Highest Grossing South Indian Films of the 2000’s

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The movies listed below have all crossed INR 100 crore mark.

1. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)


Duration: 167 min.

Genre : Action & Fantasy

Shiva, who finds out about his bloodline is trying to resolve some mysteries from his past. He slowly unfolds his relationship with the history of the great Mahishmati kingdom. Directed by S.S. Rajamouli and lead roles played by Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannaah Bhatia, this mega blockbuster grossed $17.38 million worldwide.

2. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)


Duration: 159 min.

Genre: Adventure, Drama

This was the first installment of the Baahubali Saga, created by the same Director and cast. As the name suggests, the origins and rise of the prime character Baahubali, is the highlight of this film. This one grossed about $6.74 million.

3. Kabali: (2016)


Duration: 153 min

Genre: Action, Crime & Drama

Rajinikanth plays the leader of the oppressed Tamil workers, sent to Malaysia in the pre-independence era. He completes his imprisonment period in the foreign land and rises as the hero of the suppressed. This movie is directed by P.A Ranjith and the other actors who share the screen with Rajinikanth are Winston Chao, Radhika Apte, and Dhanishka. This movie grossed $3.90 million.

4. Enthiran: (2010)


Duration: 174 min

Genre: Sci-Fi, Action

A famous scientist Dr. Vasi builds a robot with human emotions and calls it Chitti. An unexpected twist comes to the story, when the robot starts developing feelings for the scientist’s girlfriend. Directed by celebrated director Shankar and top class star cast of Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa and Santhanam this movie grossed about $4.37 million.

5. Mersal: (2017)


Duration: 172 min

Genre: Action, Drama & Fantasy

A doctor and a magician try uncover the corruption which runs in the medical industry of the nation. Directed by Atlee Kumar and lead roles played by Joseph Vijay, Surya S.J, Kajal Aggarwal, and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, this film grossed INR 260 crores worldwide.

6. I: (2015)


Duration: 188 min

Genre: Action, Adventure & Sci-Fi

Few people plot against a successful model and inject him with chemicals, which distort his looks horribly and turn him to a hunchback monster. The movie is about his vengeance from the wrong-doers. Directed by S. Shankar with multiple award-winning actor Vikram, has created an out-of-the-box plot. This movie also has Amy Jackson, Suresh Gopi and Upen Patel in the lead roles. This movie grossed INR 241 crores worldwide.

7. Rangasthalam: (2018)


Duration: 170 min

Genre: Action, Drama

Chittibabu, a partially deaf and an innocent villager in the 1980s, who earns his living by supplying water to the farms tries to resolve a feud between the local strongman and his own brother. His primary goal is to protect his brother. Directed by Sukumar, the cast includes Ram Charan, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Aadhi & Jagapathi Babu. This film grossed about INR 206.6 crores and is still running in few movie theatres.

8. Bharat Ane Nenu: (2018)


Duration: 173 min

Genre:  Action, Drama

A foreign University student travels to India to keep a promise he made to his Mom. Once he reaches India, he gets disgruntled with the corrupt administration which runs the country. This movie is still running in the movie theatres and doing really well. Directed by Siva Koratala and teamed up with stars in the likes of Mahesh Babu, Kiara Advani, Prakash Raj and P. Ravishankar, this one made around INR 185.8 crores and is still counting.

9. Khaidi No. 150: (2017)


Duration: 142 min

Genre: Action, Comedy and Drama

Who else other than Chiranjeevi could pull off such a role, where a bad guy has a change of heart after seeing the suffering of farmers and fights for the right? This star cast also consists of Kajal Aggarwal, Tarun Arora and Ali. It is directed by Vinayak V.V and grossed around INR 165 crores.

10. Srimanthudu: (2015)


Duration: 158 min

Genre: Action, Drama

A millionaire who has everything at his disposal feels a void in his life. In order to fill this void, he adopts a village and tries to pull the locals out of their troubles. This movie stars Mahesh Babu, Darbha Appaji Ambarisha, Ali and Jagapathi Babu. This movie is directed by Siva Koratala and grossed around INR 156 crores.

11. Theri: (2016)


Duration: 157 min

Genre:  Action, Drama & Thriller

While a father is trying to protect his daughter from local goons, his murky past starts to resurface. Joseph Kuruvilla is the lead character played by Vijay and the other actors in the cast are Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Amy Jackson and Baby Nainika. Looks like a teamwork with Atlee Kumar as the director. This movie grossed INR 155 crores.

12. Lingaa: (2014)


Duration: 174 min

Genre: Action, Comedy & Drama

A petty thief gets filled with grief and wants to turn things around when he hears about his grandfather’s sacrifices in the pre-independent India for the welfare of the locals. With superstar Rajinikanth in the cast, along with Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha, and Jagapati Babu, Director K.S Ravikumar has displayed great story-telling. This film grossed about INR 152 crores.

