Telugu film industry kicked off the year 2020 on a positive note with big releases like Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo and Mahesh Babu's Sarileru Neekevvaru. With many more releases scheduled, the film industry has taken a long halt since mid-March owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. There were also a few movies that marked their release on OTT platforms, considering the delay in re-opening the theatres.
Well, with the recent permission given by the state governments to resume shoot and production activities in a phased manner, the makers are gearing up to get back to locations in order to complete their movies. As the industry gets ready to shoot yet again, let us take a look at the half-yearly report of Tollywood with 5 best movies on the list.
Allu Arjun's Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo released on January 12th turned out to be the Sankranti winner of the year. The movie garnered huge appreciation from the audiences at the theatres as well as through it's OTT release.
Though there was an inch to inch competition with Mahesh Babu's Sarileru Neekevvaru, Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo outshined with its incredible storyline, cinematography and performance of the whole cast. The songs from the movie like 'Butta Bomma' and 'Ramuloo Ramulaa' are still holding the top position on the chartbuster list. Directed by Trivikram Srinivas, the movie has music composed by S Thaman. andPooja Hegde essaying the love interest of Allu Arjun in the movie. With its theatrical run, the movie collected a total of Rs 161.22 crore from its worldwide business.
Action thriller Sarileru Neekevvaru has Mahesh Babu essaying the role of Major Ajay Krishna. As always, the actor took away the breath of zillions with his acting tactics and charm. The movie, with Rashmika Mandanna in the lead role, turned out to be a blockbuster at the theatres.
The Anil Ravipudi directorial also featured Vijayashanti, Prakash Raj, Ganesh Babu and Rajendra Prasad in pivotal roles. Bankrolled by Anil Sunkara, Dil Raju and Mahesh Babu, the movie has music composed by Devi Sri Prasad. Sarileru Neekevvaru collected a whopping amount of Rs 144.37 crore from the worldwide collection.
Starring Nithiin and Rashmika Mandanna in the lead roles, Bheeshma turned out to be a superhit at the theatres. Directed by Venky Kudumula, the story revolves around Bheeshma Prasad, essayed by Nithiin, who is in search of a perfect life partner. The movie also marked the comeback of Malgudi Days actor Anant Nag in Tollywood, after a long gap.
Bankrolled by Suryadevara Naga Vamsi, Bheeshma featured an ensemble cast including Jisshu Sengupta, Vennela Kishore, Sampath Raj, Ajay, Naresh and Praveena in pivotal roles. The movie collected a total of Rs 28.52 crore from its worldwide business.
HIT: The First Case
Directed by Sailesh Kolanu, the mystery thriller HIT starred Vishwak Sen and Ruhani Sharma in the lead roles. The romantic thriller, jointly produced by Nani and Prashanti Tipirneni collected Rs 7.26 crore worldwide.
The movie revolves around a cop working for the Telangana State Police, who tries to solve a mystery while dealing with his past. The movie released on February 28, a few days before the COVID-19 lockdown hit the world. It also featured Chaitanya Sajiraju, Brahmaji, Hari Teja, Murali Sharma and Bhanu Chander among others.
Krishna And His Leela
Though the Ravikanth Perepu film had a quiet release on Netflix, it didn't take much time to top the list with its refreshing storyline on relationships and breakups.
The movie featuring Sidhu Jonnalagadda, Shraddha Srinath, Seerat Kapoor, Shalini Vadnikatti, Jhansi and Viva Harsha, has been bankrolled by Rana Daggubati, Suresh Babu and Sanjay Reddy under their respective production banners. The movie premiered on June 25 on Netflix.