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It's a well-known fact that Tollywood is the most influential and the house of dynasty heroes. One successful actor from the clan ensures a bunch of heroes from the respective family being introduced into the industry. But not all heroes who get a flying start, settle down in the industry. It truly depends upon the performer's talent and audience acceptance.
Let's see some of our Tollywood's topmost successful stars and their successors.
Royalty Ka Baap: Nandamuri (NTR-Balakrishna)
Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, the captain of Nandamuri vamsam was the first ever Superstar of Tollywood. Starring in over 304 Films, directing 16 films and producing over 25 films, this multi-talented demi god of Andhra was seen as the Messiah of Mass. He also had served as the Chief Minister of the state for 7 years.
Hailing from the same family and entering the filmdom as the great NTR's son, Yuvaratna Balakrishna, was subjected to either sides of the coin. He had a smooth platform set whilst had loads of expectations riding on him. But Balayya delivered the expectations and earned a unique name for himself.
The common factor of Nandmuri actors are their base voice, dialogue delivery and royalty on screen.
Andam, Akkineni Swantham (ANR-Nagarjuna)
While NTR appealed to the mass, Akkineni Nageswara Rao reached out to the wider section of class audience. A career spanning 73 Years with varied ranging characters, The Nata Samrat had donned the grease paint for 246 films in his career. Recipient of multiple awards & accolades, ANR was termed as one of the most respected and non-controversial actors of South India.
Nagarjuna, fondly named as Yuva Samrat by Akkineni fans was successful in creating delight among audience and Akkineni fans through his charm, personality and performance. He showcased the industry that he had proudly inherited the gene of acting from his father. Nagarjuna was seen as a romantic hero who was also responsible for flooring down the youth girls through his charisma during his time.
Yuva Nata Samrat, Naga Chaitanya was introduced to the industry by his father and grandfather as the inheritor of Akkineni legacy. Chaitu is now scaling up by learning his craft well and much like his father and grandfather, has plunged into the route of class movies targeting "A" centre audience.
Akkineni "lads", yes no matter how old they grow, they still seem relatively young and in fact, get better as they age. They score majorly in their appearance and impeccable styling.
Ade Colouru, Ade Glamouru: Ghattamaneni (Krishna-Mahesh Babu)
Superstar Krishna, the man who introduced Cowboy and Bond based genre characters and movies to Telugu cinema was ruling the roost during his time. Having acted in over 350 Films, Krishna was once a heart throb for his legion of his female fan following and had set quite a platform for kids in his family to follow his path.
The real happiness for a father is when he is recognized through the identity of his kid. That is something which our Nata Shekara, Krishna is familiar with. He is now mostly referred to as Superstar Mahesh Babu's father as the latter is known at an international level and is placed comfortably at the top 2 position of Tollywood ranking.
Mahesh enjoys a massive fan following in AP/TG & KA circuits and stands first in overseas craze and pull from the Tollywood circles.
Ghattamaneni heroes - Handsome hunks of their respective generations.
Mega Style, Mega Attitude: Konidela (Chiranjeevi-Ram Charan)
"Annaya" Chiranjeevi expanded the roots of Telugu cinema and raised the standards by his sublime performance and entertaining movies with loads of commercial elements. He was the undisputed No 1 star of his generation and stood behind Superstar Rajinikanth in terms of overall craze and box office prospects at South India level.
The first actor to introduce commercial acting scope and break dance form to Telugu cinema, Chiru was the most sought after actor of the industry.
Never was it easy for Ram Charan as he had to fulfil a million expectations from all circles, and yes, he has delivered a bit and is thriving to do it. Ram Charan has totally inherited the base voice and grace in dance from his Megastar-father and reminds us of Chiranjeevi in certain film sequences. The duo's screen share presence in "Ammudu Kummudu" song showcases the perfect dance equation.
Style, attitude and dance run in the Mega Family.