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Top 7 South Indian Actors popular all over India

The Industry has been growing to a point where its individual sections have started to compare with Bollywood, with their action and comedy flicks.

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South Indian actors' fame spans across the nation. Wikimedia common

The South Indian film industry is huge, it includes, Tollywood (Telugu film industry), Kollywood (Tamil film industry), Mollywood (Malayalam film industry)and Sandalwood (Kannada film industry). There are a plethora of critically acclaimed films being made every year in the the South Indian Film Industry.

The Industry has been growing to a point where its individual sections have started to compare with Bollywood, with their action and comedy flicks.

One thing South Indian film industry is extremely famous is for the way the south Indians deify their heroes. From making temples to literally treating them like gods, south Indian heroes are demigods in their own right.

South Indian heroes are charming, talented and extra-ordinarily superhero-like on screen. They can hit bulls-eye with an eye closed, they can dance, and sometimes they can do both at the same time.

Here is the list of 7 South Indian actors who are not only popular in Southern part of the country but have also spread their charm all over the India.

Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of India. Wikimedia Common
Rajinikanth is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of India. Wikimedia Common

 

Megastar Rajinikanth needs no introduction. He is one of the highest paid actor in the whole of India. He has worked in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi and English language films. He has a very humble and simple persona, however, this simple man changes into an action hero on screen. Rajinikanth has struggled a lot while he worked as a bus conductor before he finally took the South Indian film Industry by a storm.

Rajinikanth has temples made in his name in Chennai, where people worship him like a god. People in other parts of India, or the world may not be this fanatic about him, but they do enjoy his movies with the same amount same jest and excitement. Rajinikanth has been a recipient of various national and international awards, Padma Vibhushan being one of them.

Some of the Rajnikath’s most famous movies include: Robot, Linda, Kabali, etc.

Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan is a multi talented man, whose fame spans over the world. Wikimedia common
Kamal Haasan is a multi-talented man, whose fame spans over the world. Wikimedia common

Kamal Haasan is one of the biggest action heroes of the South Indian film industry. He started as a child artist in the Tamil film industry, and became a household name all over India, after his critically acclaimed film, ‘Chachi 420.’ This movie also established him successfully in the field of comedy. Kamal Haasan has had a reputation for delivering continuous hits and is one of the biggest names in the Film Industry, his fame spanning over many countries.

Not only is Kamal Haasan an established actor, but also a very talented screenwriter and producer. Kamal Haasan has been awarded the Kalaimamani award in 1979, the Padma Shri in 1990, the Padma Bhushan in 2014 and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Chevalier) in 2016.

Some of his famous movies include: HeyRam, Virumaandi, Vishwaroopam and Dasavathaaram

Mahesh Babu 

Mahesh has been cited as one of the most attractive male celebrities in India. Wikipeadia common
Mahesh has been cited as one of the most attractive male celebrities in India. Wikimedia common

Mahesh Babu, popularly known as the Prince of Tollywood, is one of the most stylish actors in the industry. He is one of the most charming and attractive celebrities of India, and was the Most Desirable man of 2013, in a survey conducted by Times of India. He is the youngest son of superstar Krishana, and entered  Tollywood as a child artist. He started his career as an actor with the film Raja Kumarudu in 1999. He has won more than 25 awards and in his span of more than 30 films. He is not only a very talented actor but is also known well for his charities and efforts towards disadvantaged. Many of his movies have also been dubbed in Hindi, expanding his fame to all over India.

Some of his well-known movies are: Srimanthudu, Arjun, Nijam, etc.

Prabhas 

Prabhas at Bahubali Press meet. Wikimedia common
Prabhas at Bahubali Press meet. Wikimedia common

Prabhas is the nephew of Telugu actor Krishnam Raju. He is known as one of the most stylish actors in the industry, he started his career with the movie Eshwar in 2002. In 2015, Prabhas became a household name all over the India and acquired international fame, when he bagged  the lead role in super hit movie “Bahubali the Beginning”. The sequel of Bahubali released in 2017, only increased his popularity. He is the first Tollywood actor who has his statue at Madam Tussauds in Bangkok. Till now Prabhas has acted in more than 20 movies, incuding Bollywood movie ‘Action Jackson’ directed by Prabhudeva.

Some of his famous movies include : Bahubali, Bahubali 2, Mirchi, etc.

