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    Siddhu's father arranges his marriage with a wealthy man's daughter. However, the story takes an interesting turn when Siddhu falls in love with a girl named Hasini, rejecting his father's choice.
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    Cast
    Siddharth
    Prakash Raj
    as Siddhu father
    Jayasudha Kapoor
    as Siddhu mother
    Kota Srinivasa Rao
    as Haasini father
    Sunil
    as Siddhu servant
    Satya Krishna
    as Siddhu sister-in-law
    Sudeepa Pinky
    as Siddhu sister
    Dharmavarapu Subramanyam
    as Kismat Kumar
    Surekha Vanias Siddhu elder sister
    Chitram Seenu
    as Siddhu friend
    Vijay Sai
    as Siddhu friend
    Ravi Varma
    as Siddhu friend
    Neha Bamb
    as Siddhu fiancée
    Bill Bitraas Chintu
    Brahmanandam
    as Loan Officer
    Tanikella Bharani
    as Subbalaxmi father
    Chalapathi Rao
    as Vamsi father
    Saptagiri
    as Haasini lover
    Stunt Silva
    as College student
    Raghunatha Reddy
    Narsing Yadav
    as Motorcycle driver
    Shobi (special appearance in Kani Ippudu)
    Crew
    Bhaskar
    Director
    Dil Raju
    Producer
    Devi Sri Prasad
    Musician
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    Questionable Calls: Examining Tollywood's Most Controversial or baffling Scenes
    Questionable Calls: Examining Tollywood's Most Controversial or baffling Scenes
    No matter if a film succeeds or fails, certain scenes always manage to make a lasting impression on audiences. Some scenes become iconic, while others are enigmatic and leave viewers perplexed. This phenomenon is not uncommon in Tollywood. It remains a mystery why established stars agree to partake in either challenging or inadequately scripted scenes. What persuades these actors to accept such roles from directors? The audience is left wondering. Which scenes or movies are these? Who are the actors involved? We’ll explore these questions in this exclusive article. Prakash Raj Prakash Raj is celebrated for his versatility, skillfully portraying a wide range of characters from fathers to villains, police officers to political leaders, and businessmen. In the film 'Ongole Gittha', Prakash Raj surprised everyone by appearing nude. The details of how director Bommarillu Bhaskar persuaded him to perform in this scene are still unknown. Each time viewers see this scene, they are left wondering how such a renowned actor agreed to it. https://youtu.be/b9sEa8Wci0I?si=6vU0P_iid5_zddZp Mahesh Babu In the film 'Spyder', directed by Tamil director Murugadoss, superstar Mahesh Babu took on the lead role. Fans were puzzled as to why Mahesh agreed to the project after learning about its plot, as the film was criticized for seeming like a patchwork of several other movies. A similar question arose during the production of 'Brahmotsavam', directed by Srikanth Addala. Notably, 'Brahmotsavam' ended up being one of the major flops in Mahesh’s career. Mohan Babu In the 2018 film 'Gayatri', Mohan Babu appeared in an item song alongside two beautiful actresses, causing quite a stir. His performance was marked by excessive affection, notably a kiss on a young woman's navel, which shocked many viewers. The song attracted considerable criticism at the time. Questions arose about why Mohan Babu, given his age, agreed to engage in romantic scenes with women half his age. It remains a topic of curiosity as to what director Pattabhiraman said to convince him to participate in this song. https://youtu.be/DnA_YU0_O0A?si=BWJKHWSCu2UYEW_X Venkatesh Venkatesh, a veteran actor cherished by family audiences, is typically expected to appear in films suitable for all ages. However, he took everyone by surprise with his role in the series 'Rana Naidu'. His frequent use of profanity, interspersed throughout his dialogue, was particularly shocking. Viewers of the series found themselves questioning if this was really the same Venkatesh they had come to know. Ram Charan The film 'Vinaya Vidheya Rama', starring Ram Charan and directed by Boyapati Srinu, did not fare well at the box office. Its action sequences, criticized for being excessively unrealistic, included scenes where Ram Charan decapitated gangsters and carried their heads like kites, and another where the villain, played by Vivek Oberoi, survives after a snake bite. These scenes were deemed implausible by the audience, leading to widespread speculation about why Ram Charan agreed to participate in such a film. https://youtu.be/eVkD-_zYpx8?si=ow5GWETle2TCH9Db Prabhas 'Rebel,' featuring Prabhas and directed by Raghava Lawrence, did not succeed at the box office. The attempt to depict Prabhas as an innocent character failed to resonate with fans. Seeing the 6-foot-tall Prabhas dressed in white clothes with a mark on his forehead performing in such scenes was difficult for fans to accept. This led to widespread speculation about what the director might have said to convince darling Prabhas to take on this uncharacteristic role. https://youtu.be/ApysPLa7NN8?si=mKnh-xQbgmPMPA5q
    April 30 , 2024
    Underrated Telugu Movies: Despite Good Stories, These Films Failed Miserably at the Box Office!
