Despite being the reigning superstar of Telugu Cinema without any if’s and but’s, Mahesh Babu has seen a string of flops in his career. His success ratio is also low for such a star hero before he finally bounced back with Bharat Ane Nenu, at the cost of complaint about monotony. Until very recently, a majority of his flop films have strong defenders and those films gained positive vote from the audience and sometimes critics over time.
One of such movie is 1: Nenokkadine. Here we’re presenting 6 such movies which deserve to be hits or get appreciation from the watchers. A few adjustments or even a different perspective from the audience would have made those movies successful.
Yuvaraju can be called the exploitation of the charm of Mahesh or self-indulgent filmmaking from the director Y. V. S. Chowdary, but at the core of it is a good romantic melodrama which was still popular in the late 1990s (Bollywood movies).
2. Takkari Donga
Takkari Donga is well known among Mahesh’s earliest experimental streak and also the film which did well with the overseas audience. We can term it as ahead of times or over the budget range for a pure Telugu film in those days. Whatever the reason, Takkari Donga doesn’t deserve to be a flop.
Nijam by Teja who was at the height of his popularity as a filmmaker with Nuvvu Nenu and Jayam, was a commercial success as Teja himself stated: it brought me Rs. 4 Cr. profit. As he himself rightly analysed, Mahesh was not exactly a star before he was selected for the film. In the interim, Okkadu released and things changed. But the film had seen him leave his subtlety for more expressive acting style.
Compared to an ultimate action classic like Okkadu, Arjun may be a disappointment. But it’s still a slick action thriller and has an emotional core that’s easy to connect with. If it’s not Gunasekhar and Mahesh movie after Okkadu, it’d have been a bigger hit. Still it’s not a box office flop per se.
Leave aside the cheapest of the cheap comedy segment where the lead actor chops off the dress of a girl for the generation of comedy (yuck!), the film has a potential to be a classic. And rightly so, people ignored the cringeworthy scenes and embraced the best of what’s served. At least on television. It’s an addictive film.
6. 1: Nenokkadine
An international standard, highest quality action thriller with everything brainy audience cherish. Released well ahead of its time, a wrong release date (summer would have been a better release date instead of Sankranthi), the interval scene itself is enough to prove what a great film was ignored by our audience. Andhadhun is not even 15% of the level of sophistication of this Sukumar directorial. Fate!