin’s novel of the same name. AR Rahman has composed the music for the film. 

Bilal (Malayalam)

After 15 years, Mammootty will reprise his iconic character Bilal John Kurissingal from Big B (2007) which has a huge cult following. Amal Neerad announced this film with Mammootty back in 2017, marking his third collaboration with Mammootty after Big B and Bheeshma Parvam. Rumours suggest that Dulquer Salmaan too could be a part of this film and this only gets better if true!

Barroz (Malayalam)

Barroz marks the directorial debut of Mohanlal. Based on Barroz: Guardian of Da Gama's Treasure, the novel written by Jijo Punnoose, this 3D fantasy adventure revolves around a 400-year-old spirit, Barroz, who is waiting to hand over Vasco da Gama’s treasure to his true descendants.

King of Kotha (Malayalam)

Touted to be a gangster film set in a factorial town, King of Kotha marks the directorial debut of Abhilash Joshiy, son of veteran director Joshiy.

Kathanar (Malayalam)

One of the most expensive Malayalam films yet, Kathanar follows the story of legendary exorcist priest Kadamattathu Kathanar from the 9th century, who is believed to have possessed supernatural powers.

L2: Empuraan (Malayalam)

Prithviraj Sukumaran’s 2019 political thriller Lucifer featuring Mohanlal gets both a sequel and prequel in Empuraan. But for those who have not watched Lucifer, Prithviraj said Empuraan could be considered a standalone project too.

Kaathal: The Core (Malayalam)

After a long break, Jyothika makes a comeback in Malayalam cinema and how — paired opposite Mammootty for the first time. Directed by Jeo Baby of The Great Indian Kitchen fame, Kaathal is a light family drama that has heaps of expectations mounted up. 

Thalapathy 67 (Tamil)

After the success of Master (2021), actor Vijay teams up with Lokesh Kanagaraj for a gangster thriller. Rumoured to be a part of the Loki cinematic universe, the IMDb page shows an interesting cast of Trisha Krishnan, Gautham Vasudev Menon, and Sanjay Dutt. 

Vaathi (Tamil)

Vaathi, titled Sir in Telugu, is a period drama that follows the life of junior lecturer Balamurugan as he protests against the privatization of education.

Indian 2 (Tamil) 

In one of the most expected sequels, Kamal Hassan reprises his role as Senapathy from the superhit film Indian (1996). While Indian featured Kamal Haasan as both father Senapathy and son Chandrabose, Indian 2 is said to focus on Senapathy and his father. Another dual-role thriller loading?

Jailer (Tamil)

Jailer is an action comedy film featuring the superstar Rajinikanth as the titular jailer named Muthuvel Pandian. While the plot remains under wraps, a vintage-style Rajinikanth teaser, Malayalam superstar Mohanlal's cameo and Shiva Rajkumar playing an important role have caught enough attention for the Tamil New Year feast. 

Suriya 42 (Tamil)

Tentatively titled Suriya 42, the epic fantasy adventure film narrated through two different timelines — 17th century and present-day — will revolve around a warrior from the past and a young woman who researches about the disease that killed the warrior. 

AK 62 (Tamil)

After the recent Thunivu, Ajith will be next seen in AK62, helmed by Vignesh Shivan. The director said that the actor has given him full freedom to do whatever he wants and the film will be one of a kind. A star feast? A solid content? Only time will tell. 

Thangalaan (Tamil) 

Based on true events, Thangalaan is set in the Kolar Gold Mines during the pre-Independence era. It follows the life of a tribal community at KGF and traces their struggle as they fight against the Britishers to save their lands. 

Ponniyin Selvan 2 (Tamil)

Based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s novel Ponniyin Selvan, Mani Ratnam’s epic historical film was one of the biggest hits of 2022. Set during the Chola dynasty, the second installment will delve deep into the story of the three siblings, the mushrooming rivalry and the battle of minds and deception.