Hindi Cinema saw a new wave action hero with Amitabh Bachchan’s entry into films as a lead, Angry Young Man. Taking his inspiration, even Telugu Films produced Angry Young Men characters and let’s see who all actors performed in such roles.
Dr. Rajasekhar (Ankusam, Agraham)Telugu Screen had many heroes but the first hero to make anger his tool and face problems for it very heroically is Dr. Rajasekhar. For Telugu screen, he is the original Angry Young Man. He made hero being serious all the time, a saleable entity with Ankusam being a sensational hit.
Megastar Chiranjeevi (Hitler)Normally, Megastar Chiranjeevi is known for playing a jovial massy guy or a person from a classy family, who likes to make you laugh. But in Hitler, as the brother of six sisters, he maintains seriousness and anger as his tools. He is ultra-aggressive towards anyone who even remotely flirts with his sisters in the film.
Akkineni Nagarjuna (Rakshana, Rakshakudu)Akkineni Nagarjuna is a charming personality on screen. His smile is the major tool of attraction but he played the character of a person who is highly short-tempered and serious in Rakshana and his more famous angry man character is from Rakshakudu. The way he reacts to each and every issue even though it doesn’t concern him and gets angry in no-time is very popular even today, even though movie failed.
Jagapathi Babu (Gayam, Legend)In Gayam, he partially stays serious as matured as Durga. Still, in that role, he shows anger way more than calculative personality in the movie. But in Legend, as an antagonist, he just showed a full-fledged over-the-top version of his anger like never before.
Balakrishna (Chennakesava Reddy)Normally, Balakrishna likes to play a jovial person on screen. But to quite contrary, he played a character that stays very angry in the movie, Chennakesava Reddy. Even his other character in the film too stays serious for most of the run-time.
Venkatesh (Dharma Chakram)As a lawyer, who lost everything, even his smile, due to his own father, Venkatesh played his career-best character in Dharma Chakram and that made the film a big hit for him.
Mohan Babu (Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary)In the film, Rayalaseema Ramanna Chowdary, Mohan Babu is a complete opposite to his popular personality on screen. He doesn’t crack a joke and even doesn’t laugh for the most part of it. As an anti-hero, he delivered his career best.
Sai Kumar (Police Story)Sai Kumar worked as a dubbing artist for almost 10 to 12 years before he made a huge impact as a bad police officer, Agni. His dialogues had the biggest impact on many and even still the movie is highly quoted by many. Police Story became a career-changing hit for Sai Kumar.
Prabhas (Raghavendra)In his second film, itself Prabhas played the role of a person who is angry and short-tempered. How that affects him and how he struggles to control it, is the story. He did prove that he is an actor on par with his uncle, Krishnam Raju, with the film.
Jr. NTR (Jai Lava Kusa)As Jai, Jr. NTR managed to make us fear a stammering person. The way he performed in the film, nobody could really take their eyes off the screen while he is acting as Jai.
Allu Arjun (Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India)As an army officer who is short-tempered and extremely volatile, Allu Arjun delivered one of his career-best performances in Naa Peru Surya. Many critics and film lovers praised him for his portrayal.
Vijay Devarakonda (Arjun Reddy)Vijay Devarakonda delivered his career-defining performance in Arjun Reddy. He took the character of a person who is highly angry into the audience as a likable person with his nuanced portrayal.
Vikram (Shivaputrudu)Vikram delivered a nuanced performance as a caretaker of the cemetery in Shivaputrudu and delivered a highly appreciated and revered performance, which won him National Award.
Dulquer Salman (Hey Pillagada)With Mahanati, Dulquer Salman proved beyond doubt that he is a huge talent and in his Malayalam movie, Kali with Sai Pallavi, he played a short-tempered person. That movie came as Hey Pillagada in Telugu.
These actors just showed that being angry is also acceptable on screen. Like Romance, Sadness, Jealousy, Humor, Anger is also an emotion and they just won our hearts by portraying one of the difficult emotion on screen.