There are lots and lots of speculations over who earns the top chair in Telugu Cinema. Is it Pawan Kalyan or Mahesh? Who is next to them? What is Prabhas’s position and claim in this after Baahubali? Can Allu Arjun challenge the big wigs?
There is only way all these questions can be answered. The next movies of these actors should serve as a testimony to their stardom and stamina. As all the actors are coming with a string combination and interesting storylines, fans are also expecting them to deliver the goods big time.
For Mahesh, Bharat Ane Nenu, needs to be a big hit as he delivered disasters at the box office. Just like before Srimanthudu, directed by Koratala Siva, again Mahesh has delivered two huge disaster before Siva Koratala’s film. Trade needs a big actor like Mahesh to deliver a blockbuser urgently to recover from the earlier losses. Also, Mahesh might have huge fan following and craze, but even his die hard fans are highly disappointed with his Brahmostavam and Spyder.
For Pawan Kalyan, the road is clear. He wants to become a politician and PSPK25 is the best possible film to do as just Pawan Kalyan, a famous film hero than Pawan Kalyan, a full time politician and a part-time actor. Also, he needs a big hit to give him momentum before he announces candidature for 2019 polls and this film, directed by his friend, Trivikram Srinivas could be that big blockbuster that bring momentum back into his swing after flops like Sardar Gabbar Singh and Katamarayudu.
For Allu Arjun, Sarrainodu is the biggest boost as he is able to prove as a mass hero as well. Hence, Duvvada Jagannadam took a big opening and everyone though Bunny is in the big league now. But can he stay there? Naa Peru Surya, becomes more crucial for him as it is his next release in his favourite Summer season.
When we talk about Prabhas, he needs to prove that Baahubali is not just a fluke but he is a good action hero to Indian Cinema and Telugu Cinema lovers as well. Till, Baahubali Prabhas has been looked upon as a potentially big hero but he never delivered on that promise. But Baahubali gave him and his efforts a great recognition. So, Saaho becomes an important film for him to prove himself.
Coming to Ram Charan and Jr. NTR. Both are in the top league with popularity and charisma but they are still looked upon as family heroes. Somehow, they could not break away from their clan image even though they have delivered individual blockbusters and hits. They have decided to break away from that as they have stopped references to their popular family heroes. Jr. NTR needs to deliver a big blockbuster that is liked by all classes of audiences before he claims the top league permanent position. Ram Charan also needs to prove himself as an actor and hopefully, his Rangasthalam 1985, will do that for him. The battle for top league, in case of these two actors is still work in progress.
Telugu Cinema, always had four to five actors in top form and league, while they were many who make the second fiddle. With Mahesh, Bunny, Prabhas, Jr. NTR and Pawan Kalyan, completing almost 15 to 20 years, in Cinema, their time to stamp the authority for next decade seems to be here. As the era of Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Balakrishna and Venkatesh as regular commercial top heroes as come to an end, Telugu Cinema needs these actors to step up and take responsibility as well, to see that Cinema survives as popular entertainment.