Ithani cinemallo pedha pedha set lu, kotlu karchu pettina VFX shot lu undav. Hero normal battalesukune untadu. Andaru matladukuntunte normal gaane pakkana kurchuntadu. But chirakochindoo….20 mandi rowdy lu chuttu unna…gun teesi okadini point blank lo puchha lepestadu. 

Puri Jagannadh antene antha. Yousufguda Durga wines lo oka 90 vesi, uppu kaaram challina jaamkay mukka tinte entha kick ichuddo…Puri cinema chuste antha kick ichuddi. College ki vellae prathi okkadiki collar nilabadadhu. Pelli ayyina uncles ki pellaala maata vinabudhhi kaadu. Puri cinema lo okade hero. Kani baytakoste…chusina prathi okkadu hero ne. 

Well…Businessman tarvatha Puri mass konchem thaggindi. Malli Temper tho vachadu. Temper tarvatha 4-5 cinema lu malli dull affairs a. Then again, he made a resounding comeback with iSmart Shankar. Experiment cheyyalannaa, Heroes ni elevate cheyyalannaa, Cinema ante ento cheppadaniki oka raw, realistic, excellent cinema teeyaalannaa…adhi Puri ke saadhyam.

Puri teesina 35 cinemallo, we filtered and came up with a Top 10 list. Oka look eskondi.

10. Sivamani

98480_ _ _ _ _. Migilina numbers meeku telise untay. Such is the level of promotion a Puri cinema can do. During those days, putting a tagline for cinema is done almost out of peer pressure and seems like Puri played with it. Nagarjuna as a cop showcased a unique swagger. The hero in the film introduces himself saying…“Naa peru Sivamani…Naku konchem mental”. Cinema hit avvakapoyina, it became a household movie and opened doors for Nagarjuna towards some contemporary mass roles like Mass, Don, Ragada among others. 

9. iSmart Shankar

Naatho kirikiri ante…pochamma gudi mungata pottelni katteshnatte

iSmart Shankar is an equivalent of the sound that comes when a handful stone hits a 1100kV transformer. Ee cinema oka close-knit audience ki maatrame nachutundi. But inside that circle, it’s a scary yet fun mass festival where people dance as if their Dimaaks Kharaab-ed. Ram ki chaala rojula tarvatha vachina blockbuster idhi. iSmart Shankar earned 4 times to the money Puri invested in the movie. “Puri sangathi aypoindira” anna vaallandariki it’s a tight slap.

8. Neninthe

Thuduchukunte pothundi anukunte 100 ki 99 saarlu nenu thuduchukodaniki ready. Kaani nene pothanu anukunte….nuvvu pothav

Krishna Nagar lo oka theatre undunte…ee cinema ippatiki aaduthu undedhi. A reality hit for general audience, a textbook for movie aspirants…Neninthe proved what Puri is as a director and as a writer. This honest attempt/experiment somehow didn’t hit the blockbuster range but ippatiki…Neninthe stays in many hearts. Ravi Teja as an aspiring director mirrored the setbacks youth faces in the streets of Krishna Nagar in their pursuit of success, fame, or a mere chance. Ravi Teja vaalla amma ki medicine tiskosthunte…Supreet and gang aapinapdu scene…movie ke highlight!

7. Businessman

“Gurthupettuko…ni kante thope evadu ledikkada. Neeku edhi anipisthe adhi cheyy. Evadi maata vinodhu manishi maata assalu vinodhu. Ni target 10 miles ayte aim for the 11th mile……Koodthe dhimma tirigipovali.”

Businessman is the epitome what Mahesh Babu is capable of. For that matter, what SS Thaman is capable of. Ee cinema ki Mahesh heart ayte, its music is the soul. System lo jarige anyayam tho frustrate aypoina oka common guy Mumbai ki vachi system ki against ga pedha don ela ayyadu ane storyline unrealistic ga unna…Puri execute chesina taking ki convince avvalsinde. Mahesh Babu as a bad boy took it into another level. And Thaman’s music…woww!! Thaman discography list lo top 10 movies list vesthe, Businessman jukebox definitely comes in Top 5. 

6. Bujjigadu

Tipper lorry elli scooter ni gudhithe ela untado telsa?? Alaa untadi nenu gudhithe!

