Independence Day Special: 7 patriotic films in Telugu cinema
The Tollywood industry has made many patriotic films over the years. Even though this genre has become rare nowadays, some filmmakers still seek inspiration from this genre to uplift spirits and fill Indians with a sense of pride.On the occasion of the country’s 72nd Independence day, we take a look at the best Telugu films that make us want to keep our national flag flying high.
1. Alluri Seetarama Raju
‘Alluri Seetarama Raju’, the Krishna starrer is patriotic for confronting and redefining Indian pride. Based on the life of a popular freedom fighter of the same name, the film follows his fight against the British officials and their rule which resulted in a lot of bloodshed. Set between 1922–24, the story takes place during the independence movement in the Madras Presidency. While inspiring the lives of many, Raju led his troop in a battle against the British. ‘Alluri Seetarama Raju’ had a run of 175 days at the time and went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year.
‘Khadgam’, the award-winning film of director Krishna Vamsi has the perfect Tollywood commercial film treatment that breathes life to this iconic subject. This star-studded production tells the heroic story of an aspiring Hindu actor, a Muslim auto driver and a senior cop, who fights off attacks from Pakistan terrorists. The film received nine prestigious awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Prakash Raj, Best Supporting Actress for Sangeetha, Best Villain for Shafi, Best Director for Krishna Vamsi, and even Best Makeup for Kishore.
Possibly one of the best patriotic films of Tollywood, Manoharam is a 2000 Telugu, Patriotic film, produced by Mullapudi Brahmanandam & Sunkara Madhu Murali on M.R.C & Melody Combines banner and directed by Gunasekhar. Starring Jagapati Babu, Laya in the lead roles and music composed by Mani Sharma. The film won four Nandi Awards. The film recorded as Super Hit at box office.
4. Subhash Chandra Bose
Released in 2005, ‘Subhash Chandra Bose’ stars Victory Venkatesh as the freedom fighter, Subash Chandra Bose alias Chandram and Ashok (dual role). The K Raghavendra Rao directorial about the Indian independence struggle is perhaps one of the most obvious choices for this list. Though its theme is far from accurate, its emphasis on patriotism is inspiring. Although the film bombed at the box office, Venkatesh received many accolades for his performance and the film created a deep emotional impact on people’s minds.
5. Sardar Papa Rayudu
The film is based on the life of Papa Rayudu a rebel who is known for his role in the First War of Indian Independence. NTR stole the limelight once again with this film!.
The film stars N. T. Rama Rao and Sridevi in the lead roles. Sharada, Rao Gopala Rao, Satyanarayana, Allu Ramalingaiah and Mohan Babu are featured in supporting roles. In the film: During the freedom movement, Paparayudu is jailed for a murder that he did not commit. But he tries to get even with his enemies and tries to prove his innocence.
6. Neti Bharatam
came out in 1983. It was written and directed by T. Krishna, the same man who directed Vande Maataram. It was a musical hit which promoted liberal ideals. Lyrics for the songs were penned by revolutionary poet Srirangam Srinivasa Rao, and Adrushta Deepak, who was then an unknown lyricist. The music by K. Chakravarthy was very much acclaimed, especially for the song ‘Maanavatvam Parimalinche’.
Leader is a 2010 Telugu political drama film written and directed by Sekhar Kammula marking the acting debut of Rana Daggubati in the lead role, with Richa Gangopadhyay and Priya Anand as the female leads. This film was produced by AVM Productions. The movie opened to rave positive reviews and was a super-hit.
Did I miss any films that you like most? Comment the movie name in comments.
7 Patriotic Songs in Telugu
1. Janani Janmabhoomistcha Swargaadapi Gareeyasi – Bobbili Puli Movie
2. Punya Bhoomi Naa Desham – Major Chandrakanth
3. Telugu Veera Levara – Alluri Seetha Rama Raju
4. Ardha Shatabdapu Agyananni Swatantramandaama? – Sindhooram
5. Ye Deahamegina Endu kaaledina – Badri
6. Meme Indians – Khadgam
7. Desham Manade Tejam Manade – Jai
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