Struggling Is The Key To Success: 13 Telugu Stars Who Proved This

Struggling Is The Key To Success: 13 Telugu Stars Who Proved This

22 Apr 21 @ 4:44 PM

The film industry has often been ridiculed as an organisation which only believes in dynastic rule. However, there are some film personalities who struggled against all odds and carved a successful career in Tollywood. Armed with nothing but determination, these self-made icons are an inspiration & a lesson to every aspiring actor who has the determination and courage to challenge the dominant dynastic rule of the Tollywood. Listed below are the inspiring icons who struggled against all odds and made it big in Tollywood.

  • Naveen Polishetty

    Naveen Polishetty is certainly going to be the Rockstar Hero of the generation in Telugu. After struggling with hundreds of auditions, and trials, rejections, he simultaneously made himself a name as an Internet star. After playing smaller roles in films like Sekhar Kammula’s Life is Beautiful and memorably in 1:Nenokkadine, he shot to fame with Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya - a rare detective film in Telugu. Naturally gifted actor he is, his approachable looks, easy manners, and unlimited acting potential made him a huge hit with all age groups of the audience. The success of Agent introduced a star in the making. But it is Jathi Ratnalu gave glimpse of the star.

    Naveen Polishetty
    Naveen Polishetty
  • Sree Vishnu

    Sree Vishnu career is also similar to Sharwa’s as he has some backing from Nara Rohit. Both the friends helped and encouraged each other. But it is Sree Vishnu who made an impact with a variety of subjects and consistent hits. Though he is yet to break into big league, for smaller films, there’s no better actor than him. The best part is, he’s never backing down from experimenting. As of now, Brochevarevarura and Appatlo Okadundevadu, Needi Naadi Oke Katha are his master works.

    Sree Vishnu
    Sree Vishnu
  • Sharwanand

    Sharwanand is one of the self-made stars of this generation. Though virtually speaking he’s a friend of Ram Charan and Mega Star Chiranjeevi encouraged him by handing him a ThumsUp ad and a significant cameo in Shankar Dada MBBS, Sharwa made himself a name as an actor with great potential with other language films like Engeyum Eppodhum (Journey in Telugu) and remakes like Yuvasena - 4 Rhe People. Grabbing whatever opportunities he received, Sharwa now stands as a bankable younger generation actors.

    Sharwanand
    Sharwanand
  • Adivi Sesh

    Though Adivi Sesh is one of the hottest young talents in Telugu Cinema who - apart from acting - is capable of writing scripts. His screenplay work for films like Kshanam was appreciated by one and all. Now, the de facto King of thrillers in Telugu, Sesh before finally achieving big break as a lead actor played smaller roles. Sesh made his film debut as a lead actor and director in 2010 with Karma. Later he appeared as a villain in Panjaa. After a few insignificant and supporting roles in a few movies, his portrayal as Bhadra - the son of Bhallala Deva brought him into wider limelight.

    Adivi Sesh
    Adivi Sesh
  • Nani

    The journey of Naveen Babu Ghanta to Natural Star Nani is as fascinating as some of the characters he had played on the silver screen. Bitten by the films bug during his graduation, Nani first worked as an assistant director for the movie Radha Gopalam under the legendary Bapu. After doing a few more films, he grabbed an offer to work as a Radio Jockey (RJ) and made himself a name as Non-Stop Nani. He was then offered one of the lead roles in Ashta Chemma by Indraganti Mohankrishna who saw him in an ad. Slowly but steadily he built his career by playing guy next door roles. The ease with which he expresses himself and the string f successes he tasted made him the Natural Star. 

    Nani
    Nani
  • Vijay Deverakonda

    One of the young heroes in Tollywood with a huge fan following, Vijay Deverakonda isn't born with a golden spoon. His father Govardhan Deverakonda moved his family from Achampet to Hyderabad to pursue an acting career but ended up as a television director. Vijay who has a deep interest in acting from his school days took his father as an inspiration and involved himself with theatre groups like Sutradhar and Ingenium Dramatics. After a small role in Ravi Babu's Nuvvila, he auditioned for Sekhar Kammula's Life is Beautiful and it is with his role as Rishi in Yevade Subrahmanyam he first gained recognition, and with Palli Choopulu and Arjun Reddy, he established himself as a bankable star and gained huge fandom. 

