During these highly frustrating times, we are forced stay indoors so much that we are trying to keep ourselves sane in different ways. The best possible way is to watch some good Telugu films. Here is a list that carries 21 best films that you can watch with family.
Note: We included pre-2000 released films because we did not want most of the legendary films to be forgotten. What better time than a lockdown, to introduce younger generation to such great films? You may have your own personal favourites and don’t worry if they are not in this list, we may come up with them next time. Keep watching this space.
Now, let’s dive into the list;
Legendary Director, Bapu is a master in making mythological movies. You will be surprised by the level of detail and effects he achieved in this film back in 1970’s when computer-generated imagery is least available. The screenplay, majorly shot division script of the film is still studied in famous British film schools. The film is a marvel not for that time but today, too.
This might be an easy choice to make the list. The film offers heavy melodrama but gives us a valuable amount of entertainment over the complete runtime. Movie is a huge hit back in the day when it released. Even today, the songs from the film are highly popular. Believe us, you will never want to miss this movie.
Even though it was made 1955, the movie comes across so real and fresh even today that you will respect filmmakers like Chakrapani, Nagi Reddy and LV Prasad for extracting such believable comic performances when people were unsure about film making completely. Savitri, NTR, ANR, SVR, Relangi kind of legends shine so much in the film that if you start from any scene in the film, you will decide to watch it completely without fail.
Do we have to say much about this film? It is an all-time classic there never ages. It is a film that demands you to be glued to the screen with magic and charm of its own. It entertains you so much that you laugh out loud and marvel at the technical achievement at the same time.
This movie doesn’t fall into the bracket of regular mass masala movie even though it started that genre in Telugu Cinema. Most directors follow the screenplay of this movie still to deliver a gripping film in TFI. The jokes and entertainment value in the film, songs have a quality that make you watch it on repeat.
ANR and Savitri’s all-time classic love story. Movie might look old school at the outset for few but it once you start watching it, you get involved into it so much that you forget that you’re watching an old film. Jamuna shines more than others in few scenes and music is haunting even today, without any doubt.
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Ok, we have time travelled enough to good old days. Let’s come to 80’s and remember this cult classic comedy. Jandhyala has writer and director, delivered his absolute best in this film. You won’t even know when you started behaving like a character in the movie after or during watching the film.
EVV Satyanarayana delivered some comedy classics like Appula Apparao, Alibaba aradajanu dongalu, Aa Okkati Adakku, Jamba lakidi Pamba and big family comedy hits like Varasudu, Abbaigaru, Intlo Illalu Vantitlo Priyuralu. But Hello Brother just stands tall in dialogues, music, glamour and overall entertainment value than all mentioned above.
Well, when you are watching with family you cannot always think about happy and comedy films. You do want some films that deliver a much-needed message in a light-hearted way too. Megastar Chiranjeevi’s heavy-hearted Rudra Veena might bore you in bits but Swayam Krushi keeps it light and entertain you while giving you a strong message.
Some films are worthy to repeat just based on the songs and screenplay value. Shankarabharanam film is dealt in such subtle way that you feel like you’re watching a neighbourhood story than a film. The music is still fresh and even scenes are conceived so brilliantly, that you wouldn’t mind watching it with your family including the youngest ones.
This is a must for Telugu households. For youngsters it gives a good message on how to be truthful their beliefs and earn respect despite being called a loser. No body can end up as a loser as the bonds we forge are only win we can ever leave behind as humans. Movie tells this in the most entertaining way, again with heavy boring melodrama.
Geetanjali seems to be made by Mani Ratnam to just last for ages. Somehow, the scenes in the film don’t age at all. They deliver a healthy dose of entertainment while the very negative setup of two leads dying but trying to find love doesn’t make you sad at all. In fact, it keeps you positive and engaged throughout in their romance. Music by Ilaiyaraja is an added bonus to the beauty of the film.
Talking about movies that can be watched with family and not mentioning this film is a grave disrespect to it. We don’t there is any need for big description about why it is an absolute best. Right from performances to music to creativity, it is the best one in last three decades of Telugu Cinema, hands down.
Jandhyala is here again. He got an idea to make a film when some NRIs approached him about producing one. He took Telugu actor’s who settled in USA with Vijaya shanthi and Sutti Velu only from AP, to make this one. Comedy wise, story wise and freshness wise, it just stays relevant even today.
Not many know about this film as much as others in the list. But it was almost remade by Shekar Kammula as Godavari and proved to be an entertaining premise even after 30 years, 10 years ago. The comedy in the movie is so well-written and characters are so well realised that you will not mind it being an old film at all.
There is a reason for recommending you this film. As we are seeing these days the fanaticism involving religion is growing more and more. In this film, ANR, Bapu and Ramana ask a relevant question and deliver a very plausible answer as well. While some parts of the film feel clichés these days but back in the day, they had a huge fresh impact. Just watch this film for a refreshing experience and how evolved our writers used to think in 1960’s.
Just for pure Telugu film masala fun, Ramudu Bheemudu should be able to make you a fans of its screenplay. You will be amazed to see how the film scenes are repeated in many recent films too.
A film that everyone should definitely watch. This could be the inspiration for to be released, RRR from SS Rajamouli too. Superstar Krishna just lived in the film. For a pure raw action film, it doesn’t contain any objectionable imagery.
ANR, NTR, Savitri, Jamuna, Ramana Reddy and above all Suryakantham deliver a great entertainment for us to relieve and refresh from all the stress we are facing. No need for much more description we feel.
For all the mythological film lovers and those who want your elders in the family to join you watching a film as well, this is the true best choice for you. Before Ramanand Sagar delivered an iconic TV series, this movie delivered a delightfully different and fresh film on age-old Ramayana. Try to catch the best print to see the detailing on the set design and cinematography in each scene.
You might have watched this film numerous times or you might have not watched till date. It you did watch it catch it again and if you haven’t just go ahead and watch it. The music, romance, friendship and human bonds in the film make you fall in love again & again.
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