    Underrated Telugu Movies: Despite Good Stories, These Films Failed Miserably at the Box Office!
    Typically, the story holds primary importance for any film. Without good content, even the biggest stars can't guarantee a movie's success. However, some films in Tollywood remain a mystery to this day. Despite having amazing stories and star heroes, these films unexpectedly faced failures, leading to losses for the producers who had high hopes for them. Let's look at some of those Telugu films that came with great stories but didn't do well. Orange Directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar and starring Ramcharan, 'Orange' was a unique concept film that bombed disastrously at the box office. The reason behind its failure remains a mystery. Recently, the film was re-released, and it received a special response from the audience. Film lovers say that 'Orange' was not meant for those times and would have been a blockbuster if it were released now. Awe! Directed by Prasanth Varma of Hanu Man fame, 'Awe!' presents a novel story that offers a unique experience. Many viewers commented online that it would have been great to watch this film in theaters. The concept revolves around Kali, a girl suffering from multiple personality disorder, who creates a character for every feeling she experiences, attempting to communicate her emotions through them. Despite being an exceptional movie, it did not succeed commercially. C/o Kancharapalem Released without much expectation, 'C/o Kancharapalem' garnered an unexpected response from the audience. However, more people watched this movie on OTT platforms than in theaters. The film is a collection of four love stories that begin in Kancharapalem, showing how these stories turn the lives of the couples involved. Directed by Venkatesh Maha, the film touches the heart deeply. Ante Sundaraniki Starring Nani and Nazriya as the leads, and directed by the distinctive director Vivek Athreya, 'Ante Sundaraniki' connected well with the audience. The story is about Sundar (Nani), a Brahmin boy who falls in love with Leela (Nazriya Nazim) from another religion. They lie to their families for marriage, leading to complications. Despite Nani's different performance compared to his previous films, this movie did not achieve commercial success. Appatlo Okadundevadu Starring Nara Rohit and Sree Vishnu, 'Appatlo Okadundevadu' is a heart-touching film with a compelling story. It narrates the journey of a young man dreaming of becoming a cricketer, who gets embroiled in a criminal case and faces trouble from a police officer, who eventually helps him. The climax twist is sure to bring tears to the audience's eyes. Yet, this film resulted in losses at the box office. Karma 'Adivi Sesh's debut film 'Karma' failed at the box office but scored high TRP ratings during its television premieres. The hero in this movie possesses supernatural powers. 1: Nenokkadine Directed by Sukumar and starring Mahesh Babu, '1: Nenokkadine' left the audience confused. By the time people understood the movie, it had already been declared a disaster. The story revolves around a man with a traumatic past, haunted by certain thoughts, leading to unexpected twists in his life. Interestingly, this film gained appreciation after being telecasted on TV. Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi 'Ee Nagaraniki Emaindi' brings a smile just by mentioning its name. It's a movie many want to rewatch multiple times, especially after its OTT release, as it didn't receive much attention in theaters. The film, trending on OTT, is frequently watched during boring times, with characters that everyone can connect with. Vedam Starring Allu Arjun, Manchu Manoj, and Anushka Shetty, 'Vedam' is considered a feel-good movie by those who watched it. However, commercially, it was a flop. Directed by Krish, the film did not receive financial success, leaving the producers in loss. Khaleja 'Khaleja' had all the elements needed for a hit - star heroes and heroines, a strong story, good music, and excellent direction, yet it failed. Viewers wonder why this movie flopped even after watching it on TV. The story is about a village plagued by an unknown disease, leading to many deaths, where the villagers believe a deity will save them. They discover divine powers in cab driver Raju. What happens next is the crux of the story. Republic Starring Sai Dharam Tej and directed by the unique filmmaker Deva Katta, the film "Republic" made its way to the audience. Based on the current social conditions, the director crafted this movie to show how a district collector should support the people. Despite being well-received by viewers, the film did not achieve commercial success. Diving into the story... Abhiram (Sai Dharam Tej), an IAS officer, takes up his duties in his own district. He focuses on the Tellaru reservoir, which has been under political influence for many years. What happened next? How did he sing the swan song to CM Vani's (Ramya Krishnan) illegalities? That forms the crux of the story. Mental Madilo Directed by Vivek Athreya and starring Sree Vishnu, "Mental Madilo" (2017) also mesmerized the audience as a feel-good entertainer. Different from routine love stories, this film connected very well with the youth. Even though the movie was well-made, the producers faced difficulties. At the box office, it did not achieve the expected success. Moving on to the story... A young man without a stable mindset falls in love with two women. Faced with the situation of having to choose between them, what does he do? That is the essence of the story.
