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Top 20 Villains In South Indian Films

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Apart of from hero and heroine, the role of villain is also of equal importance in South Indian films. The performance of a negative character contributes a lot to the success of a movie down South. Actors like Prakash Raj, Ashish Vidyarthi, Avinash, Pradeep Rawat, Kalabhavan Mani, Sonu Sood, Sayaji Shinde, Suman and a few others have won the heart of viewers as baddies. We bring you top 25 villains in South Indian films. Continue to see them in the slideshow.

Prakash Raj

Actor Prakash Raj is one of the most popular villains in South Indian film industry. He has starred in all four languages like Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. Probably he is the highest paid antagonist in South India. He has also played baddie in Bollywood.

Ashish Vidyarthi

Ashish Vidyarthi has played many villain roles in his career spanning over two decades. He is popular in all South Indian languages.

Sonu Sood

Sonu Sood is not only popular villain in Bollywood, but also in South Indian films. He has starred in several Telugu and Kannada movies. His performance in Arundathi is notable one.

Sayaji Shinde

Sayaji Shinde is a popular villain in Tamil and Telugu and he has also played antagonist in Bollywood movies.


Late actor Raghuvaran was the perfect fit for menacing and villainous roles and he acted in over a hundred Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada films. His dialogue delivery was his biggest strength.


Suman is a multi-lingual actor and he has played negative roles in four languages of South India. His performance in Rajnikanth's Sivaji is notable.

Sai Kumar

Sai Kumar is mainly known as hero and he has played baddie in all South Indian languages. Thirunamgalam, Irumbu Kottai Murattu Singam, Aadi and Samanyudu are some recent films that features him as villain.


Late Vajramuni was the most popular villain in Kannada films and his combination with Sandalwood's late actor Dr Rajkumar is still memorable in the minds of Kannada audience.


Avinash is a notable Kannada actor, who has played negative roles in Kannada, Tamil and Telugu films. He was last seen as baddie in Veeram and Ugram.

Rahul Dev

Multilingual actor Rahul Dev is most sought after actors to play antagonist role in the latest South Indian commercial entertainers.


Kishore is famous as a villain in South India and he has played antagonist in many Kannada, Tamil and Telugu movies.

Kalabhavan Mani

Kalabhavan Mani is a popular villain in Malayalam film industry and he has also featured as baddie in few Tamil films.

Kota Srinivas Rao

Kota Srinivas Rao is one of the most sought after villains in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

Mukesh Rishi

Mukhesh Rishi has enthralled audiences with his loud portrayal of the negative. He is mainly one of the most sought after villains in Telugu.


After Kota, talented actor Nasser is another most sought after villains in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.

Pradeep Rawat

Bollywood actor Pradeep Rawat is popular villain in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries.

Charan Raj

Charan Raj has played villain roles in many Kannada and Tamil movies and Soorappa and Tirupati are some of his notable films.


Shobraj is known for his villain role in Kannada movies. He is the most sought after actor for the villain role in early 90s.


Actor Ajay is famous for his antagonist role in Telugu and Kannada. He is also one of the most sought after villains in South India.

Vidyut Jamwal

Bollywood  actor Vidyut Jamwal is one of the popular choices for villain roles in South Indian and he has starred in films like Billa 2 and Oosaravelli.

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