The ‘first’ South Indian films that impressed the world and how!

Bollywood and its celebrities continue to create waves abroad at film festivals and fashion extravaganzas. But let’s not forget the giant film industry down south that churns mega hits like Magadheera, Baahubali, KGF and Arjun Reddy. While Ghajini and Arjun Reddy have been remade in Bollywood, Baahubali (The Beginning and The Conclusion) was dubbed in Hindi. Interestingly, Baahubali’s Hindi adaptation was a bigger success than the initial release in the south! But, southern releases haven’t stopped there. There have been many movies from the southern stable that have raced to shatter records. 

Here’s a look at some South Indian movies that created history in different countries across the world. 
 

1. NGK

NGK has become the first Tamil film to release in South Korea. This Sai Pallavi and Surya-starrer traces a young man’s political journey that leads to a socio-political revolution.  

 

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2. 2.0

This Rajni-starrer was all about better-than-the-best of special effects and computer graphics. But there was something even better than that. The movie enjoyed the widest ever 3D release (across 47,000 screens) for any foreign film in China. 

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3. Baadshah

A masala film that wove a story of family and revenge, Baadshah starred Junior NTR. It was the first-ever Telugu movie to be released in Japan. 

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4. Muthu

Rajni The Invincible is synonymous with breaking records. He is the first Indian actor to have a film release in Japan with his 1995 release Muthu.

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5. America America

This was the first Kannada film to be released in the United States. The 1995 movie tracks the story of three close friends and the ups and downs they go through after graduation. 

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6. Malliswari

This 1951-release is a historical romance drama. It was the first Telugu film to be screened at an international film platform like the Asia Pacific Film Festival. 

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