The everlasting appeal of mythology in Telugu cinema

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By Sujatha Narayanan

Jul 08, 2024

The greatest strength of Telugu filmmakers and producers is their ability to effectively draw from the stories of the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

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Let’s not forget that Telugu cinema immortalised Lord Rama and Krishna, on screen, through the late NT Rama Rao (NTR).

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Telugu is a highly lyrical and versatile language, making it particularly effective for classical-era storytelling. It often excels over Hindi or Tamil, even with modern actors.

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Apart from the main stories from the epics, even the ‘side stories’ like Mayabazar (1957), have already been made into super-hit films in Telugu.

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Stories from epics have always been widely cherished in India, partly due to children’s magazines like Amar Chitra Katha and Chandamama.

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With Kalki 2898 AD, Nag Ashwin has created a vibrant, video-game-like world that resonates with today’s teenagers.

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One aspect of Kalki 2898 AD that is deeply admired is how Nag Ashwin avoided bloodshed and gore while still delivering thrilling, applause-worthy action sequences.

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Folklore tales are also gaining traction, as seen with the upcoming film, Kannappa, starring Vishnu Manchu and several superstars.

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