    Vijay Deverakonda
    Vijay Deverakonda
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  • L. V. Prasad

    Dadasaheb Phalke awardee Lakshmi Vara Prasad Rao is the finest example in this list. After his family became bankrupt, Prasad ran away to Bombay (now Mumbai) with only 100 bucks. After securing a errand boy job in a film company, Prasad worked without any income for quite a while. After acting in some minor roles in Imperial Film Company, he met the ace director H. M. Reddy, who left his comfy police job to direct films. After acting in H. M. Reddy's directorials, he secured the assistant director's job in Kamar Al Zaman film. There was no looking back after that project. And he left an empire that his sons are taking care of. As for his name, a clerk shortened it as he found it too time consuming to utter his long name.

    L.V. Prasad
    L.V. Prasad
  • Chiranjeevi

    One of the fewest self-made stars, Konidela Siva Sankara Prasad was the son of a police constable. Without any help from an industry bigwig, Siva Sankara Prasad, who by then adopted the name Chiranjeevi, landed a role in Punadhi Raallu. After acting in negative roles in a few films, the actor became the Mega Star with Khaidi's success. Since then, there was no turning back.

    Chiranjeevi
    Chiranjeevi
  • Srihari

    Srihari was a commoner like anyone of us. He resided in Balanagar, a suburban locality in Hyderabad. After doing some dangerous work as a stuntman, Srihari rejected a sub-inspector job as he wanted to become an actor. His death caused grief to most as he was one of the few bigwigs who wrote their own destiny.

    Srihari
    Srihari
  • R. Narayana Murthy

    R. Narayana Murthy is the son of a farmer who dreamed of blessing his sons with successful careers. His struggle inspired Murthy to take up the weaker sections problems and present it on the silver screen. After being inspired by the rise of NTR and ANR, Murthy opted for acting as his career choice. After acting in some Dasari Narayana Rao films, Narayana debuted as a hero in Sangeeta. Soon, he directed the film Ardharatri Swaatantram which promoted communistic values. After the film's remarkable success, there was no looking back for him.

    R. Narayana Murthy
    R. Narayana Murthy
    R Narayana Murthy
  • Akkineni Nageswara Rao

    Not many know that A. N. R.'s education ended with his primary schooling due to his poor financial condition. However, he didn't let that hinder his ambition to act and went onto to become a theatre actor. After donning numerous roles, the actor landed a role in Dharmapatni where he played a supporting role. Later, the renowned Tollywood personality Ghantasala Balaramayya spotted him and cast him as Lord Rama in Seeta Rama Janamam and soon he became a big success. He is one of the fewest stars who is still remembered after he bid adieu to the world.

    ANR
    ANR
  • Ravi Teja

    The son of pharmacist wanted to become an actor since his childhood. Inspired by Amitabh Bachan's success, Bhoopatiraju Ravishankar Raju left his graduation mid-way and tried his best to eke out a living in Tollywood. After many sleepless nights and starving days, the actor, who adopted the name Ravi Teja, secured chances in some forgettable flicks. However, his talent didn't go unnoticed and he was cast as the lead actor in Nee Kosam and bagged an award for his performance. After the acting in the blockbuster Itlu Sravani Subramaniyam, his career turned around and there was no stopping him.

    Ravi Teja
    Ravi Teja
  • Mohan Babu

    Manchu Bhakthavatsalam Naidu was a physical training instructor at a college until he quit his job to carve a niche in the film industry. After a lot of physical & mental struggle, Manchu secured a job in Tollywood. He, who adopted the stage name Mohan Babu, was cast in supporting roles in films such as Alluri Seetha Rama Raju. However, his meeting with Dasari Narayana Rao turned his career. Dasari cast him as a villain in his one of his directorials and that role earned him the recognition. After succeeding in Tollywood, Mohan Babu earned the title 'Collection King'. Recently, the former P.T. instructor completed 40 years in Telugu Cinema.

    Mohan Babu
    Mohan Babu
    Mohan Babu