Romance is an integral part of most Telugu films. Since ages, heroes who romanced their leading women like in a fantasy have flaunted most number of women followers. Same goes for the actresses who have burnt the hearts and set the screen ablaze with their beauty. Adding to that are some incredible romantic plots that remain fresh in the minds of the Telugu audience forever.
Here are 15 Best All Time Romantic Films in Telugu that have actually set a new trend among the hopeless lovers whenever they were released!
A timeless novel by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay was adapted into the Telugu version for the first time in the 1950s. Devadasu became an epic in itself, showcasing the finesse of acting from ANR and Savitri, two great on screen legends. The film continues to be an all-time romantic classic, setting a trademark example of that exceptional ANR stagecraft prowess.
ANR had officially arrived on the scene as Tollywood’s promising romantic hero after Anarkali. An eternal love story between Salim and Anarkali that has transcended the worlds and the barriers became a classic romantic Telugu film of sorts. The movie saw some amazing performances from late versatile actress Anjali Devi and icon S V Ranga Rao as well.
Gundamma Katha (1962)
Though an all-time entertainer, Gunadamma Katha brought the swinging sixties in style. A breezy entertainer that talks about love and relationships presented some flawless romantic sub plots between the lead pairs NTR and Savitri and ANR and Jamuna.
Prem Nagar (1971)
Though 70’s was all about addressing societal issues on screen, Prem Nagar was a refreshing breather that turned out to be an evergreen classic. East Man Colored love affair that has been etched into the hearts forever. The film brought together the sensational new pair of the then era, ANR and Vanisri.
Come 80’s and the thrillers started pouring in, sending chills down the spine. Sitaara was released, and the crowd went bonkers over the love story as well as the ground breaking Ilayaraja music. The film starred Bhanupriya and Suman, collecting great money at the cash counters with a touching love story at its heart.
The late 80’s was also about some simple middle class love stories that started slow and picked up flying colors at the end. Swarnakamalam is all about love for dance and the unspoken romance between two souls. Venkatesh and Bhanupriya totally set a new age working class take on love and possibilities.
A cult film of unforgettable love story and immortal music, Geethanjali put the young Akkineni Nagarjuna into the vast league of romantic heroes. The film as such carries a unique appeal about itself, still difficult to replicate in the current times.
Preminchukundam Raa (1997)
The late 90’s was all about love, love and some more love. The timeline also saw the rise of Venkatesh Daggubati as the next prominent romantic hero. Preminchukundam Raa began a series of romantic trendsetters with Venky as the protagonist. The rest is history.
Tholi Prema (1998)
Again, a beautiful rendition of a Telugu middle class love musings. Pawan Kalyan entered the tight market with a grandiose performance that spoke about his hidden potential. Tholi Prema remains to be one of the most watched love stories in the Telugu households across the world.
He hates women, says the tagline. This fantastic adaptation of the Hollywood flick What Women Want had relaunched Akkineni Nagarjuna as the ultimate king of romance. For this reason and the heart warming tale, Manmadhudu counts under the great love stories made on the Telugu silver screen.
Allu Arjun entered the scene, deigning to become the next Ladies man in the block. The conveniently popular theory of ‘One Side Love’ was catapulted to a larger than life frame, giving hope to ‘that’ section of the crowd.
A colourful love story with a practical meaning to relationships that connects with the real lovers of the world. Period. Bommarillu stays on the list.
Ye Maaya Chesave (2010)
Welcome to the new age of unique love stories. Stories of all kinds that also transcend the age factor. Gautham Menon’s Ye Maaya Chesave had rung loud bells in the hearts of Telugu lovers. Akkineni Naga Chaitanya proved that there is more depth to him than what meets the eye.
Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde (2013)
The movie is all about young millennials. Their dreams, aspirations and most importantly, their predominant viewpoint on love. Gunde Jaari Gallanthayyinde enters the Hall of Fame for precisely capturing the ever changing essence of romance.
Oohalu Gusagusalade (2014)
Bring on the power of superior content in love stories, one more time. Oohalu Gusagusalade is all that and more. A simple love story that had managed to become an all-time favourite of millions of sweethearts. This, without a single top line actor embracing the scene. The new generation is here.