The Most Disappointing Telugu films of 2012
Quite a few Telugu films failed to live up to expectations in 2012 despite their big budgets and star-cast.
Here are some that disappointed audiences and didn't fare well at the box office either.
Cast: Ravi Teja, Deeksha Seth
This was one of the first films of the year and it was a let down despite the fact that it was produced by YVS Chowdhary and directed by Gunasekhar, two big names in the industry.
The director came up with a lacklustre screenplay and this really proved to be the extinguisher. Even Ravi Teja could not salvage the film.
Given its run-of-the-mill story in the formulaic pattern, it is not surprising that Nippu failed.
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Image: A scene from Nippu
Cast: NTR Jr, Trisha, Karthika Nair
Dir: Boyapati Seenu
Director Boyapati Seenu made this film for NTR Jr, in fact to boost his heroic image. But it had a cliched and rather regressive storyline. This stereotypical film with warring families and internecine feuds had unlimited doses of gruesome violence.
Even though NTR Jr put up a good show, he couldn't prop up a film with a plot like that. Both the heroines, Trisha and Karthika, didn't have much to do and the film was altogether unsatisfactory.
Image: A scene from Dammu
Devudu Chesina Manushulu (DCM)
Cast: Ravi Teja, Ileana D'Cruz
Dir: Puri Jagannadh
This film was slickly made, but had practically no plot, poor characterisation and a weak script. Puri's concentration seems to be on making more films, and therefore compromising on the content, which led to the failure of DCM.
Neither Ravi Teja's comic timing nor Ileana's glamorous presence worked to make the film appealing.
Image: A scene from Devudu Chesina Manushulu
Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu (CGR)
Cast: Pawan Kalyan, Tamannaah Bhatia
Director: Puri Jagannadh
Yet another film with a wafer-thin storyline and screenplay. The subject is the media and it is set against a political backdrop. Pawan Kalyan has some punchy dialogues and it was essentially a hero-centric film. Tamannaah plays the reporter Ganga, a slightly tomboyish character. Expectations were high for this film since Pawan's first release this year, Gabbar Singh (a remake of Dabbangg) was a huge hit.
But CGR was quite a dampener. The film ran into trouble because of some comments made regarding Telangana. Activists turned violent and damaged Puri's office and vehicle.
Image: A scene from Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu
Cast: Ram, Tamannaah Bhatia
This love story with a reincarnation theme lacked Karunakaran's usual magic as it hovered between life, death and the paranormal – more in the fantasy zone than reality.
The film was not convincing in terms of narration and despite good performances from Ram and Tamannaah, and the lavish production values, the film didn't do as well as expected as it was slightly off-beat though within the mainstream.
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Image: A scene from Endukante Premanta