Almost every story has a hero, heroine, villain, a comedian, and a few respective family members and a host of secondary characters based on the scope of the subject. But most of the times it is with the hero or heroine or both that the audience or readers travel till the end. If they identify themselves with the protagonists, the story will be a success. Unidentifiable characters lead to failure of a story. Even in a negative way, the protagonist of a story should make a mark.
As such, in the movies the selection of lead actors and lead actresses is of foremost importance. If the lead pair can create magic with their chemistry, it’ll surely make other flaws go unnoticed for the most part. Ever since the beginning of the golden age of Telugu cinema in the late 1940s and the early 1950s, we have seen hundreds of lead pairs.
But only a handful of them have become fan favourites. Savitri and N. T. Rama Rao. They have acted together in several films and shared impeccable chemistry. And as the greatest actors of their generation they every time they acted together, audience anticipate fire works on screen. Obviously majority of the films in their combination become classics.
A. N. R.’s romantic image is complemented very well by Vanisri’s haughty characters with self esteem. The evergreen glamorous superstar Krishna’s charisma was matched only by Jayaprada. And Krishna and Vijaya Nirmala too acted together in dozens of movies. But that’s a difference case. While Madhavi shared a great chemistry with Chiranjeevi the actor, it was Radha who matched him toe to toe in commercial potboilers when he was turning the Mega Star. Balakrishna’s ferocious screen presence clicked well with the aggressive young lady roles of Vijayashanthi as heroine. What a pair it was!
Venkatesh and Soundarya is another stories hit pair in Telugu Cinema. Their combination in about set the gold standard for Ron-screen pairs in the 1990s. They have 100% success ratio as a lead pair (excluding Super Police where Soundarya’s mostly an extended cameo). In modern times the beloved Chay-Sam is matched by Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde.
Here is a list of 16 all time greatest hit pairs of Telugu Cinema. Just roll back in years and enjoy!