Though unveiling new surprises in the new year has started, there is a shadow of 2022 inside everything. Film festivals are echoing the buzz of South Indian movies of yesteryear. After the pandemic, a bunch of cinemas was released in the Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, and Kannada film industries. However, not all movies got the same success. Let’s take a look at the IMDB’s list of the highest-grossing South Indian movies in 2022.
This sequel to the 2018 hit film K.G.F: Chapter 1 was directed and written by Prashant Neel. After establishing himself as the king of the Kolar Gold Fields, the killer Rocky must now deal with adversaries and government officials. Moreover, another bigger challenge before him is his own past.
Produced by Hombale Films, the Kannada film starred Yash, Sanjay Dutt, Srinidhi Shetty, Raveena Tandon, Prakash Raj, and Archana Jois. The period action film released on 14 April 2022 grossed USD 124 million domestically. It currently has an IMDb rating of 8.3.
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Directed by SS Rajamouli, this Telugu film is currently the jewel of the Indian film industry. Because it won the Best Song award at this year’s Golden Globes. The DVV Entertainment production was co-written by Rajamouli himself along with V Vijayendra Prasad.
The main story is set in the 1920s, depicting the friendship of two Indian revolutionaries, Raju and Bhima, and their deadly struggle against the British Empire. N T Rama Rao Jr. and Ram Charan were in the lead roles. And they were accompanied by Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn, Shriya Sharan, and Samuthirakani.
Released on 25 March 2022, the film grossed USD 117 million in India alone. This blockbuster has a current rating of 7.9 on IMDb.
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It was a Tamil film directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, produced and starring Kamal Haasan. The script of the action thriller was written by Rathna Kumar and Lokesh. This second installment of the Lokesh cinematic universe after Kaithi (2019) released on 3 June 2022.
Apart from Kamal, the film also starred Vijay Sethupathi, Fahadh Faasil, Narain, Chemban Vinod Jose, and Kalidas Jayaram. The film grossed over USD 16.9 million from the Indian subcontinent. The film’s current IMDb rating stands at 8.4.
This epic adventure Tamil film was directed by Mani Ratnam. The movie’s writing team consisted of Elango Kumaravel, B Jayamohan, and Ratnam himself. Its story was adapted from Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel Ponnayan Selvan. Produced by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, this historical action film released on 30 September 2022.
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The film’s large ensemble cast includes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Karthi, Vikram Prabhu, Jayaram, Shovita Dhulipala, Aishwarya Lakshmi, R Sarathkumar, and Prakash Raj. The story of the film revolves around the early life of Arulmoji Varman, the famous emperor Chola prince from 947-1014 AD.
The film became the first Tamil movie to gross more than USD 69 million from all over India. The current IMDb rating of the movie is marked at 7.8.
This action thriller film was produced by Hombale Films of the Kannada cinema industry. The film will show the conflict between a Kambala champion and an upright forest official Murali. The movie was written and directed by Rishabh Shetty who also played the lead role.
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Released on 30 September 2022, the film crossed USD 24.6 million in net collections domestically on its 30th day. After six weeks, the film started breaking Baahubali 2’s record. The film currently has a rating of 8.4 on IMDb.
This Tamil movie is based on the life struggle of a former RAW agent. He rescues some people in a shopping mall, who were held hostage by some terrorists. The action movie directed and written by Nelson has cast members Pooja Hegde, Selvaraghavan, and Vijay. Produced by Sun Pictures, the movie releases on 13 April 2022.
The film managed to collect USD 7.4 million at the Indian box office that day. IMDb has given the movie a 5.2 rating so far.
This Telugu film was produced by the film studios like G. Mahesh Babu Entertainment, Mythri Movie Makers, and 14 Reels Plus, and the stars like Keerthy Suresh, Samuthirakani, and Mahesh Babu. The action film directed and written by Parasuram revolves around an MP’s conflict with Mahi.
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Mahi is financially conned by this MP’s daughter Kalvati, whom he loved. Released on 12 May 2022, the film set the record for the fastest collection of USD 12 million at the domestic box office in India. The movie has a rating of 5.6 on IMDb so far.
This Tamil action movie is a joint production of Zee Studio and Bayview Projects LLP, which released worldwide on 24 February 2022. Directed and written by H Vinoth, this thriller film stars Ajith Kumar, Huma Qureshi, Gurbani Judge, and Karthikeya.
The story of the film involves a police officer involved in a heinous crime tasked with tracking down a group of outlaw bikers. The film grossed more than USD 15 million from all over India. The IMDb rating of the movie so far shows 6.1.
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This period drama film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Hindi. Produced by T-Series and UV Creations, the romantic film was directed and written by Radha Krishna Kumar. Set in 1970s Italy, the film starred Prabhas and Pooja Hegde in the lead roles, which was their first work as a pair.
The main character of the story is a palmist named Vikramaditya. He is quite ironic about coincidences and motivations when it comes to his love affairs. Released on 11 March 2022, the film grossed over USD 7.6 million across India. The movie currently has an IMDb rating of 5.3.
This Telugu action movie was basically a remake of the 2020 Malayalam film Ayyappanum Koshiyum. Trivikram Srinivasa’s screenplay clearly roars the story of a clash between a retired army and an upright police officer. Directed by Sagar K Chandra, the thriller film stars Pawan Kalyan, Yukta Menon, Rana Daggubati, and Nithya Menon.
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Released theatrically on 25 February 2022, the film grossed over USD 5 million in the domestic market on its opening weekend. The movie has an IMDb rating of 6.4 so far.
These 2022 highest-grossing South Indian movies prove the rejuvenation of the Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada film industries after the pandemic. The growth is exponentially upward. It is expected that the upcoming films, especially the big-budget productions of 2023 will break these records.
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