Movies have not only given us entertainment but have also been a medium of reform in society. There were several movies that have been made with relevant social messages for the betterment of the people and society. If a script demands to convey a social message, they ensure that it is done in the right way – by blending organic entertainment and seamlessly weaving a strong social message. While many movies stand the risk of coming off as preachy, many others are acing this social messaging game. Here are seven well-made Telugu movies with strong social messages.

Tagore

A professor forms an Anti-Corruption Force (ACF) with the help of his old students to thwart the menace of corruption from officials who are the biggest threat to society. The movie was directed by VV Vinayak and is a remake of a Tamil superhit movie titled Ramana, which was directed by A. R, Murugadoss. Released in the year 2003, Megastar Chiranjeevi played the title role and is supported by Shriya Saran, Jyothika, Sayaji Shinde, and Prakash Raj. The movie conveys a powerful message against corruption and rebelling against it.

Streaming on AHA, Jio Cinema, and Sun NXT

Srimanthudu

Directed by Koratala Siva, the movie features Mahesh Babu and Shruthi Haasan in lead roles and is supported by Jagapati Babu and Rajendra Prasad in prominent roles. The movie conveys the beauty of helping and serving the needy and also showcases how the lead adopts a village and serves society. Released in the year 2015, the music and background score were composed by Devi Sri Prasad and cinematography was handled by R Madhi.

Streaming on Jio Cinema and YouTube

Leader

Rana Daggubati made his debut with this movie and he played the role of CM with an only aim of dealing with corruption. Directed by Sekhar Kammula, the movie was released in the year 2010 and also features Priya Anand, Richa Gangopadhyay, Suman, Suhasini and Subba Raju in prominent roles. The music and background score were composed by Mickey J Meyer and the cinematography was handled by Vijay C Kumar.

Janatha Garage

Released in the year 2016, Janatha Garage features Jr. NTR, Mohanlal, Samantha and Nithya Menen in lead roles and is directed by Koratala Siva. The movie talks about the importance of nature and how it should be saved. The movie won seven Nandi Awards, including Best Feature film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Writer, Best Choreographer, Best Lyricist, and Best Art Director. The movie was a smash hit at the box-office.

Streaming on Disney+ Hotstar and YouTube

Bharat Ane Nenu

Yet another Koratala Siva directorial featuring Mahesh Babu and Kiara Advani in lead roles, Bharat Ane Nenu was released in the year 2018. The protagonist played the role of a CM and the movie had a hard-hitting message – bringing a positive change in the system. With the hero playing the CM’s character, the script easily weaved in several social messages relevant to the current society.

Streaming on Amazon Prime

Temper

Starring Jr. NTR and Kajal Aggarwal in lead roles, Temper is directed by Puri Jagannath and produced by Bandla Ganesh. The movie has a hard-hitting message to introduce fast track courts for speedy justice for heinous crimes like rape and murder. The story was penned by Vakkantham Vamsi and music was composed by Anup Ribens. The movie was later remade in Hindi as Simmba and in Tamil as Ayogya.

Streaming on YouTube

Raakhi

Directed by Krishna Vamsi, Raakhi is about a brother who avenges the killing of his sister for the sake of dowry and how he eventually goes on a killing spree against every man who tortures woman. The movie was released in the year 2006 and features Jr. NTR, Illeana D’Cruz and Charmee in lead roles. The music and background score were composed by Devi Sri Prasad while the cinematography was handled by S Gopal Reddy, who also produced the movie along with KL Narayana.

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