Among the dozens of comedy actors who have graced Telugu Cinema and entertained us with their various mannerisms and antics, three stand out. Relangi, Raja Babu, and Brahmanandam. All of them are known for their own specific talents. Now, let’s confine ourselves to the modern giant Brahmanandam who has ruled the Tollywood comedy-scape for more than 3 and a half decades.
It is the same time period or career span of some of the biggest stars of his generation like Victory Venkatesh and King Nagarjuna. For star heroes it is understandable. But how Brahmanandam enjoyed such a long career is down to his work ethic obviously and his ability to reinvent himself. He forged combinations with all the star heroes of his time like Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Venkatesh, and Nagarjuna. Then also with latter generation stars like Mahesh, Allu Arjun, and N. T. R. And if given a chance, he’ll give a run for their money’s worth with current gen young stars.
Apart from his own ability as a comedy actor of highest class, we, Telugu audience must thank our directors for creating a variety of roles for Brahmi and made him known across generations. He’s part of our life. He’s part of our vernacular (read: language). And even our life style. Aside from Vadivelu who’s his junior by a few years, he’s among the most memefied faces in the Internet age. There’s no expression which we cannot find on Brahmi’s face that represents a particular funny situation.
Here are the 9 Telugu directors who reinvented Brahmanandam and we should be thankful for.