Biopics are the closest most of us can get to the life of famous people. They are not just entertaining but they also let us draw from their inspiring life story. Just like any other language, biopics have been nurtured in Telugu cinema as well. We bring you some of the best Telugu biopics of all time.


This movie is a biographical sports drama made on the life of an Indian athlete, Ashwini Nachappa, who was a national champion sprinter. The best part of this biopic is that the original athlete, Ashwini, herself played her character. Released in 1991, this movie was directed by B. C. Mouli and was a box office hit.

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Directed by Nag Ashwin, Mahanati is a bilingual biopic made on Savitri, the most admired actress across South India, especially in Telugu and Tamil. Keerthy Suresh enacted the role of the legendary actress to perfection and the movie won many awards for the cast and the crew. Released in 2018, Mahanati stood as one of the highest-grossing movies of the year.

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Actress Anushka played the titular role in Rudramadevi, who was one of the very few female monarchs to rule the Kingdom in India. She belonged to the Kakatiya dynasty in the Deccan Plateau and remained a monarch till her death. Directed by Gunasekhar, this movie was released in 2015 and also had Allu Arjun playing a cameo in the role of Gona Ganna Reddy.

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This movie is based on the real story of a classical dancer, Sudha Chandran, who lost her foot in an accident and fights her way back to prove her dancing mettle. Sudha Chandran played her role in reel life as well and Mayuri was released in all leading languages across India. This movie won 14 Nandi awards in the year 1985, which is a record for any Telugu movie to date.

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Mallesham is an effective biopic of Padma Shri recipient, Chintakindi Mallesham, who revolutionised the process of the weaving industry. Priyadarshi portrayed the role of Mallesham and the movie was released last year. Directed by Raj Rachakonda, the movie was a hit and immensely praised by critics.

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The movie is based on the padayatra of Late Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy, the Chief Minister of united Andhra Pradesh from May 2004 to June 2009. Played by Mammooty, Yatra was released last year just before the Assembly elections and was a hit at the box office. Eventually, his son Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy was also elected as CM of the state.

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NTR Kathanayakudu

NTR Kathanayakudu is the biopic based on the life of late Dr. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. His real son, Balakrishna, played the role of his father and this movie was released in two parts last year. The other part was named NTR Mahanayakudu, which showcased the political career of the legend.

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