Happy Birthday NBK: 8 career-defining films from Telugu actors

Nandamuri Balakrishna, a mere name displays the image of legends, lions, rulers, dictators and Sultans. While it may seem true to the title of the film he has starred in, Balakrishna is known for evoking pride and self-respect in every film he plays. A man with a story and lots of stories to tell, his dialogues are chilling. Balakrishna is the son of late actor-turned-politician Rama Rao and has been seen in many films as a child artist since his newborn days. Since then, NBK has acted in over 100 films, establishing himself as one of the leading actors in the Telugu Film Industry (TFI).

With many awards and recognitions, including three Nandi awards and the South India International Film Awards, his films are appreciated by Telugu audiences in general. By striking a balance between his political and acting career, this famous actor will next be seen in the film directed by Boyapati Srinu Akhanda. With just the film poster released, this film has aroused anticipation from all directions.

While waiting for Akhanda’s release, let’s celebrate unanimously 61st Legendary actor’s birthday. On this occasion, Yo! brings you a compilation of 8 career-defining NBK films.

#1. Mangammagari Manavadu

Mangammagari Manavadu is a 1984 film remake of the Tamil film Man Vasanai. This film includes the times when a single companion is considered very important. Nandamuri Balakrishna who plays Veeranna falls in love with a country girl despite all the family’s efforts to separate them all. With all the urgency of the situation, Veeranna leaves the village and joins the military service. While all that is happening in the village is not enough, Veeranna returns from the military with another woman.

Where to watch: Youtube

#2. Naari Naari Naduma Murari

As the name suggests, this film is a struggle between two sisters. Naari Naari Naduma Murari is a Telugu language action comedy and 50this the actor’s film. Due to the decade in which the film was made, it revolves around a family bound marriage. For majesty and charm Balakrishna has up to 50this In the film, she played the role of Venkanna who was immediately liked by everyone who saw her. With both sisters falling in love with Venkanna, the plot is an interesting spectacle from a 90s movie.

Where to watch: Youtube

#3. Aditya 369

Aditya 369 is considered to be the first Indian film based on time travel. This 1991 film starring Balakrishna and Mohini is a science fiction film that deals with exploratory dystopia and apocalyptic themes. This film is about a science professor and his time machine. As per the particular genre, the film received two Nandi Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction and was later dubbed into Hindi and Tamil. This is one of the must-see films of NBK’s entire career.

Where to watch: Youtube

#4. Bhairava Dweepam

Bhairava Dweepam happens to be the first time actor Nandamuri Balakrishna appears in warrior armor, and it is also his most explosive and comprehensive role ever. This 1994 mythological fantasy film features actress Roja and depicts the trials and tribulations she endured after her dynasty abandoned her. The film had the legendary music composer Madhavapeddi Suresh create timeless music that is well appreciated even today. The film became a blockbuster and commercial hit which won 9 Nandi Awards.

Where to watch: Youtube

#5. Samarasimha Reddy

Samanarsimha Reddy is a renowned Balakrishna cultist and a trendsetter in his theatrical journey. The film went on to become an Industry Hit of All Time at the box office surpassing all previous records and introducing Balakrishna to his trademark faction leader role. This film is about Mr. Reddy (NBK) who accidentally kills an innocent man to avenge the death of his family. Reddy behaves like a long lost brother to the innocent man’s relatives and friends to atone for his actions.

Where to watch: Youtube

#6. Narasimha Naidu

Narasimha Naidu is a pioneer in the vigilante action drama film Balakrishna. This film is about the hostility of two neighboring villages that are hit by family conflicts. Balakrishna who plays Narsimha plays an important role in reducing the war situation caused by family conflicts. Sad at heart, Narsimha lost his wife on this trip. This film is a must watch to pick out Balakrishna’s acting talent and the way he fell in love with another girl Anjali.

Where to watch: Youtube

#7. Simha

Simha stars Nandamuri Balakrishna in a double role under the sensational direction of Boyapati Srinu. The film depicts Balakrishna as a college professor who cannot tolerate the slightest injustice to anyone. As a ritual for director Srinu’s films, the actress falls in love with Balakrishna in his unprecedented quest to save her from thugs. With all of this set in an urban setting, the film immediately takes on a rural setting with his grandmother revealing her past. With a double-grounded plot, the plot becomes a mandatory spectacle for the series of actions it brings. Simha is one of the most memorable NBK films.

Where to watch: Disney+ Hot Stars

#8. Gautami Son of Satakarni

Gautami Putra Satakarni marks 100this film on Balakrishna’s journey at TFI. Gautami Putra Satakarni’s film is based on the life of a 1st century ruler and his achievements. This film, which is essentially the pride of the Telugu people, has deep roots in the history of queen Kakatiya Rudrama Devi. Without the modern attribution of regionalism and nationalism, the plot dreams of uniting the kingdoms in India and bringing them under one flag. The way the emperor faced his challenges and mustered the courage to rise up every time he lost hope was an astonishing thing to behold.

Where to watch: Disney+ Hot Stars

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