Indian movies are known to have a huge budget, and some movie producers manage to reap the benefits of their invested money when the movie hits the box office and achieves success. Bollywood is well known all over the world, but what people don’t know is that some South Indian movies too manage to go down well with the global audiences and this makes the movies a huge hit. Here are some of the best South Indian movies that earned a lot of money with their release.
Lead Stars: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Vivek and Suman
Budget: 600-780 million
Worldwide Collection: Rs 1.28 billion
Sivaji is all about an Indian returning to India after finishing all his work in the United States. He wants to give back to the society by providing free education and free medical treatment. However he faces roadblocks in terms of local businessmen and corruption. Sivaji fights against the system and wins.
Lead Stars: Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha, Santhanam, Jagapati Babu
Budget: Rs. 80 crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 150 crore
Lingaa was an impressive movie that released in 2014. The movie was directed by K.S. Ravikumar and produced by Rockline Venkatesh. This movie was released on 12th December 2014 which was Rajnikanth’s birthday.
Lead Stars: Vijay and Amy Jackson
Worldwide Collection: Rs 156.23 crore
Theri is about the fight of an honest DCP against a top politician. Vijay Kumar kills the politician’s son who in turns kills his wife and mother. Only he and his daughter survive. In order for his daughter to live, Vijay fakes his death and shifts to another city to escape the politician. However the politician somehow comes to know about his whereabouts and tries to kill him and his daughter. Vijay then gets upset and ends up killing the politician and the entire gang.
Lead Stars: Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal, Sathyan, Vidyut Jamwal
Worldwide Collection: Rs 180 crore
Thuppakki was one of the the biggest Tamil hits in 2012. The movie comes with a strong storyline which managed to impress the audiences. It is based on the life of and Indian army intelligence officer which is based in Mumbai and hails from a Tamil family. The story is about how he tries to destroy an active terrorist group. Directed by AR Murugadoss, Thuppakki did so well down south he remade the movie in Hindi and called it Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty which released in 2014.
Genre: Disaster Movie
Lead Stars: Kamal Haasan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat
Budget: 60 crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs. 200.5 crore
Dasavathaaram released in 2008 and was one of the best movies that year. It revolved around the life of various people right from the 12th century until the 21st century. This was an interesting movie that came with a very strong script. The movie was directed by K. S. Ravikumar. Kamal Haasan is seen playing 10 characters in the movie and he manages to pull off each role very well.
Movie Name: Vishwaroopam
Lead Stars: Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat
Budget: Rs 950 million
Worldwide Collection: Rs 220 crore
Vishwaroopam is a spy thriller movie with Kamal Haasan playing the lead. This movie is about Kamal Haasan leading a dual life and trying to negate the terrorist activities of Al Qaeda. The movie revolves around Kamal Haasan’s wife trying to uncover a few secrets of his so that she can file divorce against him. The turn of events after that leads to everyone’s life changing. This movie is also about Kamal Haasan trying to escape his past and help the government curb the same terrorist organization that he used to work for before. This movie was so successful that a sequel is set for release later in 2016.
Lead Stars: Vikram, Amy Jackson and Suresh Gopi
Budget: Rs 100+ crore
Worldwide Collection (Estimation): 240+ crore
Starring some of the most amazing stars in South India, this movie more than doubled its profit with an amazing storyline and a love story that comes with a little thrill. Vikram’s role was highly appreciated in the movie and he was one of the main reasons people headed to theaters to watch the movie.
Genre: Science Fiction
Lead Stars: Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai
Budget: Rs 1.32 billion
Worldwide Collection: Rs 289 crore
Enthiran was one of the biggest hits of 2010. The movie was based on the life of a scientist who creates a robot and how he later struggles to control the robot that is developing human emotions. The movie was released in English, Hindi and Telugu. Rajnikanth plays the role of the scientist as well as the robot in the movie.
Lead Stars: Rajinikanth, Winston Chao and Radhika Apte
Budget: Rs 75 Crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 350 crore
Kabali is an action movie between two gangs. Most of the movie was shot in Malaysia and has some of the most amazing action scenes ever. Kabali has had the largest opening weekend for any Indian movie worldwide.
Lead Stars: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamanna Bhatia
Budget: Rs 120 Crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 600+ crore from 4 versions
This is by far one of the largest blockbusters in Indian cinemas of all time. The movie came with an interesting storyline, amazing actors and was packed with some of the best graphics Indian cinema has seen so far. The movie did extremely well in all four versions that included Tamil and Telugu, and the dubbed Malayalam and Hindi versions.