    March 23 , 2024
    Do You Know These Top Facts About Raashii Khanna?
    Do You Know These Top Facts About Raashii Khanna?
    Raashii Khanna has earned significant recognition as an actress in both the Telugu and Hindi film industries. She made her debut in Telugu cinema with the film "Oohalu Gusagusalade" and became closer to the audience through her roles in "Jai Lava Kusa", "World Famous Lover", "Hyper", and "Thank You". Initially starting her career in modeling, Raashii Khanna later turned towards acting. Known for being active on social media, this apple beauty has a great affection for pet dogs. Let's explore some more interesting facts about Raashii Khanna. Raashii Khanna's Full Name? Raashi. When was Raashii Khanna Born? She was born on November 30, 1990. Raashii Khanna's Debut Film? "Madras Cafe" (2013). First Telugu Movie of Raashii Khanna? "Oohalu Gusagusalade" (2014). How Tall is Raashii Khanna? 5 feet 5 inches. Where was Raashii Khanna Born? Delhi. What Did Raashii Khanna Study? She pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in English. Raashii Khanna's Hobbies? Singing, writing poetry. Favorite Food of Raashii Khanna? Lebanese, Chinese cuisine. Does Raashii Khanna Have Any Affairs? There are rumors about her relationship with cricketer Jasprit Bumrah. Raashii Khanna's Favorite Color? White, yellow. Favorite Hero of Raashii Khanna? Mahesh Babu, Ranbir Kapoor. What was Raashii Khanna's Remuneration for a Movie? She charges up to one crore for a single film. Names of Raashii Khanna's Parents? Sarita and Raj K Khanna. Raashii Khanna's Instagram Link? https://www.instagram.com/raashiikhanna/?hl=en Raashii Khanna's Favorite Movie? Bommarillu Raashii Khanna's Favorite Ice Cream Raashii Khanna has a great liking for chocolate ice cream. Raashii Khanna's Favorite Heroine? Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0ClAuu8Ito Raashii Khanna's Favorite Restaurant? N Grill, Hyderabad
    April 15 , 2024
    Tillu Cube: Samantha and Tamannaah in Tillu Cube?
    Tillu Cube: Samantha and Tamannaah in Tillu Cube?
