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The Andhra Pradesh film industry or the Telugu film industry is considered one of the most successful film industries in India. More significantly, the contribution of the Telugu film industry has been a major influence in the upgradation of Indian cinema as a whole. The Ramoji film city in Hyderabad is the largest film studio complex in the world and features in the Guinness records as the world’s largest film studio complex. In this and other respects, the Telugu film industry has been very fortunate as an impressive number of highly talented individuals have contributed to its impressive growth. Amongst the personalities who have created history, V. Madhusudhan Rao occupies pride of place. Thanks to the originality, sensitivity and sheer brilliance of his work, he received many accolades during his time. Vijaya Bapineedu is another personality who holds a special place in the history of Telugu cinema. There were other notable directors with several pioneering achievements to their credits such as K. Balachander, Dasari Narayana Rao and C. S. Rao. Some of the notable films which gained a lot of popularity included Eega, Seetaramaiah Gary Manavaralu, Premabishekam, Meghasandesham.
There were notable actors as well who made remarkable contributions to the Telugu film industry over the decades. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishnam Raju, Murali Mohan were some of the well known, almost legendary actors who have enriched Telugu cinema. Their performances in films are very fresh in the minds of the people even today. The Telugu film industry can boast of some of the most talented and prolific music directors as well. The names include Devi Sri Prasad, Chakri, Saluri Koteswara Rao, Thotakura Somaraju, M. M. Keeravani. These music directors in tandem with singers like S. P. Balasubramanium, Kavitha Krishnamurthy, Gangadhar created magic for the viewers with their music and singing abilities.

Today, amongst the new generation of film makers, actors, music directors and singers of Telugu film industry, Ram Gopal Verma, S. S. Raj Mouli, Shekhar Kammula are a few notable directors who have been instrumental in bringing back some parts of the golden age of Telugu cinema. Talking of actors, Chiranjeevi was a class apart and now, Mahesh Babu, Charan, Allu Arjun, Puri Jagannath, Kajal Aggarwal have given some incredible performances in their films. And when it comes to music which has been an important base of the industry, music directors like Ghantasala, Deva, K. V. Mahadevan are a few names who have brought a new flavour to Telugu music. Singers like Hemachandra, Hariharan, Shreya Ghosal have also kept pace with the music directors and produced some fantastic songs.


Certainly, Telegu films continue to be on a splendid roll. Gulte. Com announced at the beginning of last year that 2012 “is the best year of Telugu cinema in the recent times! Stats are in support to the statement as Telugu cinema is shining like never before. 2012 started on a promising note with ‘Businessman’ introducing a new business model to the biggies. It was released in thousand of theatres and minted crores of rupees within no time. It was followed by ‘Racha’ which bettered the records set by ‘Businessman’. ‘Gabbar Singh’ turned the biggest hit of the year within two weeks. Small films like ‘Ishq’ and ‘Poola Rangadu’ were good hits. ‘Ee Rojullo’, a film which was made on a shoestring budget went on to become a big hit for its investment. ‘Bodyguard’ and ‘Dammu’ are the two biggies that misfired at the box office, but somehow managed to get out with few losses. There are few more promising projects that are lined up for release in the next couple of months. ‘Endukante Premanta’, ‘Eega’, ‘Rebel’ and ‘Dhamarukam’ are a few to name. Pawan Kalyan, Mahesh Babu and Ram Charan will have one more release this year and that means the second half of the year is likely to witness few more potential films to rule the box office. On the commercial front, 2012 is turning out to be a splendid year for Tollywood. Touchwood!”.

Mega Star Chiranjeevi’s Back to Back Blockbusters

Many Tollywood heroes had given two or more hits in a row, but Mega Star Chiranjeevi had a rare record of giving two back to back blockbusters in the form of ‘Indra’ and ‘Tagore’. ‘Indra’ is a faction based commercial entertainer released on 25th July, 2002. It broke all the previous industry records with respect to shares and run. This movie had completed 50 days in 156 centers, 100 days in 118 centers and 175 days in 32 centers. All these run records were all time long run records then. Besides, the movie also collected Rs.33 crores share and stood as the all time top grosser at that time. ‘Tagore’ released on 24th September, 2003. This message oriented emotional entertainer was directed by V.V.Vinayak. The long run records set by this movie surprised whole cine goers of AP. This movie had completed 50 days in 223 centers and 100 days in 182 direct centers. Even today, the 100 days record of this movie stood at second place after the industry hit Magadheera’s 223 centers. This movie collected a share of around Rs.30 crores and stood as second best after ‘Indra’ then. Chiranjeevi also had one more rare record of having two industry hits with a gap of just one super hit movie in between. Those movies are ‘Gang Leader’, ‘Rowdy Alludu’ and ‘Gharana Mogudu’. Among those three movies, ‘Gang Leader’ and ‘Gharana Mogudu’ were industry hits, while ‘Rowdy Alludu’ got ‘super hit’ results.
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