South Indian movies are popular all over the country due to their drama, comedy, action and romance. When it comes to making the audience burst into peals of laughter, many talented comedians in the South Indian film industry are experts in it. Making people laugh is not easy, but some top comedians in South Indian movies can achieve it routinely.
Comedians can add life to a film and prevent it from becoming boring for the audience. Here are some of the best comedians in South Indian movies.
Vadivelu is known as the King of Comedy in South India. His prowess in comedy can be gauged from the fact that he has won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the Best Comedian on five occasions. He has worked in more than 200 films. His comic dialogues are widely used in memes shared on social media platforms.
Vadivelu is known for self-deprecation comedies and has often played the role of a clownish gangster. He has been in the thick of many controversies and was banned in 2017. However, with the ban lifted, he is ready to hit the silver screen again with the movie Nai Sekar Returns, which is due to be released in 2022.
Sunil commenced his acting career as a comedian with the film Nuvve Kavali in 2000 and soon established himself as a top comedian in the industry. He is best known for his comic role in the movie Santosham. His other noted films include Andala Ramadu, Maryada Ramanna, Tadakha and Poola Rangadu. Overall, he has acted in more than 177 Telugu films.
Sunil has two Filmfare Awards South and three state Nandi Awards to his credit. Recently, he appeared in the super hit film Pushpa in the role of a gangster and not a comic role he usually prefers.
Santhanam is a top-notch comedian in the Tamil film industry. He began his career as a television comedian, enacting the lead roles in the spoofs of Tamil movies in the Star Vijay’s series Lollu Sabha. He subsequently appeared in several Tamil movies such as Manmadhan, Sachien, Polladhavan and more.
He has won the Vijay Award for the Best Comedian thrice. His comedy skills earned him the title of Comedy Superstar. In 2012, he formed his own production company named Handmade Films.
Ali is a well-known comedian in the South Indian movie industry. He mainly appears in Telugu films. He started his acting career as a child artist before becoming a comedian. He has acted in more than 1000 Telugu films, with most achieving commercial success. Ali is famous for using the unique Katravelli language.
Ali has two Filmfare Awards South and two Nandi Awards to his credit. He entered politics by joining the YSCRP in the year 2019.
Kovai Sarala is a famous actor and comedian. Her debut film was Velli Ratham, when she was in the 9th standard. She has acted in more than 300 Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. She has also worked in several television serials and shows. In 2013, she appeared as a judge in a Tamil comedy show which aired on Vijay TV.
Kovai Sarala has won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Comedian three times and has been awarded the Nandi Award for Best Female Comedian twice. She is a member of Kamal Hassan’s political party MNM.
Bokkala Kishore Kumar
Bokalla Kishore Kumar is widely known for his comic roles in Telugu films. He made his debut with the film Vennela in 2005. Due to his magnificent performance in this film, he is now popularly known as Vennela Kishore. He also got recognition for playing the role of Sastri in the movie Dookudu. His other films include Pilla Zamindar, Seema Tapakai, Bindaas, Srimanthudu, Ami Thumi and more.
Bokkala Kishore Kumar aka Vennela Kishore has won two Nandi Awards for Best Male Comedian, two SIIMA Awards for Best Comedian in the Telugu film category and IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Comedian.
Karunas started his career in the entertainment industry as a singer in a television show in the late 90s. He made his acting debut with the 2001 film Nandha in which he played the comic role of Lodukku. This movie was a hit and fetched him recognition. Karunas subsequently appeared in several films such as Baba, Vasooli Raja MBBS, Pithamaganm and Polavadhan in comedic supporting roles.
Karunas played the lead role in the comedy-drama Dindigul Sarathy, which became a commercial success. After that, he played the lead roles in many comedy-dramas. In 2016, he entered politics by contesting the Tamil Nadu legislative elections and winning.
Srinivasa Reddy is a famous Telugu comedian and has been a part of the Telugu film industry for the past 20 years. He made his debut with the film Ishtam in the year 2001. He subsequently played memorable comic roles in films such as Darling, Venky and Idiot. He played the lead role in the 2014 film Geethanjali.
The Tamil mentioned above, and Telugu comedians are indispensable to the South Indian film industry. They continue to captivate the audience with an excellent display of comedy and acting skills.