The Top Telugu Films of 2013
The year 2013 saw many Telugu films being made, but only a few could be described as outstanding.
A look at the best films of the year.
Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (SVSC)
Cast: Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Anjali, Samantha
Director: Srikkanth Addala
After many decades, two big and well-established superstars came together to act in a Telugu multi-starrer.
Dil Raju produced this movie, while director Srikkanth Addala spun a family tale of two brothers and their relationship with each other and the rest of the family.
It went down well with viewers. It was a theme many could relate to.
The film went on to become a blockbuster besides winning critical acclaim.
Image: Venkatesh, Prakash Raj and Mahesh Babu in Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu
Cast: Aadi Pinisetty, Lakshmi Manchu, Taapsee Pannu, Sandeep Kishan
Director: Kumar Nagendra
Lakshmi Manchu’s maiden production based on BVS Rao’s literary work, Godaari Kathalu, was a tale of love set amidst the Godavari floods in 1986.
The film’s non-linear narrative was a highlight. There were good visuals of the river in spate.
This earthy, rustic film had a wonderful musical score by maestro Ilaiyaraja.
Lakshmi spared no effort to make the film a success, ably assisted by Kumar Nagendra.
Mallela Theeramlo Sirimalle Puvvu
Cast: Kranthi, Sridivya
Director: Rama Raju
This film was, like its title, fragrant as a jasmine flower, whose scent grows on one. A lyrical ode to love, the film speaks a language not seen in cinema of late.
It also, unusually, shows the female protagonist in a strong light.
Sridivya made her mark in this film in the lead role. Poetic and fresh, with clean meaningful dialogues, it was endearing to watch this love story.
Image: A scene from Mallela Theeramlo Sirimalle Puvvu
Anthaku Mundu Aa Tharavatha
Cast: Sumanth Ashwin, Eesha, Madhubala, Ravi Babu, Jhansi
Director: Mohana Krishna Indraganti
The director ensured that this love story was a slice of life and not the usual rosy one we see on celluloid.
AMAT was about love, romance, and commitment, between a contemporary young couple.
The film was realistic, with some entertaining one-liners. Maturely handled, this sensitive love story won the critics’ approval and did reasonably well at the box office.
Producer Damodar Prasad delivered two winners in a row – Ala Modalaindi and AMAT.
Image: A scene from Anthaku Mundu Aa Tharavatha
Cast: Raj Tarun, Avika Gor, Punarnavi
Director: Virinchi Varma
This cute love story unfolds against a bucolic backdrop. The story is simple and time-tested, but there is an innocence about the film that is striking.
The technical values of this small-budget film are good. It is produced by Rammohan P. (who had earlier produced Ashta Chamma and Golconda High School) and Nagarjuna’s Annapoorna Studios and presented by D Suresh Babu.
Raj Tarun makes an impressive debut and perhaps is here to stay.