13. Sivaji: (2007)


Duration: 188 min

Genre: Action, Drama and Thriller

Rajinikanth is a software engineer on a mission, who wants to work for the welfare of the nation. However, the corrupt state officials and the people in power try to place as many hurdles on his path as they can. Directed by Shankar along with Shriya Sharan, Suman and Vivek in the cast this film grossed around INR 148 crores.

14. Janatha Garage: (2016)


Duration: 162 min

Genre: Action, Drama

A nature-lover student and a social worker mechanic join hands in order to help common people. They are challenged by a powerful businessman who wants to obstruct their mission and destroy their garage. Legendary actor Mohanlal joins NTR Junior, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and Nithya Menon. This one grossed INR 138 crores.

15. Kaththi: (2014)


Duration: 166 min

Genre: Action, Drama

In the turn of destiny, Kathiresan gets into a feud with an MNC in order to restore farming. Directed by famous director A.R. Murugadoss, the team consists of Joseph Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Tota Roy Chowdhury. This movie grossed INR 135 crores.

16. Atharintiki Dareedi: (2013)


Duration: 170 min

Genre: Action, Comedy & Drama

Pawan Kalyan is tasked with bringing back a family member who has been separated for sometime. Other members of the star cast include Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Pranitha and Boman Irani. This is a directorial by famed Director Trivikram Srinivas. This movie made INR 131 crores.

17. Thuppakki: (2012)


Duration: 165 min

Genre: Action, Thriller

An undercover operation by an army officer to rout terrorist sleeper cells out. Directed by Murugadoss, and lead played by Joseph Vijay, other members of the cast are Kajal Aggarwal, Vidyut Jammwal and Sathyan. This film grossed around INR 131 crores.

18. Pullimurugan: (2016)


Duration: 161 min

Genre: Action, Adventure

Mohanlal is Pullimurugan who not only fights man-eating tigers, but bad guys trading illegal drugs too. Directed by Vysakh and also starring Jagapathi Babu, Kamalinee Mukherjee and Lal, this movie grossed INR 130 crores.

19. Magadheera: (2009)


Duration: 156 min

Genre: Action, Adventure & Drama

A stuntman who was a warrior in his previous life seeks to meet his lost love, who is also reborn. Unfortunately, the bad guy who forever wanted to separate them comes back into their life and is reincarnated too. Directed by S.S. Rajamouli, with Ram Charan at the lead, and joined by Kajal Aggarwal, Dev Gill, Srihari and Sarath Babu, this movie earned INR 129 crores.

20. Sarrainodu: (2016)


Duration: 159 min

Genre:  Action, Drama

Ex-army man crosses his path with the vile son of a politician and a war unfolds. Directed by Boyapati Srinu, the cast has Allu Arjun, Aadhi, Rakul Preet Singh, and Catherine Tresa. This movie grossed INR 129 crores.

21. Jai Lava Kusa: (2017)


Duration: 150 min

Genre: Action, Drama

This one is about triplets who are completely different from each other. Directed by Bobby Kolli, this movie stars NTR Jr. Raashi Khanna, Niveda Thomas and Brahmaji and has total collection of INR 128.8 crores.

22. Vivegam: (2017)


Duration: 149 min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Ajith plays an Interpol agent, who is on his way to avenge those who he worked with and in turn they betrayed him. He shares the screen with Vivek Oberoi, Kajal Aggarwal, and Akshara Hassan. This is directorial of Siva and grossed about INR 128.5 crores.

23. Vedalam: (2015)


Duration: 148 min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Ajith is playing Ganesh, who is challenging three brothers who are professional criminals. There are some old accounts that Ganesh has to clear with these brothers. This movie also has Shruti Haasan, Lakshmi Menon and Soori. It is directed by Siva and grossed INR 126 crores.

24. Spyder: (2017)


Duration: 155 min

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi and Thriller

Starring Mahesh Babu and Rakul Preet Singh in the lead roles. This movie is about a serial killer who kills to hear the victims cry. Directed by Murugadoss and other important roles played by Surya S.J and Bharath Srinivasan, this movie collected about INR 123 crores.

25. Singam 2: (2013)


Duration: 166 min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Strong-willed cop Durai Singam goes for an undercover investigation to break the crime circle operating in a coastal town. Directed by Hari, the cast includes Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, and Vivek. This movie grossed about $ 12.33 million.

26. Duvvada Jagannadham: (2017)


Duration: 152 min

Genre: Action, Comedy & Thriller

The lead character is avenging his uncle’s death from the local land mafia. Directed by Harish Shankar and Allu Arjun playing the lead, the other cast of the movie are Rao Ramesh, Murli Sharma, and Pooja Hegde. This movie grossed INR 119 crores.

