The fantasy movie genre is one of the most fascinating genres in world cinema. Tollywood had its share of story-telling in the fantasy genre. We have been seeing this genre in Telugu Cinema from way back in the 1950s. Things that are almost impossible in the real world can be termed as fantasy. So this genre needs a lot of imagination, a lot of creativity, a lot of passion to tell stories with utmost believability. There are some of the gems in the fantasy genre in Tollywood. Let us explore some of them.
Best Fantasy Films in Tollywood
Oh! Baby is the latest addition to the fantasy genre. This film is the adaptation of the Korean drama Miss Granny. Samantha has played the lead role in the movie while Nandini Reddy has directed the film. Oh! Baby is the story of a grandmother of 70 years of age who has lost her enjoyable youth life to responsibilities. What happens when she gets a second opportunity in life and transforms into a 24-year-old woman? The movie has its share of fun throughout the movie but it also deals with the emotional angle and tells us the importance of parents in everyone’s lives. This film is currently streaming on Netflix.
Yamagola is a fantasy comedy film that got released in the year 1977. Tatineni Rama Rao has directed this fantasy movie while NTR has starred in the lead role. Yamagola is one of the first movies that touched the concept of Yama Dharma Raju. Tollywood has a separate connection with Yama Dharma Raju films as most of the films that are made based on this concept are super hits. NTR plays the role of Satyam in the movie who gets killed by Rudrayya for loving his daughter. Satyam goes to heaven and starts revolution there. He comes back to earth for his revenge. The ending of the film has a logical connection. The movie is streaming on Youtube for free.
Pathala Bhairavi is probably one of the first films in this fantasy genre in Tollywood. It was released way back in the year 1951. Pingali has written the story for this movie and the legendary filmmaker KV Reddy has directed this film. NTR is the lead character in this movie. The Vijaya Vauhini Studios dared to attempt such a new concept in Tollywood. The film is loosely based on Kasi Majilee Kathalu, which is our treasure in stories. Marcus Bartley’s cinematography work was talked a lot about. With no technology in those days, the fantasy sequences in the movie made the audience go thrilled.
Bhairava Dweepam is one of the best fantasy films you can ever come across. The film has a very high imaginary story and the fantasy elements can be seen in the movie from scene to scene. Be it the lilliputians episode, the glasses monster fight, black magic in the movie, bed flying in the air, Bhairava Dweepam have probably ticked all the boxes of a fantasy film. Nandamuri Balakrishna has trusted the director Singeetam Srinivasa Rao completely and the result is an epic. Bhairava Dweepam is a big hit and a sensation in those days. Bhairava Dweepam has won 9 Nandi awards. The film is streaming on Youtube and Prime Video.
Eega is SS Rajamouli’s creation. The director has challenged himself to make a film that has an insect as the lead role. The story of the film is too simple. It is a routine revenge drama. But the beauty in the story is the fantasy thing. The revenge will be taken by an Eega. How can a small living being like a fly wage war against a human? who is responsible for his death and is a danger for his girl-friend as well? SS Rajamouli has changed his path from commercial entertainers to next level cinema making with this movie. Eega has an ensemble cast of Nani, Samantha, Sudeep in the lead roles. MM Keeravani’s music is one of the major highlights of the movie. It is streaming on Prime Video.
SV Krishna Reddy visioned a fantasy film with comedian Ali in the lead role. While making the movie, everyone thought that as a risk but SV Krishna Reddy has trusted himself and made the film with utmost conviction. The result is just phenomenal. Yamaleela is one of the highest profitable ventures in Tollywood history. The movie again deals with Yama Dharma Raju but from a different angle. When a mischievous guy who has no goal in his life comes across a book called Bhavishyavani that belongs to Yama Dharma Raja and Chitragupta then what happens is just a miracle in the guy’s life. Yama Dharma Raja and Chitragupta are on a quest to find out the magical book on Earth. Were they successful in finding them? The film is available on Prime Video and Youtube.
Let us end our list with the epic film ever in Tollywood history. Mayabazar is one of the epic classics and the film will be remembered forever. Again the combination of Pathala Bhairavi reunited for this movie. KV Reddy as the director and the film is produced by B. Nagi Reddy and Aluri Chakrapani under the epic banner Vijaya Vauhini Studios. Mayabazar is a bilingual that was shot both in Telugu and Tamil. There are many interesting things that happened behind the making of the film. If we start of those, it will make another article. With NTR’s reluctance to play the role of Krishna to Savitri deciding to quit movies before the movie, Mayabazar is just epic. No Telugu audience should miss the film and there is no exaggeration to that. Mayabazar is the first Telugu film to be digitally remastered and colorized. The film is available on Youtube and Prime Video.
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