2018 has seen some significant movies emerging from the south Indian film industries. The Independence Day weekend is a coveted date at the box-office and like every year, the industries are gearing up for a slew of releases.
With August marking the beginning of the festival season, there are several films which are awaiting a date for release. Here are some of the most awaited movies of the year from across all four south Indian languages that will be hitting the screens this week.
Geetha Govindam (Telugu)
Parasuram’s upcoming Telugu romantic comedy Geetha Govindam will have Vijay Deverakonda and Rashmika Mandanna playing the lead pair. The story revolves around Govind who has a roving eye for women and his girlfriend Geetha. What happens to the lead pair forms the story of Geetha Govindam. With Vijay’s last outing Arjun Reddy being a massive hit, expectations are high on this rom-com. This film also marks Rashmika’s second venture in Telugu.
The film’s 'Inkem Inkem Kavale' song, sung by Sriram has already turned into a chartbuster. The movie will be releasing on August 15.
Kolamaavu Kokila (Tamil)
'Kalyana Vayasu', the first song to release from Kolamaavu Kokila has become a major hit, and has generated much interest around the film. Starring Nayanthara in the lead role, the film is directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. The movie will be released as CoCo in Telugu.
Kolamaavu Kokila is the story of a woman (Kokila) who becomes a drug peddler in the film when she is in dire need of money. It is also said that the name 'Kolamaavu' (rangoli powder) is a code word for the drug that she is peddling. With music composed by Anirudh Ravichander, the movie will hit the screens on August 17.
Kayamkulam Kochunni (Malayalam)
Known for playing the romantic hero roles, in Rosshan Andrrews's Kayamkulam Kochunni, Nivin essays the character of the deadly highway thief who was considered to be the Robinhood of Kerala in the 19th century. Mohanlal will be playing the role of Ithikkara Pakki in an extended cameo, a person who is considered to be the mentor of Kayamkulam Kochunni.
Considering Nivin’s popularity among the Tamil audience too, the dubbed version of the movie will be released in Tamil as well.
Produced by Gokulam Gopalan, the movie is slated for release on August 17.
Annanukku Jai (Tamil)
Annanukku Jai is an upcoming Tamil political comedy satire film directed by Rajkumar, starring Dinesh and Mahima Nambiar in the leading roles. The trailer of the film seems to follow Sekar’s (Dinesh) journey into politics. The film’s title is from the famous Rajinikanth song ‘Podhuvaga En Manasu Thangam’.
Dinesh rose to fame with Pa Ranjith’s Attakathi. Dinesh also starred in the Vetrimaaran directorial Visaranai, which fetched several awards. The movie is slated for release on August 17.
Onthaara Bannagalu (Kannada)
Kannada flick Onthara Bannagalu, Sunil Bheema Rao’s debut project, is a film about love and relationships. It will feature a host of young actors portraying characters that are similar to youngsters living in the city. It‘s about four people who fight it out to strike a balance between their personal and professional lives.
Produced by Yogesh B Doddi, the film's music is scored by Bharath BJ. The film has Kiran Srinivas, Hitha Chandrashekar, Prathap Narayan, Sonu Gowda, and Praveen Pugalia in lead roles. The movie is set to release on August 17.
Jhansi, the dubbed Telugu version of the Tamil movie Naachiyaar, is all set for release on August 17. Along with Jyothika, GV Prakash and Ivana have played pivotal roles in this Bala directorial which has music by Ilaiyarajaa. Kalpana Koneru bought the Telugu rights of the film for a whopping Rs 90 lakh.
This crime drama portrays Jyothika as a ruthless police officer who uncovers the truth after a young man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend.