Tollywood is noted for its legendary directors like K. Viswanath, Bapu and Adurthi Subba Rao, who introduced a new visual sense to the medium. It also has great storytellers like S.S. Rajamouli, who never fails to inspire a generation of filmmakers with his art.The year 2019 has been that of young and aspiring directors who created some great movies which told stories in their chosen genres, uniquely.
We list the top 10 directors of 2019 who made a mark in Tollywood.
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- Gowtam Tinnanuri (Jersey)
The young director gave Tollywood an authentic and moving sports drama, Jersey. It was a story of a failed cricketer who reinvents his fading cricket dream. Gowtam extracted the career best performance from Nani and Shradhha Srinath, who lived their roles.
- Vishwak Sen (Falaknuma Das)
This young actor, a protege of Tharun Bhascker, turned into a screenplay writer and director with this adaptation of the Malayalam classic Angamaly Diaries. He nailed it, both with gripping storytelling and playing the title role with ease. This movie made Tollywood sit up and notice Vishwak’s talent. Noted star Nani is producing a movie with him in 2020.
- R.S.J. Swaroop (Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya)
One of the best movies of 2019 is this detective drama, which was told by addressing the serious issue of human trafficking. Swaroop showed guts and courage by interweaving the strands of situational comedy and a serious storyline with his directorial skills.
- Vivek Athreya (Brochevarevarura)
This young man chose a genre less tested in Tollywood—comedy caper. This hilarious story of three adventurous youngsters who want quick money was told in a new cinematic style which was entertaining and good. Vivek Athreya narrated this story from a spectator’s point of view, with superb dialogues and a great star cast.
- Puri Jagannadh (iSmart Shankar)
How can 2019 be complete without this director and his record breaking movie which featured Ram Pothineni in a never seen before avatar? This movie is the best commercial hit of 2019, with all the Puri elements in the script. Both Ram and Puri Jagannadh reinvented their careers with this movie.
- Bharat Kamma (Dear Comrade)
Bharat Kamma gave the most responsible film of 2019 which addressed a key issue affecting India—women’s safety. The way he included this issue in a love story showed us the grip of this director on his craft. This movie garnered attention on a national level and is going to be remade in Hindi soon.
- Bhimaneni Srinivasa Rao (Kousalya Krishnamurthy)
This movie, though a remake of the Tamil hit Kanaa, told the story of how a village girl rises to become a great sportswoman, a cricket bowler. Noted for the outstanding performance of Aishwarya Rajesh, this movie is an authentic and inspirational one for those who come from rural areas and who dream big.
- Sujeeth (Saaho)
Young director Sujeeth made India’s most expensive film in 2019 with the iconic Prabhas. Saaho was noted for its scale, screenplay and the way an ideal action thriller should be made.
Sujeeth made India sit up and notice the technical skills of Tollywood by making the most expensive movie of our times.
- Harish Shankar (Gaddalakonda Ganesh)
This director, noted for his mass movies, gave an image makeover to Varun Tej with Gaddalakonda Ganesh. Varun Tej was menacing as Ganesh in this potboiler of action and drama. Though a remake of a cult Tamil movie, Harish gave Gaddalakonda Ganesh a native Telangana flavour which was refreshing and quite impactful.
- Ravi Kiran Kola (Raja Vaaru Rani Gaaru)
The film is one of the best love stories of 2019. Ravi Kiran Kola, the twenty something youngster, told a village love story without any stereotypes which usually bore the audience. This movie depended on first time actors to convey the story, which in itself was a great achievement.Raja Vaaru Rani Gaaru will be the cutest love story told in 2019.
Apart from these, we also have veteran directors like Maruthi and K.S. Ravi Kumar and youngsters like Bobby coming up with their films Prati Roju Pandaage, Ruler and Venky Mama respectively in December 2019. We are certain the cinegoers will thoroughly enjoy these movies as well!.