I cannot stress how much I admire South Indian movies. Anurag Kashyap recently stated in an interview, that the reason behind South Indian movies’ success is that, they are rooted in their culture as opposed to contemporary Bollywood films. So, here is a list of the 10 best South Indian feel-good movies that you should watch.
1. Kumbalangi Nights
One of my favourite films that came out of Malayalam cinema is Kumbalangi Nights. It is so well-written, directed and performed. It follows four siblings, who generally do not get along, support each other when a series of events forces them to keep their animosity aside.
2. Sudani from Nigeria
A football manager, Majeed recruits three Nigerian footballers for his team. When one of the players is injured, Majeed lets him stay in his house. Eventually, they develop a close bond.
3. North 24 Kaatham
North 24 Kaatham features a terrific performance from Fahadh Faasil, who plays a software engineer suffering from OCD. He was sent on an assignment to Trivandrum but decides to follow a fellow passenger. This decision turns out to be life-changing for him.
Michael makes living by selling fish. He dreams of buying a wheelchair for his ailing mother. However, problems start brewing in his life when he gets into a fight with an engineer.
Starring the always brilliant Vijay Sethupathi and an equally commendable performance from Trisha, 96 is a beautiful film that will definitely stir some powerful emotions. It follows a photographer who reminisces his school life with his childhood sweetheart Janaki.
Bommarillu stars a young Genelia D’Souza and Siddharth (whom you might know as Karan Singhania in Rang De Basanti) as Hasini and Siddhu. Siddhu’s life takes an interesting turn when he falls in love with Hasini, much to the dismay of his father, who wants to get him married to a rich girl.
7. Bangalore Days
A group of cousins fulfil their childhood dream of relocating to Bangalore. As they are settling down, they face many challenges that transform their lives.
Jersey has been remade in Hindi with Shahid Kapoor in the lead, as many of you know. Originally, it was a Telugu movie starring Nani as a talented but failed cricketer who decides to return to the field in his late thirties.
9. Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25
Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 is a beautiful film that tackles with the theme of old age and how much care one needs when they are old. It follows a conservative villager who hates the idea of his son relocating to Russia for a job. However, when his son brings home a robot, his father develops an unlikely bond with the machine.
10. Anbe Sivam
Starring Kamal Haasan, Anbe Sivam follows Nalla and Aras as they are stranded at the airport. What follows is an unexpected bond between both of them as they were forcefully accompanying each other.
These were the 10 best South Indian feel-good movies that you should watch.