With regional content dominating the OTT market, it’s fascinating to watch how many captivating tales are finding their way to streaming platforms. All Telugu celebrities, including Prabhas, Allu Arjun, Pawan Kalyan, and Junior NTR, as well as Mahesh Babu, Vijay Deverakonda, Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Venkatesh, Nagarjuna, and others, released original storylines across numerous genres in 2021. Despite being diametrically opposed, these films had all of the required components to strike a chord with the general public.
Here’s the list of our top 10 Telugu movies in 2021 that you should definitely watch!
- IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
It’s been a difficult couple of months for moviegoers, particularly the general public, who can’t stop whistling when a high-octane scenario plays out in slow motion on the big screen. Krack, starring Ravi Teja and Shruthi Haasan, would serve as a complete dinner with dessert for them all. Krack demonstrates the benefit of seeing proper mass commercial entertainment on OTT channels that have delivered world cinema at our fingertips.
2) Konda Polam
- IMDb Rating: 5.7/10
Krish Jagarlamudi’s Konda Polam, based on a book by Sannapureddi Venkata Ramireddy, is engaging, though the somewhat predictable, story about a young man’s determination to confront and conquer his deepest fears has been done quite a bit. Set in the magnificent Nallamalla forest, the video follows a few shepherd families and discusses the necessity of forest preservation.
3) Love Story
- IMDb Rating: 7.2/10
Sekhar Kammula’s Love Story manages to stretch the limits of what commercial film has come to imply. You’ve got a mainstream hero, a fantastic performer, and dancer, and a love plot laced with foot-tapping melodies. Nonetheless, he manages to strike a balance between amusing the audience and tackling societal concerns that aren’t generally addressed in the tales we witness. Sekhar Kammula’s homage to love is Love Story.
4) Vakeel Saab
- IMDb Rating: 7.7/10
Featuring in almost every Telugu best movie in the 2021 list, Venu Sriram’s Vakeel Saab is an official remake of the Bollywood classic Pink, a film that broke through boundaries and sparked debate, particularly surrounding consent. While the film has been spiced up with a healthy dosage of masala to suit not just Pawan Kalyan’s star image but also his burgeoning political career, Venu manages to strike a good balance for the most part.
- IMDb Rating: 6.4/10
Sulthan, a competently crafted, highly gratifying masala film, combines the Mahabharata with Seven Samurai. The myth-making begins with the opening scene, in which we see Sulthan’s birth (Karthi, compelling). There is talk of an Abhimanyu-like infant assimilating its mother’s desire to convert her husband Sethupathi (Napoleon, lending gravity to a lengthy cameo of a character), a dreaded criminal, and his legions, to the right road.
6) A1 Express
- IMDb Rating: 6.6/10
A1 Express, directed by Dennis Jeevan Kanukolanu, is a replica of the Tamil sports drama Nanpe Thunai. Underdogs must play a game to show their value and rescue the day, as is common in sports dramas. However, A1 Express also weaves in a tale of friendship and love, as well as social commentary on how difficult it is to pursue sports as a career in this country.
- IMDb Rating: 8.3/10
In our nation, police violence is seldom taken seriously, particularly because Tollywood often promotes the notion of encounters and non-judicial deaths. Naandhi takes a different approach, demonstrating what we as a community lose when innocent individuals are punished by the system. The film’s actors and crew deserve a standing ovation for bringing to light a topic that has received little attention in the film business.
8) Most Eligible Bachelor
- IMDb Rating: 6.4/10
Breaking all records, Most Eligible Bachelor is surely one of the best Telugu movies to watch online in 2021. Remember those old movies when whole families would gather to discuss what was best for the main couple because ‘family always knows best’? However, in this film, the person about to get married understands exactly what they want out of life and will not settle for anything less. Most Eligible Bachelor, a film that attempts to strike a balance between these two mindsets, ends out to be a lighthearted romance.
9) SR Kalyanamandapam
- IMDb Rating: 6.1/10
The film SR Kalyana Mandapam narrates the reality of an alcoholic father who refuses to grow up – Dharma (Sai Kumar), the kalyana mandapam he inherits, and his furious son Kalyan (Kiran Abbavaram), who refuses to articulate his problems. The most intriguing aspect of SR Kalyana Mandapam is Kalyan and Dharma, particularly because no one knows what pushed this father and son apart.
- IMDb Rating: 7.3/10
A Prabhu Solomon film will always include a beautiful green setting, a love tale, and unrequited affection. All of these elements can be seen in his most recent film, Aranya, which was also released in Tamil as Kaadan. Prabhu based Aranya on environmental campaigner Jadav Payeng, while Rana’s appearance seems to be influenced by Yul Brynner’s role in The Ten Commandments. Aranya has committed his life to continuing his family’s legacy of conserving the forest and animals.
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