HEROS NEVER AGE. It is a known fast that in Tollywood, actors age but Heros don't. Heros remain heros from decades together. Whereas, actresses move on to playing roles like sister, mother and even grandmother.
With all due respect, let's leave the senior actors like NTR, ANR, Shoban Babu, Mohan Babu aside. Though they were "ever-green" for almost all their career, its better left not discussed.
When we come to the next generation, the actors like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Balakrishna, Kamal Hasan, Rajinikanth and many more, they started their career in the early 80's and almost all of them are lead actors (heros) even today in 2013. This is the same with Bollywood actors too. Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, and the likes have been acting in lead roles from 80s till date.
This factor does not (in bold letters) apply to actresses. The actresses have quite a short life span than that of the lead actors. They have to soon move on to acting in supporting and character roles once they start ageing. They even play mothers role to the same actor with whom they had acted against.
Some times the Heros remain Heros even when their sons start their acting careers as Heros. To explain this better, Sridevi, the actress has acted with actors like NTR, ANR and also with Balakrishna, NTR's actor son, and Nagarjuna, ANR's actor son.
Here are some of the pictures of the Heros when they started their career as young actors and then, when they got established as Heros, stayed as Heros for a "LONG" time.
The Real NTR
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao is the legendary actor of Telugu cinema industry. He was a part of Telugu film industry for more than 44 years. He has acted in 320 films. Which ever movie he did, people watched. If the movie was bad, people went to see why the movie was bad!
Akkineni Nageshwar Rao
Akkineni Nageshwar Rao is ever-green romantic hero, with unique style and character. His legendary movies include Devadas, Missamma, Prem Nagar, Secretary, Sita Ramayyagari Manavaralu and so on.
Natabooshana Sobhan Babu
Natabooshana Sobhan Babu started his career in the year 1965. He has made many superhit films like Soggadu, Jeevana Jyothi, Kaarthika Deepan and so on. He was known for the love-stories made from books. Girls used to swoon at the mention of his name.
Mega Star Chiranjeevi
Chiranjeevi's earlier movies like Manavoori Paandavulu, Khaidi, Swayankrushi, Adavi Donga, Jagadeka Veerudu Athiloka Sundari, Shankar Dada MBBS and many more. He started his career in 1979 and is still the Mega Star of Telugu film industry.
Baalakrishna - Nata Simha
Balakrishna started his career in 1984 and has made superhit movies like Presidentgari Abbayi, Muddula Maavayya, Bale Donga, Naari Naari Naduma Murari, Aditya 369, Nippu Ravva, Samara Simha Reddy and many more. He has a huge fan following even till date.
Victory Venkatesh Victorious
Venkatesh started his career with Kaliyuga Paandavulu in the year 1986. He has from then acted in many super hit movies like Swarna Kamalam, Bobbili Raja, Kshana Kshanam. His latest movie is Shadow, which released last Friday.
Kamal Haasan - True Actor
Kamal Haasan started his career in the year 1975. He has acted in many Telugu movies including Aakali Rajyam, Kshatriya Puthrudu, Vichitra Sahodarulu and the very recent Vishwaroom.
Ranjinikanth - Truely Evergreen
Rajinikanth started his career in the year 1975 and made some extraordinarily hit films both in Telugu and Tamil. His movies Anthuleni Katha, Dalapathi, Shivaji, Robot and many more movies were as much successful as they were in Tamil. He is still the most wanted hero in both industries.