2019 – Top 5 Tollywood Male Performances So Far

The year 2019 is drawing to a close after many events, achievements and milestones for many film stars.  There were great performances by actors and actresses who chose unique scripts and delivered it big in the industry.

We classify the top 5 performances by leading Tollywood actors in this year so far, considering the genre, role and delivery of the character by the actor.

  1. Nani as Arjun in Jersey (drama)

This Gowtam Tinnanuri film was noted for the way it treated the life of a failed cricketer who still nurtures the dream of playing for India.  Nani gave his career’s best performance in this role of a failed man, which is a big risk for a hero in Tollywood.  The actor showed many shades of a man in his mid 30s, living on the earnings of his wife and dreaming to make it big as a cricketer.

This was undoubtedly Nani’s magnum opus.

  1. Vishwak Sen as Das in Falaknuma Das (action thriller)

This movie was a Vishwak Sen show all the way.  Vishwak Sen is the actor who made daring choices in 2019 by taking up a Malayalam classic, Angamaly Diaries and adapting it to suit the Telugu culture.  Vishwak Sen delivered a flawless performance as the Old City boy Das, who raises himself into a don of sorts through his hard work.  Vishwak Sen not only acted in Falaknuma Das but also wrote and directed it.  The success of Falaknuma Das made Vishwak Sen be considered a promising Tollywood actor.

  1. Naveen Polishetty as Detective Athreya in Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya (comedy thriller)

Naveen Polishetty, like Vishwak Sen, is an actor, script writer and also wishes to direct a film one day.  In Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya, the man delivered a perfectly nuanced performance covering a range of emotions.

Agent Sai Srinivasa Athreya is a special movie as it also brought the genre of detective comedy back to Tollywood.  Naveen was spot on as the private and desi detective who solves a big case of human trafficking.  The movie also conveys a moving message about how precious human life is.

  1. Vijay Deverakonda as Bobby in Dear Comrade (romantic drama)

Vijay Deverakonda, who redefined the Telugu hero with his Arjun Reddy, turned the heroic image upside down in Dear Comrade.  The movie was a tale about abuse against women, which is a contemporary and burning issue today.  Vijay shed his vanity as a star hero and breathed life into a role that demanded perfect sympathy towards his lady love, played by Rashmika Mandanna.  Vijay Deverakonda was equally praised for his act and his film for a great screenplay, with Dear Comrade figuring on the long list of official entries to the Oscars 2020 from India.

Dear Comrade is a classic film which will be remembered for its perfect story telling.

  1. Priyadarshi Pulikonda as Mallesham in Mallesham (biopic)

Priyadarshi was seen as the quintessential comedian in Tollywood till Mallesham came to the audience.  This movie was a labor of love by director Raj Rachakonda, who wanted to tell the inspiring tale of Padma Shri winner Chintakindi Mallesham, the legendary weaver who invented a machine for efficient spinning of the yarn.

So perfect was Priyadarshi in this role, the performance was rated by many leading critics in India as one of the best by a leading actor in 2019.  The dialect, the body language and the nuances of method acting by Priyadarshi were outstanding in this movie.

So, these are the unmistakable performances of the year 2019 so far, based on the genre and the way actors excelled in their roles.  Over the course of December 2019, we expect to see more such wonderful performances by various lead actors in films like Prati Roju Pandaage, Ruler and Iddari Lokam Okate.  We also hope 2020 will be another memorable year for Tollywood, with many more unique scripts and great performances.

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