Best Telugu Movies Based on Novels

We watch most of the movies after watching their trailers or teasers. We tend to research about them after watching and if we know that they have adapted from other language films or novels, we tend to watch or read them. This gives us a kick to compare between what we saw or read in our own language and other languages too. But few don’t really care about the source material and enjoy the film on its merits and that’s great too.

This article for those who want to know the source material, in this case novels, from which very popular movies have been adapted from. Let’s look at the long list ..

Best Telugu Movies Based on Telugu Novels

  • Meena & A…Aa – Meena

1. Meena & A...aa Meena

Yaddanapudi Sulochanarani is one of the few Telugu women writers to become highly popular with her books and then adapt them successfully on to the screen as well. Her novel Meena has been adapted by Vijayanirmala first by same name and later, Trivikram Srinivas adapted it as A…Aa. As both the films are made using same novel theme, we did not count them as two separate films. Meena stars Krishna, Vijayanirmala, Jagayya, Gummadi, S. Varalakshmi in important roles. A…Aa stars Nithiin, Samantha Akkineni, Nadiya, Avasarala Sreenivas, Naresh in similar roles. Pellam Venkanna role was created by Trivikram Srinivas for his film.

02 Jeevanatharangalu

Yaddanapudi Sulochanarani created history with her novel Jeevanatharangalu sales and that prompted producer D. Ramanaidu to buy rights of the book and adapt it for the screen. Movie became a classic in Telugu Cinema. It was one of the biggest hits of Sobhan Babu and Vani Sree. Krishnam Raju and Chandramohan earned huge name for their performances too.

  • Prem Nagar – Prem Nagar

03 Prem Nagar

Koduri Kousalya Devi could not really survive the onslaught of Yaddanapudi Sulochanarani but her novel Prem Nagar became a trump card for Producer D. Ramanaidu when he was struggling. Prem Nagar changed his fate forever and helped him establish his Suresh Productions banner in different languages too. ANR and Vani Sree became a hit pair after this Industry Hit.

  • Secretary – Secretary

04 Secretary

Yaddanapudi Sulochanarani came up with a beautiful love drama and ANR, Vani Sree starred in the film based on her Novel, Secretary. This film is also produced by D. Ramanaidu like most of the above and it became a good comeback hit for ANR after his brief hiatus from films due to heart operation.

  • Kashmora – Tulasi Dalam

05 Kashmora

Yandamoori Veerendranath took over 1980’s as a writer in literary space and even in films. The whole decade belongs to him as he came up with top sellers and then adapted them on screen successfully too. His best seller till date in Fiction category is Tulasi Dalam and it was adapted to screen as Kashmora. Rajendra Prasad, Bhanupriya excelled with their performances in the film. Dr. Rajasekhar, Jayachitra, Sarath Babu, Subhalekha Sudhakar did their best too.

  • Challenge – Dabbu to the power of Dabbu

06 Challenge

Yandamoori Veerendranath formed a great combination with Megastar Chiranjeevi and Kondadarami Reddy. Chiranjeevi after Khaidi needed different subjects to entertain his ever growing base and Kondandarami Reddy knew how to adapt potential blockbuster subjects written in novels by Veerendhranath to screen. Challenge is still revered as their best film and Ilaiyaraja gave memorable music to the film.

  • Abhilasha – Abhilasha

07 Abhilasha

Yandamoori Veerendranath always gave his characters a social responsibility and Abhilasha talks about abolishing Death by Hanging punishment, completely. Chiranjeevi and Radhika gave memorable performances in the film along with Rao Gopala Rao. Kondandarami Reddy again crafted a fun film out of a serious novel. The climax of this film is an inspiration for Jr. NTR’s Temper climax.

  • Rudhranethra – Rudranethra

08 Rudhranethra

Yandamoori Veerendranath decided to change his hero character from a simple regular guy to a detective. The novel became a rage upon release and Megastar Chiranjeevi became Rudranethra on screen. A small change in the combination though K. Raghavendra Rao directed the movie instead of usual Kondandarami Reddy.

  • Aha Naa Pellanta – Satyam Gari Illu

09 Aha Naa Pellanta

Adi Vishnu is known for his simple middle class themed comedy novels and his Satyam Gari Illu attracted Hasyabrahma Jandhyala’s attention. The writer-director bought the rights and adapted it into a comedy classic, Aha Naa Pellanta for D. Ramanaidu. Brahmanandam and Kota Srinivasa Rao became star character actors after this movie release. Rajendra Prasad cemented his market as bankable comedy hero too.

  • Sitaara – Mahallo Kokila

10 Sitaara

Vamsy wanted to become a film director but as an youngster, he did not know how to impress bigwigs in Industry. During the time, novels used to attract big producers and Vamsy with his Mahallo Kokila impressed Edida Nageswararao who produced Shankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam kind of classics. Vamsy joined his production house as an assistant director and later adapted his Mahallo Kokila as Sitaara, on screen which won state awards.

  • Doctor Chakravarthy – Chakrabhramanam

11 Doctor Chakravarthy

Koduri Kousalya Devi broke the routine of Bengali novels being adapted to Telugu screen in 1960’s with Doctor Chakravarthy. Her Chakrabharamanam novel impressed Dukkipati Madhusudhan Rao so much that he immediately adapted it onto the screen with Adurthi Subbarao as director and ANR, Savitri as leads. Movie is regarded as one of the timeless classics of Telugu Cinema.

