South Indian Celebrities who went to Jail: South Indian Stars Who Faced Legal Troubles [2024 Updated]

South Indian Celebrities who went to Jail: Famous performers from Tamil and Telugu cinema who have been active since the 1980s include Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, and Venkatesh.  

These legendary figures have been at the top of their game for forty years, rivaling even the most promising rising stars. A hero previously had it better than them in terms of success and wealth, but a scandal ruined it all.

South Indian Celebrities who went to Jail

1. MR Radha 

mr radha

The most protracted case was the well-known MGR-MR Radha case. MR Radha allegedly tried to take his own life after shooting MGR. A severe seven-year prison term was handed down to MR. Radha. Following MR Radha’s appeal to the Supreme Court, the sentence was subsequently reduced to 5 years.

2. Powerstar Srinivasan

Powerstar Srinivasan

The case of Srinivasan’s infidelity led to his incarceration. Claiming that Powerstar would assist the Andhra man in obtaining a loan, the man sues Powerstar for robbing him of Rs.50 lakh. Many claims were leveled against Powerstar. 

3. Dileep


On July 10, Dileep, a prominent Malayalam actor, was apprehended on conspiracy charges related to the sexual assault of a well-known actress. On February 17, 2017, four men in Kochi kidnapped her and sexually raped her in a car. 

For reasons unknown, the authorities have concluded that Dileep had men kidnap and attack the actress, with footage of the attack serving as evidence. 

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4. Shine Tom Chacko 

Shine Tom Chacko

On January 31, 2015, at a flat in Kadavanthra, Kochi, four individuals, including Shine Tom Chacko, a well-known actor from Malayalam films like “Gaddama” and “Kammatipaadam,” were apprehended by the Kerala Police.

During the early morning raid, the police discovered over 10 grams of cocaine, which is valued at approximately Rs 10 lakh.   

After two months behind bars, he and a handful of others were granted bail and released. To him, it looks like a trap. 

5. Nandamuri Balakrishna 

Nandamuri Balakrishna

Nandamuri Balakrishna, a Telugu actor and the son of the late Andhra Pradesh chief minister NT Rama Rao, is facing charges related to attempted murder under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code and violations of sections 25 and 27 of the Indian Arms Act.

At his Hyderabad home in Jubilee Hills on the evening of June 3, 2004, he allegedly opened fire on film producer B Suresh and astrologer Satyanarayana Choudhary. Kanakaiah, their driver, and his wife Vasundhara were additionally indicted

At trial, nevertheless, Suresh and Choudhary both claimed that “not shot at by Balakrishna, but by an unidentified fan standing beside the actor” was responsible for the shooting.

In a very troubling turn of events, nearly all of the witnesses—except the actor’s gunner and forensic specialists—became antagonistic in court. In April of 2005, all allegations against the three were dismissed

6. Padma Shri Mohanlal

Padma Shri Mohanla

Padma Shri Mohanlal, a superstar from the Malayalam film industry, had four ivories confiscated from his home in Thevara, Ernakulam, Kerala, by the Income Tax authorities in June 2012. 

According to a petitioner from Thrissur, the authorities had shown special favoritism to Mohanlal. In the petition, Mohanlal’s purported rescuers included actor and ex-minister K. B. Ganesh Kumar as well as forest officials. 

The performer lacked the necessary authorization to do so. He was then granted permission to keep the confiscated ivories at his residence following the execution of a bond with the relevant authorities. 

Former state forest minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and others who were allegedly involved in the sale of the tusks to the  actor were both asked by the Muvattupuzha Vigilance Court to provide a rapid verification report.     

In January of this year, the Kerala High Court nullified it. Investigations have not concluded and the final report has not been presented at this time.                       

7. Mansoor Ali Khan 

Mansoor Ali Khan

A rape case resulted in a seven-year prison term and a fine of ten lakhs for the famous actor Mansoor Ali Khan in 2001. Khan is known for his villainous roles.     

Mansoor later demonstrated that the woman’s charge was baseless and sought a substantial sum of money to compensate for the damage to her image and her career.           

8. Actor Shaam 

Actor Shaam 

The actor Shaam was apprehended by the police in Chennai not long ago on suspicion of gambling at his residence in Nungambakkam. Following a tip-based raid on Shaam’s property, 12 people were apprehended by the authorities.

Some things that were confiscated by the police were packs of playing cards and tokens, according to reports. The actor and twelve others were indicted by the Nungambakkam police. All of them were eventually granted bail.

9. Sangeetha Balan

Sangeetha Balan

Sangeetha Balan, a popular Tamil TV actress, was taken into custody on suspicion of operating a prostitution racket. Claiming a high-paying career and, in the case of a few, the potential to star in movies and TV series, the actress allegedly enticed young girls. The authorities apprehended her and another man in 2018, and they were both given prison terms. 

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