Debut Films of 14 Directors That Show The Rise Of Modern Telugu Cinema

Debut Films of 14 Directors That Show The Rise Of Modern Telugu Cinema

21 Sep 18 @ 5:34 PM | By Satya

Directing the first film is a challenging task for any director. Many people fail because of inexperience, but few directors come up with a top class film in their very first attempt. Some of them have a huge impact on the film industry itself. In recent times, Telugu cinema became even more sensible and comprehensive with the arrival of talented and young directors. These Telugu directors have made a huge impact on audience and industry as a whole. Their debut movies have a special place in modern day Telugu cinema. Let’s take a look at those directors and their films. 

  • C/o Kancharapalem - Venkatesh Maha

    Venkatesh Maha's C/o Kancharapalem is a revelation of an indie cinema in Telugu. The movie produced with conviction by an American-Indian doctor Paruchuri Praveena. Later, the project was taken up by the prestigious Suresh Productions speaks volumes abou the movie. After attaining considerable critical praise before its release, the movie is well received by the early watchers. 

    C/o Kancharapalem - Venkatesh Maha
    C/o Kancharapalem - Venkatesh Maha
    Venkatesh Maha
  • Manu - Phanindra Narsetty

    Phanindra Narsetty who made himself something like a star of a sort with the highly appreciated short film Madhuram comes up with this mystery romance. The movie is appreciated for its real effects and technical brilliance. Particularly the movie is the first widely released crowdfunded film in Telugu. The past work of the director Phanindra worked out for Manu when the makers announced the crowdfunding idea. 

    Phanindra Narsetti
  • Awe - Prasanth Varma

    Awe is a one of its kind movie in Telugu cinema and it can be said that no one touched a similar kind of subject in the recent past. And this movie coming from a director who is directing his first ever feature film is a little surprise. It is written and directed by one more talented debutant Prashanth Varma who is known for his short films like Dialogue In The Dark and The Silent Melody. Awe has received a unanimous thumbsup from the audience and critics and the success of film shows that audience are ready to accept different cinema. Though Awe hasn't introduced or reintroduced any genre in particular is showcased the beauty of team effort.

    Awe
    Awe
    Prasanth Varma
  • Arjun Reddy - Sandeep Reddy

    Arjun Reddy has been a sensational film which was loved for the realistic approach of Sandeep Reddy. Telugu cinema has been great in the recent past but what's missing was a realistic and raw film like Premam in Mollywood or a Kirik Party in Sandalwood. Arjun Reddy has successfully filled that void and most of the credit must go to the director Sandeep Reddy. The way he has handled his actors and delivered a superb project with a very low budget shows his command on the craft. Movies like Arjun Reddy help the aspiring filmmakers to dream big and boost their self confidence that when an attempt is made honestly it will never fail.

    Arjun Reddy
    Arjun Reddy
    Sandeep Reddy Vanga
  • Swamy Ra Ra – Sudheer Varma

    Swamy Ra Ra remains as one of the best crime thrillers made by this generation directors. Though the story line is highly inspired, it’s the stylish and slick narration of Sudheer Varma which clicked for this film. Swamy Ra Ra marked the come back of crime thriller genre in Tollywood after about a decade. This film gave the much needed break through for Nikhil.

    Swamy Ra Ra (2013) – Sudheer Varma
    Swamy Ra Ra (2013) – Sudheer Varma
    Sudheer Varma
  • Oohalu Gusa Gusa Laade - Srinivas Avasarala

    Oohalu Gusa Gusa Laade is once again a triangular love story but which is made with a very unique approach. The back and forth screenplay, pure Telugu conversations with a lot of wittiness are the major highlights of this film. This movie marked the re-entry of clean and funny movies of Jandhyala, S V Krishna Reddy times. Srinivas Avasarala proved that he a good actor, director and above all a terrific writer. Naga Shaurya and Raashi Khanna's love track is one of the best track written off late.

    Oohalu Gusa Gusa Laade (2014) – Srinivas Avasarala
    Oohalu Gusa Gusa Laade (2014) – Srinivas Avasarala
    Srinivas Avasarala
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  • Surya vs Surya – Karthik Ghattamaneni

    Though Karthik Ghattamaneni became a director of this film unexpectedly, he did complete justice to the movie. With an interesting plot of lead hero suffering with Porphyria, the major highlight of the film was the entertaining screenplay. This movie opened a door to interesting concept based movies in Tollywood.

