10 Successful Directors in South Indian Movies

Last year, South Indian Film Industries flourished rapidly, giving tough competition to the Bollywood Industry. Many famous movies were recognized worldwide without a language barrier and thus stand as an impeccable epitome of creativity. Several South Indian film directors are ready to make a huge impact again this year. Here are the names of the top 10 Successful South Indian movie directors in 2024.

1. Mani Ratnam

Mani Ratnam

Mani is one of the most respected and renowned directors of South Cinema. Ratnam Ji has been honoured with the Padma Shri Award for his exceptional contribution to the South Indian Movie Industry. Initially, he worked as a consultant after completing his management studies but later joined the cinema as a scriptwriter. After several breakouts, his first Tamil film, Mouna Ragam, helped him establish his place in Tamil cinema. His films are unique, with beautiful songs and creative backlighting.

2. S.S Rajamouli

S.S Rajamouli

S.S. Rajamouli is a renowned name in the Tollywood film industry. He is a blockbuster director with an epic taste in creating historical dramas like Magadheera, Bahubali, RRR etc. Rajamouli is the highest-paid director in India. He is also a Padma Shri holder in the field of Arts. Stylized action sequences, epic endeavour and brave heroism characterize his films.

3. Upendra Rao

Upendra Rao

Upendra, well known by his pen name, Upendra is an Indian Actor and Director. He started his career by directing the famous Kashinath-style comedy film Tharle Nan Maga in 1992. His movies are thematic and mainly revolve around Indian society and politics. Upendra’s famous film includes OM, a blockbuster in Kannada cinemas.

4. Atlee


Arun Kumar, professionally known as Atlee. He started as an assistant director under S. Shankar in the Tamil films Enthiran and Nanban. Later, he directed his first film, Raja Rani, an exceptional blockbuster, winning him the Best Debut Director. His films are of engaging storytelling type. Atlee’s popularity increased after the release of his blockbuster film Jawaan.

5. AR Murugadas

AR Murugadas

AR Murugadas is well known for directing films on social issues. He is a famous filmmaker and director of the Tamil Industry. Ratchagan, his Tamil film, where Murugadas was an assistant director, paved the way for his entry into the Tamil Film Industry. Before directing his first film, Deena, he worked on the film Khushi, directed by S.J. Surya.

6. Trivikram Srinivas

Trivikram Srinivas

Trivikram started his film directing debut with NuvveNuvve. Trivikram also won the Nandi Award for Best Feature Film in the Silver category. His films are humorous, quick-witted and filled with art and creativity. He has directed several other hit movies like Athadu, Jalsa, Khaleja and Teen Maar.

7. Prashanth Neel

Prashanth Neel

Prashant Neelkanthapuram, famous by his name Prashant Neel, is a director of Kannada and Telugu movies. He commenced his career with his first Kannada film, Ugramm. Later, the movies KGF: Chapter 1 and KGF: Chapter 2 became blockbusters in the history of Indian Cinema. Prashant has occupied a special place in the hearts of millions of people nationwide. The director is all set to launch the third part of the KGF: Chapter 3.

8. Vikram Kumar

Vikram Kumar

Vikram is another famous director of South Cinema. He entered the iconic industry by launching his first Silent Scream, which won the National Film Award For Best Instructional Film in 1993. Later, he directed a telegu film, Ishtam, in 2001, followed by a Tamil movie named Yavarum Nalam. Vikram’s film revolves around the genres of comedy, thriller, and science fiction.

9. Lokesh Kanagaraj

Lokesh Kanagaraj

Like the veteran director S.S Rajamouli, Lokesh Kanagaraj is another name in the Telegu film industry. He started his career with a short film in 2016 known as Aviyal. Later, he directed his first feature film, Maanagaram, in 2017. Lokesh is famous for his stylish neo-noir thrillers like Vikram, Kaithi, Master and Leo.

10. Koratala Siva

Koratala Siva

Koratala is a famous director recognized for his hit action drama movies like Srimanthudu, Janta Garage, Acharya, and Mirchi. He made his directorial debut with “Mirchi” (2013), starring Prabhas, which became a major hit. He has received twice the IIFA Utsavam and Nandi Award for exceptional directional work. His collaborations with leading actors like Mahesh Babu and Jr. NTR have solidified his reputation in the Telugu film industry.


This list highlights how these talented South Indian Film directors will make waves with their diverse styles and approaches to filmmaking. They will continue entertaining audiences worldwide and pushing the boundaries of Indian cinema.

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