It's not just the lead actors who make an impact with the screen presence or performances, even supporting or characters also leave us in awe. It has happened multiple times in Telugu Cinema especially in 2020 thanks to several theatrical and OTT releases. Here we handpick the best of the best among those non-lead actors who created a great impact. And let's see who'll turn out the best among them.
1. Suraj Venjaramoodu in Android Kattappa
All right! This is a bit of cheating. First this is not an original Telugu film. Next, it's not released in 2020. But a majority of the common Telugu audience came across this gem of a film only in 2020 through its Aha release. Right from 70 plus years old ladies who remembered their cantankerous uncles from the past to middle aged men who remember their relatives to the not so old young people remembering their father or uncle or some old men in their immediate relatives - means, Suraj Venjaramoodu succeeded as an actor and a performer. Not just in his native Kerala but also in Teluguland.
2. Viva Harsha in Colour Photo
As much fun as his character started in the film, and as tragically as it ends, the role of Bala Yesu played by Viva Harsha or Harsha Chemudu is impossible to move out of our memory. We cannot format our brains or minds. So, he'll stay with us forever. I think, enough said?
3. Goparaju Ramana in Middle Class Melodies
Ah! Everyone talked about this middle class father from Middle Class Melodies. He even received a great opportunity to play Victory Venkatesh's father in F3. All this chatter and the offer he received are enough to tell about his potential. And he created an impact.
4. Raghavan in Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya
One more old man from Kerala but this time in a direct Telugu movie Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya (of course, it's the remake of a Malayalam film). That everyone talked about him and searched about him in the immediate aftermath of the film's release prices what an actor he is. He just appeared like a Maharshi in the film, and drives the plot to the climax by playing his role to perfection. Mahesh's father is Raghavan.
5. Divya Sripada in Middle Class Melodies
Among the two actresses - Telugu girls at that - who made themselves a great name in Tollywood in 2020 is Divya Sripada. Though she played only supporting roles, she received more attention with her performance than the real lead actresses. Classically beautiful and a natural talent, we may hear more about her in the coming years. At least in the Web and OTT circles. Not using such a talent is an insult to Tollywood.
6. Sunil in Colour Photo
Ramaraju whose character was introduced in Colour Photo in a creative manner. Sunil had shown his other side and not just used his expressions and acting talent but also his physique to give life to the role. He's underutilized by Tollywood in more than 2 decades. Get over stereotypes guys. Sunil is capable of more. Use him.
With such a great response he had received from all age-groups of the audience, Suraj Venjaramoodu deserves the top spot. But as each of these 6 actors have given their all to their roles, we decided to pick at least two. In the subplot which features her prominently, Divya Sripada had shown that she can play any sort of role with ease. So both of them are the Best Non-lead actors in Telugu Cinema in the year 2020.