15 Tollywood Heroes Who Were At Ease Both At Acting And Singing

15 Tollywood Heroes Who Were At Ease Both At Acting And Singing

13 Dec 18 @ 10:23 AM | By Vamsee Ajjampudi

To see our Tollywood heroes as singers is something we rarely get to experience though they have shown from time to time that they are multi-faceted. Indeed, from the era of NTR, ANR to the present generation of Manchu Manoj Kumar, almost every actor has given wings to their voice by singing. Most of the heroes took this opportunity to showcase their singing talent and these songs helped the film's publicity too. It must, however, be noted that actors becoming over-night singers picked up pace after Tamil hero Dhanush’s successful song ‘Kolaveri Di’. Here is the list of Tollywood heroes who turned singers for themselves and a few times for other's movies.

  • Balakrishna - Mama Ek Peg La

    Balakrishna lent his voice for the song 'Mama Ek Peg La' from his 'Paisa Vasool' movie. The making video of the song was released by the makers which got a terrific response from Balakrishna's fans. This energetic number is composed by Anup Rubens.

  • Venkatesh - Jingidi Jingidi

    Venkatesh showed his singing talent with this fun number from his sports drama Guru. The song was a sensation at the time of its release and Venkatesh's singing skills were appreciated all over. Though it was a first time for him he sang it like a professional singer. The making video of the song garnered over a million views within no time.

  • Akkineni Nagarjuna - Vinudu Vinudu Cigarette and Kotha Kotha Basha

    King Nagarjuna sang a grunge song about smoking. The song “Vinudu Vinudu Cigarette” talks about how beneficial smoking is to the national economy and also preaches about how people should perceive smoking. The song ends rather abruptly and it would have been good if the ageless actor sang for a little more time. M. M. Keeravani composed the tunes for this song. He recently crooned another song for ‘Nirmala Convent’ starring Roshan and Shriya Sharma. The song is called “Kotha Kotha Basha” which talks about the language of love. This song is composed by music director Roshan Saluri.

  • NTR Jr. - Follow Follow and Rakasi Rakasi

    Singing talent in Jr NTR seems to be in abundance because he has the highest number of songs in his singing career among the Tollywood heroes. He sang a total of five songs namely “Rakasi Rakasi” in ‘Rabhasa’, “Chary” in ‘Adhurs’, “123 Nenoka” in ‘Kanthri’, “Olammy” in ‘Yamadonga’ and recently “Follow follow” in blockbuster movie ‘Nannaku Prematho’. Along with NTR Jr., Rakul Preet Singh starred in this song and the music was composed by Devi Sri Prasad. Not just in Telugu he also crooned a song in Kannada for his friend Puneeth Rajkumar’s movie Chakravyuha.

  • Sampoornesh Babu - Kobbari Akulu Kalagalipe

    Sampoornesh Babu is known for his comic performance in ‘Hrudaya Kaleyam’ which also won him a CineMAA Award for Best Actor in Comic Role. He is one of the most loved comedians in Tollywood who won the hearts of the people in a very short period of time. This burning star turned into a playback singer for his upcoming movie Koabbari Matta. Sampoornesh has crooned the song 'Kobbari Akulu Kalagalipe' which talks about the Coconut leaf and it’s helping nature. Comic lyrics are composed in a serious tone.

    Sampoornesh Babu
  • Pawan Kalyan - Paparayudu, Kaatama Rayuda

    Powerstar has a few songs to his credit. While a few bit songs sung by Pawan Kalyan were always a hit in his earlier movies, the song 'paparaydu’ from the movie ‘Panjaa’ turned out to a notable one. He provided a few lines of this song. After that, he sang for the second time in the blockbuster ‘Attarintiki Daredi’. The second song, ‘Kaatama Rayuda’ was parodied by this versatile actor. Chittoor V. Nagaiah composed this Etla Ramadasa lyric for the movie Sumangali. Pawan Kalyan sang this parody with a lot of energy. The making video was released at a later of point of time.

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  • Simbu - Bujji Pilla and Diamond Girl

    Simbu, who is friends with Manchu Manoj, sang ‘Bujji Pilla’ in the movie Potugadu. Manoj contributed the lyrics for this song. The song is a club mix which was featured in this Manoj starrer. The making video of this song was released at a later point of the time. He also sang 'Diamond Girl' song in NTR's Baadshah.

