The 90s was a golden era for Telugu cinema, affectionately known as Tollywood. This glorious period witnessed the rise of exceptional storytelling, memorable characters, and unforgettable music. Even after decades, these movies continue to captivate audiences with their timeless appeal.
Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, “Annamayya” is a biographical film based on the life of Annamacharya, the revered saint and poet. With awe-inspiring performances by Akkineni Nagarjuna and a soul-stirring soundtrack by M. M. Keeravani, this film beautifully captures the essence of devotion and showcases the timeless music of Annamacharya.
Starring Chiranjeevi and Nagma, “Gharana Mogudu” was a massive blockbuster that broke numerous records at the box office. Directed by K. Raghavendra Rao, it tells the story of a small-town man who marries a rich woman and the challenges he faces in her elite world. The film’s powerful performances, foot-tapping music, and Chiranjeevi’s charisma still sway audiences.
Directed by Mani Ratnam, “Dalapathi” is an epic gangster drama featuring Rajinikanth, Mammootty, and Shobana. The film explores the bond between two friends on opposite sides of the law. With its stellar performances, intense dialogues, and Mani Ratnam’s visionary storytelling, “Dalapathi” is a timeless masterpiece.
Directed by Mahesh Bhatt, “Criminal” is a gripping crime thriller starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishnan, and Manisha Koirala. The film follows a woman seeking revenge for her sister’s murder. With its engaging narrative, thrilling twists, and superb performances, “Criminal” remains a classic in the genre.
“Raja,” directed by Muppalaneni Siva, is a heartwarming romantic drama starring Venkatesh and Soundarya. The film revolves around an unemployed youth who falls in love with a visually impaired girl. With its soulful music and touching storyline, “Raja” strikes a chord with viewers even today.
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, “Kshana Kshanam” is a crime-comedy film that features Venkatesh and Sridevi in unforgettable roles. The story follows a middle-class man and a glamorous woman who gets entangled in a thrilling chase after a stolen painting. With stylish visuals, witty dialogues, and electrifying performances, “Kshana Kshanam” is a timeless entertainer.
Though released in the late 80s, “Shiva” had a profound impact on Telugu cinema in the 90s. Directed by Ram Gopal Varma, the film launched a new wave of realistic storytelling and introduced Nagarjuna as an action hero. With its gritty narrative, intense action sequences, and path-breaking music by Ilayaraja, “Shiva” continues to be revered as a cult classic.
Directed by E.V.V. Satyanarayana, “Hello Brother” is a comedy-action film starring Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ramya Krishnan, and Soundarya. The story revolves around two brothers who separated at birth and later reunited to take on the villains. With its catchy songs, rib-tickling humour, and Nagarjuna’s effortless charm, “Hello Brother” remains a favourite among audiences.
Directed by Kodi Ramakrishna, “Ammoru” is a supernatural thriller that revolves around a woman possessed by a divine spirit. Starring Soundarya, Ramya Krishnan, and Suresh, the film blends devotion, suspense, and social commentary elements. With its captivating storytelling and stunning visual effects, “Ammoru” continues to enthral viewers.
Directed by S. V. Krishna Reddy, “Shubhalagnam” is a delightful family entertainer starring Jagapathi Babu and Aamani. The film revolves around a young couple who face comedic and emotional challenges after their arranged marriage. With its humorous dialogues, memorable characters, and heartwarming moments, “Shubhalagnam” remains a cherished film.