Sometimes, Old is not the gold. Old is the Much Needed Pause.
Bored of the intense-filled, action thrilled Gen Z movies? Let’s take a pause from the fast-forward new era films and jump back to the classics. We handpicked the top 10 Telugu old movies for you to help you add the archaic essence to your life.
1. Mayabazar (1957)
Mayabazar is the epitome of the Telugu film industry. The movie starred legendary actors such as NTR, ANR, SV Ranga Rao, and actresses like Savitri and Suryakantam. Many more excellent personalities of the Tollywood film industry came forward to carve the magnificent sculpture called Mayabazar. The film depicts the tales of ‘Sasirekha Parinayam’ in a dramatic manner. It was later digitized and released in the color version in 2010 with a budget of ₹75 million. Go, witness the legacy of the Mayabazar in Amazon Prime.
2. Gundamma Katha (1962)
Gundamma Katha is another epic movie starring NTR, ANR, Savitri, and Jamuna. It is an official remake of a Kannada movie called ‘Mane Thumbida Hennu (1958)’. The film is a clean family drama that revolves around Gundamma and her transformation from a cruel stepmother to a kind and generous woman. One of Tollywood’s finest actresses, Suryakantam, played the role of Gundamma. She deceived the audience with her natural acting as a crude woman. Gundamma Katha is available on Amazon Prime.
3. Devadasu (1953)
Devadasu is based on a famous Bengali novel, Devdas, written by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee. The film depicts incredible love between Devadasu and Parvati. Devadasu turns into a drunkard after knowing that Parvati forcefully married another person. Natsamrat Akkineni Nageswara Rao in and as Devadasu presented the heart-breaking drama efficiently. The story of Paru and Devdas left people in profound grief that the couple is called the greatest lovers even for today. Witness the pain of love with Devadasu in Eros now.
4. Missamma (1955)
The 1955 cult classic rom-com movie, Missamma is adapted from Rabindranath Maitra’s Bengali play ‘Manmoyee Girls School’. The brilliant acting of NTR and Savitri brought life to the novel helped to make the film one of the popular classics of Tollywood. The film also succeeded in portraying social issues such as unemployment, freedom of worship, and corruption. The famous song and the Telugu phrase, ‘Adavari Matalaku Arthale Verule’, was evolved from the Missamma movie. It is available on Amazon Prime.
5. Sankarabharanam (1980)
Sankarabharanam is a massive musical hit of the Telugu film industry. The duo of ace director K. Viswanath and renowned actor J.V. Somayajulu shed light on Carnatic music with Sankarabharanam. The same movie brought popularity to the legendary singer S.P. Balasubramanyam. The film won many awards including, 4 National film awards and five state Nandi Awards. Sankarabharanam is that kind of movie that can be watched umpteen times with the same divine feeling every time you watch. You can watch it on Voot.
6. Sagara Sangamam (1983)
Another masterpiece from director K. Viswanath, starring Kamal Haasan to enthrall movie lovers, is the Sagara Sangamam movie. The film can be addressed as a ‘celebration of Indian classical dance’ and honored with the Nandi award, National awards, and Filmfare awards. It is the first movie to run for more than 100 days in all four south Indian states. The film was also dubbed into Russia and screened in many international film festivals. Never miss out on this harmonious dance drama; watch it on Voot.
7. Rudraveena (1988)
Rudraveena is a musical and message-oriented movie. The film efficiently conveyed socioeconomic problems such as casteism, societal status. The most significant pillars of the movie are the director-K. Balachander, actors-Megastar Chiranjeevi, Gemini Ganesan, and the music director-Ilaiyaraaja. Although Rudraveena was a commercial failure, it regained the cult status it deserved at a later stage. The film won 3 National awards and 4 Nandi awards in various categories by standing as a fan-favorite movie for Chiranjeevi fans.
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8. Aakali Rajyam (1981)
If you are a revolutionist against unemployment, corruption, and poverty, this movie is for you. Aakali Rajyam is about an unemployed young man who is a staunch follower of the inspirational poet Mahakavi Sri Sri. The female superstar of Indian Cinema, Sri Devi, played the female lead while the Universal Hero of India, Kamal Haasan, played the role of a male protagonist. Aakali Rajyam received Filmfare awards for Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Film. Watch k. Balachander dynamite film, Aakali Rajyam on Amazon Prime.
9. Aha Naa Pellanta (1987)
The trio Kota Srinivasa Rao, Brahmanandam, and Rajendra Prasad made a hilarious combination in direction with Jandhyala through Aha Naa Pellanta. Jandhyala is the trendsetter to introduce comic roles in Telugu cinema. Even today, the Telugu industry has traces of Aha Naa Pellanta movie dialogues. The film introduced the legendary comedian Hasya Brahma Brahmanandam to the Tollywood industry. With just a budget of ₹16 lakh, the film grossed over ₹5 crores at the box office. I bet you laugh until your stomach hurts while watching Aha Naa Pellanta.
10. Geetanjali (1989)
Wherever there is the ‘Mani Ratnam- Ilaiyaraaja’ partnership, there is awestruck magic. Geetanjali is one of those magical films featuring a romantic-tragedy love story in the scenic mountains of Ooty. It showcases the eternal love between two pure souls who suffer from terminal illnesses. The film is marked as Mani Ratnam’s Telugu cinema debut and received 7 Nandi awards and a National award. Nagarjuna later revealed how desperate he was to make a Telugu film with Mani Ratnam. The outcome is Geetanjali, a masterpiece love story. Do watch it on Voot, and you can’t stop yourself from falling in love with the movie.
These are the top ten evergreen classics of the Tollywood film industry. Besides these, there are many more gems that deserve a watch. But for now, let us fill the nostalgic gap with these classics. So, what’s your pick for tonight?
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