We all are aware of Bollywood’s fame and the aura of the stars. It would not be wrong to say that the Indian film industry is the largest in the world after Hollywood, and the glamour that surrounds them is one thing we all envy. But there are other regional film fraternities within the nation that have loads of talent. One of them is Tollywood, i.e, Telugu movies. Here is a list of those stars that have their brilliant contribution to Tollywood.
He is known as the mega star of Tollywood. An actor, producer, singer, dancer, investor and a politician, he is an example of versatility at its best. He started his career in 1979 and appeared in over 150 movies before he joined politics in 2008. He was the Minister of Tourism from 28th October 2012 to 15th May 2014. He is the winner of seven Filmfare South Awards.
Originally known as Konidela Kalyan Babu, he is the youngest brother of the Superstar Chiranjeevi. He too is an actor, producer, writer, and a politician. He is a black belt in Karate. He debuted in 1996, and we don’t need to tell much about his acting skill. His philanthropy is something to talk about, he has his political party Jan Sewa and was the brand ambassador of Pepsi in Andhra Pradesh in 2011.
Nandamuri Balakrishna is one of the leading stars in the Telugu film industry. He had been in the film industry for more than four decades. He started his career as a child artist and had developed a strong image among the fans with his action and sentimental roles and still, he has a huge fan base.
Vijay Deverakonda is one of the most sought after actors in Tollywood. Started his career as a supporting actor, he managed to gain attention with his stylish performance in
and garnered a huge appreciation with
added a flavor to his fan base.
‘Nani’ is not only a stylish hero but also a talented star. He doesn’t care about the length of the role, but its depth. He did a strong extended cameo in Eega with
, directed by SS Rajamouli. This multilingual made him reach the pan-Indian audience and he gained a huge fan base and received awards for his performance. Nani started his career in the year 2008 with
and continues as a successful hero with a decade-plus experience.
We remember the innocent and loyal servant in movie Anari opposite Karishma Kapoor. Yes, he is a superstar in Tollywood and is a postgraduate from Monetary School of International Studies in the USA. He wanted to become a film producer, but he became an actor instead and had been dazzling the film industry since 1986.
He is an actor, producer & TV host. He has also acted in Bollywood & Tamil movies, & is a winner of three
Filmfare Awards South
. He hosts the Telugu version of KBC & received the National Film Award for Annamayya. He became known in Bollywood with his movie Criminal & is the co-owner of Mumbai Masters of Indian Badminton League. He was also among the top 100 celebrities in Forbes India for two consecutive years.
A great actor & a singer, Ravi Teja is one of the highest paid actors of Tollywood. Before becoming an actor, he assisted directors in Tollywood as well as Bollywood. He debuted as an actor in 1999. He is the brand ambassador of liquor brand, Lord n Master.
Who can forget his brilliant acting in the movie Wanted? He is one villain that is loved as much as any other hero in the industry. He started with the theater shows & then moved to television. He then did roles in Kannada films followed by Tamil & Telugu movies. After his impactful role in Wanted & Singham, people started appreciating him all over the country. He made his directorial debut in 2010 & got into production in 2002.
Like father, like son. He is the son of super star Chiranjeevi & is an actor, dancer, producer & an entrepreneur. He started his film career in 2007 with Chirutha & became immensely popular by the release of Magadheera in 2009. He also appeared in a Bollywood movie Zanjeer opposite
. He is the owner of the Hyderabad-based airline, TrueJet & is the co-owner of series Devil’s circuit.
He started his career in 2002 with Telugu movies & was an average actor. He appeared in eighteen movies till he appeared in the epic Baahubali in 2015, which was one of the highest grossing films of India. It made him a superstar overnight & he became one of the A-list actors of Tollywood.
He started his career as a producer & visual effects coordinator, & when he realised that he had a spark in him, he got into acting with Leader in 2010 & soon became popular in Bollywood with his cute DJ role in
Dum Maaro Dum
. It’s great when people praise an antagonist as much as the lead actor & the same happened to him with his performance in Baahubali: The Beginning.
An actor, producer, philanthropist, Mahesh Babu is a complete package. He is the son of yesteryear Telugu star Krishna. Thus he appeared as a child artist in Needa at the age of four. He made his debut with Rajakumarudu in 1999, & faced a career setback in 2013 after which he emerged strongly in the following year. He has his fair share of controversies & gives 30% of his income to charities, as the report says.
He has the Guinness World record for the maximum appearances on-screen for him. So, his acting does not need much introduction. He had appeared in one thousand movies & was a lecturer before he got into acting. Although he mostly appears in comedy roles, he is as loved & adorable as any other actor. He also got the Padma Shree award in 2009.
He too comes from Chiranjeevi’s family & is a winner of three Filmfare Awards South. He is the first Tollywood actor who has three continuous 500+ million share films, & is among the top 50 of Forbes India 2015 celebrities. Also titled as Stylish Star, he has set his benchmark with his extraordinary dance & has been ruling the film industry since 2001. According to reports, he is the only South Indian celebrity to have ten million followers on Facebook.
He is the grandson of former CM of Andhra Pradesh, N.T. Rama Rao, who was also a Telugu actor. He started as a child artist and appeared in Ramayana, and got prominent roles from 2001. He also excels in Kuchipudi dance, singing and is an active member of political party Telugu Desam Party. He is the brand ambassador of Malabar Gold in AP and Telangana.
He is an actor and a producer. He made his debut with Jayam in 2002, which a commercial hit and got him the Filmfare Awards South for the best Debut. He appeared in a Bollywood movie, although it failed at the box-office. He also gave his voice for songs Lacchamma and Ding Ding Ding. He is one of the ambassadors of Swachchha Bharat in Telangana.
He is the third generation actor of his family after dad Nagarjuna and grandfather . He is a trained martial arts candidate. After his parents’ separation, he moved with his mother to Chennai. During his graduation, he did an acting course from Mumbai and Los Angeles. He made his debut with Josh in 2009 and has been a famous commercial actor since then.
Akkineni Nageswara Rao
How can we not mention the man who discovered the beginning of the talent that runs in the family. We are talking about Akkineni Nageswara Rao. There is a long list of ANR’s achievements. He started his journey with theater shows and got his first role in Dharmapatni at the age of seventeen. He founded the Anupama Studios in 1975 and Anupama International School of Film and Media in 2011. He was the winner of Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
N.T. Rama Rao
To end the countdown, we chose a person who was a perfect combination of acting and politics. He made his debut with Mana Desam in 1949. Besides, he was a producer and director. He did a variety of roles in over fifty years of his acting career. He represented Telugu Desam Party and became the tenth Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. After his death in 1996, University of Health Sciences was renamed as Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences in his honor.