27. Bairavaa: (2017)


Duration: 169 min

Genre: Action

Debt collector Bairavaa gets entangled with education mafia and fights a battle to bring them down. Directed by Bharathan, the lead is played by Joseph Vijay, alongside Keerthi Suresh, Jagapathi Babu, and Daniel Balaji. This film collected INR 113 crores.

28. Kanchana 2: (2015)


Duration: 166 min

Genre: Comedy, Horror & Romance

Ghosts haunt an innocent man, who seek revenge for their murder. Lawrence Raghavendra directed and played the lead role too. The other members of the team who he shared the screen with are Tapsee Pannu, Kovai Sarala, and Nithya Menon. The collection reached up to INR 113 crores.

29. Singam 3: (2017)


Duration: 155 min

Genre: Action, Thriller

Durai Singam is back again fighting with mafia related to disposing of toxic waste. Suriya plays the lead again in this instalment along with Anushka Shetty, Shruti Haasan, and ImmanAnachi. The direction is given by Hari and the movie grossed INR 112 crores.

30. 24 (I): 2016


Duration: 164 min

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi & Thriller

Now, this is different. Time machine where people time-travel and find enemies to settle their score with. This time the enemy is the twin brother of a father fighting his son. Directed by Vikram M Kumar, starring Suriya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menon and Saranya Ponvannan, this one collected INR 109 crores.

31. Gabbar Singh: (2012)


Duration: 153 min

Genre: Action, Comedy

Inspired by the character in Sholay, the lead character played by Pawan Kalyan, starts calling himself Gabbar Singh. He becomes a cop and gets posted at his hometown where a battle between him and the local muscle pursues. Directorial of Harish Shankar and other important roles played by Shruti Haasan, Abhimanyu Singh and Srinivasa Rao Kota this film collected INR 108 crores.

32. Vishwaroopam: (2013)


Duration: 148 min

Genre: Action, Thriller

A wife doubts her husband who is actually a classical dancer. She tries to find out what lies beneath the normal looking surface of her husband’s character. What unfolds is worth watching. The lead role is played by Kamal Haasan, and other star casts are Pooja Kumar, Miles Anderson, and Rahul Bose. One of the most controversial movies directed by Haasan himself grossed around INR 108 crores.

32. Race Gurram: (2014)


Duration: 163 min

Genre: Action, Comedy

A story of two brothers, one thinks and does everything on a straight path and the other thinks a bit differently. Directed by Surrender Reddy with Allu Arjun, Shruti Haasan, Shaam and Ravi Kishan on the cast, this film collected INR 107 crores.

33. Eega: (2012)


Duration: 145 min

Genre: Action, Comedy & Fantasy

A man who gets murdered brutally comes back as a housefly to seek revenge. Directorial marvel by S.S. Rajamouli and J.V.V. Sathyanarayana, this movie stars Sudeep, Nani, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, and Hamsa Nandini. It collected INR 105 crores.

34. Dasavatharam: (2008)


Duration: 189 min

Genre: Action, Adventure & Sci-Fi

Mythological connection, modern age deadly virus infection and the race to save the mankind. Directed by K.S. Ravikumar this movie stars Kamal Haasan, Asin, Mallika Sherawat and Napolean. The worldwide gross was around INR 105 crores.

35. 7 Aum Arivu: (2011)


Duration: 160 min

Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The story of Bodhidharma unfolded and the Indian connection established to the lead character through genetics. However, the lead realizes that he has to shoulder the responsibility of saving the nation from a virus attack. Directed by Murugadoss and lead role played by Suriya. Joined by Shruti Haasan, Johny Nguyen, and Abhinaya, this movie collected INR 105 crores.

36. Arrambam: (2013)


Duration: 157 min

Genre: Action, Drama & Mystery

Hollywood style mystery man and a computer hacker. They together try to unfold a high-level conspiracy, resulting in multiple deaths. Directed by Vishnuvardhan and starring Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayanthara and Tapsee Pannu, this film made INR 103 crores.

37. Dookudu: (2011)


Duration: 170 min

Genre: Action, Comedy

Undercover cop chasing a gangster, both to bring him to justice and settle a personal vengeance. Sreenu Vaitla’s directorial with Mahesh Babu, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Sonu Sood & Srinivasa Rao Kota in the cast, the movie grossed INR 101 crores.

38. Oopiri: (2016)


Duration: 158 min

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Multi-millionaire and a convict learn life lessons from each other and what comes out of it, is quite an entertainment. Directed by Vamshi Paidipally and starring Nagarjuna, Karthi, Tamannaah Bhatia with Prakash Raj, this one just touched the INR 100 crore mark.

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