Only 2 Blockbusters & 9 Huge Disasters: Here’s The Sad Reality Of Hindi Dubbed South Films

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There has been a persistent myth that South Indian films are “taking over” Bollywood since the release of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion in 2017.

The aforementioned story received more traction when Pushpa: The Rise, starring Allu Arjun, did well at the box office last year despite the back-to-back flops of Hindi movies like 83 and Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui.

This year, SS Rajamouli’s RRR and Prashanth Neel’s KGF: Chapter 2 became international blockbusters and took the fourth and third spots, respectively, in the list of all-time worldwide grosses, while Hindi cinema continued to produce duds with only three successes (Gangubai Kathiawadi, The Kashmir Files, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2). In contrast, South Indian cinema experienced record-breaking box office success.


However, this does not imply that films from South India with Hindi dubbing are a surefire hit.
The unfortunate fact is that only 2 of the 11 major South Indian films with Hindi dubbing that were released this year have been successful, and the remaining 9 have had poor box office results.

Below, you can see Box Office India’s estimates of the box office earnings of South Indian movies with Hindi subtitles that were released in 2022:

KGF: Chapter 2 – Rs 427 crore


RRR – Rs 275 crore

Radhe Shyam – Rs 17.41 crore


Major – Rs 9.6 crore (2 weeks)


Vikram: Hitlist – Rs 6 crore (2 weeks)

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Beast (Raw) – Rs 2.3 crore

Valimai – Rs 2.1 crore

777 Charlie – Rs 1.65 crore (1 week)

Khiladi – Rs 1.4 crore

Etharkkum Thunindhavan (ET) – Rs 6 lakh

James – Rs 50 thousand 

The list above demonstrates that not all South Indian movies with Hindi dubbing are commercially successful.

In reality, the statistics imply that the majority of them are colossal box office flops.

Although Vikram: Hitlist hasn’t performed well at the box office, its inexpensive cost in Hindi circuits have allowed the movie to break even there, despite its poor box office performance.

The claim that dubbed films from the South are largely underperforming in theatres makes the idea that they are supplanting Hindi cinema seem improbable.