Tollywood is one of the biggest and oldest film industries of India, and it has the history of 83 years. Every year, Telugu film industry churns out the highest number of films and the number is second biggest after Bollywood. The industry explores most of the genres except one and that is films on patriotism. In recent years, younger generation of actors, directors and producers have hardly tried to make films with patriotism as backdrop.
A few patriotic Telugu movies like Vande Mataram, Naa Desham, Deshadrohulu have hit the screens in the past. These oldest films dealt with nationalism and were well received by film goers. Late veteran actor NT Ram Rao and Akkineni Nageshwara Rao used to work in films with patriotism as backdrop. They made sure that their films had at least one patriotic song. NTR's Bobbili Puli and Sardar Paparayudu had patriotic ferver.
Krishna's Alluri Sitarama Raju is one of most memorable patriotic movies and it has won National Award. In recent years, Kamal Haasan's Bharateeyudu, Venkatesh's Subash Chandra Bose and Balakrishna's Parama Veera Chakra and Srikanth's Mahatma had a scent of patriotism in them. Chiranjeevi's Tagore and Stalin and Pawan Kalyan's Komaram Puli also had patriotism interlinked with their story.
But it should be said here that most of the recent movies have failed to impress the audience. The main reason for it is due to the disproportinate mixture of forced heroism and patriotism to add commercial value to a movie. The modernisation and Western culture have also killed the interest about the patriotic values in the current generation.
We bring you the pictures and details of best patriotic movies in Telugu. Continue to see them in the slideshow.
Alluri Seetarama Raju
Alluri Seetarama Raju is a 1974 historical Telugu film based on the life of Indian freedom fighter Alluri Sitaramaraju, who raised voice against the cruelty of British rulers and fought for the tribal people. It is the 100th film of Ghattamaneni Krishna, who played the title role in the film and his performance had rocked the viewers.
Vande Mataram is an elaborate melodrama, which presented the problems of uneven development in terms of an emotional conflict between and innocent feudal rural female and a worldly-wise capitalist urban male. Chittor V Nagaiah, Kanchanamala, Mudigonda Lingamurthy and Kalyani played the lead roles in the movie.
Naa Desham is a 1982 Telugu action film, which was the remake of the 1981 Bollywood Blockbuster Laawaris featuring Amitabh Bachchan and Zeenat Aman in leads. Directed by K Bapaiah, the film starred NT Rama Rao and Jayasudha in the leads. This was the last film of NTR and it was made in 19 days, which was a record by NTR. The story revolved around a young orphan. Left in the care of an alcoholic, how he struggles to find out his parents will form the rest of the film.
Deshadrohulu is a 1964 Telugu Movie with patriotism as backdrop. Directed by Bolla Subba Rao, the movie featured NTR, Devika and Sobhan Babu in the lead roles.
Bobbili Puli is a 1982 Telugu action-drama film about a Military Officer, who turns into a flamboyant character in order to remove anti-social elements present in the society. Directed by Dasari Narayana Rao, the film featured NT Rama Rao and Sridevi in the lead roles. The story and the power of NTR's character in the film motivated him to take the political path.
Sardar Paparayudu was directed by Dasari Narayan Rao, who has also penned story, screenplay and dialogues for the film. Ram Mohan (NTR) is a sincere police officer and Vijaya (Sridevi) is a crazy modern girl and she is daughter of Raogopal Rao. Rammohan plays double game to fool Vijaya. He acts as rowdy and teases her, on other side, being as a police he saves her and tries to impress her. Finally they both fall in love. When they both go to seek Raogopal Rao's permission for their love, by seeing NTR, Raogopal Rao is shocked and reveals a mysterious secret to his friends that her daughter's boyfriend is like Sardar Paparayudu and he may be the son of Paparayudu. Then the story takes interesting turn.
Kamal Haasan's Bharateeyudu is the 1996 Tamil vigilante film Indian, which tells the story of corruption in India, with a former soldier becoming a vigilante to stamp the problem out. It was a Blockbuster and completed 175-day run at the Box Office.
Srikanth’s 100th Movie Mahatma
Directed by Krishna Vamsi, the film Mahatma is about the reformation of a petty goon into Mahatma's follower. Das (Srikanth) is a small time goon who stays in a labor colony which the present government intend to convert into SEZ. Dada (Jaya Prakash Reddy) is the local sitting MLA who thrives on dividing his own party for selfish reasons. Das joins Dada as an assistant and becomes loyal over a period of time. In the process, Das gets interested in the Gandhi statue situated in his colony. He also falls out with Dada due to certain differences. The rest of story is all about Das' tryst with the ideology of Gandhiji.
Venkatesh's Subash Chandra Bose
The story of Subash Chandra Bose takes place during the pre-Independence era, just before the British left India. Subash Chandra Bose is a Patriotic action drama based movie. Ashok (Venkatesh), working in a TV channel with his girl friend Anita (Genelia), covers the meeting of a politician (Prakash Raj). By seeing Prakash Raj there, Ashok gets images from the bygone era. In a flash back, it is revealed that in the year 1946, a man named Subash Chandra Bose alias Chandram (Venkatesh) fights against local British officer (Gulshan Grover). Subash Chandra Bose worships the real freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose. When the state governor (Tom Alter) comes to Chintapalli along with his daughter Diana for a brief vacation, Subash Chandra Bose welcomes him by blowing up the water tank in his palace. Enraged Governor asks his army to kill Bose. With the help of a local native Bandodu (Prakash Raj), the British army wipes out the entire village population including Bose's lover (Shriya). In an act of betrayal by Bandodu, the army kills Bose too. Ashok realises that he is the reincarnation of Subash Chandra Bose and Prakash Raj is Bandodu. In the climax Bose kills Bandodu.
Balakrishna's Parama Veera Chakra
Parama Veera Chakra is a 2011 Patriotic film written and directed by Dasari Narayana Rao. The film featured Nandamuri Balakrishna, Ameesha Patel, Sheela, Neha Dhupia in the leads. Chakradhar (Balakrishna) is a top Telugu hero working on different kinds of roles. In the movie, he play a sincere Army Major Jay Simha, who dies, while fighting against International Terrorist. How Chakradhar becomes Jay Simha in real life to save the Nation from terrorists will form the climax.
Pawan Kalyan’s Komaram Puli
Komaram Puli is a 2010 Telugu action film written and directed by SJ Suryaah. Puli (Pawan Kalyan) is son of a police officer, who is murdered, while his wife is pregnant. He brings him up and makes Puli a cop. He saves the life of the Prime Minister, who authorises him to solve the problems and bring down the crime rate at a faster pace. In the process, Puli stumbles upon his father's murderer. What happens next will form the rest of the film.
Khadgam is a 2002 Telugu Patriotic movie directed by Krishna Vamsi. The film features Srikanth, Ravi Teja, Prakash Raj in the lead roles. The movie is all about how these three guys - police officer, actor and auto driver save an ISI terrorist from fleeing to Pakistan.
Stalin: Man for the Society is a 2006 action drama. The story is about how an ex-army officer brings change in society by making people to help each other. Written and directed by AR Murugadoss, the movie featured Megastar Chiranjeevi as Stalin. This Blockbuster is now being remade in Bollywood with a superstar in the lead.
Tagore is a story of a man, who creates his own vigilante military network called the Anti-Corruption Force (ACF) that eliminates the most corrupt individuals, from all walks of life, in a systematic manner. Directed by VV Vinayak the film starred Chiranjeevi, Jyothika and Shriya Saran in the leads.