India’s rich culture and heritage that makes every Indian proud to call it their motherland has always inspired the film industry to create and produce movies that reflect the struggles and achievements of extra-ordinarily men and movements that made it happen. Here is a list of top ten Tollywood movies that were a biographical sketch of famous events and personages.
1. Jai Bolo Telangana
In 2011, N. Shankar, directed and produced “Jai Bolo Telangana” which explores the strife within the state of Andhra Pradesh through a typical love story between a boy belonging from ‘Telangana’ and a girl belonging from ‘Hyderabad.’ The movie looks into the historic events of the ‘Telangana Movement’ which began around 1948 in Andhra Pradesh by Telugu-speaking leaders for the formation of the new state, Telangana.
2. Bobbili Yuddham
“Bobbili Yuddham” is a historical Telugu film based on the famous epic battle between the army of Vizianagaram (Andhra Pradesh) and Bobbili in the year 1757. The main protagonist of the movie is the Army General, ‘Tandra Paparayudu,’ of Bobbili. This biopic dealt with the circumstances that led ‘Tandra Paparayudu’ to usurp the kingdom of Vizianagaram.
3. Bhakta Kannappa
“Bhakta Kannappa” is a divine Telugu film which released in 1976. It was a rousing biopic based on the life of a God-fearing and pious man by the name of ‘KannappaNayanar’ who was a devout of Lord Shiva. ‘KannappaNayanar’ was a highly inspiring and respected man who became famous for committing his entire life for the sake of Lod Shiva.
“Nayakudu” was a Telugu-dubbed movie of the original Tamil film named, “Nayakan” which was a great success in 1988 featuring ‘Kamal Haasan.’ The movie revolves around a little boy who after witnessing his father’s murder, grows up to create his own criminal organization. The biopic was inspired by one of Bombay’s most notorious underworld king, ‘VaradarajanMudaliar.’
5. Raktha Charitra
Ram Gopal Varma
, “Raktha Charitra” is a historical political thriller which was inspired by the true events surrounding the life of ‘Paritala Ravindra.’ This film was released both in Hindi as well as Telugu. The film deals with themes such of vengeance, politics and conflict of mind, and was also followed by a sequel.
Starring Tollywood’s most celebrated actors like
and Rana Daggupati, “Rudramadevi” was a huge success with a great concept. It is a highly-emancipated movie based on feminism and the struggle of a woman in the medieval era. The film retells the story of King Ganapathi Devudu who brought up his daughter as a boy and concealed her true identity.
“Rajanna” was a great Telugu film produced by the famous Tollywood actor, ‘
’ and starred ‘
’ as one of the main protagonist who possessed a God-gifted voice for singing. The movie was loosely based on the historic events of the ‘Razakars Movement’ in Andhra Pradesh and a freedom fighter by the name, ‘Suddala Hanmanthu’ who was known for his inspiring poetry.
8. Alluri Sitarama Raju
“Alluri Sitarama Raju” is a biographical Telugu film based on the life and encounters of the inspiring revolutionary who played a pivotal role in the ‘Rampa Rebellion’ throughout the Indian Independence Movement in Madras Presidency. This movie focuses on the revolt against the British rule in India. 9)
Another film produced by Ram Gopal Varma was “Bezawada” belonging to the biographical action genre in Telugu. In 1988, ‘Vangaveeti Ranga’ a famous politician belonging from the Indian National Congress was murdered due to political strife which resulted in the Vijayawada Gang Warfare in agitation of the assasination. The movie starred ‘
’ and ‘
’ as lead actors which further perfected the film.
“Killing Veerappan” was originally a Kannada film which was later dubbed in Telugu and was released in 2016. It is a docu-drama movie which was inspired by the famous events of ‘Operation Cocoon’ to capture and kill the most wanted and the infamous, ‘
’ who disregarded the laws of the Indian Government.