Rana Daggubati 

In 2010, Rana made his acting debut with the Telugu blockbuster,Leader, and won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. Wikimedia common
In 2010, Rana made his acting debut with the Telugu blockbuster,Leader, and won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut – South. Wikimedia common

Rana Daggubati has worked in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi cinema. His paternal grandfather, D. Ramanaidu was a famous producer. Rana has acquired a great fame and has made a name for himself in the South film industry with his talent and good looks. Rana made his Bollywood debut with the film ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ in 2011. HE was voted ‘The Most Promising Newcomer of 2011’ in a poll by Times India. He further rose to fame when he appeared as the antagonist of the Bahubali series, making him a household name in the whole of India. He also appeared in acclaimed movie, ‘Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani’ is a cameo.

Some of his famous films include: Department, Naa Ishtam, Bahubali series, etc.

Joseph Vijay

Vijay is referred to by the media as Thalapathy (Commander). Wikimedia common
Vijay is referred to by the media as Thalapathy (Commander). Wikimedia common

Also known as just, Vijay, Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar is one of the most popular actors in Tollywood. Vijay’s father is the famous film producer and Director S. A. Chandrasekhar and his mother is the famous playback singer Shobha Chandrasekhar. The actor is deemed as one of the most beautiful actors in the country. He has acted in more than 50 films. He made his debut in “Naalya Theerpu” in 1992 , he has also worked earlier as a child artist in his father’s movies. He has been nominated for 44 awards out of which he won 28. He is not only famous in South Indian Film Industry, but also internationally. He was also seen as cameo appearance in Akshay Kumar’s ‘Rowdy Rathore.’

Some of his famous movies are: Poove Unakkaga, Thirumalai, Velayudham, etc.

Ram Charan 

Ram Charan is also a cousin to famous actor Allu Arjun. Wikimedia common
Ram Charan is also a cousin to famous actor Allu Arjun. Wikimedia common

Ram Charan has been dubbed as one of the most, popular and fabulous actor in Indian cinema. His works in Tollywood has been widely appreciated and had worked in  some Bollywood projects too. His father is the megastar Chiranjeevi. He is one of the most fittest and handsome actor in South Indian cinema. His debut movie  “Chirutha” won “Special Jury Nandi Award”. Ram Charan is also a playback singer. He owns an airline named “TRUJET”. He is also one of the highest paid actors of Tollywood. He has also been a recipient of National Award. He also has his own production house called Konidela Production Company. His fame spans across nations.

His famous movies include : Magadheera, Racha, Orange, etc.

 

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Know How The Content Providers Seem To Have Decided To Capture The Attention Of Masses

There are voices that the OTT content should come under CBFC certification. It is reported that at the CBFC, while the films from big makers are cleared out of turn so that they can meet their scheduled release dates, makers of smaller films have to wait a long time for that kind favour from the censors?

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Usually, the films with family entertainment, RomComs or mildly plausible action films work (Salman Khan types). The religious and saas bahu family themes have been hijacked by television channels. Pixabay

By Vinod Mirani

When a fad invades India, it does so in hordes. May it be mobile manufacturers, car makers, and so on and so forth. But, now, we have a line-up of streaming content providers. They enjoy an open, unhindered run on your small screens.

Usually, the films with family entertainment, RomComs or mildly plausible action films work (Salman Khan types). The religious and saas bahu family themes have been hijacked by television channels. Presently, though suddenly, we are now into this genre called nationalism/patriotism and biopics. But, that market is flooded and all future announcements for forthcoming films seem to be on patriotism and biopics! Not long before the law of diminishing returns takes over.

In fact, this week’s release, Romeo Akbar Walter, may prove to be an indicator to that considering the lukewarm reception the film has got. The thing is, those people who want to watch these films, they are mainly available in cinema halls. These films would not be as much fun on a small smartphone/tablet screen, also known as Over The Top (OTT).

The content providers seem to have decided to capture the attention as well as the initial eyeballs through a nonconventional way; providing content which is not available on cinema screens. That is to majorly deliver content that is morbid, gory, semi pornographic, drugs and all those things that are repulsive to a normal entertainment seeker and the family audience. Now this is the content designed for personal viewing with no one else watching over your shoulder!

