In the early days, wherever the script demanded, the makers were never hesitant to make movies with lengthy run-time, usually 3 hours and more. However, as years passed by and with the evolution of theatres and multiplexes, most of the makers tend to make movies in a crisper run-time. Here are old-school Telugu movies that provide more entertainment with their long run-times.
Daana Veera Soora Karna: 3 hrs 47 mins
Released in the year 1977, Dana Veera Soora Karna is a mythological movie produced and directed by NTR. Regarding as one of the evergreen classics made in Telugu cinema, the movie also features Harikrishna, Balakrishna, Saroja Devi and Prabha. The movie is touted to be the longest feature film ever made in the history of Telugu cinema with a run time of close to 4 hours. The music and background score were composed by Pendyala Nageswara Rao and cinematography was handled by Kannappa.
Streaming on: YouTube
Pandava Vanavasam: 3 hrs 19 mins
Yet another mythological movie that was released in the year 1965, Pandava Vanavasam features NTR and Savitri in lead roles. With a run time of close to 3 and a half hours, the music was composed by Ghantasala and camera work is handled by C Nageswara Rao. The movie was later dubbed in Hindi as Pandav Banvas and released in the year 1973.
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Pathala Bhairavi: 3 hrs 4 mins
With a run time of more than 3 hours, Pathala Bhairavi was released in the year 1951 and features NTR, SV Ranga Rao and Malathi in lead roles. The movie is directed by Kadiri Venkata Reddy and produced by Aluri Chakrapani and B Nagi Reddy. Marcus Bertley served as the cinematographer and Ghantasala rendered music. The movie was included in the Top 100 movies list of Indian Cinema by CNN News 18.
Streaming on: Amazon Prime and YouTube
Alluri Seetarama Raju: 2 hrs 56 mins
With a runtime of 3 hours, Alluri Seetarama Raju features Superstar Krishna in the titular role and the biopic is of a freedom fighter who fights against the British in order to save the farmers and tribal communities. The movie was directed by V Ramachandra Rao and features Vijaya Nirmala as the lead heroine. This movie also happens to be the 100th movie of Krishna.
Streaming on: Disney Hotstar and YouTube
Arjun Reddy: 3 hrs 3 min
In the recent past, Arjun Reddy is one of the rarest movies that had a runtime of more than 3 hours. Released in the year 2017, the movie features Vijay Deverakonda in the title role and has become a path-breaking movie in his career. Also starring Shalini Pandey, the movie was produced and directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga. This film was later remade in Tamil as Adithya Varma and into Hindi as Kabir Singh. Radhan has composed the album while background score was rendered by Harshvardhan and Rameshwar. The cinematography was handled by Raj Thota.
Streaming on: Amazon Prime
Maya Bazar: 2 hrs 57 mins
Released in the year 1957, Maya Bazar features NTR, Savitri and SV Ranga Rao in lead roles. The movie was directed by KV Reddy and produced by B Nagi Reddy and Aluri Chakrapani. With a runtime of 3 hours, the music was composed by Ghantasala and S Rajeswara Rao while the cinematography was rendered by Marcus Bartley. The team that worked for Pathala Bhairavi was mostly retained for this movie.
Streaming on: YouTube and Amazon Prime
Prasthanam: 3 hrs 2 mins
Directed by Deva Katta, the movie released in 2010 and is also one of the rare movies in this decade to have a runtime of just over 3 hours. The movie features Sharwanand, Sai Kumar, Sundeep Kishan and Ruby Parihar in prominent roles. Shamdat served the cinematography while Mahesh Shankar composed the music and background score. The movie was dubbed in Tamil as Padhavi and remade in Hindi with the same title as the original.
Streaming on: YouTube, Jio Cinema and Sun NXT