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Tollywood Commercial Hits 2010
The time has come to bid goodbye to the year 2010 and welcome the New Year 2011 with good hope. Meanwhile, the Tollywood circuit has also chalked up what happened this year and here is a look at the top five commercial hits of 2010.
 
1 Robot
This is the best masterpiece in the recent past which not only took the Indian cinema into a new wave of technology but also conveyed a message that is of essence to today’s generation and the future generation. Superstar Rajinikanth has proved that he is the emperor of the box office while the showman Shankar sent a strong message to Shahrukh Khan that his conviction towards his script is always right. Many said that for the first time, they found Aishwarya Bachchan to be naturally beautiful and the music by the Chennai Mozart A R Rahman did the rest of the magic. The film made a whopping Rs 60 crore business in Tollywood.
 
2. Maryada Ramanna
This came as a surprise winner from the camp of the tough taskmaster S S Rajamouli. After his magnum opus ‘Magadheera’, Rajamouli surprised all by roping in the noted comedy actor Sunil as the hero for the film and this had no sleazy romance or massive fights. The film was made with a budget of Rs 20 crores and it managed to garner Rs 40 crores at the box office. The film also marked a new lease of life for actress Saloni.
 
3. Simha
Nandamuri Balakrishna was reeling through a continuous spate of flops and it reached a peak with his ‘Okka Magadu’ which has left a trauma on many Telugu audiences. However, all those nightmares were swept away with the arrival of ‘Simha’. The film not only brought life to the ailing Tollywood box office but also boosted the spirits of the Nandamuri fans who were starved for a hit. It also brought to light a rather elegant pairing of Balayya with Nayantara along with two other heroines and some hardcore fights. Director Boyapati Seenu who was craving for the big break finally got it through this action fiesta.
 
4. Brindaavanam
While his Babai made the Telugu box office proud with his bumper hit, it was the turn of Abbai to take the path. Young tiger NTR junior was also going through a similar phase and his promising ventures such as ‘Kantri’ ‘Adhurs’ turned out to be normal fares at the box office. On the other hand, junior was developing a stereotype of his image. ‘Brindavanam’ brought forth an entirely new hero with a clean family image and a classy look. A wholesome family entertainer which was brimmed with the glamour of Kajal Agarwal and Samantha, this also brought back the career of director Vamsi Paidipally onto the track. The film was a lucky winner of sorts as it clashed with Mahesh Babu’s ‘Khaleja’ which had a rather painful storyline.
 
5. Darling
Last but not the least, young rebel star Prabhas who was looking for a deserving hit came in with ‘Darling’ and brought some cheers to his spirits. The film was made with a budget of Rs 23 crores and it raked in Rs 30 crores bailing the producer B V S N Prasad out of a possible crisis. Luck also played its part as no other films were there for a fortnight or so when ‘Darling’ arrived.
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