A lot has been written about Telugu Cinema and its affinity towards comedy. This is probably the only film industry apart from Hollywood where every aspect of comedy is explored for no other Indian film industries boasted these many comedy actors with distinctive styles. Right from physical comedy to natural humour, slapstick comedy to absurd comedy, and in between heroic comedy... there is no sub genre in comedy that’s left unexplored by Telugu filmmakers.
Indeed, legendary Tollywood comedy actor Relangi was the first Indian comedian to be honoured with Padma Shri by the Government of India. He was often accompanied by either Suryakantham or Ramana Reddy. Relangi and Ramana Reddy comedy became such a cultural phenomenon in Telugu that anytime if one encounters a couple of people - one stubby and another lanky - those guys are termed Relangi-Ramana Reddy. They both were India’s answer to Laurel and Hardy. Relangi’s lazy movements and laid back dialogue delivery is well complemented by Ramana Reddy’s awkward motions and quick repartees.
Just like fast bowlers are said to hunt in pairs, Tollywood comedy actors often formed formidable pairs and delivered iconic comedy set pieces. Who can forget the deadly combo of Kota Srinivasa Rao and Babu Mohan? Or the natural humour of Dharmavarapu and M. S. Narayana? The (W)hole college...! Isn’t it enough? Every time someone say Suryakantham, immediately we remember her rival Chaya Devi. Raja Babu and Rama Prabha ruled the roost as the biggest hit pair in South Indian Cinema.
The advent of Jandhyala brought the Suthi Janta or the hammering team. Suthi Veera Bhadra Rao is iconic for his dialogue comedy with nonchalantly deadpan expressions and Sutti Velu is more versatile. Here we bring you the 14 best comedy pairs from Telugu Cinema. Hope you’ll enjoy the show by remembering their antics.