What are the Best South Indian Movies Dubbed in Hindi?

In India, movies are made in different languages. You will find Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Punjabi, and Bengali movies that are made in the country. When a movie becomes highly popular amongst a certain group of audiences speaking the original language of the movie, makers wish to expand the popularity of the movie to other parts of the country. This is when a movie gets dubbed in different languages. Speaking about dubbed movies, there are plenty of South Indian movies that come with a better storyline than most of the Bollywood movies. These are often dubbed into different languages so that people from other parts of the country can also enjoy it. Dubbed South Indian movies are often shown on various Hindi movie channels and are also available free on YouTube. Below you will find a list of some of the highly popular South Indian movies that got dubbed into different languages for a wider audience reach.

Roja (1992)

This movie is basically a Tamil movie that has been dubbed in several languages such as Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Marathi. Made by Mani Ratnam, Roja is primarily a romantic thriller movie and has Madhoo and Arvind Swamy in lead roles. Roja (Madhoo) is born in South India and has a sister Shenbagam. When Roja is 18years old, Shenbagam’s marriage with Rishi Kumar (Arvind Swamy) gets settled. However, Shenbagam loves the son of her paternal aunt, which is not known to her entire family. Upon Shenbagam’s request, Rishi rejects her and seeks Roja’s hand instead for marriage. This does not please her and she develops a strong dislike for Rishi. After knowing the reason for his rejection of Shenbagam, Roja starts seeing her husband from a different viewpoint and falls in love with him gradually.

However, Rishi, a cryptologist working with RAW, is given the task of intercepting military intelligence and is sent to Baramulla. He takes Roja along with her. At Baramulla, Rishi gets kidnapped by terrorists who wish to separate Kashmir from India and also free their terrorist leader, Wasim Khan from custody. It is up to Roja to free her husband from the grasp of the terrorists safely.

Roja is a beautiful movie that will surely keep you on your toes. It won 3 National Film Awards and AR Rahman also debuted as a film composer with this movie.

Bombay (1995)

This is a romantic movie starring Arvind Swamy and Manisha Koirala. Bombay was made by Mani Ratnam and was originally made in Tamil language. However, it was soon dubbed in other languages such as Malayalam, Hindi, and Telugu. The story of the movie is based on the topic of inter-religious wedding before and during the Bombay riots of December 1992 and January 1993.

Shekhar (Arvind Swamy) belongs to an orthodox Hindu family and lives in a small village in Tamil Nadu. On the other hand, Shaila Banu (Manisha Koirala) belongs to a Muslim family. Shekhar is a student of journalism who often visits his family in the village. One day he notices Shaila, who is a schoolgirl, and immediately falls in love with her. Due to her shyness, Shaila prefers to maintain distance from Shekhar. However, due to frequent run-ins she ultimately falls in love with him.

Since both their families were against their wedding, both Shakhar and Shaila decide to leave their village and go to Bombay. They arrive in Bombay at different times after which they marry each other. They have a twin and they name them Kabir Narayan and Kamal Basheer. After six years of leading a peaceful life, Babri Masjid gets demolished by Hindus after which riots between the Hindu and Muslim communities start in Bombay. Reading about the news of the communal riots in the city, both their fathers decide to visit them. All of them live happily and peacefully until murders started to happen in the city that were interpreted as communal killings. Riots between the two religions start once again. Both their fathers and Shaila’s mother die in a fire accident due to the riot. Their twin sons also get separated from Shekhar and Shaila. However, once the riots end, both the kids re-unite with their parents.

Bombay was one of the highest grossing movies of the Chennai Film Industry. It got both commercially and critically popular and was also screened at several international film festivals. The soundtrack, made by A.R. Rahman, sold around 15 million units.

Vikram Vedha (2017)

Considered as one of the popular South Indian movies of recent times, Vikram Vedha is originally a Tamil movie. The story is written and the movie is directed by Pushkar-Gayathri. Featuring R. Madhavan, Shraddha Srinath, Vijay Sethupati, and Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, the movie is an action thriller that will keep you on your toes from the moment the movie starts. The story is loosely based on the folklore Baital Pachisi. Vikram (R. Madhavan) is an honest and brave police officer who is very decisive about the wrongs and rights in life. On the other hand, Vedha (Vijay Sethupati) is a criminal who has proper knowledge of the grey shades between the evil and the good.

