New talents emerged. Established Actresses proved their might once again. Few lost their glory but Tollywood Actresses in 2020 gained more than what they lost in terms of opportunities and popularity. Rashmika Mandanna scored two blockbusters within the short time before the pandemic and related lock down. Pooja Hegde emerged as a hot talent (excuse the cheeky pun) and Keerthy Suresh became a pan India favourite actress (Rashmika is National Crush as per Google.
But the year also belongs to the Roopa Koduvayurs, Varsha Bollammas, and Trishna Mukherjees (though she's not in the finalists). Here are the 6 finalists for the Best Telugu Actress in the Year 2020. Let's jump in and see who will win the Pycker Award selected in an objective manner.
1. Keerthy Suresh in Penguin
Mahanati. National Award Winner. Multiple female centric films. Commercial hits despite negative reviews. And an offer in superstar Mahesh film. If anyone who has 2020 as a golden year, it's Keerthy Suresh. She needs to be careful with her choices. Needs to be careful of keeping her good looks intact. But as an actress... she reached pinnacle among the modern day young actresses. That Penguin was a watchable film for viewers and gained cult status among North Indian audience, it's solely because of Keerthy Suresh's potential as an actress.
2. Payal Rajput in Anaganaga O Atithi
She's typecast. She's not considered an actress. She's not given different roles. But all these things and near bankruptcy during the early days of the pandemic couldn't stop Payal Rajput to come up with a brilliant performance in Anaganaga O Atithi, a surprise hit in the late 2020. While efficient direction and shocking subject matter might have helped her, but without her neat performance, the film would have ended up as a laughing stock.
3. Roopa Koduvayur in Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya
The doctor who became an actor and a good dancer is more often than not compared to another doctor-actress Sai Pallavi. But Roopa Koduvayur is an original and she proved this emphatically in Uma Maheshwara Ugra Roopasya. Her eyes speak a lot apart from the expressive face. Telugu audience have blessed their homegrown multi-talented actress.
4. Aishwarya Rajesh in World Famous Lover
Whatever the result of the film, that Aishwarya Rajesh's performance was singled out as the best part of the film World Famous Lover is enough to say... she deserves to be part of this list.
5. Chandini Chowdary in Colour Photo
Another talented homegrown actress in Tollywood, Chandini Chowdary grabbed the opportunity with both hands and made the most out of Colour Photo. Brilliant for the most part, Chandini is not a budding actress anymore.
6. Shraddha Srinath in Krishna And His Leela
One of the highly talented actresses to show up in Tollywood recently, Shraddha Srinath left her own mark and remains the brightest spark of Krishna and His Leela.
Best Telugu Actress Of The Year 2020
After going through all factors that make a Best actress, we have found very little that separates the Best (as we declare) and the rest. But considering her star power, against odds winning streak, and impact she created among Nation-wide movie-goers, Keerthy Suresh is the Best Telugu Actress of the Year 2020.