Whether we like it or not, politics is all around us. Politicians can be creators or destroyers of the society. It is true that a few personal incidents in the lives of these politicians inspired them to enter politics. Our South film makers do not leave any opportunity to narrate the lives of politicians to the audience.
This is a list of my favorite movies, which portray South actors, who played the role of a tough and courageous politician.
1) Oke Okkadu (1999) – Action King Arjun, slays the role as the smart and intelligent news reporter, Purushotham. One interview changes his life forever. He becomes the one day Chief Minister and solves the political puzzle set by the senior politicians.
2)Yuva (2004) – Actor Suriya, plays the energetic and enthusiastic Michael Vasanth, who goes out to be the youth leader. He encourages and initiates a change in the youth’s mind to bring awareness of the issues in the state. He goes on to become a Yuva leader.
3) Leader (2010) – Rana’s debut as the lead actor in Leader, is directed by Sekhar Kammula. This film is about a well-educated smart young man taking over the position of his late father, the Chief Minister. Rana wins against all the odds in the political game set by his family members, and becomes the people’s leader.
4) Rakhta Charitra 1&2 (2010) – Actor Vivek Oberoi plays the role of the late politician Paritala Ravi and Suriya plays the character of Suryanarayana Reddy aka Surya. This Ram Gopal Varma film, shows the story which had taken place in real life about these respective characters, when they were participating in a political game.
5) Shakuni (2012) – Actor Karthi plays the role of a mastermind, who acts as the helper to politicians and campaigns for them. The story begins with the struggles to save his ancestral property, which was planned to be demolished by the government approved subway project.
6) Dharma Yogi (2016) – Actor Dhanush plays a dual role in this Tamil dubbed film. One of the twins plays a politician. He soon gets betrayed and killed by his love interest, Trisha, who also plays the role of a politician.
7) Nene Raju Nene Mantri (2017) – Rana Daggubati essayed the role of Jogendra aka Radha Jogendra. The political aspect begins from when an unexpected incident occurs and the tables turn. Radha Jogendra sets off his campaign to become the Chief Minister.
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Lastly, upcoming movie Bharath Ane Nenu, will portray Prince Mahesh Babu as a politician. The release of this film is yet to be known.