Viram forms a special encounter unit in order to eliminate Vedha once and for all. However, in one such encounters he kills Vedha’s henchmen. During another encounter planned by Vikram, Vedha surrenders at the police station. He decides to tell Vikram a story after he decides to interrogate Vedha. The story told by Vedha is all about his early life and the path that made him a drug smuggler and a gangster. The two fight against each other till the end of the movie when the drug smuggler perishes in the hands of Vikram.

Both the lead actors give their career best performances in the movie, which later went on to win 4 different Filmfare Awards, as well as, Vijay and Norway Tamil Film Festivals awards. There are also other awards which the movie won due to its interesting storyline and stellar performances by different actors, especially R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupati.

Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India (2018)

Starring the stylish South Indian actor Allu Arjun and Anu Emmanuel as lead actors, the meaning of the name of the movie is My Name is Surya, My Home is India. This is originally a Telugu movie made by Vakkantham Vamsi, who made his directorial debut with this movie. The movie was released on the 4th of May, 2018.

Surya (Allu Arjun) is basically one of the soldiers in the Indian Army who suffers from anger management issues. He often dreams of being posted at the L.O.C. He gets into a brawl with locals at a club and attacks Inspector Pradeep Negi and also steals his gun. Surya uses the same gun to kill a terrorist. Later, when the inspector comes to get his gun back from Surya’s senior office Colonel Sanjay Shrivastav, Surya gets court martialed due to his in-disciplinary actions. However, Surya’s godfather talks to Shrivastav and begs for a second chance for him. The colonel agrees provided Surya gets a signature of approval from one of the top psychologists in the country and Surya’s estranged father Dr. Ramakrishna Raju.

Surya’s dream was to serve his country at the border. This makes him agree to the condition laid down by his senior. He takes up a challenge from his father in order to control his anger. He is asked by Raju not to cause any fights for 3 consecutive weeks. Although he beats up a local gangster the day before the challenge was to start, he controls himself on several situations he encounters Challa, the father of the local gangster he had beat up earlier.

Surya also becomes the sole witness to a murder caused by Challa’s son. However, he keeps quite in order to manage his anger and be more acceptable in the society. After a lot of control, he finally manages to receive his father’s signature, after which he receives the permission to serve at the border.

Thani Oruvan (2015)

Released on the 28th of Augst, 2015, Thani Oruvan is a Tamil movie that basically means The Sole One. The gripping story is written by Raja and Subha and the movie is directed by Mohan Raja. The lead roles of the movie were played by Arvind Swamy, Nayantara, and Jayam Ravi. The story revolves around two primary characters of an IPS officer Mithran (Jayam Ravi) and Siddharth Abhimanyu (Arvind Swamy).

The movie is an interesting one and the story is basically a roller coaster ride between Mithran and Siddhrath. The latter is a highly influential scientist, who is involved in several illegal medical practices for all the wrong reasons and also for his own profit. On the other hand, Mithran is an extremely efficient IPS officer whose sole aim in life is to expose the scientist to the entire world.

Baahubali (2015) (2017)

Directed by S. S. Rajamouli, Baahubali – The Beginning is said to be an epic movie in the action genre. It was shot in both Tamil and Telugu and later dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam. The film has a big star cast from South India that includes Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj, Nassar, and Ramya Krishnan. The movie is divided into 2 cinematic parts, Baahubali – The Beginning and Baahubali – The Conclusion.

The first part of the movie follows the life of Sivudu (Prabhas), who is an adventurous young man. He helps his love (Tamannaah), who is a rebellious warrior, to free the former queen of Mahishmati. In the process, Sivudu comes to know about his true identity of being the heir to the throne of Mahishmati. He also comes to know that he is the son of the late king Amarendra Baahubali after he listens to his father’s tale from Kattappa (Sathyaraj), who is a loyal warrior to the king.

After coming to know about the actual story from Kattappa, Sivudu decides to free the former queen, his real mother Devasena, from the clutches of his evil uncle Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati) and his disabled father Bhijjaladeva (Nassar). Sivudu also comes to know that Kattappa was the one who had killed his father Amarendra Baahubali, the secret of which is revealed in the second part of the movie Baahubali – The Conclusion.

