Telugu cinema industry has completed seventy five years this year. It is one of the leading film industres of India. Telugu cinema is ranked next to Bollywood in terms of the number of films released each year.
The first Telugu silent movie was screened in 1922 by R.S.Prakash.At the preliminary stage, mythological themes were the basis of Telugu movies. But later, social issues were included in Telugu films to give the films a more realistic approach.
Krittiventi Nageswara Rao was the first director who made use of social themes in his movies. Till 1970, the main subjects of Telugu cinemas comprised of mythological stories, folklores and social issues.
But in the present times, Telugu movies have been imitating Bollywood movies. The popularity of Telugu Cinema have crossed the boarders of India.
Telugu cinemas win a number of National awards every year since 1983. Some of the popular and award winning films of the Telugu film industry are Meghasandesam released in 1983, Swathy Muthyam in 1986, Toli Prema released in 1998 and Swarabhishekam released in 2005.
Every year, Tollywood releases over 150 Telugu movies with two releases per week approximately.. The Telugu film makers have a budget of seven to fifteen crores for a single commercial film. Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Chiranjivi, Pawan Kalyan are some of the highly paid mega stars of the Telugu movies.
|Aamir Khan||Jimmy Shergill||Rajendra Kumar|
|Abhishek Bachchan||Jitendra||Rajendra Nath|
|Ajay Devgan||John Abraham||Rajesh Khanna|
|Akshay Kumar||Johnny Walker||Dr Rajkumar|
|Akshaye Khanna||Kader Khan||Rajnikant|
|Amitabh Bachchan||Kumar Gaurav||Randhir Kapoor|
|Anil Kapoor||Kundan Lal Saigal||Ritesh Deshmukh|
|Ashutosh Rana||Mahesh Manjrekar||Saif Ali Khan|
|Bobby Deol||Manoj Bajpai||Salman Khan|
|Chandrachur Singh||Mehmood||Sanjay Dutt|
|Dilip Kumar||Milind Soman||Shah Rukh Khan|
|Dino Morea||Naseeruddin Shah||Nawazuddin Siddiqui|
|Fardeen Khan||Om Puri||Shammi Kapoor|
|Farhan Akhtar||Prithviraj Kapoor||Sunil Shetty|
|Hrithik Roshan||Rahul Khanna||Sunny Deol|
|Jackie Shroff||Raj Babbar||Tusshar Kapoor|
|Jagdeep||Raj Kapoor||Shahid Kapoor|
|Sushant Singh Rajput|
|Aditi Govitrikar||Karishma Kapoor||Raveena Tandon|
|Aishwarya Rai||Katrina Kaif||Rekha Ganesan|
|Amisha Patel||Kim Sharma||Rimi Sen|
|Amrita Arora||Lalita Pawar||Rinkie Khanna|
|Amrita Rao||Lisa Ray||Riya Sen|
|Antara Mali||Madhuri Dixit||Sameera Reddy|
|Ayesha Takia||Mahima Choudhary||Shabana Azmi|
|Babita||Malaika Arora||Shamita Shetty|
|Bipasha Basu||Mallika Sherawat||Sharmila Tagore|
|Celina Jaitley||Manisha Koirala||Shashikala|
|Dimple Kapadia||Meghna Reddy||Smita Patil|
|Diya Mirza||Namrata Shirodkar||Soha Ali Khan|
|Esha Deol||Nandita Das||Sonali Bendre|
|Gracy Singh||Neha Dhupia||Sonali Kulkarni|
|Hema Malini||Pooja Bedi||Suchitra Sen|
|Isha Koppikar||Pooja Bhatt||Sushmita Sen|
|Jaya Bachchan||Preeti Jhangiani||Tabu|
|Juhi Chawla||Preity Zinta||Tara Sharma|
|Kajol||Priyanka Chopra||Zohra Sehgal|
|Kareena Kapoor||Deepika Padukone|
|Film Director and Film Maker|
|Deepa Mehta||Mahesh Bhatt||Yash Chopra|
|Ekta Kapoor||Jaspal Bhatti|