Best of 2023: Top 10 Telugu Films
As we wrap up another cinematic chapter, Business of Tollywood is thrilled to present a straightforward look at the most impactful movies that shaped Telugu cinema in 2023. From compelling narratives to unforgettable storytelling, we’re highlighting the ten films that left an indelible mark on audiences. Join us in a countdown from the 10th to the number one position, as we honor the best of the best. Whether it’s a blockbuster hit or an indie gem, we’re keeping it real and celebrating the diverse stories that graced the Telugu big screen. Stay tuned from December 21st to December 30th as we unveil the top 10 movies that made 2023 a memorable year for Telugu cinema.
8. Bhagavanth Kesari
“Bhagavanth Kesari,” the much-anticipated creation of director Anil Ravipudi, has graced the silver screen with a stellar cast featuring Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sree Leela, Kajal Aggarwal, and Arjun Rampal. At its core, the film champions the empowerment of young girls, skillfully weaving together elements of action, emotion, and impactful dialogues.
Balakrishna’s portrayal of Bhagavanth Kesari is truly mesmerizing. He effortlessly oscillates between his iconic larger-than-life persona and the nuanced emotional depth required for his character’s relationship with Vijji. The on-screen chemistry between Balakrishna and Sree Leela, depicting Chicha and Vijji, strikes a resonant chord with the audience.
Sree Leela’s depiction of Vijji deserves applause. Her journey from a vulnerable girl battling anxiety to a confident and strong-willed young woman is portrayed with finesse. She not only embraces her character but excels in action sequences, leaving a lasting impact. Kajal Aggarwal, in the role of Kaachi, brings her charm to the screen, though some interactions with Kesari could have felt more organic. Arjun Rampal, playing the ruthless antagonist, exudes sophistication and style, but his character arc could benefit from more innovative writing.
The film’s musical landscape, crafted by S Thaman, enhances the viewing experience, particularly in the second half. The cinematography and production values contribute to the overall visual appeal, making “Bhagavanth Kesari” an enjoyable watch. Despite Balakrishna’s mass appeal and Sree Leela’s dancing prowess, the songs, though decent, miss a touch of brilliance.
While the first half could have offered a more engaging narrative, the film finds its stride in the latter portion, delivering a satisfying blend of action and emotion. “Bhagavanth Kesari” stands as a testament to the enduring spirit and power of women empowerment. However, it’s essential to approach the movie for what it is – a commercial entertainer that has the potential to secure a spot on the best movies list of 2023.