South Indian movies are a must watch if you like the Action Genre, they are known for having brilliant action scenes and stunts. So if you are an action lover and have run out of movies to watch, worry not since we have collated an awesome line up of South Indian Action movies you have to watch once. Believe us, you will get hooked and never look anywhere else!
Santhu Straight Forward
Santhu Straight Forward is a 2016 Indian Kannada-language romantic action comedy film directed by Mahesh Rao and produced by K. Manju. The film features Yash and Radhika Pandit with Shaam in a negative role. Santhu, a middle-class man, falls in love with Ananya, an architecture student. However, he realises that she is engaged to Dev, a gangster, and strives to win her over. It is one of the best south indian action movies.
Mersal (transl. Zapped) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film directed by Atlee who co-wrote the film with V. Vijayendra Prasad and S. Ramana Girivasan. Produced by Thenandal Studio Limited in their 100th production, the film stars Vijay, S. J. Surya, Sathyaraj, Vadivelu, Hareesh Peradi, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen and Samantha. Maaran, a doctor, is falsely arrested for the murder of his colleague, Dr Arjun Zachariah. He soon discovers that the real culprit is a lookalike who aims to expose corruption in the medical industry.
Adanga Maru is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language action thriller film written and directed by Karthik Thangavel. The film stars Jayam Ravi and Raashi Khanna, with Ponvannan, Babu Antony, Sampath Raj and Azhagam Perumal in supporting roles. Subhash, a daredevil officer, raises his voice against injustice when he comes across a few politically influential people. However, when his family is brutally murdered, he sets out to exact revenge. It is one of the best south indian action movies
Jaya Janaki Nayaka
Jaya Janaki Nayaka is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language romantic action film directed by Boyapati Srinu and produced by M. Ravinder Reddy under Dwaraka Creations banner. It stars Bellamkonda Sreenivas, Rakul Preet Singh and Jagapathi Babu in lead roles while Sarath Kumar, Suman and Tarun Arora play other pivotal roles. Gagan and Sweety fall in love but are forced to break up because her father disapproves of him. While defending a family from thugs one day, Gagan unknowingly saves Sweety and vows to protect her.
Saakshyam (transl. Witness) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action film produced by Abhishek Nama on Abhishek Pictures banner and directed by Sriwass. The film stars Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Pooja Hegde with Sarath Kumar, Meena and Jagapathi Babu in supporting roles. When a criminal gang slaughters an entire family, the baby survives. He is taken in by a family and the forces of nature work together to bring him face to face with the gang again when he grows up. The film has collected 13 crores at the worldwide box office on first week release. It is one of the best south indian action movies
Check is a 2021 Indian Telugu-language prison drama film written and directed by Chandra Sekhar Yeleti. Produced by V. Anand Prasad’s Bhavya Creations, the film stars Nithiin, Rakul Preet Singh, Priya Prakash Varrier (in her Telugu film debut), and Simran Choudhary. Nithiin plays Aditya, a chess player who is on death row. The film was released on 26 February 2021. Aditya, a conman, is falsely accused of being a terrorist by his lover and sentenced to death. However, in prison, he learns chess and becomes a champion to obtain a pardon while planning a jailbreak.
Panduga Chesko (transl. Celebrate the festival) is a 2015 Indian Telugu-language action drama film directed by Gopichand Malineni and produced by Paruchuri Kireeti on the United Movies banner. The film features Ram, Rakul Preet Singh and Sonal Chauhan in the lead roles and Sampath Raj, Abhimanyu Singh, Sai Kumar, Adithya, Brahmanandam, Rao Ramesh, Pavitra Lokesh, Tejaswi Madivada, Vennela Kishore and Raghu Babu in other important roles. A money-minded tycoon gets into a mutually beneficial relationship with a woman for the sake of his business. Soon, he learns about the differences in his family and decides to end them. It is one of the best south indian action movies
Paisa Vasool (transl. Money recovery) is a 2017 Indian Telugu-language action comedy film, produced by V. Anand Prasad under Bhavya Creations banner and directed by Puri Jagannadh. It stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shriya Saran, Vikramjeet Virk, Musskan Sethi and has music composed by Anup Rubens. The film marks Nandamuri Balakrishna’s 101st film on the big screen. An officer working for India’s top intelligence agency hires a local gangster for a bigger mission to catch a mafia leader. However, the ruffian falls for a girl who is looking for her missing sister.
Aatagallu (transl. ”Players”) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action thriller film produced by Vaasireddy Ravindra, Vaasireddy Sivaji, Vaddapudi Jithendra, and Makkina Ramu under the Friends Movie Creations banner. The film was directed by Paruchuri Murali. The film stars Nara Rohit, Jagapathi Babu, Darshana Banik in the lead roles and music composed by Sai Karthik. When Siddharth is accused of murdering his wife, Veerendra is appointed as a lawyer to defend him in the court. However, all the evidence points out that Siddharth is the killer. It is one of the best south indian action movies
Style is a 2016 Indian Malayalam-language action-thriller drama film directed by Binu Sadanandan starring Unni Mukundan, Tovino Thomas, Priyanka Kandwal, Master Ilhan, and Balu Varghese in the leading roles. Mumbai-based model Priyanka Kandwal debuted as a heroine in the film. Jassie Gift wrote the songs and Rahul Raj composed the background score. The film, edited by National Award winner Vivek Harshan, was released on 2 January 2016. Tom, a young mechanic, gets into a fight with Edgar, a rich businessman, after he slaps Tom’s girlfriend over a minor accident. Defeated in the fight, Edgar vows to ruin his life.
Dangerous Officer is a 2015 Telugu film, the first directed by Krishna Vijay. It was produced by Shyam Devabhaktuni and Krishna Vijay, and stars Nara Rohit and Priya Banerjee. It received a positive reception and was declared a box office hit. Chandrashekhar, a dreaded prisoner serving a death sentence for murder, is shifted to another judicial custody where Dharma Teja is the jailor. However, Chandrashekhar is trying to escape the prison. It is one of the best south indian action movies
After providing such line up of South indian action movies, we just hope that you never get bored when you have these movies to watch and enjoy!
If action is not your cup of tea and you are a sucker for comedy films, check out our list here!