South Indian Films That Set a Higher Benchmark

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Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) 

This is a Telugu-language epic action film directed by S. S. Rajamouli. The story is a fantasy set in Mahishmati kingdom, showing the story of its people. This was the highest grossing film when it released. The film also broke the language barrier and created a pan-Indian audience. 

My Dear Kuttichathan (1984)

This Malayalam-language fantasy film directed by Jijo Punnoose, was India’s first ever three dimensional film. This comedy fantasy revolves around Kuttichathan, who is under the spell of an evil sorcerer.

Kantara (2022) 

The title, translated to “Mystical Forest” is a Kannada-language thriller film directed by Rishab Shetty. The film tells the story of a forest tribe and also explores the conflict of nature and humans. It is a visually captivating, never seen before portrayal and imagination of indigenous tales. 

Vikram Vedha (2017)

This Tamil-language film is directed by the husband-wife duo Pushkar-Gayathri is inspired by the Indian folktale of Vikram-Vetala. The film tells the story of Vikram, a police inspector who tracks down Vedha, a gangster. But Vedha surrenders himself, to tell Vikram three stories which change his perceptions of good and evil. 

Mouna Ragam (1986) 

This Tamil-language romantic drama film is written and directed by Mani Ratnam. The story is of Divya, a woman who is mourning the death of her lover, but she is convinced into an arranged marriage with a man called Chandra Kumar.

C/o Kancharapalem (2018) 

This is a Telugu-language film written and directed by Venkatesh Maha. The film is a slice of life story with a cast of over 80 non-actors, most of them native to the neighborhood of Visakhapatnam this film is named after.

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