    Young hero Siddu Jonnalagadda has garnered a significant youth following with his films 'DJ Tillu' and 'Tillu Square', achieving stardom quite suddenly. The latest film 'Tillu Square' has grossed over 100 crores, surprising everyone. Consequently, the makers have already announced a sequel titled 'Tillu Cube'. Given the crucial roles played by the heroines (Neha Shetty, Anupama Parameswaran) in the previous two films, there's already keen interest about who will star in 'Part 3'. According to recent buzz, there is a possibility that two star heroines will be cast in the film. Who are these star heroines? Following the blockbuster success of 'Tillu Square', producer Surya Devara Naga vansi is planning to make 'Tillu Cube' even more impressive. The film unit is considering what it would be like to have a star heroine play a key role. Additionally, it is rumored that Samantha and Tamannaah Bhatia are being considered for this film. An official announcement is expected before the commencement of shooting. On another note, the producer is also looking to elevate this film to a higher budget level. The entire movie takes place abroad! Neha Shetty, who dazzled in 'DJ Tillu', also appeared in 'Tillu Square', significantly adding to the film's appeal. Impressed by this formula, the makers are planning to repeat it in 'Tillu Cube'. It is reported that along with Neha Shetty, Anupama Parameswaran from the sequel will also feature prominently. However, there will be a star actress as the main heroine this time. Moreover, the story of 'Part-3' will unfold entirely abroad. Currently, Siddu is involved in a film called 'Jack' directed by 'Bommarillu' Bhaskar. After completing this film, he is expected to start shooting for 'Tillu Cube' early next year. Producer Naga Vansi is said to have given complete freedom to Siddu regarding this project. The story of 'Tillu Cube' remains the same! Like 'DJ Tillu' and 'Tillu Square', the story for 'Tillu Cube' follows a similar theme. The first part revolves around a girl who deceives the protagonist, and 'Tillu Square' adds elements like a mafia don mission. This time, 'Tillu Cube' is set to take it to another level. What would Tillu do if he had superpowers? How would he behave? What would it be like if Tillu became a superhero, capable of flying? These are the points around which the story is based, as disclosed by the lead actor Siddu himself. He has confirmed that work on the script will start soon. https://twitter.com/i/status/1774843442021196268
    April 12 , 2024
    Ashika Ranganath: Star of 'Naa Sami Ranga' - A Glimpse Into Her Journey and Aspirations
    Ashika Ranganath: Star of 'Naa Sami Ranga' - A Glimpse Into Her Journey and Aspirations
    Ashika Ranganath is making waves in the Telugu film industry with her latest project, 'Naa Sami Ranga,' where she stars alongside Nagarjuna. In this film, she portrays the character of Varalakshmi, capturing the audience's attention with her compelling performance. The film's first poster and glimpses have been recently released by the production team, garnering positive responses. Before 'Naa Sami Ranga,' Ashika made her debut in Tollywood with the movie 'Amigos,' where she shared the screen with Kalyan Ram. Her entry into this project was quite serendipitous; she caught the director's eye during an event in Hyderabad and was immediately narrated the story over the phone, leading to her casting. Born in Karnataka, Ashika completed her degree in Bengaluru. She never initially aspired to be in films. However, her participation in a beauty contest during college led to her recognition as the 'Clean & Clear Fresh Face,' which opened doors to the film industry. She was then approached for the Kannada film 'Crazy Boy.' Ashika is not only an actor but also a trained dancer. She has performed in various cultural events during her college days, excelling in freestyle, belly dancing, and Western dance forms. Her favorite actor is Puneeth Rajkumar. She was thrilled to get an opportunity to act with him and deeply mourned his passing. Ashika has a good understanding of Telugu, gained from watching Telugu films and listening to songs with her father since childhood. She particularly enjoyed movies like 'Bommarillu' and 'Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana.' A book lover, Ashika enjoys reading inspirational life stories and listening to motivational speeches. She constantly strives for change and improvement. Fitness is a significant part of Ashika's life. She is meticulous about her diet and commits to rigorous workouts four times a week at the gym. Director Rajamouli holds a special place in her heart, and she dreams of acting in one of his movies. She also has had a long-standing crush on Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor since childhood.
    December 09 , 2023
    Tollywood: Must-Watch Feel-Good teluguMovies with Your Loved Ones.
    Tollywood: Must-Watch Feel-Good teluguMovies with Your Loved Ones.