  • Aakhari Poratam – Aakhari Poratam

12 Aakhari Poratam

Yandamoori Veerendranath and K. Raghavendra Rao became a formidable pair on Telugu screen and their films became blockbusters too. They are 80’s biggest hit pair after Kodandarami Reddy-Yandamoori Veerendranath combination. Akkineni Nagarjuna and Sridevi paired for the first time for this film.

  • Muthyamantha Muddu – Thriller

13 Muthyamantha Muddu

Yandamoori Veerendranath’s less popular but highly talked about book Thriller attracted the eye of director Raviraja Pinisetty who got tired of being asked to remake films from other languages. He adapted a very different romantic subject with Rajendra Prasad and Seetha as his lead pair. Even though movie did not become a big hit, it is one of the best novel adaptations. One shocking surprise for those who did not watch it yet is that Brahmanandam acted as a villain in the film.

  • Srivariki Premalekha – Premalekha

14 Srivariki Premalekha

Potturi Vijayalakshmi’s Premalekha became a top seller beating Yandamoori’s craze and she attracted Jandhyala’s eye with her novel idea. He immediately made it into a memorable rom-com with Naresh and Poornima as lead pair. The comedy bits from this film are still very popular among Telugu youth.

  • Mithunam – Mithunam

15 Mithunam

Sri Ramana came up with a heart touching story when books have become a hard to seller commodity. Mithunam attracted many readers and inspired by the story, writer and actor, Tanikella Bharani crafted a memorable movie as director on screen. Legendary singer SP Balasubramanyam and Lakshmi lived in their roles.

  • Chantabbai – Chantabbai

16 Chantabbai

Malladi Venkata Krishna Murthy is among those rare writers who can mix comedy and investigation drama perfectly. Hence, his Chantabbai attracted Jandhyala to come up with a film like Chantabbai starring Chiranjeevi. Movie is revered as a comedy classic by youth, today.

  • Balipeetam – Balipeetam

17 Balipeetam

Muppala Ranganayakamma became popular as a revolutionary writer with Ramayana Vishavruksham and Balipeetam is one of her most famous novels. Sarada and Sobhan Babu in the direction of Dasari Narayana Rao gave a memorable and socially important film.

  • Chaduvukunna Ammayilu – Kalaatheetha Vyakthulu

18 Chaduvukunna Ammayilu

Dr. Sridevi’s Kalaatheetha Vyakthulu was one of the top sellers when it released and hence it became a movie starring ANR, Savitri, Krishna kumari in lead roles, in the direction of Adurthi Subba Rao. Chaduvukunna Ammayilu is revered as a classic by Telugu movie pandits even to date.

  • Kanyasulkam – Kanyasulkam

19 Kanyasulkam

Gurajada Apparao is known for his ability to write dark comedy with social themes as Dramas and Novels. His drama/novel, Kanyasulkam was always felt a difficult one to adapt on screen due to Gireesham character, but NTR accepted the role and even Savitri as Madhuravani did a role that is way progressive for the time.

  • Chintamani – Chintamani

20 Chintamani

Kallakuri Narayana Rao’s Drama/Novel, Chintamani is regarded as one of the best books in literature and social drama on stage. NTR and Bhanumathi performances from the film have attracted great praise from critics.

Best Telugu Movies based on Non-Telugu Novels

  • Devadasu – Devdas

01 Devadasu

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novels have been great subjects for box office performers and the popularity of Devdas cannot be described in words. ANR became a star hero early in Telugu Cinema because of this film, Devadasu and his portrayal earned him an image that will last forever.

  • Beedala Paatlu – Les Miserables

02 Beedala Paatlu

Victor Hugo’s English novella has become a popular drama on stage and ANR tried to adapt to screen as Beedala Patlu. Movie did not become a big success but his performance in the film was highly revered.

  • Maro Prapancham – Atlas Shrugged

03 Maro Prapancham

Ayan Rand’s English books have developed cult following over the years and in fact they prompted new techniques to treat people with mental conditions that are not too severe. Maro Prapancham tried to adapt her one of the most popular books with ANR in an aged role. Movie is worth your time.

  • Thodi Kodallu – Nishkriti

04 Thodi Kodallu

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s Bengali novel Nishkriti was adapted in Bengali cinema to great success but D. Madhusudhan Rao wanted a different version from those films for Telugu screens. Hence, he ordered his writers to make a film like Thodi Kodallu and it won awards. ANR, Savitri, Kannamba, SVR, Suryakantham, Relangi, Jagayya gave memorable performances in the film.

  • Batasari – Bada Didi

05 Batasari

Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s another top seller Bada Didi became a film that you shouldn’t miss on Telugu screen, Batasari. ANR once said that he acted in the film wholeheartedly as if his life was dependent on it. Bhanumathi’s performance in the movie is also highly revered.

  • Mangalya Balam – Agni Pariksha

06 Mangalya Balam

Asha Purna Devi came up with an intriguing subject in her Agni Pariksha novel. ANR and Savitri gave her characters life on Telugu Screen. You need the watch the movie to know about the subject.

  • Ardhangi – Swayamsidda

07 Ardhangi

Manilal Banerjee’s Swayamsidda, a Bengali novel was adapted on Telugu screen with ANR and Savitri as leads, in the film titled Ardhangi. Movie is revered as a classic by many Telugu Film Pandits.

  • Punarjanma – Patthar ke Honth

08 Punarjanma

Gulshan Nanda adapted many of his famous novels as successful movies in Hindi. But he did not adapt his Patthar ke Honth in Hindi and we don’t know why. Pratyegatma and ANR came up with a film that we can remember for writing and performances.

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