The debate over the Hindi-regional split has gained more attention as a result of the growth of South Indian films in the pan-Indian industry. Few people believe that the apparent decline in the box office success of mainstream Hindi movies is a short-term occurrence. The largest crisis in Bollywood history is currently underway. Despite its stars’ fame, its films are unable to attract huge audiences to theatres. For the industry, this is concerning.
Films like Brahmastra and The Kashmir Files generated a lot of excitement in the country and did quite well at the box office. It didn’t, however, win critical praise. These movies weren’t quite able to live up to the high expectations that the public had for them. However, a few local films ended up generating genuine emotions in viewers. Here is a list of the top South Indian films of 2022 that indicate that Bollywood needs to rebuild itself.
Indian Telugu-language epic action drama RRR was released in 2022. S. S. Rajamouli co-wrote the screenplay with V. Vijayendra Prasad and is the film’s director. It was created by DVV Entertainment’s DVV Danayya. N T Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, and other actors are featured in the movie. Two actual Indian revolutionaries and their struggle against the British Raj are at the heart of the story. The story, which takes place in the 1920s, investigates the unrecorded time in their lives. It happened when both revolutionaries decided to remain anonymous before fighting a war for their nation. The movie about all of India is undoubtedly among the finest of 2022.
2. 777 Charlie
A Kannada-language adventure comedy-drama movie called 777 Charlie was released in 2022. Kiranraj K is the writer and director, and Paramvah Studios is in charge of production. The main character is a labrador named Charlie. It also features Bobby Simha, Sangeetha Sringeri, Raj B. Shetty, Danish Sait, Rakshit Shetty, and others. The movie depicts a relationship between a stray labrador dog and a lonely factory worker. The cast performances, script, emotional impact, and direction of the movie all won a tonne of praise from critics. 777 Charlie, at the time of its release, was the fifth-highest-grossing Kannada movie.
An action-thriller movie in the Kannada language from India is titled Kantara. Rishab Shetty has written and directed it. It is additionally produced by Vijay Kiragandur’s Hombale Films. Shetty plays a Kambala champion in the movie. He conflicts with Murali, a moral DRFO officer. On September 30, 2022, Kantara was released with positive reviews from critics. They appreciated the director, screenplay, production design, and cinematography, as well as the performance of the actors. Additionally, the editing, soundtrack, and musical score were all well-praised. The movie was a great financial hit and became the second-highest-grossing Kannada movie of all time. The second-highest-grossing Kannada movie of 2022 is also this one.
4. KGF: Chapter 2
K.G.F: Chapter 2 is a 2022 Indian period action movie in the Kannada language. Prashanth Neel wrote and directed it. Additionally, Vijay Kiragandur, under the Hombale Films label, produced it. It is a follow-up to the 2018 movie K.G.F: Chapter 1. Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Raveena Tandon, Srinidhi Shetty, and Prakash Raj all-star in the movie. The movie was still doing well at the box office a month after its release. Due to the obvious film’s popularity, the creators have disclosed that they intend to develop a Marvel-style universe for KGF. Additionally, KGF Chapter 3 is already in progress.
5. Ponniyin Selvan: I
The year 2022 saw the release of the epic historical action drama Ponniyin Selvan. Mani Ratnam, who also co-wrote the script with Elango Kumaravel and B Jeyamohan, is the film’s director. Additionally, it is made by Lyca Productions and Madras Talkies under the production of Ratnam and Subaskaran Allirajah. It is the first of two film adaptations of Ponniyin Selvan, a 1955 novel by Kalki Krishnamurthy. An ensemble cast, including Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, and others, are in the movie. Ponniyin Selvan: I, broke numerous box office records to become the highest-grossing Tamil movie of 2022. It tells the tale of Cholas, India’s largest empire.
6. Sita Ramam
A period romance movie in the Telugu language from India is titled Sita Ramam. Hanu Raghavapudi wrote it and made the film. Vyjayanthi Movies and Swapna Cinema are the producers. Along with Rashmika Mandanna and Sumanth, Dulquer Salmaan and Mrunal Thakur play the title characters in the movie. It takes place in 1964 and features Lieutenant Ram, an army officer who is an orphan and serves at the Kashmir border. He receives love letters from Sita Mahalakshmi anonymously. Ram then sets out to find Sita and declare his love for her. In addition, Sita Ramam emerged in 2022 as a massive critical and financial success. Additionally, it is among the highest-grossing Telugu films of 2022.
One of the South Indian films in the Tamil language is an action thriller film titled Vikram. It is produced by Raaj Kamal Films International and written and directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj. Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil are the actors in the movie. Supporting roles features by Chemban Vinod Jose, Narain, and Kalidas Jayaram. Suriya, though, makes a brief appearance. The film is a sequel to the same-titled 1986 film. It centers on a detective who gets a case involving multiple murders. One of the top regional films of 2022 is Vikram.
A coming-of-age romantic drama movie in the Malayalam language from India is titled Hridayam. Vineeth Sreenivasan wrote and directed it. Through Merryland Cinemas, Visakh Subramaniam produced it. Noble Babu Thomas, through Big Bang Entertainment, is also a co-producer. Pranav Mohanlal, Kalyani Priyadarshan, and Darshana Rajendran are the movie’s main actors. Hridayam is a tremendous box office success. The third-highest-grossing Malayalam film of 2022 is Hridayam.
9. Karthikeya 2
A mystery action-adventure movie in the Telugu language is Karthikeya 2. Chandoo Mondeti wrote and directed it. The movie also acts as a sequel to Karthikeya, which came out in 2014. Anupama Parameswaran, Nikhil Siddhartha, and Anupam Kher are the actors. Abhishek Agarwal Arts and also People Media Factory are the producers. The story follows Dr. Karthikeya as he searches for Lord Krishna’s misplaced anklet. It managed to set top records at the box office in addition to shattering previous ones. As a result of the film’s enormous success, Karthikeya 3 is also under making.
Major is a 2022 Indian biographical action film. It is also one of the regional films. Adivi Sesh wrote the screenplay and also the story, and Sashi Kiran Tikka is the director. The life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan, who lost his life in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is the basis for the film. Sesh plays Unnikrishnan, while Prakash Raj, Sobhita Dhulipala, and other actors also appear in it. A+S Movies, Sony Pictures International Productions, and G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment are the producers of Major. The film pays honor to both the heroic soldier and the sacrifices made by his family.
Right now, there isn’t a single writer in Bollywood who also qualifies as brilliant as South Indian films. Either they write roughly the same story type or try to copy the script from previous films. As a result, the majority of recent Bollywood films have, at best, had pretty weak stories.