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The CBFC does not work on precedents. Does not matter that a number of films, Hollywood as well as Indian with lengthier kissing scenes, have been passed with UA certificate! There is no consistency in policy. Pixabay

The target viewer is the youth and the purpose is to change their taste and preferences. Indian, Spanish, Mexican, all the content that I scanned through had gore, sex, and all that as common as well as the dominant factors. While providing such content, there are also some decent features but not enough yet.

But, how long can this trend last? There was an era when Malayalam films with a lot of titillation and suggestive sex were dubbed in Hindi language and, for the interior audience, interpolation was a regular practice as explicit sex scenes from porn films were added. They worked for a while but faded soon.

So, the issue is, while the Central Board Of Film Certification (CBFC) makes all kinds of demands from a feature film producer before his/her film is approved for public exhibition, this morbid mobile OTT streaming goes unchecked! The CBFC, in fact, has become the moral guardian of the Indian moviegoer; one to check on its ethics and morals!

Pahlaj Nihalani, the recent past Chairman of the CBFC, asked to delete a kissing scene from a Bond film from some 15 seconds to six seconds. Isn’t that ridiculous considering that Nihalani in real life can’t finish a sentence without adding a couple of BCs and MCs no matter if women or kids are around! Is it possible that a single panel member of the examining committee of CBFC, who watches films to rate them, has never watched an illicit porn film? And, to think that these people think a film is kosher only for six seconds, not 15! Do this politically connected panel members really qualify to sit in judgement over what the people should watch? That has been an eternal debate.

The CBFC does not work on precedents. Does not matter that a number of films, Hollywood as well as Indian with lengthier kissing scenes, have been passed with UA certificate! There is no consistency in policy. As is the wont of Indians, a seat of authority robs them of logic. It is a high to be able to judge others, especially when in an official position. As a rule, this lot found fault with every film presented for clearing. For example, the examining committee suggested 14 cuts to a children-oriented film, Mr India, in 1980. I can quote numerous such examples.

But, the issue is about parity. That is to say, while almost all other mediums are free of a watchdog, why are films censored? Why not OTT content? Come to think of it, what does the ‘power’ that the CBFC panel members and the Chairman
amount to when a motely mob negates their certification and blocks a film? Padmaavat, Manikarnika and so many other examples.

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Also, considering every other so-called group or organization or a community can ignore CBFC clearance and block a film’s release, the Board means nothing. And, this despite the highest court order ages back that the CBFC is the ultimate authority on cinema content! Pixabay

Coming back to streaming content and films, how come the film, PM Narendra Modi, is denied even the courtesy of a screening for the examining committee yet while the streaming episodes on the same subject, Modi, are already on people’s mobiles? So, how is the CBFC and Censor Certificate relevant anymore when a biopic on a person is blocked indefinitely while the same subject OTT platform, Modi: Journey Of A Common Man, produced by Eros Now, has already started streaming?

There are voices that the OTT content should come under CBFC certification. It is reported that at the CBFC, while the films from big makers are cleared out of turn so that they can meet their scheduled release dates, makers of smaller films have to wait a long time for that kind favour from the censors? In that case, suppose OTT content had to pass through censors, what would be the scene? Would it be the Amazon and Netflix that will get priority or a score of others who apply? After all, big shots get priority! Imagine the chaos that can follow. A 30-minute episode can end up
being chopped off to 15 minutes and the second episode of a series may appear weeks after the previous one!

Also, considering every other so-called group or organization or a community can ignore CBFC clearance and block a film’s release, the Board means nothing. And, this despite the highest court order ages back that the CBFC is the ultimate authority on cinema content! Something needs to be set right in the Cinematograph Act. To start with, the word Digital Content, should be made part of the Act.

@The Box Office
*The latest release, a highly promoted film, Junglee, just about manages to stay afloat. With a meagre opening day collections of three crore, it managed a face-saving weekend of around 13 crore. The film had a tapering effect at the box office with the start of the new week and closed its first week with a total of over 19 crore.

*The other release of the week, Salman Khan’s production, Notebook, failed to make its mark. With an opening weekend of Rs 2.3 crore, it had a low opening week figures of Rs four crore.

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*Akshay Kumar carries Kesari on his popularity though a regional subject with a limited appeal, it collects Rs 19 crore for its second weekend and Rs 30 crore for its second week taking its two week tally to Rs 135 crore.

*Badla has collected Rs 5.3 crore in its fourth week to take its four week total to Rs 79.3 crore. (IANS)