Bujjigadu is a huge paradigm shift for Prabhas in terms of his acting, appearance, and mass appeal. Ee cinema lo Prabhas beebatsamayna Rajnikant fan, and it shows. With a bit of comedy, a bit of drama, and a bit of Prabhas’ swagger, Bujjigadu is a film that gathered audience’s love as time goes by. Theatre lo kante T.V lo ekkuva aadina ee cinema opened market for Prabhas in mass movie-goers.

5. Badri

Nuvvu Nanda ayte nenu Badri…Badrinathh. Ayte enti?

Pawan Kalyan ni Power Star ga maarchina cinema Badri. The iconic mannerisms of Kalyan like placing his hand on his neck etc were born out of this movie. Even though it’s a debut for Puri as a director, it doesn’t show. Romantic drama, comedy, and sentiment elements ni chala mature ga deal chesadu Puri. And a couple more main assets of this movie are 1: Ramana Gogula’s music and 2: Prakash Raj’s acting. They both performed at their best, which helped in accentuating the movie’s craze.

4. Temper

“Idharu kottukunte yudhham. Adhe okadu meedhadipothe…Dhanda yaatra…idhi Daya gaadi Dhandayaatra”

Jr. NTR ki chaala rojula tarvatha padina saraina cinema. Adhurs lo Chari character tarvatha NTR acting capabilities ni challenge chese cinema ne raledu. And then came Puri with Temper. Puri-NTR combination lo cinema vastundi ani announcement raagane audience and fans were skeptical, keeping Andhrawala in mind. But when the teaser released…motham maaripoindi. Aa 30 second teaser created a storm, thanks to Puri’s short yet sharp delivery of “the above quoted dialogue”. NTR’s electric performance throughout, Posani’s incredible acting…these all made Temper a superhit. Especially beach lo aa intense scene between NTR and Posani. Wow!

3. Amma Naanna O Tamila Ammai

Reii…veedu naa thandri…..nannu kanna thandri veedu. Malli evaridayna cheyyi padindho…ee saari kottadam kaadu..narikesthanu okkokkadni

Puri-Ravi Teja combo lo vachina 4 cinemalu 4 classics. Itlu Sravani Subramaniam normal ga hit ayyina…Amma Naanna O Tamila Ammayi and Idiot were huge blockbusters which pumped up Ravi Teja’s market to the next level.

There’s a scene in Amma Nanna O Tamila Ammai where Prakash Raj enters his boxing academy, drunk, while Ravi Teja is mopping floors in the night. Mundhu scene lo Ravi Teja vaalla step-sister ni kodathadu for misbehaving with another boy. Prakash Raj storms  into the room and asks him, “Nuvvu evadra daanni kottadaniki”. The emotional scene that follows is the whole crux of the film. The eventual realization for Prakash Raj about what he had been missing all these years; in the name of a son, how better his late wife was in raising kids than him, and the whole 25 years of life he had missed with these two.

2. Idiot

City ki chaala mandhi commissioner lu vasthu untaru pothu untaru. But Chanti gadu ikkade untadu……LOCAL

Idiot is a classic cult. College goers ki oka go-to movie la 10+ years rule chesindi ee cinema. Ippudu youth ki Arjun Reddy elano…appati generation ki Idiot alaa. Hero attitude ki kuda benchmark set chesina character “Chanti”. Performances of Ravi Teja, Prakash Raj, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Srinivas Reddy among others are the huge assets of the film. Chakri ichina blockbuster music kuda one of the factors this movie got a huge youth following. 

1. Pokiri

Evadu kodithe dhimma tirigi mind block aypodho…aade Pandu gadu

Em cheptam ee cinema gurinchi? Everything came together at the right time in the right way for Puri and Mahesh. Prathi director, prathi actor ki oka movie untadi…as a reference point…and it goes without saying that Pokiri is that movie for both Puri and Mahesh. Khoob saara craze and khoob saara money techina ee industry hit set a benchmark for many directional and filmmaking aspects for upcoming movie aspirants. Pokiri won four Nandi and two Filmfare Awards and was remade in multiple languages for unknown (kidding) obvious reasons!

So that’s all from our side. What do you think about the list? Emayna objections unna…suggestions unna…don’t hesitate to comment below. Kurchuni discuss chedham.

Thank you for your valuable time!

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