    Surya vs Surya (2015) – Karthik Ghattamaneni
    Surya vs Surya (2015) – Karthik Ghattamaneni
    Karthik Ghattamaneni
  • Yevade Subramanyam – Nag Ashwin

    Yevade Subramanyam is about a rich guy who knows the real meaning and value of life on his journey to Doodh Kaashi (A river in Himalayas). It had all the ingredients of a perfect modern day cinema from stellar performances to subtle comedy. This movie marked the arrival of classy stories with subtle and sophisticated performances in Tollywood. Nani and Vijay Deverakonda were at their natural best in this film.

    Yevade Subramanyam (2015) – Nag Ashwin
    Yevade Subramanyam (2015) – Nag Ashwin
  • Bhale Manchi Roju - Sriram Adittya

    Bhale Manchi Roju was a crime comedy that impressed the critics and audience alike. Debutant Sriram Adittya was lauded for his sensible screenplay and the freshness he brought into this movie. He now stands tall as one of the promising directors in TFI.

    Bhale Manchi Roju (2015) - Sriram Adittya
    Bhale Manchi Roju (2015) - Sriram Adittya
    Sriram Adittya
  • Kshanam - Ravikanth Perepu

    Kshanam will remain as a classic forever for its high technical values, gripping screenplay and stellar performances. Despite being made on a very low budget, Kshanam offers a high-quality cinematic experience which one cannot afford to miss. Kshanam re-introduced the mystery genre to Tollywood.

    Kshanam (2016) – Ravikanth Perepu
    Kshanam (2016) – Ravikanth Perepu
    Ravikanth Perepu
  • Pelli Choopulu - Tharun Bhascker

    Pelli Choopulu is a must watch film of 2016. Just when Telugu audience badly needed a joyful entertainer, Pelli Choopulu was released. With natural performances, good music , and abundant comedy, Pelli Choopulu brought back the golden days of youthful entertainers. Tharun Bhascker made a striking debut with this film.

    Pelli Choopulu (2016) – Tharun Bhascker
    Pelli Choopulu (2016) – Tharun Bhascker
    Tharun Bhascker
  • Ghazi - Sankalp Reddy

    Ghazi is probably the proudest Telugu film on the list. Ghazi is India’s first underwater war drama. What makes every Telugu cinema fan proud is that it was directed by a debutante Sankalp Reddy whose age is barely 25. Ghazi received all the respect, recognition and rewards it well deserved.

    Ghazi (2017) - Sankalp Reddy
    Ghazi (2017) - Sankalp Reddy
  • Gamyam – Krish

    Not many people had expectations on this film when it was released. But Krish has created a new wave in Tollywood with his realistic approach and heart touching characters in this movie. Gamyam marked the arrival of realistic story telling in Telugu cinema. The movie won 4 Filmfare awards and 4 Nandi awards.

    Gamyam (2008) – Krish
    Gamyam (2008) – Krish
    Krish
  • Ala Modalaindi – Nandini Reddy

    Just when people were going crazy over commercial entertainers, Ala Modalaindi came as a little surprise which became a huge hit. With a simple story, Nandini Reddy managed to keep the audience entertained with few twists and rib-tickling one-liners. Ala Modalaindi marked the entry of simple romantic comedy movies in Tollywood.

    Ala Modalaindi (2011) – Nandini Reddy
    Ala Modalaindi (2011) – Nandini Reddy
    Nandini Reddy
  • Andala Rakshasi – Hanu Raghavapudi

    Triangular love stories are not new in tollywood, for that matter in any film industry. What made 'Andala Rakshasi special is Hanu’s poetic way of story telling. The way he wrote and picturised the conversations between lead actors is so poetic and classy. Andala Rakshasi marked the arrival of artistic and classy movies in Tollywood.

    Andala Rakshasi (2012) – Hanu Raghavapudi
    Andala Rakshasi (2012) – Hanu Raghavapudi
    Hanu Raghavapudi
  • Karthikeya – Chandoo Mondeti

    Karthikeya rediscovered the thriller genre and presented the movie flawlessly. With a gripping screenplay and exceptional photography, Karthikeya is one of the finest scientific thrillers ever made. Karthikeya marked the arrival of scientific thrillers in Tollywood. Chandoo Mondeti proved his potential as a brilliant director with this film. Nikhil's makeover and performance helped the film big time.

    Karthikeya (2015) – Chandoo Mondeti
    Karthikeya (2015) – Chandoo Mondeti
    Chandoo Mondeti