Saturday, March 18th, 2023

The success and popularity of South Indian movies are touching new heights with every release. It is not only flourishing in North India or India as a whole, but it is also progressing remarkably in the overseas market. People perceive it to be an overnight success, but it is not!  It is the consistent hard work and perseverance of the entire film fraternity of South Indian Cinema that have put their blood and soul, over the decades, into bringing glory to South Industry, which it is currently relishing. South Indian movies always had that competitive edge over Bollywood, which is becoming more and more evident with the passing days. Here are the Top 10 reasons Why South Indian movies are better than Bollywood.

1. Storyline

South Indian movies often have unique and original storylines compared to Bollywood, which tends to produce more formulaic films. Indian audiences were bored seeing the same love story and drama movies of Bollywood when South movies came to their rescue with intriguing and fresh storylines. Movies like Vikram Vedha, Singam, Ratsasan, and Arjun Reddy started gaining popularity amongst the new generation of movie hoppers. Where Bollywood is mindlessly busy making a biopic or a remake of South movies, Tollywood brainstorms on new stories and fresh content for the audience, hence catering to the need of the audience to watch meaningful cinema.

2. Acting

South Indian actors are known for their realistic and natural performances, which can be more captivating and engaging than Bollywood actors. In the last few decades, Hindi movies have mostly been a biopic or a remake of South cinema. Hence the actors have gone overboard with their acting skills to mimic a real person while making a biopic or trying to match up the skill of South actors while making a remake. On the other hand, as South actors are creating new characters, their references are no one, but original characters. Hence the performances look seamless, lively, and not enacted. In the movie “Pushpa”, Allu Arjun is so engrossed in the role that it is hard to believe that it was him behind the character. It is that natural.

3. Music

South Indian movies are loved and praised for their soulful music and catchy lyrics. Whether it is Dhanush’s “Why this Kolaveri” or “Rowdy Baby” or the recent blockbuster “O Antava” and “Saami” of Pushpa, South Indian songs have always got a higher place in the audience’s playlist. The reason for this is quite simple. Where Bollywood is just focusing on remixes of 90s songs, South Indian Musicians are sticking to the basics of creating originals with meaningful and relatable lyrics and soul-touching melodies.

4. Action Sequences

South Indian movies are known for their intense and well-choreographed action scenes, which can be more thrilling than that of a Bollywood movie. The action scenes are not added just for the sake of it, but the action itself has a plot within it, which makes it more intriguing. In addition to this, South Indian Directors experiment widely with action scenes where different forms of martial arts and various other techniques are used. Even in the Period films like Bahubali and RRR, the action scenes were so well crafted and executed with the usage of Bow and arrow and other medieval weapons that the audience never felt out of place.

5. Regional Diversity

South India is home to several distinct film industries, each with its unique style, language, and culture. This diversity can offer a broader range of movies and storytelling for the audiences, whereas Bollywood movies cater to one specific niche of Hindi-speaking audience. South Indian Film Fraternity comprises Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Malayalam Film Industries. Each of these industries has proven its caliber through blockbusters like Drishyam (Malayalam), Jai Bhim (Tamil), KGF (Kannada), and RRR (Telugu), justifying the love and craze it is getting from cinema lovers across the world. Cultural diversity adds a unique flavor to the movies. Hence the audience finds it more appealing.

6. Technological Advancements

South India has always been ahead of the rest of the country in terms of technological development. Cinema is no exception to this. The use of visual effects, motion capture, and other advanced techniques has become increasingly prevalent in South Indian movies, leaving its Bollywood counterpart far behind in the game of visual effects. "Bahubali" is a prime example of the industry's technological prowess, with its extensive use of visual effects and motion capture technology. The movie's battle scenes were eye-catching, using CGI to create realistic and visually stunning scenes. Additionally, South Indian movies have started experimenting with virtual reality and 360-degree filmmaking, providing a new level of movie experience for the audience. The use of technology has allowed South Indian filmmakers to push the boundaries of storytelling, creating visually stunning and engaging movies.

7. Character Development

South Indian movies often have more complex and well-developed characters, that can make the audience more invested in their stories. South Indian Movies are not only famous for well-knit stories but also for their relatable characters. In the movie “Kantara”, every regular village boy would be able to relate to himself despite the character being blessed with supreme power. The same is for the movie “Pushpa”, where every daily-wage worker saw a heroic version of themselves on the screen. It is one of the primary reasons for the success of South Indian movies.

8. Social Commentary

South Indian movies are known for their social commentary and for addressing current issues. These features make them more thought-provoking and relevant, as compared to Bollywood movies, where films made on social evils are outcasted from Mainstream Cinema as “Art Films” or “Non-Commercial Films. South Cinema attacks the social evils right through the center. South Indian movies are not only about catchy songs, thrilling actions, or engaging plots, it also takes up the responsibility of highlighting social issues, such as Casteism, Racism, Corruption, and Human Exploitation. One such masterpiece is the movie “Jai Bhim” which has exposed Police Corruption, Inhumane Custody Torture, and the still prevalent social evil of Castesim.

9. Strong Cast

South Indian movies have powerful castings. It is not only the main protagonist but the actors playing the negative role along with all the supporting characters who take equal responsibility for delivering the cinema. On the other hand, in Bollywood, the focus is just on casting a blockbuster hero, and the entire storyline revolves around him. A classic example of a strong cast is the movie “Bahubali” where not only Prabhas’s character was in limelight, but every other character was well-written, starting from Rajmata, Bhallaldev, Devsena, and most loved one, Kattappa. Even the tribal antagonist Kalakeya King, played by Prabhakar, was a powerful cast.

10. Culturally Rich Set

While Bollywood is busy flying to the most exotic foreign location for a shoot which adds no value to the storyline, its contemporary South movies are using the original beautiful and mesmerizing landscape of the Southern cities to their advantage. South cities are famous for historical temples, breathtaking architecture, and beautiful landscape, which is generously used by South Indian cinema to enhance the story of the film. In the movie “Pushpa” the landscape of the Seshachalam Hills and the mesmerizing landscape of the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh gave life to the story. In a nutshell, South Indian Movie is a perfect combination of originality and creativity, that gives a real-like movie experience to its audience.