Tollywood's Half Yearly Report

2 weeks ago | By harshapagilla

It's been 6 months the new year has started, in this 6 months so many things happened not only in the world but also in Telugu film industry. Tollywood audience has seen some of the best works till date from the filmmakers. In April month within the span of 3 weeks, Tollywood produced 3 blockbusters with different concepts. This year about 69 movies released in Telugu film industry. Lets us analyze these 6 months of movies reports.


January: (7 releases)


NTR Kathanayakudu: One of the most awaited movies of 2019 is NTR's biopic. Nandamuri Balakrishna playing his father, Krish Jagarlamudi direction and huge star cast couldn't save this movie. Though it released on Festival season, NTR Kathanayakudu became the biggest disaster in Bala Krishna's career.


Vinaya Vidheya Rama: After blockbuster movie Ragasthalam, Ramcharan tried to score more runs in B, C class audience and failed utterly. Mass director Boyapati Srinivas couldn't deliver his magic again. Though the movie was flop according to critics and movie lovers, VVR collected a decent amount of money with its mass base.


F2(Fun&Frustration): If a family movie releases in Festive season, It will be always well received by the audience. F2 once again proved this mantra. Veteran hero Victory Venkatesh & Young gem Varun Tej starring Fun & Frustration topped the January collection charts with its comedy timing. Director Anil Ravipudi proved once again he knows the pulse of the audience. 


Mr. Majnu: Akhil Akkineni dry spell continues for one more film. Tholi Prema director Venky Atluri couldn't save Akhil from his flop streak. Mr. Majnu is a new age romantic drama which has a decent setup. But the lack of emotional connect in the love story takes things down a bit in the second half. Hope this streak ends with his next film.


Verdict: Below average month




February: (10 releases)


NTR Mahanayakudu: Due to the effect of the first part, Mahanayakudu couldn't please audience at all. For the first time, distributors didn't show any interest in buying Balayya's movie. Even though the movie was fitting tribute to NTR's political career, NTR Mahanayakudu couldn't bring the audience to the theatres.


Yatra: Ex-Chief Minister YS Rajasekhar Reddy's biopic Yatra received well by the audience.  Director Mahi V Raghav did a wonderful job of telling the story which gained the attention of Telugu audience. Mammootty as YSR delivered a stellar performance. 


Verdict: Dull month





March: (18 releases)


118: After a long time Kalyan Ram got a hit in the form of KV Guhan's 118. A simple and neat thriller which has been made with no unnecessary deviations caught audience attention. Cinematographer turned Director KV Guhan made a stunning debut with this film. Female leads Nivetha Thomas and Shalini Pandey once again showed their charm on the silver screen.


Lakshmi's NTR: Ram Gopal Varma's another controversial movie Lakshmi's NTR created unnecessary heat when it was announced. It was even not allowed in releasing in Andhra. But kudos to RGV for his extraordinary talent of storytelling. Apart from its a biopic of NTR's Lakshmi Parvathi face, the movie was well made interesting plot points which driven audience to theatres.


Verdict: Suprise Hits





April: (8 releases)


Majili: Naga Chaitanya's career biggest hit came in the form of Shiva Nirvana's Majili. Chaitanya and Samantha's first movie after marriage became their lucky charm. The film will be liked by the family audience and youth as both the halves have been set according to their sensibilities. Director Shiva Nirvana, he has once again showcased a mature love story impressively. 


Chitralahari: Chitralahari is a film which needs to click at any cost as Sai Dharam Tej is going through a rough patch in his career. Director Kishore Tirumala once showed his pen strength with his trademark dialogue and emotional scenes. Ignoring the slow pace of the story Chitralahari was well received by the audience in theatres despite heavy competition with big releases.


Jersey: Much needed hit for Nani came in the form of Jersey. After all the chaos created back in last year which effected Nani and created negative vibes to this Natural Star was wiped out with his stellar performance in Jersey. Gowtam Tinnanuri showed glimpses of his brilliance in Malli Raava but his game in Jersey is on another level. Without falling prey to the commercial aspects, he narrates the story of a loser with such beautiful emotions that every member of the family can relate to. Nani once again proves what an actor he is and single-handedly takes the film to greater heights. Shraddha Srinath makes a solid debut and looks like a super performer.


Verdict: Blockbuster month





May: (12 releases)


Maharshi: Super Star Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi is undoubtedly one of the biggest releases in recent times. Top-notch performances, decent humor, relatable social message, and Mahesh’s screen presence are the main assets of the movie. Vamsi Paidipally has done a good job with the film. Rather than opting for sheer entertainment, he chooses an emotional subject and shows that our roots are more important than fame and money. As a 25th film, Mahesh Babu couldn't ask more than Maharshi.


Falaknuma Das: Vishwak Sen's Falaknuma Das once again proved the power of Tease & Trailer Buzz. Vishwak Sen as Hero and Director did a wonderful job in creating a decent remake of Angamaly Diaries. Despite all the negative reviews and feedbacks from critics and audience, the rustic realistic drama received well in single screens.


Verdict: Decent month





June: (14 releases)


Agent Sai Srinivas Athreya: Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a film which is making a lot of noise all over and still running successfully in theatres. Naveen Polishetty makes an impact with his lovable performance. Realistic approach and interesting screenplay keep the viewers engaged.  Director Swaroop RSJ, he has done an impressive job with the film. It’s very hard to narrate a thriller with good twists and Swaroop has done well with his taut narration. Despite no songs full length 148 minutes screenplay, ASSA drove the audience to the theatres.


Mallesham: Mallesham is a biopic which has simple and realistic emotions. It is a fitting tribute to the legend Mallesham. Priyadarshi’s sincere performance and moving family emotions are huge assets of the movie. Director Raj R has done a decent job as he has showcased the life of Mallesham in a realistic manner. Ignoring the slow pace of the movie, Mallesham is a genuine movie with sincere performances.


Brochevarevarura: Brochevarevarura is a crime comedy which has good fun and entertaining thrills in the first half. The movie was slow paced in the second half with unnecessary dragging. Comedy duo Rahul Rama Krishna and Priyadarshi are the main assets of the movie. Sree Vishnu once again chose a different script. Nivetha Thomas gave a stellar performance as Mithra. Nivetha Pethuraj & Satya Dev did their job wonderfully. Director Vivek Athreya used the characters pretty well in the movie.    


Kalki: Prashanth Varma's Kalki is an investigative thriller which was clicked in the second half. The movie couldn't cope up with the expectations created by the Trailers. Veteran actor Rajashekar did a sincere performance but due to the dull 2 hours, 20 minutes narration with so many characters confused the audience. 


Verdict: Very good month





Fin: The first half of the year was a roller coaster ride for Tollywood movies. Some of the most anticipated movies became a disaster. The main reason for such disasters was the lack of strength in the story. But also this year we have some great stories which were well received by all types of audience. This shows the drastic change in stories from commercial mass masala movies to story-driven well-structured screenplays. It is a really good thing for the industry to adopt this style of movies to make money. Hope this continues in the second half of the year which has some magnum opus budget films like Saaho and Sairaa.



Written By: Harsha Pagilla

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