Most Intense Male Performances in Tollywood

Victory Venkatesh - Dharma Chakram (1996)

Background: In the 1996 film, ‘Dharma Chakram’ directed by Suresh Krishna, Venkatesh played ‘Rakesh’, a young lawyer and son of a renowned politician.

Scene: After Rakesh’s (played by Venkatesh) father arranges a forced marriage with the daughter of a politician to attain local power, Rakesh agrees to marry no one but his love interest Surekha. Failing to convince his son to not marry Suerkha, Rakesh’s father portrays Surekha as a prostitute which results in her suicide. Furious and determined to expose his father’s faults, Rakesh uses his final trump card in the court as a lawyer and makes sure his father is imprisoned.

Setting and Performance: Mr. Venkatesh is seen moving with ease throughout the scene which constitutes a large courtroom setting. The actor saves his energy for the end, for a close-up and goes absolutely berserk over the accused. Here is the scene that establishes the most enraged side of Victory Venkatesh and one of his most intense performances yet...

Bala Krishna - Samara Simha Reddy (1999)

Background: In the 1999 film ’Samara Simha Reddy’ directed by B.Gopal, Nandamuri Balakrishna played a simple servant but with a mysterious past relating to the violent background of Rayalaseema factions.

Scene: After losing both his parents, love interest and brother - in -law, Samara Simha Reddy takes his revenge to the enemies’ home front. Slashing the goons one by one with his signature weapon, an axe, Samara Simha Reddy finally confronts the main villain Veera Raghava Reddy and his sons

Setting and Performance: Mr.Nandamuri Balakrishna enters the scene with an abrupt shock and his clothes drenched in his enemies’ blood. Adding to the gore appearance, Balakrishna’s iconic dialogue “ Mee Intikochaa…Nattintikochha…“ plays out at the most important moment in the scene, when the villains are caught off guard…

Chiranjeevi - Indrasena Reddy (2002)

Background: In the 2002 film ‘Indra’ directed by B.Gopal, Megastar Chiranjeevi played a Village head who sacrifices his family, property, and self for the betterment of the village.

Scene: In a coup de tat framed by Veera Shankar Reddy, the whole car carrying Indra’s sister and her family is bombed is blown to pieces. From a state of uncontrollable shock and agony, Indra embarks on a killing spree by single-handedly taking down his family’s killers. After slashing his way through several goons and thugs, Indra finally reaches his target Veera Shankar Reddy and spills his guts out.

Setting and performance: Set in the locale of Rayalaseema and an antique character, the scene plays out as an intimate encounter between two factions in the same village. Mr.Chiranjeevi goes absolutely berserk on his opponents in a bloody display of guts and anger. The action in the scene, along with Chiranjeevi’s stone cold expressions, makes the scene one of the most intense performances in Chiranjeevi’s career yet.

Jr.N.T.R - Simhadri (2003)

Background: In the 2003 film, ‘Simhadri’ directed by S.S.Rajamouli, Jr.N.T.R played an orphan with an ardent quality to help the poor and needy. But there is more than that meets the eye to Simhadri’s character

Scene: In an attempt to reunite his adopters’ family, Simhadri visits Kerala to bring back the stubborn household. However, Simhadri gets caught up in a feud with the local don, Bhai Sab. To stand with the undermined workers who couldn’t face Bhai Sab, Simhadri mans up to face the antagonist. After an emotional episode of filling a boy’s thirst, Simhadri confronts Bhai Sab’s goons and Bhai Sab himself!

Setting and Performance: In the setting of an unfinished construction site, Simhadri not only shows up as the leader of the minority but also fights off all the forces of antagonism by himself. Finally, when a local police officer hands the signature Simhadri ax to the hero, the audience get to see Simhadri transforming into Singamalai.

Prabhas - Chatrapati (2005)

Background: Directed by S.S.Rajamouli again, the 2005 film, Chatrapati proved Prabhas’ complete potential as an intense actor and how he would bring out the most destructive side yet.

Scene: In order to win back the monopoly from Baji Rao, a local don who takes advantage of the refugees to work under him for low or no incomes, Shivaji is continuously frustrated. On a fateful day where Prabhas loses his friends and several other community members Prabhas finally takes the wheel as the leader of the poor and drags Baji Rao’s dead body to the minister’s court.

Setting an Performance: The scene is set in a slum and transcends into a minister’s conference room. This transition metaphorically represents Prabha’s growth from a local refugee to earning a place among the local politicians. Also, this is where Shivaji become Chatrapti!

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