  • Ravi Teja - Notanki Notanki

    Mass Maharaja’s vocals were a huge hit in Power, an action entertainer. Power is about a youngster impersonating a top Calcutta cop. The song ‘Notanki Notanki’ starts at the end credits. Ravi Teja poured the soul into the song. The lyrics of this song suited Ravi Teja’s body language. Also, the song suited the movie’s story a lot. Apparently, Bobby, the director, and S.S. Thaman, music director, suggested Ravi Teja sing this song to which he gladly agreed. Also, the he gave a live performance of this song at the fundraiser for Hudhud hurricane victims.

  • Nikhil - Yo Yo Memu Antha

    Young hero Nikhil has sung ‘Yo Yo Memu Antha’ in the movie Swamy Ra Ra. The song appears to be a grunge and rap mix. It talks about the youth life and how they handle stress. Actress ‘Colours’ Swathi also lent her voice. Sunny MR composed the songs for this unique album. 

  • Kamal Haasan - ‘Anu Vinasa Varshamidhi’, ‘Undalaenandhi Naa Kannu’

    The Tamil superstar has sang two Telugu songs in the action entertainer ‘Viswaroopam’ which were penned by Ramajogayya Sastry, the veteran lyricist. The songs were ‘Anu Vinasa Varshamidhi’ and ‘Undalaenandhi Naa Kannu’. ‘Anu Vinasa Varshamidhi’ starts with soothing music which slowly picks up its tempo. Kamal Haasan & Nikhil D’Souza have lent their vocals for the song. The other song is a Kathak dance song which focuses on the cultural values. Kamal Haasan’s dance in this song has been composed by Pandit Birju Maharaj. Shankar Mahadevan also lent his voice.

  • Mahesh Babu - Bhaag Saale

    The Prince has lent his voice to the theme of Businessman. The track is a racy one which has Mahesh’s dialogues interspersed in the song. It was a good decision by Puri Jaganadh as Mahesh’s dialogues pack a punch and boost the level of enjoyment. It would have been better if the Prince had sung a full-length song. S.S. Thaman composed the music for this song.

  • Chiranjeevi - Thammudu Arey Thammudu and Ye Chai Chatukkunna

    Megastar Chiranjeevi was scoring endless hits back in the 90s’. To please his audience, he went the extra mile and sang a song in the movie Master. The song, ‘Thammudu Arey Thammudu’ is a peppy and youthful song. In the song itself, he admits that it is his first full-fledged attempt at playback singing. Later, he sang in the movie Mrugaraju. The song, ‘Ye Chai Chatukkunna’, is about the greatness of tea and he proved himself as a good singer with this song. In this song, Chiranjeevi tells the listeners almost every detail about tea. Chandrabose penned the lyrics for this song.

  • Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao - Telugu Jathi Manadi

    Legendary actor NTR was known for his acting prowess and was conferred with various awards for his acting. This Rashtrapati award recipient lent his voice to the song ‘Telugu Jathi Manadi Ninduga Velugu Jaathi Manadi’ which was featured in the movie Thallaa Pellamma. The song talks about how different districts and culture aspects unite the Telugu community. Ghantasala also has lent his voice to this song.

  • Manoj - Pyar Mein Padipoya

    Rocking Star Manchu Manoj made his singing debut in Potugadu. The song, ‘Pyar Mein Padipoya’, was shot in a retro-style. The actor, Manoj, was Shah Jahan in this song. One of the lead actresses in this movie was cast as Mumtaz Begum. The song was shot at Qutub Shahi Tombs. The female vocals were contributed by Indhu Raj.

    Manchu Manoj
  • Siddharth - Appudo Ippudo

    Multi-lingual actor Siddharth made his singing debut in Chukkallo Chandrudu. Although the movie bombed, his voice didn’t go unnoticed by the cine-goers. Since then, he has sung for more than 10 songs in various other movies. However, his most successful song is ‘Appudo Ippudo’ in the movie Bommarillu. The song is a romantic one which shows the hero (Siddharth) falling in love for the first time. This Devi Sri Prasad composition is a must watch for every Telugu cinema lover.