Top 5 Production Houses of South India 2022


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The Film & Entertainment industry in South India is a multi-crore enterprise. Despite this huge opportunity to make money, studies have shown that only 0.05% of the talent pool can achieve its full financial potential.

Below is the list of the Top 5 Production houses in South India.

1. Lyca Productions

2. Arka Media Works

3. Sun Pictures

4. Aascar Films

5. DVV Entertainments

1. Lyca Production

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Establishment of Lyca Production

Lyca Productions is an Indian entertainment company, which was established by Subaskaran Allirajah in 2014. A subgroup of Lycamobile, the production studio has been involved in producing and distributing Tamil films made in India.

The success of Lyca Productions: From Kaththi (2014) to produce 2.0 (2018), Lyca productions became a path-breaking production house in South India, also in the Country. Meanwhile, 2.0, in Tamil became the biggest budget film in Indian Cinema.

Failure of Lyca Productions

Yaman, Diya, Darbar, and Vada Chennai are some of the films which could have done well, though these are not failures. Their first film, Kaththi, had met with massive protests during release, otherwise, it could have fared even better.

Future of Lyca Productions

They have a huge Tamil-Hindi filmography for 2021-22. The upcoming films are Panni Kutty, Raangi, Don, Good Luck Jerry, Ponniyin Selvan, and Ram Setu. Looking at the slate, we can say that Lyca has a long way to go and produce many such massive projects.

2. Arka Media Works

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Establishment of Arka Media Works

Arka Media Works is an Indian film production and trans-media company based out of Hyderabad, known for its works in Television and Telugu cinema. Founded in 2001 by Shobu Yarlagadda, and Prasad Devineni.

The success of Arka Media Works

Arka Mediaworks has produced several successful television shows across languages and channels. They are involved in creating content in Kannada, Telugu, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, and Oriya. With production centers in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Bhubaneshwar, they are among the largest television content producers in India.

Since its inception in 2001, they have prospered significantly by remaining fiercely loyal to its core objective – to constantly and consistently push the boundaries of commercial cinema.

Meanwhile, they are also the proud producers of the country’s best cinematic brilliant epics Baahubali: The Beginning & Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.

Failure of Arka Media Works

Films like Vedam, Panjaa, Maryada Ramanna etc were not box office duds. But these films could have done much better if they had a better release timing.

Future of Arka Media Works

Online giants like Amazon Prime, Netflix, etc are interested in bankrolling some web series that cost a huge sum. Not stopping there, Arka Media Works would like to bankroll international projects for the same online platforms in the upcoming months.

3. Sun Pictures

Source – Google search ( Sun Pictures logo )

Establishment of Sun Pictures

Sun Pictures is an Indian film distribution and production studio based in Chennai, India. It is a unit of Sun TV Network a part of the Sun Group. Founded in 2000, it started producing the TV film Siragugal and later it started producing and distributing Tamil-language films.

The success of Sun Pictures

Kadhalil Vizhunden, Dindigul Saarathy, Thenavattu, Outlander, Padikathavan, Thee, Ayan, Masilamani, Ninaithale Innikum, Kanden Kadhalai, Vettaikaran, Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai, Sura, Singam, Thillalangadi, Enthiran, Aadukalam, Mappillai, Engeyum Kaadhal, Mankatha and Vedi all of which are their success stories .

Failure of Sun Pictures

After Enthiran which was a bumper hit, Sarkar and Petta were not as big Hits. But they were very good films. All film studios in India have their share of hits and flops even Sun pictures.

Future of Sun Pictures

Annette, Suriya 40, and Thalapathy 65 are the upcoming films of Sun Pictures. Looks like they are all set to hugely entertain the South Indian audiences with their amazing stories.

4. Aascar Films

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Establishment of Aascar Films

V. Ravichandran, is an Indian film producer and distributor in Chennai, India. He is the founder and owner of the production and distribution company, Aascar Films Pvt. Ltd.

Ravichandran started his venture in 1998 with the co-production of Kadhalukku Mariyadhai. He went on to produce many large-scale Tamil language films and distribute many English films across South India.

The success of Aascar Films

Aascar Films is known for the variety it provides, from small budget movies to big budget ones, such as “Dasavatharam”. The company believes in taking up challenging projects and has excelled at them, as it has at churning out big hits with popular film stars.

In 2012, Ravichandran and director Shankar began work on the romantic thriller film, I (2015), featuring Vikram in the lead role. En route to becoming one of the most expensive Tamil films of all time, I took three years to complete, with over ten thousand people involved in the making of the film. The team also subsequently held a grand audio launch event with Arnold Schwarzenegger being brought in as a chief guest for the event, and I released shortly after, becoming a super profitable venture.

Failure of Aascar Films

Vishwaroopam II and Bhooloham were declared box office failures.

These are not disasters but failed to make as much money at the box office as they cost to produce and release.

Future of Aascar Films

They have not declared anything yet to be released but knowing their business minds and vision, they can easily come back with a bang with a few projects for digital and for release.

5. DVV Entertainments

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Establishment of DVV Entertainments

DVV Entertainments was founded by D. V. V. Danayya in 1993, who is a prolific Indian film producer working in Telugu cinema.

The success of DVV Entertainments

The studio’s first project was the fantasy film Jamba Lakidi Pamba (1993).
The most successful films from the production house are Bharat Ane Nenu, Bruce Lee, and Naayak. These films kinda redefined south Indian cinema.

Most of the studio’s films are also critically acclaimed which signifies the fact that quality is something the studio has been consistently maintaining.

Failure of DVV Entertainments

Varudu, Julayi, Cameraman Ganga Tho Rambabu, Ninnu Kori, and Vinaya Vidheya Rama were all good stories with big stars but somehow these could not be translated properly on-screen leading to an average response at the box-office.

Future of DVV Entertainments

The future is already brighter than ever for the production house. Digital rights of their upcoming film RRR have been sold for a whopping Rs 325 crore.

With this exorbitant deal, RRR has now become the first movie to fetch such a huge amount of money ahead of its release.


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