Tamil and Telugu film industries share a timeless bonding. There are too many things in common for both, and the list includes actors, technicians, music and touching stories. Tamil film directors have been casting a magical impact on Telugu movie lovers over decades. This escapade with Tamil cinema goes back in time, transcending generations.
There are certain Tamil film directors who are well recognised and avidly followed by the Telugu masses. This pattern has stepped in times when people would constantly look beyond the region and compare the quality in terms of film making. These directors may or may not know Telugu, but they have and continue to stir hearts and awake emotions this side of the world.
Here are five Tamil Film Directors Who Are Reckoned in Tollywood. Some of them also have disciples.
Late K Balachander
Late Kailasam Balachander or K Balachander as he was popularly known, is well recognised by the entire of South Cinema for making hard hitting, unconventional movies. His distinct film making showcases real to life protagonists in their rawest form. Balachander’s films revolve primarily around social subjects and human relationships. Some of his popular films made in Telugu were Anthuleni Katha, Maro Charithra, Aakali Rajyam and Rudraveena. Each of these films interestingly carry four different themes and protagonists.
Bhagyaraj is one of those novelist turned directors with a definitive literary touch to each of his renditions. He is one of the veteran directors who would conveniently mould a sensible cinema with a commercial angle. While he is also well received in Hindi with several of his films, Telugu was not left out. Films like Radha Kalyanam were direct remakes from Tamil.
The whole world knows about the prowess of ace director Mani Ratnam. Known worldwide for classy movies put on a larger than life canvas, Mani Ratnam style of direction is a cut apart in the prevailing times. His movies made in Tamil are either dubbed or remade into Telugu and are vividly enjoyed as family entertainers. Some of his notable films that Telugu section loves include epics like Mouna Ragam and Geethanjali as well as commercial cults like Dhalapathi, Roja, Bombay, Sakhi and Yuva. Film goers of all age groups practically adore and watch Mani Ratnam movies in Telugu. Romance is definitely his thing!
A director reputed for his out of the box thinking and innovative concepts, director Shankar practically arrived in the scene with his moving film on educational issues in the country, Gentleman. Shankar aka Shankar Shanmugam stayed back in the hearts of Telugu fans with roaring sagas like Bharateeyudu, Boys, Aparichithudu and Robo. Film goers here await for the Shankar film in anticipation, as much as the native Tamil segment does. Social messages, brute realities and meaningful stories, all packaged in with a bit of latest technology. That’s Shankar for us.
A R Murugadoss
Murugadoss Arunasalam connected instantly with the Telugu crowd with his never before seen commercial epic on screen, Ghajini. The film also marked an official entry for actor Surya into the Tollywood market. After Ghajini, people now closely follow AR Murugadoss works in all languages. Some of his other notable films in Telugu include Stalin (starring Megastar Chiranjeevi), Thuppakki and Raja Rani. Murugadoss is known for his unique treatment given to all his leading male heroes in the films.