Normally, these kinds of listicles have titles that say “worst to best”. But the man in question is none other than maverick filmmaker, SS Rajamouli. There were no flops in his filmography and no sign of it in the future too. So let’s take a look at the list of Rajamouli films ranked from average to best.
There’s a belief in Telugu cinema industry that every hero faces a flop after doing a hit movie with Rajamouli. This sports-drama is one of the biggest hits in Nithiin’s career. Ironically, Nithiin had to gulp down 12 flops over the span of 7 years after Sye. Sye also gave birth to one of the leading villains of Telugu cinema in the last decade, Pradeep Rawat who played Bikshu Yadav.
10. Student No. 1
Student No. 1 is considered as the hypothetical debut of Jr NTR after his real debut Ninnu Choodalani turned out to be a disaster. Produced and presented by K Raghavendra Rao, this movie was directed by Rajamouli under the former’s monitoring.
9. Maryada Ramanna
Starring comedian Sunil, Maryada Ramanna is a daring attempt by Rajamouli given his successful track record with hits like Magadheera, Chatrapathi, and Yamadonga. With this movie, Rajamouli has proved that he is the main asset of his movies and all the other crafts come second only.
Trivia alert: This movie is SS Rajamouli’s favourite among all his films (before the release of Baahubali series).
Eega once again proved the fact that Rajamouli is the predominant virtue of his films. Eega is a fantasy action film mostly dominated by impressive VFX matched with high emotions. Eega was a trendsetter that put the spotlight on Rajamouli at International film festivals.
Jr NTR too became a victim of the infamous Rajamouli curse that after his blockbuster Simhadri, he had to face 6 flops. He was forced to rope in Rajamouli to make a come back with Yamadonga. This socio-fantasy drama was a blockbuster at the BO, thanks to NTR’s dominating performance along with pitch-ins from Mohan Babu, Priyamani, and music director MM Keeravani.
Vikramarkudu is a film which transformed Ravi Teja’s career graph from a versatile actor to a commercial hero. Majority of Ravi Teja’s films released after Vikramarkudu were commercially driven to entice mass audience.
Simhadri was the first industry-hit for both Jr NTR and SS Rajamouli. Also, it was one of the big hits, if not the biggest in Tarak’s career. No wonder this movie ran 175 days in 52 centers.
Well, if Varsham is the film that projected Prabhas as a promising hero, Chatrapathi is the one that brought him stardom. With a budget of 8 crores, this movie collected over 22 crores and was declared a blockbuster at the box office.
3. Baahubali: The Beginning
In his filmography, spanning mere 10 films, so many things have changed in Rajamouli’s career and Baahubali is the milestone that measures the befores and afters. To give an idea, budget for Rajamouli’s debut Student No. 1 was 1.8 crore and for Baahubali: The Beginning, it was 180 crores, which is 100 times. Likewise, many things in his movies have improved 100 times, including quality, directional excellence among others; and Baahubali: The Beginning is a perfect example.
Magadheera was the second industry hit for SS Rajamouli and first for Ram Charan. This movie was the first magnum-opus Rajamouli took up with a budget of Rs 35 crore. Magadheera won so many accolades and awards including 2 National Awards, 6 Filmfares, and 9 Nandi Awards.
Trivia alert: Magadheera was the first Telugu movie to have its DVDs released in Blu-ray format.
1. Baahubali: The Conclusion
This masterpiece literally took Rajamouli and Tollywood to international level. Made with a whopping budget of Rs 250 crore, Baahubali: The Conclusion collected Rs 1,810 crore and the rest is history! Also, this movie was a launchpad for Prabhas to Bollywood and potentially to cinemas of other countries, given the huge appreciation and accolades it brought.
So, that’s our list of Rajamouli films ranked from okay! to wow! What do you think of the list? Please let us know in the comments if you have any suggestions.
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