    The term "love" remains timeless and has served as the foundation for countless Tollywood films, continuing to spark creativity. A lot of men are especially keen on sharing feel-good romantic movies with their girlfriends. As they watch, they frequently imagine themselves as the protagonists. For this audience, You Say introduces a special segment. These movies, brimming with novel romantic ideas, are poised to captivate young viewers, particularly when enjoyed alongside their girlfriends, potentially deepening their relationship further. Bhale Bhale Magadivoy Directed by Maruthi, this film is a definite hit among lovers, proving that no health issues can stand in the way of true love. The hero, played by Nani, suffers from memory issues but loves the heroine more than his life. Eventually, the heroine's father recognizes his love and agrees to their marriage. Tholi Prema Starring Varun Tej and Raashi Khanna, this feel-good love entertainer delights lovers by showing that no matter the quarrels, they don't affect their love. Even after years of separation, the hero and heroine do not lose love for each other. This movie will surely be liked by your loved one. Oohalu Gusagusalade Featuring Naga Shaurya and Raashi Khanna, this film presents a unique love concept, suggesting that love does not need a face-to-face introduction but just matching feelings. The heroine is arranged to marry another man, for whom the hero helps to impress her with his words and letters, making her fall for him. Eventually, she marries the hero. Ashta Chamma Starring Nani, Avasarala Srinivas, and Swathi, this film provides good entertainment for lovers. The heroine is obsessed with the name Mahesh, leading the hero to lie about his name being Mahesh to get closer to her. The ensuing situations are hilarious, leading to their eventual union. Ala Modalaindi Nandini Reddy's directorial debut, 'Ala Modalaindi,' marked Nithya Menen’s entry into the film industry. Despite having a failed love, the hero's life changes when Nithya enters his life, although she is already engaged. The hero falls in love with her again, leading to their eventual union. The film maintains a light-hearted tone throughout but ends on an emotional note. Surya S/o Krishnan An outstanding love story film starring Suriya, where the hero loses the girl he loves deeply and succumbs to bad habits. Love enters his life again in the form of another girl. The film beautifully portrays the father-son relationship as well. Majili Another memorable love story in Telugu, 'Majili,' shows a cricketer who loses his first love and ends up marrying another girl, who has loved him since childhood. Her pure love eventually wins his heart. Ok Bangaram In contemporary times, dating has become common, and legendary director Mani Ratnam has crafted this film around it. A couple meets at a wedding and gets attracted to each other, leading to a living-together relationship. The film explores what they learn about love and whether they marry in the end, making it a youthful and engaging watch. Ye Maya Chesave One of the evergreen love stories in Telugu, 'Ye Maya Chesave' by director Gautham Menon, illustrates that age is just a number in love, and distance cannot diminish it. The chemistry between Naga Chaitanya and Samantha is captivating. They got acquainted through this film and eventually got married. Pelli Choopulu Directed by Tharun Bhascker, starring Vijay Devarakonda and Ritu Varma, this film begins with a failed matchmaking attempt but leads to success in the food business together. Their journey into love culminates in a beautiful union, making it a thrilling watch with your loved one. Sita Ramam The 2022 romantic and feel-good movie "Sita Ramam" stars Malayalam actor Dulquer Salmaan and Bollywood beauty Mrunal Thakur. In the film, an army officer falls in love with a princess, Noorjahan. She reciprocates his love and marries him, leaving everything behind for him. One day, the hero becomes a prisoner of the Pakistani army, and she lives on the memories of him. This film is considered a super classic among the recent releases. Hi Nanna This film also presents a unique love story. For the happiness of his married love, the hero sacrifices his love and takes care of their sick daughter like the apple of his eye. Fate brings them together again, and she falls in love with her husband all over again, bringing them closer. "Hi Nanna" is definitely a must-watch in Telugu cinema. Malli Malli Idi Rani Roju This film is a mirror to the pure love between two hearts. The hero, a national-level runner, falls in love with a Muslim girl at first sight. Despite being separated for an unforeseen reason and living with her memories, their story ends happily when they reunite. The film shows that true love never ends. Oye The film "Oye," starring Bommarillu Siddharth and Shamilee, showcases deep love for a girl. When the hero discovers she has cancer, he tries to fulfill her last wishes and takes care of her till her last days, protecting her like a shield. Ninne Pelladatha Directed by Krishna Vamsi, "Ninne Pelladatha" captivated the youth at the time and continues to be watched by many on YouTube. The story involves cousins who fall in love, but their families are at enmity. The hero goes to great lengths, even facing death, to win his love. Raja Rani This film offers a different storyline, showcasing that one can fall in love even after marriage. Both the husband and wife have failed in love in the past and live their life dwelling on it, ultimately coming together as lovers. Jaanu Starring Sharwanand and Samantha, "Jaanu" is a cult love story, a remake of the Tamil film "96." The hero falls in love with a girl in the tenth grade and lives his life cherishing her memory, without marrying anyone else. They share their past and thoughts at a get-together, leading to a touching story. Godavari Directed by Sekhar Kammula in 2006, "Godavari" never fails to entertain, no matter how many times it's watched. Starring Sumanth, this film remains one of the biggest hits in his career, with its songs and Kamalinee Mukherjee's performance being particularly memorable. The story follows Sriram, who loves his cousin Raji, but her father arranges her marriage with an IPS officer. To forget his sorrow, Sriram takes a boat journey on the Godavari river, where he meets Seetha, changing his life forever. Anand Another feel-good movie directed by Sekhar Kammula, "Anand" is a favorite of many. After Rupa's family dies in a car accident, she starts living independently with dignity. Anand, a wealthy man, falls in love with her and goes to great lengths to win her love.
