Tollywood cinema is one of the most rich and culturally diverse cinema of India. Of course a country like India has a multitude of categories when it comes to regional films showcasing the specific culture and liking of its audience, though Tollywood is also filled with as much ‘masala’ as Bollywood.
Many of us don’t know about the films made in our very own country which cover interesting topics in the most entertaining and engaging way.
Let’s take a look!
With re-makes made in Malayalam, Bengali and Tamil, Magadheera (a Telugu film) is based on the concept of re-incarnation of four people: a warrior, a princess, a lusty cousin and an emperor who wants to conquer the world. these four die and are born after 400 years where we see the protagonist winning the princess’ heart with his war skills and magnanimous persona. Though the film might have a cliched and predictive plot, it makes for a super entertaining watch if you want to start exploring Tollywood.
Bommarillu which is Telugu for ‘Doll House’ has many Bollywood actors like Siddharth Narayan, Genelia D’Souza, Prakash Raj. The film has a very commonly experienced plot where a son and a father have a strained relationship due to the over-interference of the father on the son’s life. The film beautifully touches on the bond of father-son relationship and questions the duration till which a parent should guide his child by ‘holding his hand’.
Another S. S. Rajamouli creation, Eega is a fantasy film based on a man who re-incarnates as a fly to take revenge and protect his love. The narrative is set in the form of a bed-time story told by a father to his daughter.
1- Nenokkadine (2014)
This will probably come under the best thriller films of all time. The film revolves around the search by Gautham; a schizophrenic for his parents, whom he believes were murdered by three men. What follows is his battle against the truth and the lies being hurled at him where he is told he never had any parents. You will get to see an intense visualization of this guy’s battle, with a lot of action for sure.
Anukokunda Oka Roju (2005)
Under the genre of neo-noir, Anukokunda Oka Roju revolves around a singer who wants to make a career in playback singing. One night she attends a super wild party with her friend. After waking up she is oblivious of one small detail: the next day is actually the day after. What follows are strange happenings of unidentified men who are trying to eliminate her, she only has her mind to save her. The mind which fails to recall the missing day.
The film was re-made as Sunday in Hindi featuring Ayesha Takia. Well can’t be called a re-make at all but picked up from the same plot.
Based on the epic fantasy and mythological genre, Mayabazaar is an adaptation of the folk tale Sasirekha Parinayam, which in turn is based on the epic Mahabharata. It revolves around the roles of Krishna and Ghatotkacha (son of Bhima and Rakshas Hidimba), as they try to reunite Arjuna‘s son, Abhimanyu with his love, Balarama‘s daughter Sasirekha. You would get to see a fairy-tale like narrative where you will fall in love with the story, the characters and the entire film at large.
The tagline of this film runs this way: ‘As good as a cup of coffee’ and the film hits right on spot of the tagline. A successful film made with a simple story Anand is based on the life of a young girl who loses her entire family in a drunken car accident. The film sketches the path of the young girl growing into a woman who lives her life independently and with self-esteem. How the male protagonist enters the woman’s life and how they fall in love with each other forms the rest of the story.
Doesn’t end there, there is a beautiful mystery that you wouldn’t see coming.
Gundamma Katha (1962)
A comedy drama Gundamma Katha is partially inspired by William Shakespeare‘s comedy The Taming of the Shrew, It is also the official remake of Mane Thumbida Hennu (1958).
Gundamma Katha is the story of Gundamma, a rich widow who ill-treats her selfless step-daughter Lakshmi, who is reduced to working as a maid. Lakshmi dotes on Gundamma’s daughter Saroja, an arrogant woman who loves Lakshmi. The film’s center point is the marriage of the two daughters to guys who decide to teach the old woman a lesson.
This very well might be the most interesting Indian plot you might see in a while. People say after the release of this film musical coaching centres started getting filled with the pace of an all-out battle. The film is based on the power and love for Indian classical music, more so on the teacher-student bond between Sankara Sastri (a very popular Carnatic singer and widower) and a prostitute’s daughter Tulasi. It covers the love for dance and music in Tulasi and the mastery of Sastri’s skills which is only seen as something sexual by the ‘outsiders’, even though it is the most platonic and beautiful teacher-student bond you might ever see.
Aa Naluguru (2004)
With a screenplay that will wrench your heart open, Aa Naluguru is about Raghuram; a kind-hearted idealistic person who spends half of his income on charity. His family does not support his selfless charity as they themselves need money for their education, career to bribe for a job, etc. Even though he feels its completely wrong he takes loan from his neighbour.
Unable to bear the defeat of his ideology and moral issues, he attempts suicide the same day he gives money to his children. The rest of the film is about his funeral procession and covers the philosophical aspects of life in terms of money, kindness, charity and the like.
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