Sukumar is one of the most creative and thinking filmmakers in India. But he's often either underrated for his lack of thumping commercial successes (Rangasthalam answered that though) or overestimated a few times. But going through his work objectively, we can find several different patterns, read-between-the-lines moments, and deep philosophical and psychological layering of his protoganists. Here we have analysed all his 7 protagonists till date and colour-coded them too.
1. Allu Arjun as Arya in Arya - Unconditional Love (Red)
Feel My Love - he said. His love was selfless. And self indulgent at the same time. He even begs the heroine to show at least hate towards him so that he will have a place in her thoughts. But love itself is so pure and penetrative that she finally understands the intensity and reaches him with double energy. What would have been an antihero or a psychotic and obsessive love previously, Arya was a breath of fresh air. And he won over us. Love is red as blood for it flows through our arteries.
2. Ram Pothineni as Seenu Gadu in Jagadam - Passion (Indigo)
Violence is a passion was the tag line of the film and there is a highly addictive song too. But it was changed to Jagadam is a passion. Likewise 5 feet 8 inches Kingu Laanti Seenu gadu is addicted to violence and is passionate about fights. He is attracted towards and fascinated by gangsters right from his childhood. Passion (tamas) is indicated by indigo color.
3. Allu Arjun as Arya the Second in Arya - Obsession (Blue)
While Arya’s love in Arya the first was so pure that it overflowed and made those around him feel it. Take note of it. And reciprocate it, Arya the second’s love has crossed the border and entered the chambers of obsession. It’s not the red blood that flows through the arteries but the blue/black blood (or shall we say colloquially bad blood) through the veins. That’s why he’s not as well received by the audience. They even cringed at his manipulations.
4. Naga Chaitanya as Balu Mahendra in 100% Love - Self centred nature (Yellow)
Balu Mahendra is so self centred that he doesn’t give a damn about others. Not even his love of life. He even leaves her when she credits his rival for his merits. It’s not 100% romantic love. It’s 100% self love. Or another side of the coin - self-loathing. Balu wants to be the best man in the room by hook or crook. Yellow is the only Color that dominates the sexy black colour. So, it’s what can represent self-centred nature.
5. Mahesh Babu as Gowtham in 1: Nenokkadine - Longing (Orange)
He longs for his parents. He longs to find his real identity. He’s always in the thoughts of his father and mother. The love was so pure. But it’s dominated by the shaded memories where he forgot how his parents looked. His fears of being killed and the nature of the killers of his parents dominated their love for him and his love for him. Red becomes orange when it comes to longing.
6. N. T. R. as Abhiram in Nannaku Prematho - Ego (Violet)
Roses are red. Violets are blue. No. May be violets (the flowers) are blue but who is violet. It’s so dominant a colour, and it’s wave length is lesser and the frequency is so high. Ego is the Same. Abhiram is ego personified. If he wants something to be fine, he gets it done. No matter what. By any means. He’s just short of obsession when it comes to love. Both for his father (so it’s pure) and his girl. He cares for people as he knows how he cares for himself.
7. Ram Charan as Chitti Babu in Rangasthalam - Righteousness (Green)
Chitti Babu is by far the only Sukumar hero who has no grey shades. He loves his family like any man does. He loves his brother so much so that he can do anything for him. He cares for his girl just enough for her so she can feel his love. He’s a righteous person. He stands for the truth. The way he makes Rangammatha as the village president after his brother’s death shows this. He wants the world around him to be as green and prosperous as he wants his family to be. Green fields. Despite the brownish tint in the film.