    March 23 , 2024
    20 Telugu Stars Who Adopted Their Reel Names as Real Names After Their Roles Gained Massive Popularity
    20 Telugu Stars Who Adopted Their Reel Names as Real Names After Their Roles Gained Massive Popularity
    Numerous Telugu cinema stars have ascended to fame by dedicating themselves to the art form. Early in their careers, several actors faced challenges in finding roles but managed to create a significant impact with their debut performances. Their portrayals have made a lasting impression on Telugu cinema fans. Remarkably, some chose to incorporate the title of their debut film into their names, while others embraced the names of their characters as their professional identities. Let's explore these celebrities and the films that launched their careers. Battala Satti One of Tollywood's esteemed actors, Mallikarjuna Rao, also known as Battala Satti, made his debut in the 1972 film 'Tulasi.' Despite acting in films like 'Manchu Pallaki' and 'Anveshana,' he didn't gain much recognition until the Rajendra Prasad-starrer 'Ladies Tailor,' which turned his career around. His role as 'Battala Satti' in this film was highly acclaimed, making 'Battala Satti' his nickname in the industry. Subhalekha Sudhakar The distinctive actor Subhalekha Sudhakar, originally named Suravajhula Sudhakar, earned his industry name from his debut film Subhalekha (1982). The household name Suravajhula faded away, replaced by Subhalekha, becoming his new identity. Sudhakar married SP Balasubrahmanyam's sister, singer SP Sailaja. ‘Spot Nana’ Rami Reddy While some actors gained fame from their debut films, actor Rami Reddy caught everyone's attention with just a dialogue. Debuting in the industry with the film 'Ankusham' starring Rajasekhar, his repeated line "Spot Pedatha" made him famous. Since then, his industry peers teased him with "Spot Pettava," making it a popular catchphrase. Sutti Veerabhadra Rao Suthi Veerabhadra Rao, born Mamidipalli Veerabhadra Rao, established himself in the film industry with the movie 'Nalugu Sthambalata' directed by Jandhyala. Playing the role of 'Suthi' in the film, he became famously known by this due to his significant presence in the comedy scenes alongside the lead. https://twitter.com/i/status/1674734022793244672 Suthivelu Among the classic comedians, Suthivelu, originally Kurumaddali Lakshmi Narasimha Rao, made a name for himself in the industry. His thin frame in childhood earned him the nickname 'Velu' from relatives. His role in Nalugu Sthambalata as 'Suthi' garnered industry-wide attention, and henceforth, he was known as Suthivelu. Sowcar Janaki Shankaramanchi Janaki, famously known as Sowcar Janaki, acted in over 370 films across Telugu, Tamil, and Kannada languages, including more than 200 films as the lead heroine. Her debut film 'Shavukaru' became so synonymous with her identity that it turned into her household name. Films like 'Shavukaru,' 'Doctor Chakravarthy,' 'Manchi Manasulu,' and 'Rojulu Marayi' brought her significant recognition in Telugu cinema. Sakshi Ranga Rao The veteran actor Sakshi Ranga Rao, originally Rangavajhula Ranga Rao, made his screen debut in the 1967 film 'Sakshi' directed by Bapu-Ramana, which became his new household name. Sakshi Ranga Rao featured in nearly 800 films, predominantly under the direction of Bapu, K. Viswanath, and Vamsy. Allari Naresh Entering the industry as the son of renowned director EVV Satyanarayana, Naresh became famous with his debut film 'Allari,' earning him the nickname Allari Naresh. With a career spanning comedy-centric and versatile roles, he has been recognized as this generation's 'Rajendra Prasad'. Vandemataram Srinivas Vandemataram Srinivas, a legendary singer and music director in Tollywood, changed his name after entering the industry. His original name is Kanneboyina Srinivas. He made his debut as a playback singer with the song "Vandemataram Geetham Varasa Maruthunnadi" from the movie 'Vandemataram,' directed by T. Krishna. The song's success added "Vandemataram" to his name. Sirivennela