Top 24 Best Villains of South Indian Movies

The hero and the heroine may be the main characters of any film. However, no film is complete without a good villain and without the drama, the antagonist brings in the lives of the main protagonists. The south film industry is full of entertainment, drama and heroism. You have seen many movies where their action stunts are tremendous such as in movies Bahubali, RRR and Pushpa. The villain of these movies has given outstanding performance.

List of Famous Villains of South Movies

In this article, we bring to you a list of the top villains of south Indian movies.

24. Jagapathi Babu

Jagapathi Babu

Jagapathi Babu is a popular Indian actor, plays villains roles in various Telugu, Malayalam, and Tamil films. He is working with prominent directors like Guna Sekhar, Krishna Vamsi, Ramgopal Varma, Suresh Krishna, etc. He got fame with his amazing energy and acting skills.

23. Rana Daggubati

Rana Daggubati

Rana Daggubati is an Indian film producer, actor, and photographer, visual effects coordinator who plays roles in numerous Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. The first debut movie of this actor was Leader, and he started his career in Telugu movies.  Being an actor and producer, he wins the heart of millions of fans.

22. Adhi Pinisetty

Adhi Pinisetty

Aadhi Pinishetty appears in several Telugu and Tamil films. This Indian actor has shown in supporting, lead and villains roles. Oka V Chitram was his debut movie and got a big break with the Tamil film Eeram. He got awards like Nandi Award, SIIMA Award, Filmfare Awards South.

21. Dev Gill

Dev Gill

Dev Gill, on this list, is a leading actor who works as a villain in Telugu & Telugu films. He made his first debut with the film Shaheed-E-Azam in 2002. He also acted in the Telugu language in 2008, appeared in Magadheera in 2009. He became popular when he played the villain role in the Tamil movie Sura in 2010.

20. Prakash Raj

Prakash Raj

He is one of the most popular villains of the south Indian cinema today. In fact, such is his popularity that he is the highest paid villain in the south Indian film industry. He is known to have played his part in all the four popular south Indian languages namely Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

19. Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood

Well, this is a popular name not only in Bollywood Hindi movies but people also know him for his popular villain avatar in the south Indian movies. He has played the villain in a number of Telugu as well as Kannada movies.

18. Suman


This talented actor has played negative roles in a number of films including the famous Rajnikanth movie, Sivaji. He has acted in all the four main South Indian languages which include Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam.

17. Sai Kumar

Sai Kumar

Sai Kumar is one of the most famous villains of south Indian film industry today. He has played a lot of negative roles in several notable films. A few of these include Thirunamgalam, Aadi, Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam, and Samanyudu. He also plays the main protagonist in few of the films in which he has acted.

16. Rahul Dev

Rahul Dev

We know this talented actor for the various roles, both positive and negative that he has played in the Hindi films. But little do we know that this talented actor is amongst the best villains which south India has.

15. Mukesh Rishi

Mukesh Rishi

This actor has also worked in a number of Indian movies including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam movies. He has acted in a number of south Indian films including Sher, Winner, Drona, Arya 2, War and Love, amongst others.

14. Vidyut Jamwal

Vidyut Jamwal

This new age Bollywood action hero is also known for his commendable antagonist roles in the south Indian movies. He is soon rising to becoming an upcoming star and has already left a mark in the few movies that he has acted in. some of the notable movies in which he has played a negative role include Billa-2, Oosaravelli, shakti, amongst many others.

13. Charan Raj

Charan Raj

This multi-talented actor is primarily known for his Tamil and Kannada films. Not only acting, his vast array of talent includes writing, directing as well. Some of his notable films in the south Indian industry include Soorappa, Tirupati, Veera, Gentleman, and Indrudu Chandrudu amongst others.

12. Pradeep Rawat

Pradeep Rawat

We have seen this actor perform a lot of negative roles in the Hindi films. He has also been a popular villain of the south Indian film industry. He made a debut in the film called Sye. Since then there has been no looking back for this talented actor.

11. Vajramuni


When we are talking about the best villains of the south Indian film industry, we sure cannot miss the name of this talented actor. He may be amongst us today but he certainly has made a mark through his acting. His thundering voice and acting acumen earned him a lot of fans and was amongst the best villains south India has ever produced.

10. Ajay Rathnam

Ajay Rathnam

This talented actor has shown his acting skills in over 400 films. He is known to act in five different language films and is best known for the negative roles portrayed in Telugu and Kannada movies.The talented actor came to the limelight with his title role in the movie Vikramarkudu directed by SS Rajamouli. Besides, he is known for his role on the television as well. Some of the famous films in which he has acted include Varsham, Sye, Kouravudu, amongst others.

9. Ramya Krishnan

Ramya Krishnan

She is one of the most sought after villains of the Tamil film industry. Not only is she known for portraying her immense acting acumen but has the immense talent of single-handily attracting the audiences to the theaters. One of her most notable and remembered performance came in the role of Neelambari which she played against the God of south Indian films, Rajnikanth.

8. Daniel Balaji

Daniel Balaji

Another known actor who has acted in both Bollywood, as well as south Indian movies, is the famous Daniel Balaji. He is known for his roles in Hindi as well as south Indian movies. His most notable work as a villain came in the movie Chirutha in the Telugu language.

7. Arun Vijay

Arun Vijay

Arun Vijay is another most sought after villains of the South Indian movies. He mainly acts in Tamil movies and has earned awards and accolades for his acting acumen. Some of his notable work as a villain includes Yennai Arindhaal in which he essayed the role of one Victor Manohar

6. Radikaa Sarathkumar

Radikaa Sarathkumar

Another female actress who is known for her negative role in south Indian movies is Radikaa Sarathkumar. She is predominant in the Tamil and Telugu movies and also owns her own production house. The Shankar movie first showcased her acumen in playing the negative role and it is owing to her role in this movie that the actress is considered as one of the best villains.

5. Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani

This late actor starred in over 200 movies and has left a mark owing to his acting acumen. He has acted in Malayalam, Telugu, as well as a number of Tamil movies as well. He is mainly known for the negative roles that he has portrayed in the films that he has acted. Some of his notable works include Vasantiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum, Gemini, Chotta Mumbai, amongst others.

4. Sayaji Shinde

Sayaji Shinde

This actor has worked in a number of films which include Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada, as well as Malayalam movies. He is amongst the most sought after villains of the south Indian movies. The actor started his career with Marathi films but later on moved to doing a number of films in different languages as well. Some of his notable works include Veede, Tagore, Lakshmi, amongst many others.

3. Avinash Yelandur

Avinash Yelandur

Having acted in more than 850 movies, this talented actor is known for his versatility and immense acting talent. Amongst his notable works are films like Drona, Mathadana, Thirumalai, and others.

2. Nassar


Yet another loved villain on which the directors can depend on is the south Indian actor Nasser. This famous actor is known for his roles in a number of south Indian movies and has is famous for playing the villain in Telugu, Kannada, as well as Tamil movies.

1. Ashish Vidyarthi

Ashish Vidyarthi

The 54-year old actor is known for his acting acumen and the negative roles that he has portrayed on screen.He began his acting career with a Kannada film and has since then acted is a number of south Indian movies including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam movies. Some of his notable films are Hijack, Anand, AK-47, Madhuri, amongst others.

Some of the above actors mentioned above are notable faces in the Hindi film industry as well. These actors have certainly made a mark for themselves in the south Indian films.

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