This year has been a mixed one for Telugu cinema with some movies turning out to be huge blockbusters and some ending up as forgettable disasters.
Few big budget films lived up to the expectations to take the box office by storm and few small budget films that have become surprise winners and money-spinners for the investors.
Here are the top five hits of Tollywood this year.
1. Baahubali: (GA Rating: 3.25/5)
Rajamouli’s magnum opus Baahubali has exceeded everyone’s expectations by creating waves at the ticket window.
Trade analysts predicted this movie to be the first Telugu film to collect 100 crore share. But Baahubali almost collected double to the expected share and that too from the Telugu version alone. Baahubali turned out to be a huge hit in Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam as well.
As per trade reports Baahubali (all versions included) is the biggest hit in Indian cinema history surpassing PK. Baahubali has created sensation in overseas too although Telugu cinema overseas market is not on par with Hindi or Tamil.
Rajamouli and his team are working hard on the second part of Baahubali to make it a bigger and better one.
2. Srimanthudu: (GA Rating: 3.25/5)
Mahesh Babu’s Srimanthudu was under severe pressure as it was the first big film to come out after Baahubali’s wave.
Thankfully Koratala Siva came up with a movie that has very good content with loads of commercial elements.
Srimanthudu turned out to be a perfect film to give the cinematic experience that audience were looking for after experiencing the visual splendor of Baahubali.
If not for Baahubali’s phenomenal wave at the box office, Srimanthudu would have been the biggest hit ever.
Srimanthudu now holds top 2 records and has set a benchmark for other commercial movies by collecting a distributor share of around Rs. 85 crore.
3. Bhale Bhale Magadivoy: (GA Rating: 3.25/5)
It looked liked the Golden era of Telugu cinema has started when Bhale Bhale Magadivoy started off its box office journey on a high note.
Bhale Bhale released just few weeks after Srimanthudu was out and took everyone by surprise. This film did wonders at the ticket window and has been a huge sensation in Nizam and overseas territories.
No one in their wild dreams would have imagined that a medium budget film like BBM would become a million dollar movie in overseas.
Maruthi’s wonderful script and characterization were aptly supported by Nani’s flawless performance to make BBM the biggest blockbuster this year in terms of Return on investment basis.
4. Pataas: (GA Rating: 3.25/5)
Kalyan Ram’s Pataas turned out to be a surprise super hit when Sankranthi biggies Gopala Gopala and I have let down the business circles.
Pataas is the first big hit of the year springing in a surprise when no one was betting on it. Kalyan Ram was probably into the worst phase of his career and no one had a clue about the debutante director Anil Ravipudi’s talent.
It is not an easy task to get the formula right and Anil Ravipudi seems to have mastered the art with a near perfect commercial entertainer.
5. Temper: (GA Rating: 3.25/5)
Temper may not be as profitable movie for buyers as the other movies on this list. But it is certainly one of the best movies of the year that has a commendable script and the career best performance of NTR.
Temper was supposed to release during Sankranthi season but the movie was delayed and came out in not so good period for Telugu cinema.
Despite releasing in February, Temper held well at the box office. However it has failed to fulfill the dreams of 50 crore movie for Tarak!
Other big surprises of the year:
When Dussera biggies have put the buyers in a spot of bother, small films like Cinema Choopista Mama, Rajugari Gadhi and Kumari 21F helped the film business from hitting a slump.
Rajugari Gadhi has once again proved that horror comedies are the safest bet for a low budget film. Kumari 21F struck the right chord with target audience with a bold and youthful script.