Sitaramasastri Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, a renowned lyricist in Tollywood, entered the industry with the movie 'Sirivennela.' He wrote all the songs for this film, which captivated music lovers. Since then, he has been known as Sirivennela Sitaramasastri. He passed away on November 30, 2021, due to illness. Maharshi Raghava Actor Raghava became known as Maharshi Raghava after his successful debut in the movie 'Maharshi,' directed by Vamsi. He has acted in over 170 films and currently entertains TV audiences with serial roles. Dil Raju Currently a star producer in Tollywood, Dil Raju started his career as a distributor before making his production debut with the movie 'Dil' in 2003. The film's success led him to add 'Dil' to his name, continuing as Dil Raju in the industry. Vennela Kishore Actor Vennela Kishore, currently a star comedian in Tollywood, was a software engineer in the USA before entering the industry with the movie 'Vennela.' The success of the film prompted him to adopt the movie title as his name. His directorial debut, 'Vennela 1 1/2,' was notable. Satyam Rajesh Actor Satyam Rajesh, originally Rajesh Babu, adopted his first film 'Satyam' as part of his name. After a decade of comedic roles, he surprised audiences with a serious police officer role in 'Kshanam.' He also played the lead in 'Nayaki' alongside Trisha, marking a significant turn in his career. Chitram Srinu Chitram Srinu, whose real name is Moroti, added 'Chitram' to his name after debuting in the industry with the movie 'Chitram.' He has acted in approximately 260 films, gaining recognition for his roles in movies like 'Chitram,' 'Anandam,' 'Venky,' 'Dubai Seenu,' 'Bommarillu,' 'Mantra,' and '100% Love'. Bommarillu Bhaskar Director Bhaskar became famous with his debut film 'Bommarillu,' adding the movie title to his name. His next film 'Parugu' was a blockbuster in Telugu cinema. However, his attempt for a hat-trick with 'Orange' ended in disappointment, despite featuring Ram Charan as the hero and music by Harris Jayaraj, produced by Mega Brother Nagababu. Ahuti Prasad Actor Ahuti Prasad's real name is Adusumilli Janardhana Vara Prasad. His debut film Ahuti (1987) was a huge success. His role as Shambhu Prasad earned him significant recognition among the audience, leading to his industry name being Ahuti Prasad. He acted in 136 films before passing away on January 4, 2015, due to cancer. JD Chakravarthy Born into a Telugu Brahmin family in Hyderabad, JD Chakravarthy was originally named Nagulapati Srinivasa Chakravarthy by his parents. He made his industry debut with the film 'Shiva,' directed by Ram Gopal Varma, where he played the antagonist student JD, earning widespread acclaim. Since then, he has been known as JD Chakravarthy. Bommali Ravi Shankar Bommali Ravi Shankar, a well-known dubbing artist in Telugu cinema and brother of actor Sai Kumar, started his career as a dubbing artist with the movie Premakatha (1999). His recognition soared with the movie 'Arundhati' (2008), where his voiceover for Sonu Sood, especially the dialogue "Amma Bommali," became extremely popular. Since then, he has been known as Bommali Ravi Shankar. https://twitter.com/ramanuja2797/status/1393914318530351116 Devi Sri Prasad Tollywood's rockstar, Devi Sri Prasad, made a grand entry into the industry with the movie 'Devi' (1999). The success of all the songs in the movie earned him the rockstar status. Since his debut, he has been known as Devi Sri Prasad. Bahubali Prabhakar Actor Prabhakar, who debuted with the film 'Right Right,' became famous with the movie 'Maryada Ramanna.' However, it was his role as Kalakeya in 'Bahubali' that stunned everyone, earning him the moniker Bahubali Prabhakar. Prabhas Srinu Unlike other actors whose names changed based on their films or roles, actor Prabhas Srinu's name change came about due to his friendship. He is close friends with Rebel Star Prabhas, leading him to incorporate his friend's name into his own, becoming known as Prabhas Srinu in the industry. He won the SIIMA Award for Best Comedian for his role in 'Gabbar Singh' (2012).
