Tollywood is becoming the new hot topic in world cinema. With massive production budgets to make visually extraordinary movies, directors willing to make out of the norm movies and the rise of small budget movies making a mark on the audience, Tollywood is starting to grab the attention of movie lovers worldwide.
As Tollywood continues to expand its horizons in terms of exquisite production, Telugu cinema’s actors have begun to grab the attention of Bollywood and Hindi movie buffs too. Numerous Tollywood movies, that are remade in Hindi, attain critical as well as monetary success. This has been substantial in enhancing Tollywood’s and its actors’ popularity, to an extent that even the big names of Bollywood take pride in being associated with them.
Their talent and versatility is evident and it shines through in their work. From effortless portrayal of different characters, to seamless dancing moves and style statement, these actors have successfully built a diverse fan base for themselves, that looks at their work in fond adoration. Let’s have a look at some of these ‘heroes’ of Tollywood (Telugu Actors), that rule the Indian’s hearts not just in India but worldwide!
Sonu Sood, a celebrated reel-life antagonist, is among India’s finest actors and producers. He is one of the most underrated actors in Indian cinema industry. During the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, he arranged transport for thousands of trapped migrant workers, and helped them reach their homes. Thus, He became the most popular Tollywood actor. He was also nominated for SDG Special Humanitarian Action Award’ by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the same.
He debuted in the year 1999, with the Tamil film Kallazhagar, however, his claim to fame is the Tollywood movie Super, that released in 2005. Since then, he has starred in numerous Bollywood movies along with other well-known faces of Indian cinema. Having received accolades from film fraternities throughout his career, his work is cherished by his audience as well.
Allu Arjun, an actor who stars predominantly in Telugu films, topped the list of the most searched Telugu celebrities, conforming to Google and Yahoo trend charts. A promising child artist initially, his debut movie ‘Gangotri’ marked the beginning of his acting career as an adult. While several actors struggled to adapt to the transitional phase Tollywood, like every other cinematic industry, went through, Allu Arjun strategically picked heroic roles, and revamped his work to suit the younger audience’s contemporary taste. He made his debut in the Malayalam film industry with the dubbed version of film ‘Arya’, which was a massive blockbuster at the box office, and earned him a huge following. A celebrated actor, he’s played a broad spectrum of roles in movies of varied genres.
His versatility and proficiency in comedy and action roles especially, has made him one of the most adored actors of Tollywood. A recipient of five Filmfare Awards South and three Nandi awards, his style statement and flooring dancing skill, that are often compared with that of Prabhu Deva’s, have won the hearts of millions. With the remake of his 2017 movie Arjun Reddy having been remade in Hindi, he has become a known name in Bollywood as well.
Mahesh Babu is a very popular actor in the current generation and is one of the most handsome Tollywood actor That’s why his fans call him the prince of Tollywood. He has 8 Nandi Awards to his name. His amazingly good looks and his style are just 2 of the reasons he has a huge fan base, especially amongst girls. On his birthday in 2020, he was trending on Twitter with more than 60 million tweets on him.
‘Rebel Star’ Prabhas was already a very popular actor amongst the masses, but after his role in the Rajamouli directed Baahubali movies, his fame skyrocketed. He is known by almost everyone and anyone with a love for cinema, mostly thanks to the huge impact Baahubali and Saaho have had to Indian cinema. Darling has the most powerful fan following in Tollywood.
Jr NTR, belonging to the Nandamuri family has gained a great fan base due to his consistent performance in movies and stories that are considered to be out of the norm. His great dance moves, amazing acting and great looks make him one of the most well-known Tollywood actors worldwide.
Akkineni Naga Chaitanya, son of Akkineni Nagarjuna Rao and husband of one of the most beautiful Tollywood Actress Samantha Akkineni.
Last Words: Tollywood is a big Indian film industry after Bollywood. Every actor has his own fan base that makes them popular. We might’ve missed out on a few big names, but it doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve praise. All following these heroes have amassed just proves that Tollywood is making an impact on world cinema.