As with other years, Tollywood has seen an inflow of new talents in 2018 too. While most of the focus is generally on actors and actresses, there are certain young filmmakers made their presence felt. Bristling with fresh ideas, newer filmmaking methods and new stories to tell they made Telugu Cinema certainly rich. New acting talents, beautiful young actresses, and these directors made 2018 a colourful year for Telugu Film Industry. Let’s recap some of the memorable debuts in Tollywood in the year.
From an inconspicuous debut in a small film that went on to become a big hit, Rashmika’s rise to stardom is the story of the year. This simple but strikingly beautiful girl is not lacking in acting skills either. After stealing the hearts of Kannada youngsters with movies like Kirik Party, she made it bigger in Telugu Cinema and worked her charms with Geetha Govindam where she stood toe to toe with similarly wildly popular Vijay Devarakonda. She has a bright future is an understatement.
Do you remember when a film depended only on story and story without added glitz in Telugu? All right. Look no further than Needi Naadi Oke Katha as the same happened when many of us were still in nappies. Venu Udugula spun a brilliant narration around the age-old conflict of a father and a son and their different perspectives on how to lead life. As an added bonus, we’ll get to watch a movie that discussed ideas and talked about hypocrisy without holding back. Needi Naadi Oke Katha is a contender for the Telugu movie of the year and this speaks volumes about this new filmmaker.
Venky Kudumula proved one thing with his debut film Chalo. If you stick to your own guns, in this case, conviction as a director, you don’t need any stars to make your movie a big hit. This Naga Shaurya starter was one of the earliest big hits in Tollywood after a slow start in January. Venky unsurprisingly bagged another film, and the actress he introduced is the current heartthrob of Tollywood.
Bold and beautiful is how we can describe Payal Rajput. That she pulled off such a character as Indu in RX 100 is enough proof of her acting talent, and with her bold acts, she made many men go weak in the knees including the hero character in her debut film. It appears that she is consciously building her career in the way she wanted.
No other young director in recent memory is talked about like we did with Prasanth Varma. He came up with a story that made Natural Star Nani turn a producer and he pulled an acting coup what with the presence of the likes of Kajal Aggarwal, Regina Cassandra, Nithya Menen, Eesha Rebba, and not to talk about the voice casting of Nani himself and Ravi Teja. An AWEsome movie with praise pouring from film scholars and bigwigs, and a section of the audience. Rest simply ignored it and the movie was a commercial success.
Aditi Rao Hydari
Bollywood actress who is known through a Mani Ratnam movie, Aditi Rao Hydari Made one of the striking debuts in Tollywood this year with Sammohanam and she is enchanting is an understatement. She proved herself to be not just a pretty face by virtually carrying the movie on her shoulders at certain parts. A lot can be expected of her in near future.
R. S. Naidu
Despite an average result for his debut feature film, R. S. Naidu can be termed a talented director who proved with Nannu Dochukunduvate that simple narration can make a big impact if done properly. His skills are praised deservedly as routineness of the story is commented upon.
She can be termed the pocket wonder of the year. Making her debut with the romantic drama Nannu Dochukunduvate, Nabha Natesh is praised as the show stealer in the movie. She was a live wire and her casually simple acting won the hearts of everyone. She is one of the most Happening heroines in Telugu Cinema now.
Talented Bollywood actress Amyra Dastur made her debut with Manasuku Nachindi. Though the film failed to create an impact on the box office, Amyra received positive reviews for her performance.
Venky Atluri like the other Venky made an immediate impact with his debut directorial Tholi Prema. His sophisticated narration of the relationship between two lovers and how their relationship changed over a period of time won the hearts of many. His dialogue writing and the ability to create impactful characters was positively commented upon. He bagged an opportunity to make a film with Akhil who pinned all his hopes on it, Mr. Majnu. Future augurs well for the young filmmaker.