10. 777 Charlie
This Kannada movie about the beautiful, unspoken bond between a Labrador and a grumpy loner will give you the warm fuzzies and make you hug your pet a little tighter. A critical and commercial success, 777 Charlie is all heart, and features a standout performance from not just actor and producer Rakshit Shetty, but also Charlie the dog!
9. Ponniyin Selvan: Part I
Based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s 1955 novel, Mani Ratnam’s epic historical action drama film broke several box office records in 2022. The first of two parts, Ponniyin Selvan: Part I was simultaneously released in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada and became a pan-India blockbuster. The all-star cast, including Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, and Trisha, was particularly praised for their powerful performance.
8. Sita Ramam
An emotional rollercoaster starring Dulquer Salmaan, Mrunal Thakur, and Rashmika Mandanna, Sita Ramam is a sweet, poetic love story that won us over with its simplicity. It went on to become one of the highest-grossing Telugu films of 2022.
Based on the life of Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan who was martyred in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, Major stars Adivi Sesh in the titular role. Adivi received tremendous acclaim for doing justice to his character and bringing emotional honesty to the movie. He was also in touch with Major Sandeep’s family while prepping for production.
6. Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
Madhavan stars in Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, a movie he’s also written, directed, and produced. He’d wanted to celebrate the life of Nambi Narayanan since 2017 and was so passionate about the project that he worked closely with Narayanan and altered his script based on his inputs. The movie was also graced with very special appearances by Shah Rukh Khan in the Hindi version and Suriya in the Tamil one.
Writer, director, and actor Rishab Shetty took the age-old theme of man versus nature and created one of the biggest hits of the year with Kantara. Particularly praised for its battle scenes and depiction of the ritual dance Bhoota Kola, Rishab created a world that enchanted fans and critics alike. It also led the Karnataka government to announce monthly allowance for Daiva Narthakas over 60.
With the triple threat of Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi, and Fahadh Faasil in one movie, Vikram solidified the supremacy of the Lokesh Cinematic Universe, comprised of director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s epic action thriller films that are impossible to look away from. Fans will be delighted to know that Kamal Haasan has hinted at the possibility of a sequel as well!
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3. K.G.F: Chapter 2
K.G.F: Chapter 1, released in 2018, was a breakout hit from the Kannada film industry that received widespread love across the country. With the release of K.G.F: Chapter 2 in 2022, the franchise became bigger than ever. The story of Rocky, played to perfection by Yash, resonated with fans worldwide, and the casting of Sanjay Dutt and Raveena Tandon in part two further increased the movie’s pan-India appeal.
2. The Kashmir Files
Set in 1990, The Kashmir Files depicts the struggles of the Kashmiri Pandit community. Vivek Agnihotri’s passion project sparked discussions nationwide and brought together acting giants such as Mithun Chakraborty, Anupam Kher, and Pallavi Joshi, among others.
One of the most expensive Indian movies to date, S.S. Rajamouli’s epic period drama RRR took several years to reach the big screen, but was an instant blockbuster. It enjoyed global fandom, from the US to Japan, and had Everything Everywhere All at Once director Daniel Kwan worried that he’s making movies in the wrong country. It’s been submitted to the Oscars for consideration in all prominent categories, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Source – IMDB