The second part of the story, Baahubali – The Conclusion, had the same cast. However, the story picked up where the first part had ended. This part deals mainly with the life of Amarendra Baahubali and his rivalry with his cousin brother Bhallaladeva. The latter conspires against Amarendra and has him killed cunningly by Kattappa. The movie shows how Amarendra becomes the king of Mahishmati and how his cunning uncle and brother duo de-throne him and ask him to leave the kingdom. During his time as a common man, Amarendra helps the people of his kingdom in several ways. This helps him win their heart. His son Mahendra (Sivudu) is also born at this time. Years later, the son returns to avenge his father’s death and to free his captive mother from the grasp of Bhallaladeva.

The second part of the story was also made in Tamil and Telugu. Later, it got dubbed in several other languages such as Malayalam, Hindi, Russian, Japanese, and Chinese. The movie was made on an estimated budget of around INR 2.5 billion. However, it went on to earn around INR 1796.56 crore worldwide. The second part of the Baahubali series went on to become the highest grossing movie of all time surpassing several other reputed and highly successful movies of Bollywood such as PK.

Anniyan (2005)

Released in the year 2005, Anniyan basically means Stranger. It happens to be a psychological thriller made originally in Tamil language. The movie is written and also directed by S. Shankar and has Vikram and Sadha in lead roles. The story centers on a common man who is disillusioned in life. He gets frustrated after he witnesses public negligence and social apathy everywhere around him. This leads him to develop a split personality so that he can bring justice and punish all the corrupt people. He also opens his own website where he asks people to put in their complaints.

Ambi (Vikram) is a law-abiding lawyer and an idealistic person. His split personality disorder gives rise to two other identities. The first is that of Remo, a metrosexual fashion model, and the second is that of Anniyan, a murderous vigilante. The movie has been dubbed in Telugu and has been renamed as Aparichithudu and in Hindi as Aparichit. It has also been dubbed in French and released by Columbia Tristar in various French speaking countries.

Vedam (2010)

This movie was made in Telugu and is directed and written by Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi. Vedam means The Chant and was released in the year 2010. The primary casts of the movie include Allu Arjun, Anishka Shetty, Manoj Manchu, Saranya Ponvannan, Manoj Bajpayee, Lekha Washington, and Deeksha Seth. Vedam received several positive critical reviews and also won 4 different Filmfare Awards in the Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Actress categories.

The story of Vedam basically revolves around 5 different characters, Vivek Chakravarthy (Manoj Manchu), Saroja (Anushka Shetty), Ramulu (Nagayya), Rahimuddin Qureshi (Manoj Bajpayee), and Cable Raju (Allu Arjun). Vivek is an upcoming rockstar in the city of Bengaluru, whereas, Saroja is a professional prostitute in Amalapuram and works for Rattamma. Ramulu happens to be a debt-ridden weaver hailing from Sircilla, whereas, Rahimuddin is from Old Basti in the city of Hyderabad. Finally, Raju is a lower middle class fellow from the Jubilee Hills slum. A terrorist threat brings them together in one place and their stories begin.

Kaala (2018)

This action drama movie was released in the year 2018 and is written and directed by Pa. Ranjith. The movie has the superstar Rajnikanth, along with you will also find Nana Patekar, Eswari Rao, and Huma Qureshi. The name of the movie means Death or Black and it released in Malaysia on the 6th of June, 2018. It released to 1800 different theaters in India on the 7th of June 2018. It later got dubbed in Telugu and renamed as Kaala and in Hindi as Kaala Karikalan.

The story of the movie is all about the Tamil speaking people who live in large numbers in the Dharavi slums located in Mumbai. Hari Dada or better known as the Union Minister Haridev Abhayankar, who was a popular gangster before he joined politics, wishes to seize the entire land of the Dharavi slum region. He formulates several plans to get rid of the people of Dharavi. On the other hand, Kaala, the leader of Dharavi, comes in the path of Hari Dada and protects the people and the land together. The stellar performances of both Rajnikanth as Kaala and Nana Patekar as Hari Dada will surely captivate any audience till the end of the movie. The action is sufficient in the movie to attract any person who likes to view action films and is a fan of Rajnikanth.


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