Tollywood, like any other movie field, has seen different type of heroes who have had a successful run with the audience, be in action or comedy. While many actors are good at so many genres, we still have our favorites. Here are heroes of Tollywood we have loved over the years.
The angry young men
When it comes to angry heroes, the mainstream Telugu heroes have played this angry emotion to peaks in several movies. Megastar Chiranjeevi has played it to the gallery in movies like Kaidhi and Tagore. On the other hand, Nagarjuna created a trend of sorts with the angry young man image in movies like Shiva and Antham. Dr. Rajasekhar attained the angry young man image by playing some powerful characters in movies like Aahuthi, Ankusham, Aagraham and Magadu. Venkatesh was equally good at portraying the hero in angst in Dharma Chakram, Ganesh, Shatruvu, Guru and Suryavamsam. Pawan Kalyan nailed it in Puli while Ram Charan donned this angry image in movies like Dhruva and Magadheera. Bunny excelled in Arya 2 and Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India while Prabhas proved to be an angry young man in movies like Billa, Chatrapati and Rebel.
The hilarious men
In the ’80s and early ’90s, Rajendra Prasad ruled the roost as a comedy hero by playing some wittiest roles in movies like April 1 Vidudhala, Aaha Na Pellanta, Appula Apparao, Mayalodu, Aa Okkati Adakku, Edurinti Mogudu Pakkanti Pellam, Vivaha Bojanambu, Rajendrudu Gajendrudu and many more. Alongside Rajendra Prasad, other heroes who were successful in gaining the full-fledged comedy hero image are Chandramohan, Naresh, Brahmanandam, Allari Naresh, and Sapthagiri. Among these heroes, there are several blockbusters such as Dabbevariki Chedu, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Chitram Bhalare Vichitram, Yama Leela, Superheroes, Sudigadu, Maryada Ramanna, Sapthagiri Express and such.
The action jacksons
In the ’80s it was Suman and Bhanuchander who have enacted exclusively in action movies such as Merupudadi, Iddaru Kiladeelu, Daku and so on. Even mainstream heroes such as Chiranjeevi, NTR, Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Balakrishna, Prabhas, NTR Jr, Ram Charan, Allu Arjun, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Ravi Teja and others have excelled as the action heroes and have acted in some path-breaking movies from this genre.
The dreamy, romantic ones
Among all the heroes who have played the lover boy at some point of their careers, it was Akkineni Nageshwara Rao who stood out. His movies like Devadasu, Prem Nagar, Megha Sandesham, Aaradhana (1962) and many more were blockbusters at the box-office and gave him the lover boy image. Among other heroes we have seen some fantastic love stories such as Nag’s Geetanjali and Ninne Pelladatha, Venkatesh’s Prema, Preminchukundam Raa, and Premante Idhera, Tarun’s Nuvve Kavali, Uday Kiran’s Nuvvu Nenu and such.
Heroes from mythological and folk-fore
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao is the undisputed king when it comes to donning mythological and folk-fore movies. Since the ’50s, Telugu movies had a fascination towards this genre, and we have seen some brilliant movies churning out from this genre such as Paathala Bhairavi, Maya Bazaar, Sampooran Ramayanam, Bhookailas, Dhaana Veera Soora Karna and many more.
The family guys
When it comes to family-oriented movies, heroes like Shoban Babu, Venkatesh and Jagapathi Babu were at the forefront. Movies such as Gorintaku, Illalu Priyaralu, Sundara Kanda, Intilo Illalu Vantitlo Priyaralu, Aayaniki Idharu, Shuba Lagnam, Maavichiguru and such wooed the family audience big time and turned out to be super hits.