    March 08 , 2024
    Shades of Grey: The Complex Antagonists of Telugu Films
    Shades of Grey: The Complex Antagonists of Telugu Films
    Typically, films portray villains as nefarious entities who inflict suffering and engage in heinous acts, particularly against women. These characters are crafted to contrast sharply with the hero, who is destined to triumph over the villain's misdeeds, culminating in a satisfying conclusion. Yet, the landscape of villainy in cinema isn't uniformly black and white. A number of antagonists, though appearing malevolent, actually harbor commendable goals but are driven to opposition by their flawed approaches. We'll explore examples of such complex antagonists in Telugu cinema, revealing those who weren't entirely villainous by nature. Robo 2.0 - Pakshi Raju In the film Robo 2.0 directed by Shankar and starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar portrayed the villain Pakshi Raju, a man who adored birds. He campaigns against the use of cell phones due to the radiation they emit, which he believes is killing the birds. When his pleas are ignored, leading to the death of many birds, he takes his own life in despair and returns as a formidable force to avenge the birds. He puts the public through various ordeals until Rajinikanth's robot character intervenes and saves the day by defeating him. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OkypaWGYAo Nenu Local - Naveen Chandra In the film Nenu Local starring Nani and Keerthy Suresh, Naveen Chandra plays a character with a villainous shade. He falls in love with the heroine before the hero does and returns as a police officer due to a condition set by her father. During his absence, the hero and heroine fall in love. Angered, the heroine's father decides she should marry Naveen Chandra. Despite Naveen Chandra's attempts to thwart Nani, the hero ultimately wins his love. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYcZLAgPLps V - Nani In the film V, directed by Indraganti Mohan Krishna, Nani plays an antagonist who commits a series of murders, challenging DCP Aditya (played by Sudheer Babu) with puzzles. However, there's a strong motive behind Nani's killings. He seeks vengeance for the murder of the woman he loved, executed by the villains. He becomes a vigilante to serve justice for her death. https://youtu.be/2vvywZbPvIc?si=NHylb0Fm4xXRv_nf Ninnu Kori - Nani Although Nani is the protagonist in Ninnu Kori, he shows a selfish side. Learning that his ex-lover is married, he visits her home, intending to break up her marriage. However, after seeing her unwavering love for her husband, Nani changes his heart and leaves, sacrificing his love for her happiness. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ie8feBbd4VA Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu - Rao Ramesh In the film Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, starring Venkatesh and Mahesh Babu as brothers, actor Rao Ramesh plays a character that comes off as antagonistic. A wealthy individual, Rao Ramesh criticizes the hero's family for their financial status and suggests Venkatesh and Mahesh find employment to improve their situation. Despite his advice being well-intentioned, his arrogant attitude paints him as the villain in the story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G50OUBEZm-4 Magadheera - Srihari In Magadheera, Srihari captivated the audience with his performance as Sher Khan, second only to Ram Charan. He portrays a formidable antagonist who attacks the kingdom where Kala Bhairava (Ram Charan) serves as a commander. The hero showcases his valor by defeating a hundred men from Sher Khan's army. Impressed by the hero's courage and valor, Srihari, keeping his word, assists Ram Charan in another life. https://youtu.be/6L-sfTeMSZM?si=cx22Tp3DbXpIL5ec Pushpa - Shatru In the movie Pushpa, actor Shatru plays the role of DSP Govindappa, who is determined to curb red sandalwood smugglers. However, as the hero is involved in red sandalwood smuggling, Shatru's attempts to apprehend him inadvertently turn him into a villain in the eyes of the audience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krENzIi3Tto Parugu - Prakash Raj Directed by Bommarillu Bhaskar, this film stars Allu Arjun and Sheela Kaur. Prakash Raj, who plays the father of the heroine, initially disapproves of Bunny's love for his younger daughter. Moved by the father's anguish for his estranged elder daughter, the hero resolves to reunite her with the family. Though Prakash Raj appears as a villain until the climax, he eventually understands the love his younger daughter has for Bunny and consents to their marriage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Vw3cJnjyU Vikram - Kamal Haasan In this film, Kamal Haasan forms a gang under the alias of Mask Man and commits a series of murders. He seeks revenge against drug mafia leader Santanam (Vijay Sethupathi), who killed his son, a police officer. Kamal Haasan transforms from a seemingly negative character, struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, into a hero with his actions in the second half. https://youtu.be/x7WPik_LnmY?si=zJ9KW1ZxulMB1ZH2 Republic - Ramya Krishnan Directed by Deva Katta and starring Sai Dharam Tej, Ramya Krishnan plays a villainous role as a regional party leader. Initially portrayed as a good politician aiming for the welfare of the people, her true nature shocks the audience once revealed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWg79VONoTY
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